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Egyptian media’s losses

  /  July 6, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

The media lost another battle during the war in Sinai, when everyone raced for information in light of the military’s maintenance of their usual policy at such times. The military was only ready to feed read the rest…

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Pitfalls of Turkish-Chinese relations in a microcosm

  /  July 6, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey Turkish football player Alpaslan Ozturk’s decision to risk fame and wealth by expressing support for the embattled Turkic Uighur minority in Xinjiang reflects pressures in China’s ties to Turkey, its most read the rest…

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A global tide of terror – from Sousse to Sinai 

  /  July 5, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Özer Khalid 1 July, 2015, will go down as one of the darkest most deeply disturbing days in Egyptian history. Wilayat Sinai (State of Sinai), an incestuous Sinai-based “Islamic State” (IS) affiliate, mercilessly massacred at least read the rest…

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The increasing role of women entrepreneurs

  /  July 5, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Dr Cesar Chelala In recent times, women are increasingly becoming an engine for economic and cultural progress worldwide, oftentimes fighting against disadvantageous circumstances. Such is the case of the owner of a small art read the rest…

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Egyptian football player criticises Al-Sisi in reflection of mounting discontent

  /  July 5, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey Criticism this week by football player Ahmed Al-Merghani of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s hard-handed repression of dissent and failure to defeat a mushrooming insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula signals mounting discontent read the rest…

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Countering political violence: Tackle the root causes

  /  July 1, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey European officials, describing recruitment efforts by the Islamic State in Bosnia Herzegovina, mired in a toxic mix of economic malaise and ethnic tension, reportedly fear they may regret having failed to read the rest…

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Hold the interior minister and his leaders accountable

  /  July 1, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

The blood of Hisham Barakat is the responsibility of everyone with no exception, including the Ministry of Interior, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the government. Although it is necessary to hold all parties accountable and to read the rest…

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Blast from the past: Iraq, division or détente?

  /  June 29, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Emad El-Din Aysha, PhD Lebanese President Camille Chamoun once stated in his memoirs, at the height of his country’s civil war, that he did not fear Lebanon would fracture into several independent states. His read the rest…

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Advisory Council rejects labour reform as Qatar stiffens its back

  /  June 29, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey Revived controversy over the integrity of Qatar’s successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup and persistent criticism of the conditions of migrant labour in the Gulf state appear to have read the rest…

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Notes from America: Ramadan – a personal reflection

  /  June 28, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Ahmed Tharwat The Muslim holy month of Ramadan began last week. This fasting month is observed by millions of Muslims around the world, unless you are in China, where anti-fasting cops resort to force read the rest…

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How Germany collaborated with Egypt in arresting Ahmed Mansour

  /  June 28, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Jonathan Moremi The arrest in Berlin last weekend of Ahmed Mansour, famous journalist of the Qatar based Al Jazeera network, made headlines all over the world. The fact that Germany with its high reputation read the rest…

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National project for the poor

  /  June 24, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Ideas are endless; the important thing is that they are followed by a political will to execute them, and perhaps the most important thing is that the decision-makers think about national projects targeting the poor, read the rest…

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The Middle East and North Africa: Adapting to a new paradigm

  /  June 22, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey The military strategies of the United States and its regional allies focused on bombing campaigns, support for local militias, and inherently weak military forces to fight potential ground battles, have failed read the rest…

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Iraq’s unending woes

  /  June 22, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Dr Cesar Chelala Iraq’s dismal health situation is testimony to the invasion of the country by foreign forces, including now the takeover of important parts of its territory by “Islamic State” (IS). The Iraqi read the rest…

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Joining forces to meet the challenge of climate change

  /  June 21, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James Moran, EU Ambassador in Egypt Climate action day was on 17 June. Voltaire said “Men argue. Nature acts.” When it comes to climate change, now more than ever we need to take a read the rest…

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ILO condemnation of Qatar likely to have ripple effects

