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Egypt, Sisi Straddle Past, Present and Future

The legacy of former Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser hangs over the fate of Egypt and Defense Minister Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Salah Abdel Moneim, 40, an Anti-Mursi supporter of Egypt's army, walks in front of his shop, plastered with huge posters of Egypt's army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in downtown Cairo August 7, 2013. Egypt's presidency said on Wednesday that diplomatic efforts to end the country's political turmoil had failed and warned that the Muslim Brotherhood of ousted President Mohamed Mursi would be held responsible for the consequences. In a statement, interim President Adly Mansour's office said the period of

Walid Jumblatt celebrated his 64th birthday a few days ago. A larger-than-life photomontage featuring Gamal Abdel Nasser — a gift from a friend — leans against a wall in the simple, well-guarded courtyard of his Beirut villa.

Jumblatt is a man without illusions. A lifetime in Lebanese politics has hardened his view of the players — especially the Assad family regime and Hezbollah — who are today at the center of regional concern. 

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