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    An old enemy, a new dictator

    In Egypt, General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi of the Egyptian armed forces is now the most powerful man in the land. While Hitler and Mussolini were invited, or voted into office, Sisi took power for himself in a military coup in July that toppled the first democratically elected leader –...
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    Thoughts on the "alliance" between America and political Islam

    There has been a growing controversy over the past two years regarding the creation of an alliance between political Islam and the American project in the region, especially after the increased polarisation surrounding the Syrian Revolution, on one hand, and the course of democratic transformation in the Arab Spring...
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    Coup uses media for misinformation campaign

    If one takes his or her information about the Muslim Brotherhood solely from the media reports coming out of Egypt today, he or she could be forgiven for thinking that the Muslim Brotherhood is a power grabbing, violent group of extremists intent on destroying Egypt. Ever since the removal...
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    How low will the Egyptian media go? President Obama, the secret member of Muslim Brotherhood

    The Egyptian media has done little to restore its image since the removal of President Morsi, smears against the president and the Muslim Brotherhood have been par for the course since the installation of the military coup leaders. The media, often under the control of the state or the...
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    A coup against the revolution... What happened?

    The events in Egypt can be read on several levels. On the one hand it is an internal coup against the "Arab Spring" and a counter-revolution against the revolutions of liberation and emancipation. On the other it is a regional and international alliance against any popular effort towards our...
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    What can we learn from Egypt 2013?

    Genuine democracy requires practice and partnership, and cannot be realised without the participation of the people. Mobilising crowds to replace the ballot box is very dangerous because a lust for power and authority can be cast in popular demands and gain pseudo-legitimacy. The coup in Egypt is a case...
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    Myths of a confusing time

    I do not know when we will sober up and discern the truth of many of the myths spread across Egypt nowadays. However, I see indications that this sobriety will come soon. I am referring to some of the extraordinary writings that have appeared in Egyptian newspapers during the...
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    A reading of the Western position on the Egyptian coup

    Only a few days after the bloody and treacherous military coup in Egypt on July 3rd, Western governments released timid statements on the issue with a sense of concern and anticipation; they were unsure about the consequences and if they would be favourable for the coup leaders. The rapid...
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    A rough ride for Egypt's economy

    Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece are enjoying a healthy flow of tourists, thanks to turmoil in the Middle East which has driven holidaymakers away from the Red Sea resorts of Egypt and towards the Acropolis in Athens, reported The New York Times recently. Once badly affected by the euro...
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    Does Al-Sisi expect Pinochet's fate?

    In the aftermath of the January 25 Revolution, General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said that the army's interference in public life sets back the country by 30 or 40 years. There is some irony in that statement today, given his role as the leader of the coup which toppled President...
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    The arrest of Gehad El-Haddad raises serious concerns about freedom of expression in Egypt

    The arrest of the Muslim Brotherhood's spokesman, Gehad El-Haddad, had the hallmarks of a kidnapping rather than a conventional arrest. His arrest in Cairo on Tuesday, along with two colleagues, although shocking, is no surprise to observers of Egyptian politics. Since the coup on July 3rd the arrest of...
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    Egypt's very public political and moral suicide

    Since President Anwar Sadat's visit to Jerusalem in 1977, Egypt has been in a dark tunnel that has altered the country from an Arab state to an "Arab crisis". Since that fateful day, the Arab world has witnessed a series of catastrophes that are a direct result of Egypt's...
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    Are Algeria and Tunisia holding friendly talks?

    Algeria and its neighbour Tunisia have increased the levels of their discrete bilateral cooperation. In a period of roughly a month and a half, Algerian and Tunisian officials met several times to discuss many issues in a series of meeting in Algiers. In early August, Algeria's Foreign Minister, Mourad...
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    What Egypt's military spokesman missed out

    At the end of July, Hamas held a press conference in Gaza in which it presented a number of documents issued by the Palestinian Authority security agencies in Ramallah. The papers revolve around the efforts being made to widen the gap and raise doubts and fear between Hamas and...
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    New ban of Muslim Brotherhood is hardly a game-changer

    After the second hearing session into the case, an Egyptian administrative court in Cairo has issued a decision to ban the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, the country's biggest and most organised social and political group, with branches all over the world. The decision includes a ban on any entity affiliated...
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    Hamas has not interfered in the affairs of Arab states

    Hamas has been accused of interfering in Egypt's internal affairs; an earlier accusation mentioned Syria. Such accusations are unprecedented, as well as unfounded, because ever since the movement was founded, it has never interfered in any Arab country's affairs; even when called upon to do so and weigh in,...
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    The US-Brotherhood "alliance"

    Nowadays, Egypt is witnessing the absurdity of the coup-backed media spreading lies to demonise the coup's opponents and then calling on those who have been named to prove their innocence. This nonsensical situation is despite the fact that the law requires the prosecution to prove its case, not the...
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    A historic reconciliation or a daily open conflict

    It was not difficult to anticipate the stumbling paths of the 25 January revolution and their repercussions such as those we see now of the decline and absence of many of its inspirations, dreams and objectives. To start with, this was the revolution that came in the aftermath of...
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    The systematic arrest of journalists in Egypt, and a trade treat for Canada

    On Sunday, the world learnt that the detention of Tarek Loubani and John Greyson had been extended by 45 days. The Canadian doctor and filmmaker have been held without charge since mid-August when they were arrested after filming and providing aid to the wounded during clashes between anti-coup protesters...
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    What is there in common between Gen. Musharraf and Gen. Al Sisi?

