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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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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 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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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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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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Peacemaking Egypt!

  /  August 6, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

Since Hamas seized control of the Gaza strip, three notable spells of war have engulfed one of the most densely populated parts of the world. The latest of such outbreaks have been by far the read the rest…

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Egypt keeps changing suits – but its mindset remains intact

  /  August 5, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By Mohammed Nosseir Egypt has not changed a bit! It claims to have gone through two revolutions in less than three years and it has managed to have four different rulers since Mubarak was toppled read the rest…

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When poetry mirrors war

  /  August 5, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By Cesar Chelala I am returning home from a memorial to an old and dear friend, Marijke Velzeboer Salcedo. Marijke was a remarkable woman on many counts: a wonderful mother, wife and friend. She was read the rest…

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Close your eyes

  /  August 2, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Wael Eskander A young black girl is raped and abused by two racist white men, who are then shot by the girl’s father during their trial. This is the premise of ‘A Time to read the rest…

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Misunderstanding Africa

  /  August 2, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By Robert Tashima   Gold, oil, timber, cocoa: these four words could sum up the essence of African economic development over the 20th century. Investors dug mines, brought in derricks, and chopped down trees, but read the rest…

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Qatar invests in Israeli football despite Gaza and war of words with Jerusalem

  /  August 2, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By James M. Dorsey Qatar is emerging for the second time in a decade as the only Arab state without a peace treaty and diplomatic relations to have invested in Israel. Qatar’s latest investment in read the rest…

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What are the socio-cultural dimensions behind the phenomenon of harassment? (Part 6)

  /  July 28, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

Through the last five articles we noted what we call the characteristics of slums and determined that there are four main attributes of these neighbourhoods. The most important of these characteristics are that the residents read the rest…

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Money talks

  /  July 27, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Philip Whitfield Sing along: Money, money, money must be funny in the rich man’s world. Money, money, money: always sunny in the rich man’s world. ABBA’s chart-topper. Here’s the 64-million-dollar question: Where will the read the rest…

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The need for a peace narrative in the Middle East

  /  July 26, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

Dr Cesar Chelala Growing up in Tucuman, a town in the North of Argentina, I had the opportunity to see a small example of peaceful coexistence and collaboration between Arabs and Jews. I was reminded of read the rest…

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Israel’s deadly attack on Gaza – A never-ending déjà vu

  /  July 24, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Jonathan Moremi A few weeks ago I bought the book “The General’s Son” by Miko Peled, an Israeli. His father – Matti Peled – was one of the most respected Israeli Generals fighting in read the rest…

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The Gaza Diktat

  /  July 21, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

The Versailles Treaty directly led to World War II. It came, infamously, to be known by the German side as the “Diktat”. It is an insidious notion in politics: the dictation of terms by one read the rest…

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How’d they do it?

  /  July 21, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Timothy Kaldas How’d they do it? How did Israel manage to bombard civilians with impunity and convince so many to stand silently by or even offer their endorsement and secure the support of many read the rest…

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Israel’s ‘Protective Edge’: Why Now?

  /  July 21, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By Fadi Elhusseini The new Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip is not the first and won’t be the last if the political equation in that region does not change. Throughout previous aggressions Israel read the rest…

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The betrayal of Dr Schweitzer

  /  July 19, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Dr César Chelala I first learned of Dr Albert Schweitzer’s work when I was a medical student in the 1960s. During those years, the story of Schweitzer’s efforts to improve the health of Africans read the rest…

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Football pitches: An emerging battleground for control of Iraq

  /  July 19, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey Iraqi football pitches have emerged as an alternative battleground in the struggle for control of Iraq between the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls chunks of northern Iraq, and embattled read the rest…

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Broke? Spend, spend, spend

  /  July 19, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Philip Whitfield Let me give you my vision: A man’s right to work as he wills, to spend what he earns, to own property, to have the state of servant and not as master. read the rest…

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What are the socio-cultural dimensions behind the phenomenon of harassment? (5)

  /  July 17, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

Slums, according to our definition as outlined in the four previous articles, are characterised by a largely poor and marginalised population, a lack of services and the absence of prior planning. The neighbourhoods are often read the rest…

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The Un-united Arab Republic of Egypt

  /  July 16, 2014  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

By Amr Khalifa “United we stand, divided we fall,” a wise man once said. Apparently, Egyptians have not heard of the man – Aesop, an ancient Greek storyteller. The tumult Egypt has experienced for the read the rest…

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Gaza, the Gordian knot

  /  July 14, 2014  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

Gaza___ the formula of a quick fix and hope for the best has failed. The simple fact that the recent war in the Gaza strip is the third in six years is enough proof of the read the rest…

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Don’t shoot I hoot

  /  July 14, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Philip Whitfield Let’s remind ourselves of the central challenge Egypt faces: the population explosion and its consequences. We know Greater Cairo’s 22 million will be 40 million in 10 years. In 30 years Cairo’s population read the rest…

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