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.
Mandela's legacy for Palestine
- 06 December 2013
- Dr Daud Abdullah
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.
Egypt's bout of mad judiciary disease
- 30 November 2013
- Dr Abdul Wahab Al-Effendi
Since ancient times, members of the judiciary have served as the wise, careful, farsighted and impartial arbitrators in litigious disputes. The early Muslim leaders started a trend which no people before them had ever done; they separated the judiciary and politics. They then did something else that nobody else had ever done; there was no immunity for the governor before the court, even in a personal feud. This was helped by the fact that governing in Islam is not subject to the sultan's rulings; rather it is subject to the Shari'ah. Although many of the rulers (and judges) did not adhere to these practices, they remained a beacon of for legal principles bringing light to the darkness of the world.
Constitution-drafting committee makes its move against the civilian state
- 28 November 2013
- Samiya Khalil & Ritaj Shams Al Din
Political and legal experts have claimed that the Committee of 50 appointed by the coup-appointed government in Egypt has added articles to the constitution that effectively to militarise the state and tighten the grip of the army over the country and its national institutions. These clauses lead to what they described as "constitutionalising" the power of the military so that it becomes a "state above the state" and not subject to any civilian monitoring. Army officers take precedence over civilian officials and even the judiciary.