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A failure of democracy and human rights

  /  October 30, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Dr Cesar Chelala It is a sad day for democracy when 12 Nobel Peace Laureates write a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to close one of the darkest chapters of recent US read the rest…

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Searing saw: Sinai

  /  October 29, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Amr Khalifa “Egypt is undergoing an existential battle.” That booming sound you heard was tantamount to a declaration of war by Egypt’s president Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi. “There will be blood…there will be a price read the rest…

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Should Egypt be governed by majority rule or by rule of law?

  /  October 25, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Mohammed Nosseir The term ‘majority’ could be a very pleasant one, used to refer to a segment of any given society. In reality, rulers and citizens tend to commit a number of mistakes based read the rest…

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Education: The global antidote to poverty, disease and terrorism

  /  October 25, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Dr Cesar Chelala Despite enormous technological advances, humanity continues to grapple with three enormous burdens: poverty, disease and terrorism (both individual and state-sponsored.) Although the policies aimed at solving those problems are different, there 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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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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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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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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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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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  /  5 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  /  5 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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