March 26th, 2014
06:29 PM ET

What I'm reading

By Fareed Zakaria

“Mass arrests and mass trials have become key tools in [Egypt’s] expanding ‘war on terrorism.’ The same court in Minya is hearing another case, which will resume on April 28th, in which more than six hundred Islamists are charged with the murder of two policemen,” writes Ursula Lindsey in the New Yorker. “On Wednesday, Egypt’s chief prosecutor announced two more mass trials, with a total of nine hundred and nineteen defendants. Many activists have been dragged from their homes to face spurious charges, and an unconstitutional law to ban protests has been passed. Journalists working for Al Jazeera English have been charged with membership in a terrorist organization and with fabricating news to blacken Egypt’s reputation; on Monday, they were once again denied bail. Meanwhile, the show trials of two ex-Presidents, Mubarak and Morsi, are ongoing.”

“Amid all these legal proceedings, there has been no proper accounting for the abuses of any of Egypt’s regimes.”


“India’s cities are so insistently provocative that, for a certain class of Indian, to be under-stimulated has become the ultimate luxury,” writes Tunku Varadarajan for the Daily Beast. “For some time now, members of the Indian elite who have no family connection to the place have been quietly buying land in Coorg, building vacation houses in its remote hills and valleys. Once obsessed with gleaming hotel towers and swimming pools in the “foreign” mold, India’s domestic tourists have grown infinitely more sophisticated and, even, jaded. Indians who have “been there, done that” in Sri Lanka, Singapore, and the Swiss Alps want languid escapes from their overscheduled lives. And they are deeply nostalgic for the quiet India – so recently changed – that they remember from childhood vacations.”


“The case against vast inequality is grounded in economic theory. It posits, quite reasonably, that making an extra $10,000 will improve the well-being of a middle-class family more than losing $10,000 will reduce the well-being of a billionaire. Provided it does not substantially reduce economic growth, this alone can support the case for redistribution," argues Eduardo Porter in the New York Times.

“And while the effect of widening inequality may be exaggerated by some research, there is decent evidence that it leads to other inequities — in health and education, for instance. Given that much inequality is inherited, this strikes many of us as fundamentally unfair.”

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  1. Jerry Falwell

    Like everywhere else in the Middle East, it looks like the so-called "Arab Spring" failed here in Egypt, too. People are being tried in absentia and without their attorneys while in countries like Bahrain, tyrants like King Khalid cling to power and commit atrocities against his own people which the right-wing media never mentions.

    March 27, 2014 at 1:03 am |
  2. haha678

    We all remember what steroids were and how they cause the rag in there is now downplayed as it's major contributers are only brought up in sports headlines but it is still a major Drug. It does have risks of overdosing and is still illegal.

    March 27, 2014 at 8:42 pm |
  3. j. von hettlingen

    Indeed these mass arrests and the verdict have made Morsi’s mistakes, authoritarian rule and monopoly of power seem almost modest compared with the brutality of his successors, a military-led regime.
    There are more than 16,000 Egyptians arrested over the past eight months. Some 3,000 top or mid-level Brotherhood members. To sentence state enemies to death is much more convenient than making political prisoners out of them.

    March 30, 2014 at 12:20 pm |

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