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Middle East Realism – How power completely overcomes values

  /  September 20, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Mohammed Nosseir What matters in the Middle East is the reality on the ground. Having good ideas and some moral values – but no power – makes you a useless entity, while possessing power read the rest…

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Egypt’s fallen Ministry of Information

  /  September 20, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Mohamed Selim On Monday, 23 February 2004, and at a tempestuous conference held at the headquarter of Egypt’s Syndicate of Journalists in downtown Cairo, former president Hosni Mubarak’s longtime loyalist and propaganda apparatchik, Safwat read the rest…

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Ebola is spreading faster than efforts to contain it

  /  September 20, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Dr Cesar Chelala As the Ebola epidemic is claiming increasing number of victims, there is widespread concern that efforts to contain it are inadequate. New and more effective measures are needed to combat one read the rest…

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Egypt and its FDI prospects

  /  September 20, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Omar El-Shenety No doubt that Egypt has witnessed very rough years since the 25 January Revolution. The economy has been brought to its knees, and now faces stagnation. Growth has stopped at 2% since read the rest…

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Despite difficult challenges, Egypt has a considerable economic upside

  /  September 17, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Mohamed A. El-Erian Already struggling to meet citizens’ legitimate needs and aspirations, the Egyptian economy has suffered a series of additional setbacks in recent years. So much so that, for the first time in read the rest…

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Promoting Transparency: Unleashing growth across the board

  /  September 13, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Omar Khedr There appears to be no limit to the possibilities that come from combining the internet, social media, and ground-breaking innovations to achieve significant changes across the globe. It is a movement that read the rest…

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An unlearned lesson from 9/11

  /  September 13, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Dr Cesar Chelala On a rainy morning in April 1958, in Washington DC, Ezra Pound – then a 72-year-old man – was declared “incurably insane” by Judge Bolitha J. Laws, who set him free. As he read the rest…

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Fighting the Islamic State: What about the day after?

  /  September 13, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey The beheading of a second American journalist and the likely execution of a British national have left  US President Barak Obama and other Western leaders few options but to step up read the rest…

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Is the New York Times always a credible source?

  /  September 7, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Khalid Mahmoud The New York Times wrote a report last week detailing how Egypt, in cooperation the United Arab Emirates, conducted a joint airstrike against Islamist militias in Libya. The report, written by the read the rest…

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Egypt’s banning of ultras constitutes effort to outlaw legitimate opposition

  /  September 7, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey An expected decision by Egyptian football authorities to ban as terrorist organisations groups of militant football fans builds on the definition by Arab autocrats of legitimate, democratic opposition forces as violent read the rest…

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Egypt’s media and the normality of broadcasting your phone-calls

  /  September 7, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Mohamed Selim  During the two past weeks, Egypt was gripped by yet another case of media sciolism. Al Kahera Wal Nas, “Cairo and the People”, a private satellite channel broadcasted from Cairo’s Media Production City read the rest…

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Islamic State: an ideological challenge to Saudi Arabia

  /  September 4, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey The meteoric rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and its declaration of an Islamic State straddling the two Arab countries raises the spectre of a militant Islamist read the rest…

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Lessons from the presidential elections: Egypt’s media and the upcoming parliamentary campaign

  /  September 3, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Mohamed Selim Better late than never. As every decision in Egypt is always overdue, regardless of the consequences and constitutional prerogatives, the parliamentary elections will eventually take place. The constitution stipulates, according to Article read the rest…

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Palestinian children are children too

  /  September 3, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Dr Cesar Chelala A friend who lives in Tel Aviv recently told me, “We are so shocked by the death of this little four-year-old boy….he was such a beautiful child. The whole country is read the rest…

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The MB, AQ, ISIS and Al-Azhar’s crisis

  /  August 30, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By Mohamed Selim The unfortunate daily events that are unfolding in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia and Libya, are prompting the question: when will the entire region fall into the hands of radical Islamists? The read the rest…

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Egypt’s identity: Hovering between love and rule of law

  /  August 30, 2014  /  Opinion  /  4 Comments

By Mohammed Nosseir Egyptian rulers gamble when they think that they can manipulate the national identity to serve their political goals. Each ruler has his own perception of the Egyptian identity that he wants to impose read the rest…

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How does Al-Sisi expand the scope of his supporters?

