An Egyptian policeman shouting anti-government slogans in a protest over wages and conditions in October, 2011 (photo:dpa)

Geopolitics: Egypt reaches a turning point in its uncertain future

Instability and infighting is the path being followed by disparate groups in Egypt. And as the country faces elections later this month GIS expert Bernard Siman explains in this briefing that even the elections have been arranged with vested interests.

A KEY and tragic turning point down the slippery slope of Egypt’s instability was reached on October 9, 2011. And it is likely to continue to bedevil the country for a long time to come.

About 25 Egyptians died and hundreds, mainly Coptic Christians, were injured in a fierce outburst of religious hatred which manifested itself in violent street fights.

The clashes were...

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The clashes were sparked by the destruction of a Coptic Church by fundamentalist Islamists
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