    In the aftermath of the military coup in Egypt on July 3, 2013, comparisons to other countries came thick and fast. For the optimists, there was Turkey, where the army had ousted governments who had become unpopular, and held new elections to allow a seedling of democracy to take...
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    Egypt declares war on Hamas but who is the oppressor and who is the oppressed?

    I used to think that the defamation and incitement campaign against the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) was limited to a few Egyptian television stations and specific programmes aired on them, supervised by some icons of the former Hosni Mubarak regime. However, the threats made by Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi,...
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    The unresolved Egyptian crisis

    The latest Russian-American truce in Syria does not mean that the crisis is over. Far from it. Moreover, the insurgency in Syria seems to have overshadowed another crisis in the region. The overthrow of Mohammed Morsi, the democratically-elected President of Egypt and member of the Muslim Brotherhood, has left...
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    The Westgate mall attack highlights Kenya-Israel ties

    The siege of Nairobi's Westgate Mall has finally come to an end. Kenyan forces have been battling militants claiming to be members of the Al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab group after they stormed the western-style shopping precinct on a busy Saturday afternoon and took hostages, killing over 70 people in the...
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    Westgate Mall: symptom of a far deeper problem than the media and politicians would have us believe

    The Westgate Mall in the Kenyan capital Nairobi is on everyone's lips and every news agency appears to be covering the awful incident that catapulted this relatively unknown shopping centre into the headlines. The mainstream media has carefully crafted its narrative into one that has a limited timeline beginning...
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    Why is Israel supporting the Egyptian coup?

    You may recall Israel's attack on the Gaza Strip in November last year. The aggression led to the martyrdom and wounding of about 330 Palestinians and followed the assassination of Al-Qassam Brigades commander Ahmed Jabari the day before. You may also recall how quickly President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt...
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    Egypt cosies up to the Kingdom

    When Mohammed Morsi was ousted by the Egyptian military on 3 July, Saudi Arabia was one of the first nations to express its support for the new regime. The interim president, Adly Mansour, told a newspaper that Saudi's King Abdullah was the first world leader to congratulate him, in...
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    There is no fear over the Arab Spring in Tunisia

    Although the Egyptian scenario is overshadowing the picture in Tunisia, the difference between us and them is that they can see some light at the end of the tunnel, while we are still looking for the tunnel. I was invited to speak in Tunisia about the developments in the...
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    Modernising but Non-democratising Armies?

    Part I The Turkish military has often been compared and contrasted in scholarly writing with its counterparts either in Western Europe or in Latin America. Secular-minded Turkish scholars scorn at the idea of comparing the Turkish military with armies in the Arab world. For instance, one scholar claimed that...
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    America's symbolic slap on the wrist is welcome, but not enough to bring about real change in Egypt

    Since Egypt's president, Mohammed Morsi, was ousted in a military coup on 3 July, the US has been in an awkward position. An automatic Congressional instrument halts military aid in the event of a coup. The US supports the Egyptian military to the tune of $1.3bn a year, and...
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    October War celebrations turn to mourning

    The October 6th celebration of Egypt's surprise attack against Israeli forces across the Suez Canal in 1973 is certainly a source of joy and pride for every Egyptian without exception. This year, though, the leaders of the bloody coup wanted to exclude a large part of the Egyptian public...
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    Why did the Egyptian media side with the coup?

    It was not only natural for the Egyptian media to side with the coup leadership, but also inevitable. The media has played a key role in Egyptian politics for decades thanks to ownership and inherited loyalties. Gamal Abdel Nasser took power thanks to the support of the media, and...
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    As Egypt's army fights its own civilians, Israel is on the verge of annexing Sinai

    It is important for analysts to be absolutely accurate in their deliberations and data if they are to retain any credibility. Likewise, it is important for the analysis itself not to be slanted to favour one group or another. I say this because my analysis suggests that Israel may...
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    Comments on the discussion about Al-Sisi

    I do not know to what extent it is permissible for me to comment on or discuss the comments that Al-Masri Al-Youm newspaper have attributed to Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. This is due to the man's high military ranking, the fact that he holds the title of Minister of Defence...
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    Cairo under occupation

    This is a true story: A young man drove an unlicensed motorcycle and decided to ride it into oncoming traffic. When he ran into a police officer, he did not hesitate to shoot at him, but the police chased him down and arrested him, in addition to seizing his...
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    Did the Islamists fail?

