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Is Revolution Brewing in Egypt Again?

Thanassis Cambanis, Atlantic

Don't Buy the ISIS Hype

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Spectator

Africa in 2015: What to Expect

Simon Allison, Daily Maverick

Four years after the revolution he helped lead, Basem Kamel has noticeably scaled back his ambitions. The regime he and his friends thought they overthrew after storming Tahrir Squ...(full article)

What Isis does have is an uncanny knack for scaring the audience it wants to scare: us. And we, addicted as many of us are to horror and violence in popular culture, seem perversel...(full article)

Accusing the umma (world Islamic population) of encouraging the hostility of the entire world, al-Sisi’s speech is so dramatic and essentially revolutionary it brings to mi...(full article)

Thank god that’s over. Despite the Daily Maverick’s valiant attempts to look on the bright side, 2014 was not a great year for Africa. For this, special thanks must go ...(full article)

In a country where women’s rights are under constant attack, karate is a rare bright spot....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Egyptian Rappers Rage Against the Regime - Nicole Crowder, Washington Post

Long before the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 sparked by protests in Cairo’s Tahir Square, local hip-hop artists had already been making music from underground spaces that rall...

Egypt's Appalling Civil Rights Crackdown - New York Times

Even if they were acquitted on the ludicrous charge of “debauchery,” the 26 Egyptian men on trial in the government’s latest crackdown on gays are likely to suffe...

The Death of Arab Cosmopolitanism - James Traub, Foreign Policy

Abdul Ali and his wife had been attending al-Furqan, the Dawa’s theological academy, and he was eager to explain to me what the Salafis mean when they say they take a “scient...

Egypt's Secular Authorities Round Up Gays - Bel Trew, Foreign Policy

Egypt's new regime is cracking down on the gay community -- with a little help from the media....

Egypt's Atheists May Be Next - Maged Atef & Sheera Frenkel, BuzzFeed

“It’s obvious that the state has gone crazy. They are just totally against anyone different,” said Hossam, a 34-year-old programmer, who asked that BuzzFeed News ...

A Mock Trial for Mubarak - Juan Cole, The Nation

Egypt’s progressive youth and workers came back out to protest in the thousands last weekend over a judge’s ruling that ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak should not have be...

Qatar Mends Its Saudi Fences - Rob Edens, RealClearWorld

Bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and Qatar soured in the wake of the Arab Spring as Qatar lent its diplomatic support, along with some $8 billion, to President Mohammed Mor...

We Must Dismiss Illusions of an Arab Spring - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

The Obama administration reacted to the news that an Egyptian court has dropped all charges against former President Hosni Mubarak with hardly a murmur of protest or even comment. ...

Egypt's Spring Has Turned to Dark Winter - The Australian

The “Day of Rage” on January 28, 2011 set in train the epic events that led to the collapse of the 30-year Mubarak dictatorship. Ideally, it was supposed to usher in an...

Delaying Egypt's Hopes - New York Times

The Egyptian court that threw out the murder charges against former President Hosni Mubarak may have closed the final chapter on the Arab Spring. After the country’s brief, f...

Egypt Will See Brighter Days - The National

Whatever verdict was passed down in Cairo on Saturday, there would have been disappointment in some quarters. Had the court agreed that the former president Hosni Mubarak was corre...

ISIS Claims Cairo Attack - Rachael Levy, Vocativ

At least four protesters were killed and scores of others injured during the “Muslim Youth Uprising” protests organized by the Salafi front on Friday. The aim of the pr...

Mubarak's Release Closes a Revolutionary Cycle - Max Fisher, Vox

Mubarak's release is unsurprising, but hugely important symbolically....

ISIS Encroaching on North Africa - Guy Taylor, Washington Times

In its war to create a caliphate across Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State is opening a front in North Africa, where affiliated militants are wreaking havoc in eastern Libya and Egy...

5 Mistaken U.S. Assumptions on Middle East - Andrew Bacevich, IC

Considered from this perspective, the “Iraqi government” actually governs, the “Iraqi army” is a nationally representative fighting force, and the “Ir...

The Plight of Gays in Egypt - Rachel Avraham, Foreign Policy Blogs Network

Eight Egyptian men were sentenced to three years in prison plus three years on probation for allegedly attending Egypt’s first same-sex wedding. The harsh sentence was condon...

The Declining Relevance of Despots - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Karl Marx had a phrase for the kind of tyranny that has existed in parts of the developing world in our era: "oriental despotism." In an article in an 1853 edition of The New York ...

Getting Libya's Warring Parties to the Table - Omar Shabbi, Al-Monitor

Is Algeria's dialogue initiative for Libya still viable?...

Egypt Is Misdiagnosing Its Sinai Problem - Sharif Nashashibi, The National

Look back through years of reports on the Gaza blockade, and one finds countless statements from Egyptian officials about the need to stem the flow of weapons and militants from th...

In Egypt, Business as Usual - New York Times

The Obama administration’s Egypt policy — to the extent that one can be discerned — has been characterized by a combination of mixed messages, wishful thinking an...

How the Middle East Got to This Point - Conrad Black, National Review

The entire kaleidoscope of countries and movements between Libya and Turkey and Pakistan and Yemen is perhaps more complicated than ever. This is an attempt to review how we got to...