  /  August 28, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

In our previous article, we explained how President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi began his journey to power, claiming that his rise was based on two main forces: first, the armed forces, and second, the pro-Al-Sisi mood read the rest…

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Gulf States and their US critics seek to shape US perceptions on football pitch

  /  August 27, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By James M. Dorsey Gulf states seeking to polish images tarnished by allegations of violations of human rights and their critics are employing football in an effort to shape American perceptions. At stake for countries read the rest…

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The ICC should live up to its mandate

  /  August 26, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Dr Cesar Chelala The 1998 Rome Statute, the International Criminal Court’s founding charter, states that one of the critical ICC’s tasks is that “the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as read the rest…

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How uncertainty managed to negatively affect the Egyptian economy

  /  August 24, 2014  /  Opinion  /  5 Comments

By Mohammed Nosseir Egypt is in need of a coherent economic vision complemented by explicit economic policies. Undermining both, or using economic initiatives as substitutes and surprising citizens with an assortment of mega investment projects read the rest…

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Syria: One year later

  /  August 24, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Matthew Timmerman A column in honour of the one-year anniversary of Syria’s chemical attack At 2.30 am on the morning of 21 August 2013, statements circulated on Twitter of a chemical attack in a Damascus read the rest…

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Greater respect for international humanitarian law needed – 150 years after Geneva Convention

  /  August 24, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Didier Burkhalter and Peter Maurer   150 years ago this past Friday, the first Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field was read the rest…

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Egypt looks to secure LNG production and supply

  /  August 24, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

  With its significant reserves of liquefied natural gas (LNG), Egypt has been a key exporter for regional consumers over the past decade but with growing domestic consumption and a number of fiscal constraints, the read the rest…

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What are the forces that underpin Al-Sisi’s management of the country?

  /  August 20, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

It is now clear, to all those concerned, that President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi does not depend on political parties or forces in his administration of the country’s affairs. He has been clear and careful in read the rest…

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Tourism insights from around the world

  /  August 19, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By Omar Khedr Changing perceptions and successfully rebounding an entire industry is generally a herculean challenge.  Representing approximately 6.5% of Egypt’s total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as well as being an important source of foreign read the rest…

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Use of barrel bombs in Syria and Iraq devastate civilians’ lives

  /  August 17, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By Dr Cesar Chelala UN Security Council Resolution 2139 of 22 February 2014, ordered all parties to the conflict in Syria to end the discriminate use of barrel bombs and other weapons in populated areas. In read the rest…

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Saudi efforts to professionalise football marred by politics

  /  August 16, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By James M. Dorsey   Efforts to professionalise football in Saudi Arabia in advance of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar are marred by efforts to maintain political control of the game, a lack of read the rest…

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The ‘revolution’ continues: Massacres, violence and counting deaths

  /  August 14, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

“So when people ask me how I’m doing… how am I supposed to respond? How am I supposed to feel? What exactly am I supposed to tell them about? About the death that we saw read the rest…

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A stranger in the motherland

  /  August 13, 2014  /  Opinion  /  6 Comments

By Amr Khalifa The Cairo sun beat down mercilessly upon landing at the airport; it would not compare to the emotional assault of a 40-day odyssey into the valley of the divided: Egypt. What made read the rest…

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Do Egyptian elites represent an asset or a burden to their country?

  /  August 10, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By Mohammed Nosseir Elites are blessed! A tiny minority in any given society that enjoys great privileges associated with the amazing knowledge, personal status, social recognition and many other fortunate traits that they possess. But read the rest…

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