What happened to the "Arab Spring"? Was its derailment inevitable? What is the likelihood that Egypt will recover from her recent travails? Dr. Lofty Basta, now an American citizen, was born and raised in Egypt. Keen on keeping up with current events in his native country, Dr. Basta began documenting his reflections on Egypt's uprising and political turmoil in 2011, in the form of over fifty articles which he shared with opinion makers in America, Canada, Europe, Egypt, and many others connected to social media. He also conveyed them to Egyptian political leaders, heads of political parties, and ministers in government. Let There Be Spring is a compilation of these articles in their original form, representing the author's reactions and interpretations of events as they took place. Understandably, Egypt's citizens are anxious to see the fruits of their uprising, but a new chapter is being written and the story is by no means complete.
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Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Reader Views (12/16) In “Let There Be Spring,” Dr. Lofty Basta provides great insight on the past and current turmoil in Egypt from his standpoint. Born and raised in Egypt, he currently serves as a clinical professor of medicine at UCSF. Although he left Egypt years ago, he still has great interest in what is happening and has happened in his homeland. Since 2011, he has been writing his own thoughts about what has occurred and has given freely his thoughts to past and current leaders of Egypt. His only hope is that Egypt gets out of the funk it is in and moves forward. The author states the problems in Egypt are many. There is no lay leader, no civic institutions, systems, or parties. He believes that Egypt can reform if given a respected leader, and have a strong government and if all people treat each other with respect. This however, will take time, many years in fact. One of the goals as Dr. Basta sees it is to live in harmony, respect different religious beliefs, and treat everyone equally. He also believes that genital mutilation, forced marriages, and the treatment of women as inferior must stop immediately. He relates that women outnumber men in Egypt. Another belief is that anyone who violates the law should go before an impartial court, and if found guilty be punished per the law. This has not been the case in past years, as certain groups and religious entities have been accused of crimes that were not committed. He relates that certain religious groups and “dictator” style leaders only serve their own purpose, and not what is good for Egypt. In the election of 2012, Morsi, who won the presidential race, talked a good game while running for office, but once he was elected he only did what benefited him without regard to others. Basta spends a good deal of time discussing Copts, of which he is one. Copts is an ethno-religious group in Egypt and is the largest Christian denomination. The Copts are fearful, and feel insecure and anxious about their future. After Morsi was elected, it only became worse with increased attacks on Copts, as they were not willing to bow down to religious extremism. There have been numerous rumors that during the election votes were rigged, and that many Egyptians took to the beach or went on holiday and did not vote. One question the author asks numerous times is “Should Copts be involved more, be smarter and more effective, or just criticize, complain or assign blame?” Another theme you hear throughout the book is that women are treated inferiorly, not equal to men, and often are uneducated so they can’t vote. In my opinion, the latter is stated repeatedly to the point you don’t want to hear it anymore. We get the point. He also addresses whether a new constitution should be written, or whether the priority should be to get strong unbiased leadership in place first. I believe the author presented some valid concerns for the people of Egypt and provided some substantive solutions. It did not appear he was lecturing or that he had an “I know better than you” type of attitude. He is very concerned about his homeland and presents his views honestly. His thoughts and organization on points were well done. I found “Let There Be Spring,” Dr. Lofty Basta easy to read, while at the same time providing substantial facts to support his thoughts.
Reviewed by Robert Kirkconnell for Readers' Favorite Let There Be Spring: Trump is Not the Future of Egypt by Dr. Lofty Basta is a compilation of essays and articles that provide critical insight into the "Arab Spring" revolution in Egypt. It contains the unique observations of a native Egyptian, now an American citizen, with a very keen intellect. These letters follow every major event in the Egyptian people's struggle for a government that represents their interests and rights. As a member of an Egyptian minority himself, he addresses the need to protect the rights of all people, especially minorities. Dr. Basta clearly illustrates what has happened in Egypt and what the ramifications are for each major event. He presents these in the order that they happened and in a way that everyone can clearly understand. Dr. Lofty Basta's Let There Be Spring is a fascinating analysis of the ongoing Egyptian revolution. He has vividly described the reality that nation building is neither a fast nor an easy process. He also cautions the world to be patient and reminds us of the rough road the United States had to traverse on its way to the signing of the U.S. Constitution. Let There Be Spring was written by a true patriot who knows and loves Egypt and its people. He also has faith that a nation, that has been for thousands of years the heart and soul of what we now know as the Arab world, will develop into the model for universal human rights. Anyone wanting to clearly understand Egypt and the Arab Spring needs to read this book!