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Is there a peace partner in Israel?

  /  December 22, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Fadi Elhusseini The Palestinian-Israeli peace process has again ground to a halt, and each party blames the other for this unfortunate failure. Israeli officials repeat continuously that there is no Palestinian peace partner, and read the rest…

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From Syria and Iraq to Iran: Kurdish minorities push for autonomy

  /  December 22, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey More than three years into Syria’s brutal civil war, Syrian Kurds have carved out an entity of their own close to the border with Turkey. Their battle against Islamic State (IS), the read the rest…

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My 800 word torture report

  /  December 20, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Ahmed Tharwat The release of the Senate Intelligence Committee torture report has brought back painful memories. Now everyone knows that our government has “tortured some folks”, as President Obama has put it when he read the rest…

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Egypt between mediocrity and suspension of disbelief

  /  December 11, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Wael Eskandar Very little has changed with regards to Egypt’s trajectory of descent into a social and political abyss ever since its security forces dispersed the Islamist sit-ins using great force and even much read the rest…

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What about Al-Sisi’s relationship with politicians?

  /  December 10, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

In order to discuss Al-Sisi’s relationship with politicians and get to the root causes of this apparent acrimony between the president and those working in politics in Egypt, we must review how the heads of read the rest…

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Takfiri terrorist groups among top causes of atheism: Dar Al-Ifta report

  /  December 10, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  No Comments

Observatory says social media provides a safer space for youth to express “rejection of religion”

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Militant football fans reassert their key role in protest with storming of Cairo stadium

  /  December 7, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By James M. Dorsey Militant, street battle-hardened football fans stormed a Cairo stadium in advance of the second leg of crowned Al-Ahly SC’s African Confederation Cup final against Ivory Coast’s Séwé Sport in a reassertion read the rest…

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Will Mubarak’s acquittal push Al-Sisi in a specific direction?

  /  December 7, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

The vast majority of people were struck with the impression that the judgment acquitting Mubarak was not simply a court ruling issued by an independent judge acquitting Mubarak from specific crimes, but instead served to read the rest…

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Angry Saudi football clubs pinpoint Gulf labour market contradictions

  /  December 6, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By James M. Dorsey Mounting anger among Saudi football clubs at their subjugation to quotas designed to encourage employment of Saudi nationals and reduce dependence on foreign labour illustrates problems encountered by wealthy Gulf countries read the rest…

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Egypt and Gulf security equations

  /  December 5, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Khaled Okasha At the end of last week, a statement was issued by the King of Saudi Arabia announcing the Riyadh supplementary agreement, whose goal is to clear the air in the Gulf. He read the rest…

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Messi’s other side

  /  December 4, 2014  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

By Dr Cesar Chelala When almost everybody thought that Lionel Messi’s best times were in the past, the Argentine player became the top scorer both in the Spanish and in the Champions League – an read the rest…

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Gulf agreement on improved migrant worker conditions unlikely to end activist pressure

  /  December 3, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

  By James M. Dorsey Wealthy Gulf nations have agreed on measures to improve the working and living conditions of migrant workers who constitute a substantial segment, if not the majority, in a number of read the rest…

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Likely Qatar deportation of striking workers raises concerns

  /  November 30, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By James M. Dorsey Qatar is signalling the rejection of demands of human rights and trade union activists to grant trade union and collective bargaining rights to its majority migrant worker population with the detention read the rest…

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The camera and the gun: Khaled Abol Naga

  /  November 30, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Amr Khalifa In Egypt, the Al-Sisi regime wants opposition pens dry and artist’s mouths shut. Many Egyptian viewers expected Khaled Abol Naga to be more reticent after recently saying “we may soon need to read the rest…

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Will Al-Sisi reproduce the Mubarak regime?

  /  November 29, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

Mubarak’s regime entered into decline when contradiction and conflict reached their peak among the ruling class and junta, as with what happened previously within the 1952 family. The contradictions and conflicts were the main motivation read the rest…

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Israeli raid on Palestinian football club signals dangerous hardening of battle lines

  /  November 29, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By James M. Dorsey A football brawl in Israel’s politically most loaded derby and an alleged subsequent raid by the Israeli military on the offices of Israel’s foremost Palestinian football club reflects a hardening of read the rest…

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What happened to Egypt’s NGOs?

  /  November 24, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  2 Comments

Civil society groups continue to operate after registration deadline, despite challenges

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Another way of ending FGM

  /  November 24, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Dr César Chelala Female circumcision, also called female genital mutilation (FGM) is widely practiced in 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East. More than 125 million women have been subjected to different forms read the rest…

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The Bank of 20XX

  /  November 15, 2014  /  Business, Opinion  /  No Comments

It started with the ATMs because they broke many banks’ assumption that their customers transacted all their bank business in their own branch.

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Terror at sea: Doomyat

  /  November 15, 2014  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

By Amr Khalifa The Mediterranean turned red last Wednesday. What we know is far less than we should: eight Egyptian sailors are missing, five are injured, reported the Egyptian army, in a battle with ‘terrorists’ read the rest…

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Has a transfer of power within the 1952 family led to drastic changes?

  /  November 14, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Power transition within the 1952 family occurs if the regime’s crisis reaches an impasse and “change” must take place to overthrow the president and the group or oligarchy surrounding him. This leads to new regime read the rest…

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Volleyball federation sanctions Iran in new assertiveness on women’s sporting rights

  /  November 14, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) has warned Iran that it would be stripped of its right to host the 2015 Under-19 men’s world volleyball championship if it bans women from attending read the rest…

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Study asserts that controversial Gulf labour regime reduces global inequality

  /  November 12, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey With the absence of labour rights in the Gulf under fire as a result of Qatar’s successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup, Gulf states are likely to take heart read the rest…

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We’re losing the war on terror

  /  November 11, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Wael Eskandar Last week numerous country representatives congratulated Egypt on its progress in improving human rights over the years in the latest Universal Periodic Review held by the United Nations. It was disheartening to read the rest…

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Israeli ex-general critical of Netanyahu’s leadership

  /  November 9, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Dr Cesar Chelala 106 former high-ranking Israeli members of the armed forces, police, and intelligence have called on Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make a strong move for peace with the Palestinians. In a read the rest…

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Sinai: Buffer zone of mistrust

  /  November 8, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Amr Khalifa When your skin is submersed in the azure blue of Sinai’s waters, you would never imagine that trouble in the Sinai governorate lurks beyond the beach. Sinai, a piece of heaven on read the rest…

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Sinai enters a new chapter

  /  November 7, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Khaled Okasha The terrorist attack that took place in Karam Al-Qawadees , next to Sheikh Zuweid, will open a new chapter for the entirety of the Sinai Peninsula. Will 24 October represent the end read the rest…

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Sponsorship of FIFA: a new front in Gulf political rivalry

  /  November 6, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey Lurking in the background of world football body FIFA’s talks with Qatar Airways to replace its Dubai rival Emirates as a sponsor is the escalating hostility between Qatar and the United read the rest…

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Thinking critically about Syria’s refugee crisis

  /  November 5, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Matthew Timmerman Lebanon recently announced it will further curtail the flow of Syrian refugees across its border. With these refugees numbering half the size of the country’s indigenous population (by the government’s estimate), occupying read the rest…

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Cairo: A problematic transport culture

  /  November 5, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Josh Drake A friend of mine recounted an incident recently whereby their taxi driver, in the midst of a Cairo traffic jam, took a sharp unlawful turn down a one-way street in the wrong read the rest…

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