Three diplomats sat in the French consulate in Beirut in May 1916 while the First World War raged and agreed on a secret plan to divide the Middle East among their countries. They represented Britain, France and Imperial Russia. After the Bolshevik Revolution in October 1917, Russia withdrew from the scheme. Britain and France stayed committed and soon after the end of the war, divided the countries among themselves under what is known as "Sykes-Picot Agreement". The Arabs, who had been promised freedom by the British, revolted and were eventually placated with the creation of the Emirate of Transjordan (now Kingdom of Jordan) and Kingdom of Iraq to be ruled by the sons of the leader of Arab Revolt, Sharif Husain of Mecca.
Has the third Arab liberation movement failed?
- 16 April 2014
- Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan
Welcome to Egypt, 2014
- 15 April 2014
- Fahmi Huwaidi
From whichever angle you look at it, the situation in Egypt is unbelievable. It is unfathomable that three years after the Egyptian revolution, for which 1,000 martyrs paid with their lives, torture has become prevalent in our society. The re-emergence of torture not only constitutes a serious violation of human rights and dignity, but also marks the return of the Mubarak regime and the security state. It also keeps the revolution from going down in history as a significant mark of progress and marks a huge victory for the counter-revolution.
We just need to listen to the Muslim Brotherhood
- 14 April 2014
- Eng. Mahmoud Ibrahim Sadiq
"What I think is important about the Muslim Brotherhood is that we understand what this organisation is, what it stands for, what its beliefs are...what its connections are with other groups... It is an important piece of work because we will only get our policy right if we fully understand the true nature of the organisation that we are dealing with," words uttered by the British Prime Minister David Cameron whilst calling for an investigation on the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Why does the war against the Brotherhood ultimately fail?
- 11 April 2014
- Dr Bashir Musa Nafi
The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) in Egypt was born in 1928, from the early 1940s to the 1980s the group spread to most Arab countries and within the Arab-Islamic circles in Europe and America.
The unforgettable crimes of the coup
- 10 April 2014
- Ahmed Mansour
Since the June 30, 2013, not a day has passed that the Egyptian regime has not committed a crime against the rights of the Egyptian people, its history and culture. Yet, not enough has been done to expose the regime and its leaders on the regional and international levels. They have yet to be shamed and lawfully prosecuted in a way that is proportionate to the crimes they have committed.