The easy way to look at TOMS is to praise their charitable work. The harder, more troubling way to look at TOMS is to acknowledge it as an example of how corporations have assumed work most often associated with self-identified religious organizations: building community, engaging in charity, and cultivating morals. – See more at: http://religionandpolitics.org/2013/10/01/toms-shoes-and-the-spiritual-politics-of-neoliberalism/#sthash.RjochNTC.dpuf
Mbaye Lo, an assistant professor in Asian & Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University, writes in the Immanent Frame about the uncertainty in Egypt following the recent election of President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood party. There has been a significant rise in violence against the Coptic population following the fall of Mubarak and Copts as well as seculars are justifiably concerned that the protection Mubarak’s secular government afforded them will disappear under the rule of the Morsi. The use of Quranic verse in Morsi’s speeches seems to offer little reassurance that this government will not be preferential to Muslims. Nonetheless, Lo seems optimistic that Morsi is the right person for the job or, at least, that he was the better choice next to former Mubarak Prime Minister, Ahmed Shafik.