I have warned over the years that US-Iran rapprochement will end all the current political considerations based on conflict between Washington and Tehran, and I called for Arab-Iranian talks before the Arabs were forced to do so, after Washington used Arab hostility towards Iran to push for this reconciliation. In 2010, I published a book, "The Challenges of the Arab-Iranian Dialogue", despite the Arab countries' differences in opinion. Moreover, before the initial agreement with Iran was signed last month, I pointed out Egypt's position on the new map of regional policies which is based on one of the most important strategic variables; the shift in Egypt's importance and political weight in the new American strategy.
Egypt's options over US-Iran rapprochement
- 09 December 2013
- Dr Abdullah Al-Ashaal
The Machiavellian general and the false democrats
- 09 December 2013
- Ahmed Mohamed
Legend has it that when the young Colonel Gaddafi first met Gamal Abdel Nasser he was told, "I see my youth in you." The compliment went to the young Gaddafi's head.
Mandela's legacy for Palestine
- 06 December 2013
- Dr Daud Abdullah
Over the next two weeks tributes to the life and struggle of Nelson Mandela will continue to cascade on every media platform. All will no doubt be united on the fact that he was unquestionably a global figure. Like the people of South Africa, Palestinians across the political divide will remember him for his support and exemplary conduct as a liberation fighter.
Egypt's sectarian constitution: The triumph of the Church and its allies and the defeat of Al-Azhar and Al-Nour
- 05 December 2013
- Qutb Al-Arabi
The coup authorities are moving quickly to ensure the constitution is approved no matter what. If necessary, they will mobilise officers and soldiers in the military and the police and their families to vote for the constitution and create the façade that it is popular among the people when in fact it isn't.
The winners and the losers in the Egyptian constitution
- 04 December 2013
- Fahmi Huwaidi
The Egyptians did not have the chance to follow the discussions of the constitution committee, which were held behind closed doors, in keeping with the new-old "transparency". However, some coincidences give us hints about what has been going on behind those doors.