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The president’s men

Any ruling regime cannot begin from ground zero, because simply it cannot destroy the pillars of the state overnight and re-build them in the same way it demolished them. This introduction may seem philosophical, but it can be simplified by showing examples, before going into the topic at length. The July Revolution could not oust …

Charl Fouad Al-Masry

Notes from America: The world is run by ‘generals’

By Ahmed Tharwat Harry S. Truman once said: “The ‘C’ students run the world.” That was a long time ago, and now the world is run by “Generals” – still “C” Students – in two different camps. The first camp is usually run by military generals like Saddam, Gaddafi, Nasser, Sadat, Mubarak, Al-Sisi, Mugabe, Barre, …

Daily News Egypt

Notes from America: The flag

By Ahmed Tharwat The American flag consists of 13 horizontal stripes, seven red alternating with six white. The stripes represent the original 13 colonies and the stars represent the 50 states of the Union. It has three colours; red symbolises hardiness and valour, white symbolises purity and innocence, and blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice. As …

Daily News Egypt

Can the Arab League answer critical questions?

At first, the notion of Arabism appeared to liberate the Levant from the Ottoman Empire. However, after the 1952 revolution, [Gamal] Abdel Nasser re-defined the Arab nationalism to fight traditional colonialism following its retreat after the two great powers (UK and France) fell back as a result of World War II. The national ideologies presented …

Farid Zahran

What about Al-Sisi’s relations with politicians? (3)

Leaders of the 1952 family start taking power through alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood. Naguib, Nasser and El-Sadat did this. Finally, the Supreme Council – Al-Sisi followed. Even Mubarak, who began to clash with political Islam because it came to power – and the trend that was found guilty for the assassination of El-Sadat, allied …

Farid Zahran

In search of alternatives

“Who is the alternative?” This was indeed the most repeated and frustrating question asked by the pro-Sisi camp during the past two weeks, before and during the surreal presidential election that brought a military man to power after three years of calls for democracy. The question is frustrating because this camp thinks that the “revolution” …

Rana Allam

Tomorrow’s Egypt

By Johannes Amin Makar  “For a century and a half the Arab world has been following a negative policy. It has known what it wanted to do away with, but it has not known what it wanted to build. […] Democracy was only a veil for dictatorship. Constitutions framed in the interest of the people of …

Daily News Egypt

In a league of his own: Sisi is not the heir to Nasser’s legacy

By Rasheed Hammouda and Mohamed Ibrahim This article is the first of a three part series. The aim of this series is to dispel the increasingly widespread belief held by both supporters and detractors of Sisi that the circumstances he faces and the actions he takes are similar to those of his predecessors, specifically Gamal …

Rasheed Hammouda

What tactics are set to be employed by Egypt’s various political movements?

It should be clear, as pointed out in several of my previous articles, that Egypt’s political circuit consists of three primary forces. The first of these is the country’s Islamist movement, made up primarily of the Muslim Brotherhood, and the second is those forces that seek to revive Egypt’s “old” hegemonic state, with the army, …

Farid Zahran

Has the Muslim Brotherhood adopted Sectarianism?

I have attempted over the last several articles, to shed light on the fault lines of the various political and socio-economic divisions that exist within Egyptian society, in addition to the ideologies of those who seek during elections to secure their place within the country’s political system. Traditional left wing theory tells us that social …

Farid Zahran

Editor’s letter: Worshipping and whipping on Nasser’s birth anniversary

Two days ago was the 95th anniversary of President Gamal Abdel Nasser’s birth (1918 – 1970). The man who said, “He who cannot support himself, cannot make his own decision,” in his historical attempt to grant Egypt complete independence in its decision making. At any occasion, or even without an occasion, lovers and worshippers of …

Maher Hamoud

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