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Local Egyptians watch with anxiety as violence breaks out in home country

But because al-Qaida has no presence in the country and the Muslim Brotherhood, a transnational Islamist movement, was slow to get involved in the protests, it is unlikely Egypt will become a theocracy, said Marcie Patton, professor of politics at Fairfield University. “The media is making this into an Islamist terrorist conspiracy,” Patton said. “That’s not what’s going on at all.”

Published in Connecticut Post, Stamford Advocate, Greenwich Time, Danbury News Times on 2/3/11

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