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Football and militant Islam intersect in incidents across the Middle East

  /  October 23, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey A successful football player near the peak of his career, 22 year-old Nidhal Selmi, died last week a foreign fighter for the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls a swath read the rest…

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The Syrian tunnel and the spring

  /  October 19, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Fadi Elhusseini When the first spontaneous explosions of the Arab democratic revolutions erupted in Tunisia in December 2010, many were hoping that this revolt might usher in a new beginning for the whole region. read the rest…

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Path to Sanity: Political Humour in Egypt

  /  October 18, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Amr Khalifa “A girl writes she is every Egyptian young man’s dream. She thinks she is a visa to Kuwait.” via _El_haram . Welcome to Twitter political humour, a humour that lays bare an read the rest…

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Reshaping the Middle East: UAE leads the counterrevolution

  /  October 17, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey War planes from oil-rich Gulf states play a supporting role in the US-led air campaign to counter the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. Despite their massive weapons acquisitions in recent read the rest…

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Signs of rebound in Egypt’s tourism sector

  /  October 16, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Robert Tashima The government in Egypt is expecting a recovery of its tourism sector by next year after the latest data showed the tide may be turning for an industry hit hard by domestic instability read the rest…

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The lie behind the Gaza Reconstruction Conference

  /  October 15, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Ricard Gonzalez A good-hearted global citizen would assume that the amount of money raised in an international conference of donors under the title “for the reconstruction of Gaza” is for that purpose. However, they read the rest…

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The capitalist cure for terrorism

  /  October 14, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Military might alone won’t defeat Islamic State and its ilk. The US needs to promote economic empowerment

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Egypt: University students vs the state

  /  October 12, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Reem Khorshid As I chose to major in Architectural Engineering one year after studying there, I started appreciating Cairo University’s historic campus even more. Although the School of Engineering has a separate modern campus, I read the rest…

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The public health impact of domestic violence

  /  October 12, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Dr Cesar Chelala Physical or sexual violence is a serious public health problem that affects more than one-third of all women globally, as was established in a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) read the rest…

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Women’s sporting rights put Saudi Arabia and Iran on the defensive

  /  October 12, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey The struggle for women’s rights to engage in and attend sport events has commanded increased attention with the hunger strike of a British-Iranian national incarcerated in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison, the read the rest…

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Better than Syria?

  /  October 8, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

It was back in the late 1980s when I, a young teenager then, visited my Syrian side of the family. In the garden of a family member’s villa, a group of us, all teenagers, gathered read the rest…

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Gulf proxy war: UAE seeks to further damage Qatar’s already tarnished image

  /  October 2, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey The United Arab Emirates and Qatar are locked in a propaganda war with public relations agencies and front organisations as proxies that is backfiring on both Gulf states. Disclosures of the read the rest…

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From New York with Love to Sisi

  /  October 1, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Amr Khalifa Sometime last week, on the Ismailiyia-Cairo highway, there was a man hung by rope from a billboard. Painful, but precise, the image rendered an imperfect Egyptian economic/political landscape. That postcard of desperation read the rest…

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What would Einstein have said about Gaza?

  /  September 27, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Dr César Chelala On 9 April 1948, 120 fighters from the Irgun and Lehi Zionist paramilitary groups attacked Deir Yassin, near Jerusalem, a Palestinian-Arab village of approximately 600 people. During the assault, around 107 villagers read the rest…

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An inconvenient war

  /  September 23, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Ahmed El-Ashram I look around and I see an unprecedented level of despair in the eyes of many friends; an overt level of frustration of how their lives have unluckily coincided with the mishappenings read the rest…

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Does Sisi have a political vision?

  /  September 23, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

We have explained more than once that Sisi’s rule was founded on two main forces: first, the army, and the second, strong public support. Before moving on from this point, we must make it clear read the rest…

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Israel mobilises to deprive Qatar of the World Cup

  /  September 23, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey One group has been conspicuously absent in the battle for greater transparency of global football governance symbolised by multiple corruption scandals and match-fixing: football fans, a key stakeholder with a vested read the rest…

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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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