The Challenger

For Egypt's opposition, reforms change little, and America is still the 'kiss of death'

"We can't do nothing," she continued. "The U.S. did not create authoritarianism in the region. What we've done is aided and abetted it. We have a role to play in perpetuating or promoting gradual change." Hawthorne suggested that America should not shy away from supporting groups that criticize U.S. policy.

Ayman Nour, an opposition leader, is consoled by supporters just after an Egyptian court again postponed a decision to legalize his political party.
photo: Kareem Fahim
Ayman Nour, an opposition leader, is consoled by supporters just after an Egyptian court again postponed a decision to legalize his political party.

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Kareem Fahim is on assigment for the Voice in the Middle East. Read his blog for dispatches, observations, and other reports from his travels.

"It's part of what they do to mobilize support."

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