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In league with the people of Gaza

In order to avoid history repeating and tragedy multiplying, Arab leaders should convene in Gaza to end the deadly confrontation there and to present creative solutions to the wider conflict.

Khaled Diab

Egypt’s underground sisterhood

What the post-revolutionary Islamist and conservative onslaught against Egyptian women distorts is the growing strength of Egypt’s feminist counter-culture and grassroots female emancipation. Surveying Egypt’s political landscape, you might be excused for thinking that women are a minority. Only five members of the Committee of 50 tasked with revising the constitution are women. Unsurprisingly, this …

Khaled Diab

Friday of peace

To counter all the rage and violence, Egypt urgently needs a Friday of Peace to mourn all the dead and reject violence

Khaled Diab

Confessions of an Egyptian infidel

Though never officially recognised, atheists and agnostics have always been part of Egypt’s landscape. So it’s time society granted us our right to believe… differently.

Khaled Diab

Egypt’s clash of freedoms

What is happening in Egypt cannot be reduced to a simple conflict between Islamists, secularists and the military. It is a fundamental clash over conflicting concepts of “freedom”. The millions of anti-Morsi protesters who flooded the streets across the country were out to oppose what they saw as a dictator-in-the-making who was robbing them of …

Khaled Diab

True people power in Egypt

Egypt has a rare opportunity to build a unique direct democracy – without a president or political parties – tailored to its needs that could also serve as a model for other Arab countries. In my previous article, I promised to outline a vision for Egypt’s democratic future. But in order to do so, we …

Khaled Diab

Egypt’s coup de quoi!?

What happened in Egypt was not a ‘coup’. It was the millions on the streets, not dressed in khaki, who democratically ejected Morsi. Now they must finish the job of removing the military from politics. As an Egyptian abroad, I cannot but bow my head in admiration and appreciation at what my compatriots have achieved …

Khaled Diab

A civil compromise to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

By Khaled Diab JERUSALEM: Is it possible to have statehood without a state? This is the puzzling question raised by the dramatic Palestinian bid to seek United Nations membership which Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas launched with a rousing speech to the General Assembly last Friday. However, for the Palestinian plan to work requires not only that …

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Can Egyptian solidarity inspire Israelis and Palestinians?

By Khaled Diab JERUSALEM: It was not a good start to 2011. The massive explosion during midnight mass that tore through St. Mark and St. Peter’s Church in Alexandria, killing 21 worshippers and injuring dozens, marked a turn for the worse in the situation surrounding Egypt’s Coptic minority. However, my despair was replaced with measured hope …

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Palestinian unity agreement is a golden opportunity for all

By Khaled Diab JERUSALEM: The Egyptian-brokered Palestinian “national unity” agreement between the two main Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, took the world by surprise when it was announced on 27 April. Palestinians hope this internal peace deal — officially inaugurated in Cairo last Wednesday — will bring an end to years of infighting and conflict, and …

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Egyptian revolution a wakeup call for Arabs and Israelis?

By Khaled Diab BRUSSLES: Millions of Egyptians have accomplished what many thought was improbable: they defied their dictator and won. After Hosni Mubarak spent three decades as Egypt’s uncontested leader, his downfall has understandably been cause for euphoria and celebration in Egypt and across the Arab world. While the Egyptian revolution has inspired ordinary Arabs …

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Novel approaches to the Arab-Israeli conflict

By Khaled Diab BRUSSELS: Alaa Al-Aswany is an unlikely candidate for the job of savior of the Egyptian novel. Yet this dentist, who continues to run his downtown practice in Cairo, is widely regarded as having revived the Egyptian novel and raised its street credibility in the process. The Egyptian novelist is also an outspoken pro-democracy …

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