Spending our days on the interwebs has its advantages, one being that we come across lots of excellent pieces of journalism. Every week, we'll bring you our favorite online reads that didn't appear on our site. This week we focus on the best stories, accounts and explainers about the crisis in Egypt. Disagree with the selections? Leave your suggestions in the comments or tweet #bestreads at @HuffPostWorld.
How Morsi And The Brotherhood Lost Egypt
Al Monitor -- Bassem Sabry
Bassem Sabry argues in Al Monitor that Egypt's former president Mohammed Morsi made one horrible choice after another during his only year in power, fueling the impression the Muslim Brotherhood was more focused on building a new regime than governing the country democratically. However, while Sabry recognizes the current protests as a "popular and genuine uprising" against the Brotherhood administration, he warns of the long-term consequences of military intervention. "These were undeniably the largest ever and the most self-driven protests in Egypt's history. Nonetheless, the role of the military and its actions surely give us cause for concern, and what became of the first civilian and democratically elected president is troubling," Sabry concludes.
We Did Not Risk Our Lives Simply To Change The Players
CNN -- Khaled Fahmy
After the fall of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt in 2011, Khaled Fahmy, head of the history department at the American University in Cairo, wrote the following in an op-ed for CNN: "As a secularist, I am not in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood coming to power in Egypt, and I remain deeply skeptical of its political program, believing that much of it is vague and impractical. But as an Egyptian hoping for freedom and justice for my country, I am deeply convinced that the Muslim Brotherhood has a place within a free and democratic Egypt." More than a year later, Fahmy explains in a new post for the network why he and millions of Egyptians felt it was time for Morsi to go.
Downfall In Cairo
Foreign Policy -- Marc Lynch
In an analysis for Foreign Policy, professor Marc Lynch argues no one should rejoice over the army takeover in Egypt. "Turfing out Morsi will not come close to addressing the underlying failures that have plagued Egypt's catastrophic transition over the last two and a half years. The military's intervention is an admission of the failure of Egypt's entire political class, and those now celebrating already probably know that they could soon rue the coup," Lynch writes.
Scenes Of Chaos In Egypt
The Nation -- Sharif Abdel Kouddous
Sharif Kouddous interviewed witnesses of the mass shooting that left more than 50 Morsi supporters dead in Cairo on Monday. "They were still praying when the chaos began. Zakaria remembers the tear gas first, repeated volleys of hissing canisters that filled the air with poisonous white clouds. Then came the crackle of machine-gun fire and shotguns. He ran from the army bullets, blinded and spluttering, unaware that his 24-year-old brother, Gamal, had been hit in the chest with a live round that exited through his back and left him dead on the street."
Morsi Spurned Deals, Seeing Military As Tames
New York Times -- David Kirkpatrick, Mayy El Sheikh
The New York Times provides a fascinating look inside both the last days of Morsi's presidency and the U.S.'s role in the Egyptian army's decision to take down the Islamist leader.