Why Is Tunisia Succeeding, and Not Egypt? - Fareed Zakaria, WaPo

More than 20 years ago, the scholar Samuel Huntington established his “two-turnover test” for fledgling democracies. A country can be said to be a consolidated democracy, he ar...

Egypt Levels Homes for Buffer Zone - Kareem Fahim & Merna Thomas, NYT

The demolitions, cutting through crowded neighborhoods in the border town of Rafah, began with orders to evacuate Tuesday and were part of a sweeping security response by the gover...

North Africa Warily Eyes Falling Oil Prices - Keith Johnson, Foreign Policy

The bears that barged into the oil market and knocked crude prices down one-quarter from their summertime highs appear to be hunkering down for a lengthy stay. Big investment banks...

Mubarak Nostalgia Supplants the Arab Spring - Eric Trager, New Republic

In a political environment that seeks a return to the status quo ante, the Mubarak-era political strategy that Hout embraces—leveraging his patronage network and governmental...

The Brutality of the 'New Egypt' - Mona Eltahawy, New York Times

The Pyramids are face-lift flawless, the grass is almost neon bright and even the air itself appears to have been retouched. This portrait of perfection, an ad introducing a &ldq...

100 Days of al-Sisi: Where Egypt Stands - Katulis, Awad & Lang, CAP

President Sisi’s success or failure to strengthen the Egyptian economy will affect both the tenuous security situation and the incomplete political transition. The economy is...

ISIS Is on the Path to Defeat - Hussein Ibish, The National

In spite of its technical competence and impressive adaptability, the militant group may have overreached. The range of territory controlled by its fighters involves vulnerable sup...

British Vote on Palestine Won't Change Much - Azriel Bermant, Guardian

Britain would probably do better by taking its cue from the Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who has a stronger grasp of the realities in the region, and has called for a r...

Cairo Through the Eyes of a Garbageman - Peter Hessler, New Yorker

Many things in Egypt don’t work very well. Traffic is bad, and trains get cancelled; during the summer, it’s not unusual to have five electricity blackouts in a single ...

Egyptians' Optimism Is Growing - Mohamed Younis, Gallup

Most see economy improving and have confidence in current government....

ISIS Extends Its Reach - Benjamin Barthe, Worldcrunch

Unlike al-Qaeda, which was always meant to operate on a global level, ISIS has been much more linked to its territory in Syria and Iraq. But that's now starting to change....

Fighting the Purpose-Driven Jihad - Kevin Sullivan, NI

No matter how much lip service American presidents pay to the aspirations of Arabs and Muslims across the greater Middle East, the United States is -- and will likely remain -- hea...

Why Egyptians Support the New Old Regime - Steven A. Cook, TNI

Over the last few years, Egypt has become an object lesson in how narrow interests, greed, and politics can quickly undo noble ideas and aspirations. The time since former Presid...

The Mysterious Rise of the Arab Crime Novel - Marcia L. Qualey, Al Jazeera

Why are gentleman-thieves and murder mysteries making a comeback in Arabic popular fiction?...

Why Is Abbas Playing Hardball with Hamas? - Daoud Kuttab, Al-Monitor

Abbas’ tactic is evident. He sees that Hamas needs him more than he needs it, and he has therefore pounced on this weakness. The Palestinian leader is hoping to be able to revers...

Nile Water Wars? - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

In the 21st century, water could emerge as a more precious commodity than oil. As populations rise, albeit at a slower rate than in the previous century, water becomes a more valua...

A Political Coming of Age in the Gulf - Rami Khouri, The Daily Star

The apparent airstrike against targets in Tripoli, Libya, last week by the air force of the United Arab Emirates, in conjunction with Egypt, must go down as one of the most intrigu...

The New Arab Cold War - Steven A. Cook, Jacob Stokes & Alexander Brock, FP

The popular conception of the Middle East is one of a region divided along sectarian lines pitting Sunni against Shiite, but another simultaneous struggle is underway among predomi...

U.S. Can't Retreat and Still Call the Shots - Max Boot, Commentary

Want to know what happens when the U.S. retreats from a leadership role in the Middle East? This is what happens–Egypt and the United Arab Emirates together collaborate to stag...

Libya the Sign of a Newly Proactive Gulf - Jane Kinninmont, The Guardian

Whatever has happened in Libya in the past few days – with the US claiming that the United Arab Emirates and Egypt were behind several airstrikes on Islamist militias – it is...

The Hard Hand of the Middle East - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Reality can be harsh. In order for the United States to weaken and eventually defeat the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, it could use help from both the Iranian regime and that of...

The Fantasy of Mideast Moderates - Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post

For decades, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East has been to support “moderates.” The problem is that there are actually very few of them. The Arab world is going through a ...

Repression & Stability: The Sisi Doctrine - Michael Hanna, Foreign Policy

From Gaza to Libya to Iraq, Egypt's new strongman is developing a foreign policy based on repression and stability....

Egypt's Tiananmen Square - Kenneth Roth, Foreign Policy

I went to Cairo to present Egypt's leaders with evidence that police slaughtered 1,000 people at Rabaa Square. They wouldn't even let me out of the airport....

Israel Still Mulling Iran Strike

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was to visit Capitol Hill Tuesday after sitting down with President Obama Monday to talk about Iran.Monday's discussion was important for ...

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