In an online, social-media poll for Time's Person of the Year (which is NOT the way the winner is chosen: the Editors will do that), Egypt's General Sisi ran first, Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdoğan second. and Miley Cyrus placed third. Are you surprised so many people outside their home countries even know who Sisi and Erdoğan even are, when neither man is known to have made any naked music videos with a sledgehammer? (Though that's a thought.) Best guess: they don't. This sounds like national campaigns to promote the local hero through padding the online vote. (Pope Francis ran behind, but he wasn't urging his followers to tweet their votes for him.)
1977: Not General Sisi
Remember, this was a Twitter-driven poll, not Time's actual choice. Anwar Sadat did win the honor in 1977 after his trip to Jerusalem.
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"Michael Collins Dunn, editor of the prestigious Middle East Journal, wrote an interesting 'Backgrounder' on the Berriane violence at his Middle East Institute Editor’s Blog. It is a strong piece, but imperfect (as all things are) . . ." — kal, The Moor Next Door This great video of Nasser posted on Michael Collins Dunn’s blog (which is one of my favorites incidentally) ... — Qifa Nabki