Alastair Carr
Left the Midlands in 2012 to study at the University of Edinburgh. Writer for the UofE, Politics and IR journal and occasional volunteer at International Alert. For peace, understanding and a sense of humour. Against despotism, bigotry and patronisation. Poorly read but well informed.

Entries by Alastair Carr

For Egyptian Democracy to Succeed, Liberal Hypocrisy Must End

(14) Comments | Posted 23 July 2013 | (00:00)

Just a few weeks ago millions of Egyptians armed with face paint and posters demanded a secular, liberal constitution in Egypt that guards human rights and repels authoritarianism. Sadly, in the ecstasy of their triumph it appears they have conveniently forgotten the reasons why they took to Tahrir on the...

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Why Revolution 2.0 Is a Necessary Evil for Egypt

(23) Comments | Posted 9 July 2013 | (00:00)


Statues of pharaohs are found on every main road in Cairo. They are the Kim Il Sungs of Egypt. Time has maintained the mythical, god-like status they had when they were alive. However they were essentially despots, and most Egyptians will resort...

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Going to the Revolution: My Experience of Protests in Cairo

(0) Comments | Posted 1 July 2013 | (20:33)


My plan to see the day's protests was temporarily halted by the tragic murder of 21-year-old American student Andrew Pochter who was stabbed in the chest while taking pictures of protests on his phone. His death immediately and fundamentally changed the way I viewed...

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Waiting for a Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted 25 June 2013 | (19:54)


"In a week the Morsi will be an EX-President!" an Egyptian colleague tells me with a confidence that I didn't want to probe. The pervasive sunlight finds as it always does my arid, red forehead through a gap in an umbrella. 'You must come...

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My First Night(Morning) in Cairo

(0) Comments | Posted 9 June 2013 | (17:35)


The words passivity and bewilderment pretty much sum up my first day in this busy colossus.

The plane landed at 11:30pm. An on-flight medical emergency meant that it was a while before I got to 'touch down'. In this time an Egyptian man jumped...

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Why Students Don't Care About Syria (or Iran or Sudan or Myanmar or...)

(9) Comments | Posted 14 May 2013 | (15:20)


Like many of you 'I was there' at the last Anti Tuition Fee/Pro Palestine protest in the Capital, Demo 2012. I like many others capitalized on a subsidized bus ticket to London with absolutely no intention of going to the protest. In...

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Forget Gun Control, Guantanamo and Gay Marriage, The Change Obama Promised Will Be Worth His Every Unfulfilled Ambition

(0) Comments | Posted 3 May 2013 | (16:21)

It's 2030; a tired and wrinkled UN envoy reclines awkwardly into an airplane seat and into an easy life. His time is spent meeting world leaders for photo ops and making futile speeches for global values. His life continues to be as it has always been, riddled with frustration for...

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Tony and Bill: A Manichean Special Relationship

(0) Comments | Posted 25 April 2013 | (14:15)

Tony Blair's back, whether we like it or not. Back from the depths of obscurity he is again a prominent feature in the British press. He's been 'advising' labour leader Ed Miliband and basking in the guilt-ridden admiration the British public have for him. A world figure undoubtedly, a wicked...

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