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Banking expert Hany Aboul Fotouh

Social safety nets can be a lifeline for victims of pound flotation

I decided to swim against the tide that accompanied the flotation of the Egyptian pound, the rumbling flood of comments on social media networks and opinion articles that filled newspapers and websites. Everyone is talking about the flotation and cuts to fuel subsidies, some people understand what they are talking about while others are driven …

Hany Aboul Fotouh

James M Dorsey

Blasphemy case highlights devastating impact of Saudi ultra-conservatism on Pakistani society

This week’s decision by Pakistan’s supreme court to delay ruling on an appeal in the country’s most notorious blasphemy case and the thousands of security personnel deployed in its capital, Islamabad, in anticipation of a verdict, lay bare the degree to which Saudi Arabia supported ultra-conservative worldviews abetted by successive Pakistani governments have changed the …

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Emad El-Sayed

Egyptian media’s losses

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 the Egyptian and foreign media false information. The media fell into the trap so easily, without even citing the source …

Emad El-Sayed

James M. Dorsey

Pitfalls of Turkish-Chinese relations in a microcosm

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 complex relationship in the Muslim world, and a key node on the Silk Road that Beijing hopes to revive with massive …

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Özer Khalid

A global tide of terror – from Sousse to Sinai 

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 17 brave members of the Egyptian armed forces. IS`s Wilayat Sinai orchestrated attacks on 21 security facilities and checkpoints stretching …

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Dr. Cesar Chelala

The increasing role of women entrepreneurs

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 gallery in the city of Troy, New York. In 2001 the city had a new addition to its artistic heritage, the Martinez …

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James M. Dorsey

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

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 in Egypt. Al-Merghani’s comments on his Facebook page are indicative, because they suggested the degree to which Al-Sisi’s cult-like popularity …

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James M. Dorsey

Countering political violence: Tackle the root causes

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 tackle the country’s structural problems in the two decades since the end of the Yugoslav wars. The regret could apply …

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Emad El-Sayed

Hold the interior minister and his leaders accountable

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 punish the negligent and the careless, we cannot make the incident an excuse to impose more restrictions on the people. …

Emad El-Sayed

Emad El-Din Aysha

Blast from the past: Iraq, division or détente?

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 real worry, though, was if Iraq fell apart. That would doom the unity of his country. I’m quoting indirectly from …

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James M. Dorsey

Advisory Council rejects labour reform as Qatar stiffens its back

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 stiffened Qatar’s back as it responds to attacks on multiple fronts, including judicial inquiries in Switzerland and the United States, …

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Ahmed Tharwat

Notes from America: Ramadan – a personal reflection

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 feeding observing Muslims in public.  The number of hours that Muslims must fast will vary based on where they live. …

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Egyptian journalist Ahmed Mansour(Photo Al Jazeera handout)

How Germany collaborated with Egypt in arresting Ahmed Mansour

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 as a politically stable democracy acted on behalf of Egypt, a regime that is nationally and internationally accused of ignoring …

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Emad El-Sayed

National project for the poor

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, who are burdened by the weight of years of oppression, poverty, disease and ignorance It is time to target this …

Emad El-Sayed

James M. Dorsey

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

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 to defeat rebel forces in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Libya. Calls for the introduction of ground forces against Islamic State …

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Dr. Cesar Chelala

Iraq’s unending woes

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 people have been the subject of mass executions, rape, torture and, in addition, the destruction of the country’s infrastructure. The …

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James Moran, EU Ambassador in Egypt

Joining forces to meet the challenge of climate change

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 leaf out of nature’s book and act together. The international community is working for a new global climate deal in …

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James M. Dorsey

ILO condemnation of Qatar likely to have ripple effects

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 state-owned Qatar Airways, in the words of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), to “violate international and national agreements and …

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Ahmed Tharwat

Notes from America: My dad was an average man

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 in a coal mine explosion six months previously. But it was a one-time commemoration and not an annual holiday. It …

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Emad El-Din Aysha

Layers of conflict: Syria between history and geology

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, could drag in the Israelis as self-styled protectors of the Druze. Not to mention that the attack could prompt the …

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Dr. Cesar Chelala

The redeeming power of love

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 behaviour. That we were children being silly or that the incident happened decades ago, however, doesn’t diminish my responsibility, or …

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James M. Dorsey

Druze mount next flashpoint in Syrian conflict: Implications for Israel

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 the mountainous Druze stronghold in north-western Syria, this month’s killing by Jabhat Al-Nusra jihadists of 23 members of a Druze …

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Khalaf Ahmad Al-Habtoor

It is our disease and we must cure it

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 until ‘Islamic State’ fighters knock down their citizens’ doors in what still remains of Arab-controlled territories before acting in a …

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Fadi Elhusseini

Arab Spring and the rise of non-state actors

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 most of the Arab Spring countries. Alas, a hopeful revolution turned into belligerence, then into strife followed by a war, …

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Mohammed Nosseir

Ideas to boost productivity among government employees

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 projects.  Not only are these drawbacks recognised by economic institutions and citizens; they are also acknowledged by cabinet members themselves. …

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Ahmed Tharwat

Notes from America: The usual suspects

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 freeze over. The state is a lot smaller than Egypt, with a population of just 5 million people. According to …

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