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Mali: a serving of ‘Freedom Fries’

  /  January 27, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

French intervention in Mali is motivated by economic rather than democratic concerns In 2003, the Bush administration justified the invasion of Iraq on the grounds that Saddam Hussein had ties with Al-Qaeda and possessed weapons read the rest…

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Ahwaz: Iranian racial oppression opposed in Egypt

  /  January 14, 2013  /  Opinion  /  6 Comments

Iranian regime continues its severe discrimination against people of Ahwaz, preventing them from employment and from benefiting from the local natural resources

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Islamists, Tourism and Media

  /  January 5, 2013  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

Speaking with an EU parliamentarian I was surprised by their parting question, which was; “is it true that Salafis want to destroy the pyramids? I heard that a Salafi appeared on TV saying he wants read the rest…

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Constitution approved, now what?

  /  December 23, 2012  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Mustafa Salama: Constitution approved, now what?

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Post Bashar Syria: Local, Global and Regional Players.

  /  December 16, 2012  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

The United States has probably started on the bad side of Syria by putting “Al-Nusrah Front” on the list of terrorist organisations. There are legitimate fears and concerns that neighbouring countries and the west have read the rest…

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Contesting Egypt and de-contextualising narratives

  /  December 9, 2012  /  Opinion  /  6 Comments

Watch western TV news features on Egypt; you will find an almost identical discourse that de-contextualises current events. It always emphasises President Morsy’s declaration that gave him unmatched powers and fomented outrage, and that’s it. read the rest…

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Middle East and the global chess game

  /  December 2, 2012  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

The aftermath of the Arab Spring has not ceased. It is not clear what the region will settle for or how long this process will take. Many academic scholars prior to the outbreak of the read the rest…

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Morsy strikes Mubarak cronies and liberals

  /  November 25, 2012  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

Despite the western impression of Egyptians rejecting President Morsy’s constitutional declaration, the majority of Egyptians actually support it. The declaration looks to make the revolution “immune”, as the Constituent Assembly and the Shura Council become read the rest…

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Hamas: the legitimacy of resistance

  /  November 18, 2012  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

Once again as Israeli elections come closer, Israel politically campaigns by attacking Gaza, this time killing the head of Al-Qassam Brigades’ Ahmad Al-Jabari who was a popular and respected figure in the Gaza Strip. By read the rest…

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Liberals vs Salafis: The fight to contain the Muslim Brotherhood ?

  /  November 11, 2012  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

Power comes with great responsibilities, especially when Egypt is in such a devastated state. It is easy to criticise and rightfully do so. Critique, which is not constructive, nor aims to contribute to better governmental read the rest…

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Kuwait hit by Arab spring

  /  November 4, 2012  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

The Arab world was taken by surprise when 150,000 or so Kuwaitis took the small country’s streets in protest on 21 October. The protest was mobilised against a new electoral law designed to reduce opposition, read the rest…

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The Angry “Liberal”?

  /  October 21, 2012  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

In any ideological struggle or clash of discourses original ideas may not necessarily hold water.

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United Arab Emirates: Between Arab springs

  /  October 14, 2012  /  Editorial  /  No Comments

The political protest does not come simply due to disparity in distribution of wealth.

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The Future of Egyptian American Relations ?

  /  October 7, 2012  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Egypt still remains the cornerstone of American foreign policy in the Middle East. The relationship now seems to be going through somewhat turbulent and tense times, however the overall relations have not seriously departed from read the rest…

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Egypt: authenticity, Islamists and liberals

  /  September 30, 2012  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

Authenticity is a trait that almost all politicians like to claim one way or another. Whether it is an American presidential incumbent speaking of how he stands for real American values versus his opponent or read the rest…

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The Islamic civilization quest

  /  September 23, 2012  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

As Islamic discourses become mainstream in several Muslim countries, one wonders what is there to make out of it? After all practically all modern Islamic movements came about with the objective of reviving an Islamic read the rest…

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Protesting Blasphemy or Foreign Policy?

  /  September 16, 2012  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

For the most part media has portrayed the protests in front of American embassies as just as a protest over the amateur video insulting Islam and prophet Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him. Moreover, read the rest…

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Thou Shall Fear Salafis

  /  September 9, 2012  /  Opinion  /  6 Comments

Next time you read one on Salafis, read it with a grain of salt

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Morsy a catalyst for a new global political system?

  /  September 3, 2012  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

The current international political system is the result of dominant power relations between the biggest nations and also the smaller ones. The way the UN is managed, global trade is conducted, and security issues are read the rest…

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Iran and Egypt: New Friends?

  /  August 26, 2012  /  Opinion  /  7 Comments

One who follows Iranian movements in Egypt will know that Iran is very desperate to have positive diplomatic relations with Egypt

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Egypt: Military in Transition?

  /  August 21, 2012  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

Morsy’s choice of Sedki to hold this position shows a departure from being overly sensitive to Washington

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Morsy strikes with a vengeance

  /  August 13, 2012  /  Uncategorized  /  1 Comment

While many used to compare Egypt to Turkey decades ago, Morsy did in a matter of days what took Erdogan years

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On Secularism and Islam in Egypt

  /  August 5, 2012  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

Among many secular liberalists lies a contradiction when it comes to raising Islam in debates concerning political or civil affairs. For example there is the common complaint that preachers have become very harsh or that read the rest…

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Challenges for the new Minister of Awqaf

  /  July 29, 2012  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Regardless of the exact role the ministry is to play; the current role it maintains is negative and should be structurally adjusted.

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A New Arab World: local, regional and international transformations

  /  July 23, 2012  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Essam Al-Eryan, a leading Muslim Brotherhood figure who also heads the Committee of Foreign Relations in the post-revolution parliament wrote on his twitter account: “Democracy, free elections, and peaceful transition of power, will change the read the rest…

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Ramadan, what’s it all about ?

  /  July 21, 2012  /  Culture, Ramadan  /  No Comments

Ramadan is a month where Muslims strive to be closer to Allah

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Why is Morsy busy traveling?

  /  July 16, 2012  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Domestic politics are still ongoing and can be managed temporarily without Morsy. On the foreign front, however, and for the time being, the president is needed to consolidate Egypt post- revolution

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Islamists: from social movement to reign

  /  July 9, 2012  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

You can’t really escape the topic of Islamists when you discuss Middle East politics.

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The ugly politics of hypocrisy

  /  July 2, 2012  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

In the end the crony media did not fool the Egyptians and the Revolution both happened and remains ongoing.

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Egypt: Major Challenges Ahead

  /  June 26, 2012  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

The moment of announcing Morsi as president was an extraordinary moment for Egyptians. Tahrir was screaming and crying in joy and celebrations did not stop during the night. Pleasure expressed was not limited to Egypt; especially read the rest…

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