  /  June 21, 2015  /  Politics  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey The International Labour Organization (ILO) has dealt a blow to Qatari assertions that the Gulf state complies with global standards for workers, in a report that condemned the government for allowing read the rest…

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Notes from America: My dad was an average man

  /  June 21, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Ahmed Tharwat In checking out the history of “Father’s Day”, the date 5 July 1908 is often mentioned when a West Virginia church sponsored the nation’s first event explicitly honouring several hundred fathers who had died read the rest…

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Layers of conflict: Syria between history and geology

  /  June 21, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Emad El-Din Aysha, PhD Things just keep getting worse in Syria. The Sunni Jabhat Al-Nusra recently killed 23 Druze clan members in Idlib in an apparently unsanctioned raid. This, as James M. Dorsey warns, read the rest…

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The redeeming power of love

  /  June 16, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Dr Cesar Chelala She was a mentally challenged woman yelling and cursing at passersby. We were a group of children, teasing and yelling at her. Fortunately, she didn’t pay any attention to our bad read the rest…

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Druze mount next flashpoint in Syrian conflict: Implications for Israel

  /  June 16, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey Syrian Druze have become the next potential flashpoint in a proxy war between Saudi Arabia, Iran and Israel that is exacerbating the Middle East’s multiple conflicts. With rebel forces advancing towards read the rest…

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It is our disease and we must cure it

  /  June 16, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Khalaf Ahmad Al-Habtoor Enough sitting around hoping for miracles! Enough waiting for the United States or its Western allies to cleanse the Arab world from the growing cancer of terrorism! Are Arab countries waiting read the rest…

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Arab Spring and the rise of non-state actors

  /  June 15, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Fadi Elhusseini In the past four years, Arabs have been living an endless Sisyphean ordeal, an unexpected nightmare after rising for what they called “the Arab Spring”. A very similar scenario was cloned in read the rest…

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Ideas to boost productivity among government employees

  /  June 14, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Mohammed Nosseir Egypt is widely known for its vast government bureaucracy. Inefficiency, low productivity and over-employment are noticeable characteristics of this bureaucracy that negatively affect the implementation and progress of all government initiatives and read the rest…

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Notes from America: The usual suspects

  /  June 14, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Ahmed Tharwat I live in a northern state in the US called Minnesota, which is also considered the “ice box” of the US for its long, brutal winters, where even the lakes and rivers read the rest…

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The Brezhnev Option: How to dissolve ‘Islamic State’

  /  June 13, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Emad El-Din Aysha, PhD Steve Jobs said that creativity was connecting things. Here are two connections that will help us creatively destroy “Islamic State” (IS). First, an old talk by Bertrand Badie at the read the rest…

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Why does Al-Sisi not sacrifice?

  /  June 11, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

  A year has passed and another year is starting with the same questions in people’s minds since Al-Sisi’s rule in Egypt started. Where is Al-Sisi leading us? What is his plan for the economic read the rest…

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Iran’s writing on the wall: Ethnic minorities and others assert themselves

  /  June 10, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey Recent months have witnessed a series of unrelated, nationwide protests in Iran by teachers demanding salary hikes as well as ethnic groups decrying government abuse and calling for greater rights. With read the rest…

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New data show that years of efforts are paying off in fighting FGM

  /  June 8, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Ignacio Artaza I was recently in Aswan to meet with the local government, partner NGOs, and people working together to fight against female genital mutilation (FGM), a widespread practice in Egypt that predates both read the rest…

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The case against manifest destiny

  /  June 3, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Dr Cesar Chelala The disastrous consequences of the recent aggressions against Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen and Ukraine, to name just a few, show the urgent need to revive the principle of non-intervention into another state. This principle of international law read the rest…

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A different perspective on German-Egyptian relations

  /  June 3, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Franziska Brantner and Omid Nouripour When Egyptian President [Abdel Fattah] Al-Sisi arrives in Berlin today, the German government will have given up an important principle in its dealings with post-revolutionary Egypt: Chancellor Merkel had read the rest…

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