    A statement has recently spread throughout the Arab media claiming that the Islamists have failed in governing. Some say it as if it were a well-known fact or an uncontested notion. The essence of the notion rests on the following logic: the Arab people chose the Islamists to govern...
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    Exodus from Egypt

    Even the Merit Publishing House founder and director, Mohamed Hashem, decided to leave Egypt. He posted what could only be described as a departure speech on his Facebook page last Wednesday: "I would not have left it if it weren't for the repulsiveness there." Hashem also wrote; "I respect...
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    Is Egypt Heading to "Ikhwanization," "Wafdanization," or "Militarization"?

    The conflict in and over Egypt cannot be reduced to being a mere struggle over political power, albeit the latter is an intricate part of it. Indeed, in a major part of it, it is an ideological struggle related to the identity of the state and its policies, and...
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    The revolution cannot be negotiated: No to recognition...No to reconciliation...No to negotiations

    In the New Labour Party, we were silent about the endless initiatives and negotiations, discussed during the National Coalition to Support Legitimacy meetings, because we were sure they would fail and the conditions we agreed upon ensured such failure. However, with the disturbing calls for negotiations increasing, we thought...
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    Egypt: into the unknown and beyond the bounds of history

    Egypt's current problem is that it is moving beyond the bounds of history and it is feared that the Arab world will follow suit. Those who read Egyptian newspapers and the statements made by the country's politicians, which flatter the military establishment and do their bidding, may not have...
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    Protests between the delusions of the coup and the hopes of the protestors

    The people behind Egypt's coup mock the pro-legitimacy supporters and their protests, calling them "foolish". They claim that the thousands on the streets are misguided and will not achieve anything. The coup's "road map", they insist, is proceeding as planned; Al-Sisi is holding the reins; the government is doing...
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    Egypt's Kung Fu champion evokes memories of the 1968 black power salute

    Wearing a yellow t-shirt with the familiar Rabaa salute, Egyptian Kung Fu champion Mohammed Youssef stepped up to receive his gold medal at the World Championship in Russia this weekend. But what was for him a symbol of solidarity with those violently attacked demonstrating in Rabaa Adawiya square, Egypt,...
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    Chasing away the Tunisian revolution

    Al-Nahda Party is struggling to make sure that what happened to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt does not happen in Tunisia. More importantly, the party is working towards sparing the Tunisians the fate of the Egyptian revolution. It would seem as though the situation of the revolution in Tunisia...
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    Protecting the creative voices of the Arab Uprising

    Last week rapper Ahmed Ben Ahmed was released after three weeks in prison. The Tunisian artist, aka Klay BBJ, was originally sentenced to 21 months in prison for 'insulting the police' in one of his protest songs at a concert in the resort of Hammamet. According to Freemuse, a...
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    How credible is the claim of the failure of political Islam?

    Whenever the Islamists suffer a setback, or even a small decline in votes, some Western experts monitoring the Islamic Movement's path rush to proclaim to the world that political Islam has failed and collapsed, and that it has come to an end. This is reiterated in their forums and...
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    A revealing phone conversation

    I was having lunch when my Egyptian line rang. The caller was Dr Osama al-Ghazali Harb, head of the Democratic Front Party, a member of the National Salvation Front, a former member of the dissolved National Democratic Party's policy secretariat, and former editor in chief of the International Politics...
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    Modernising but Non-Democratising Armies? Part II

    In the first part of this two-part series, a comparison was drawn between the Turkish and Egyptian armies. This comparison highlighted potential pitfalls that could occur before civilian control is achieved in Egypt. I also showed that these armies preyed on their own people instead of protecting their societies...
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    Egypt: its status, history and the Palestinian case

    Ever since the beginning of Egypt's incitement campaign against Hamas and the Palestinians in Gaza, including the attempts to disfigure the image of the Palestinian resistance in Egyptian media, we have met many foreign journalists, ambassadors, politicians, aid workers and activists who asked questions about the goals of this...
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    The trial of the century versus the scandal of the century

    According to the announcement made by the coup government in Egypt, today, November 4th, marks the beginning of the trial of President Mohamed Morsi on numerous counts. The most prominent includes incitement to the murders that occurred in front of the Itihadiya Presidential Palace last December, as well as...
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    Morsi is the strongest, most legitimate person in this farcical trial

    Perhaps the military rulers will realise, in the coming days that the presence of the elected president Mohamed Morsi, in the presidency cage would be much more merciful and less costly to them than his presence behind bars or standing in front of the comical courts' judges. What happened...
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    In Egypt and democratic countries

    A state is a political and lawful unit that consists of three components and three main branches and powers. The components of the state are territory, the people and the government. At certain times, a state will be recognised after it has been established without having any prior foundations,...