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Gaza Held Hostage to Egypt’s Turmoil
RAMZY BAROUD
Air of uncertainty is engulfing most matters related to Egypt. Since the Egyptian revolt started over two years ago, the country remains hostage to a barefaced power struggle with many destructive implications that have polarized society in unprecedented ways, perhaps in ...
Sectarianism and the New Egypt
RANNIE AMIRI
It was former Egyptian President Husni Mubarak who famously said during a 2006 ...
Gaza’s Siege Intensifies
RAMZY BAROUD
On Sep. 17, 2012, Ismail Haniyeh, Prime Minister of the Hamas government in Gaza, made another appeal to his Egyptian counterpart Hisham Kandil to consider setting up a free trade area between Gaza and Egypt. The reasonable idea would allow Egypt to support Gaza’...
Sexual Violence and Tahrir Square
BINOY KAMPMARK
Melbourne. The accounts send a shudder down the spine, reports of systematic and orchestrated assaults against women that have taken place in Tahrir Square this year.  The incidents are a reminder that nature, in abhorring a vacuum, often fills it with hi...
Last Sparks From Tahrir Square
ANDRE VLTCHEK
Cairo. Tahrir Square is dark, and all of a sudden endlessly sad. There are still countless tents in the middle of the roundabout, banners carried by the wind, even a small and provisory ‘Museum of Revolution’. From time to time one can hear, as if some...
Egypt’s Political Map: Clearing the Fog
ESAM AL-AMIN
If parties from across all of Egypt’s political spectrum agree on one thing, it’s this: the country is currently witnessing the greatest turmoil since Hosni Mubarak’s ouster and is facing massive upheaval with no end in sight. The unity and resolve displayed by mill...
Why Egypt’s Revolution is So Different
CARL FINAMORE
Cairo. Entering the third year of the revolt in Egypt, no amount of repression seems able to contain the swelling pressure exploding throughout the country the last several weeks. In fact, protests against the Muslim Brotherhood government of President Moh...
Egypt: Scenes From a Besieged City
ANDRE VLTCHEK
January 29, 2013, Port Said, Egypt. It is dark, pitch dark, on the streets of Port Said. Small groups of young men are gathering in the center of the city, mostly around burnt out cars. Some are very restless. They shout and gesticulate, furious. F...
Egypt Aflame Over Protests
CARL FINAMORE
Cairo. Late this evening, President Mohammad Morsi declared Emergency Law in three provinces around the Suez Canal that are ablaze in protests. He frankly conceded the government was losing control. The strategic area around the Suez Canal earns the...
An Interview With Norman Finkelstein
KEN KLIPPENSTEIN
Ken Klippenstein: What do you think the significance of the Arab Spring was to Palestinian rights? Norman Finkelstein: It’s still a work in progress. The results seemed more encouraging in the initial phase than th...
Understanding Egypt in Year Three
CARL FINAMORE
The Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), gets most of the attention these days when discussing Egypt. Criticism flows easily and the FJP’s reputation has definitely been sullied and bloodied because of their numerous sectarian and u...
What Egyptians Say About Their Referendum
MAYSSOUN SUKARIEH
Are you voting Yes or No on the constitution? Of course, yes, said a bearded young man in Shoubra while lining up to vote for the referendum. Have you read the constitution? No I haven’t but it is enough for me that it employs sharia as the...
Egypt’s Revolution Stumbles
MARK VORPAHL
The call for a new constitution was a key political demand of the Egyptian people when they overthrew the thirty-year dictatorship of Mubarak. Motivating this was the desire to begin dismantling the repressive bureaucratic state machinery they had suffered under and repla...
Egypt’s Constitution, the Opposition, and the Dialogue of the Deaf
ESAM AL-AMIN
December 8 was the day President Muhammad Morsi had chosen two nights earlier during his address to the nation. In his speech, he called for an open dialogue with the opposition and other political parties as they tackled the political crisis engulfing the country since h...
At the Muslim Brotherhood’s Sit-In
MAYSSOUN SUKARIEH
Cairo. Signs cover over the front of the Constitutional Court at the Maadi Corniche in Cairo. The Muslim Brotherhood sit-in has been here since December 2. The signs read, “The Presidency is a Red Line” and “Morsi is Red Line.” Abdel Fattah, one of...
Unmasking the Muslim Brotherhood
ERIC DRAITSER
The complexities of the Arab Spring and the struggle for political freedom throughout the Arab world should not obscure what has now become an absolutely essential understanding for all anti-imperialists: the Muslim Brotherhood is one of the most powerful weapons of the W...
Knee Deep in the Egyptian Counter-Revolution
MAYSSOUN SUKARIEH
Cairo. At Tuesday’s protests by the Muslim Brotherhood, defiance is in the air. The Brotherhood’s political vehicle, the Freedom and Justice Party, was out on the streets alongside the Jama’at al-Islamiya and the Salafi Dawah – core elements of the...
The Battle for Sovereignty in Egypt
PAUL SEDRA
The lines are now drawn. Five months ago, when Muhammad Mursi presented himself as a revolutionary to Tahrir, there was still room to conceive that he might take up the principles for which hundreds of Egyptians had given their lives since 25 January 2011 – bread, freed...
Panic and Fear in Tahrir Square
MAYSSOUN SUKARIEH
Cairo. “I’m still at work. I’ll be late, maybe by an hour or two,” says a young man to his dad. When I looked in surprise at him, he winked and asked me to be quiet. It was in Tahrir, the young man was sitting sipping tea and talking on the ...
In Egypt: When Democracy is not an Option
ESAM AL-AMIN
By the time President Muhammad Morsi issued his Constitutional Decree on November 22, the political battle lines in Egypt had been clearly drawn. One side, mostly comprised the forces of political Islam led by the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the political arm of the ...
Egyptian Roundabout
FARRAH HASSEN
It’s not even a square—it’s really more of a roundabout. And in person, Tahrir Square appears dramatically smaller than the sweeping images broadcast across the globe documenting the unprecedented demonstrations that toppled the seemingly unshakeable Mubarak regime....
The Sounds of Cairo
MAYSSOUN SUKARIEH
Cairo. Tearful eyes, Noses covered with shawls, hands or Napkins. People running away coughing, and others giving instructions to put Pepsi or Vinegar on the eyes so they calm down. Is it a tear gas? It must be more than this: it is “tear e...
Egyptians Between Squares
MAYSSOUN SUKARIEH
And if you see a Muslim Brotherhood member Coming to the Square, His Mom’s night will be dark And he will leave the square unhappy (Wlaw shufti ikwan gayyilna el meedan  Leilit ummo soda w hayirga3e za3elan...
Showdown in Egypt
ESAM AL-AMIN
Ever since the fall of former dictator Hosni Mubarak on that fateful day in February 2011, Egyptian society and its political factions have been sharply divided. On one side is the Islamic parties led by the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) but also includes the more conservative ...
The Inevitable Constitution
OMAR KASSEM
Egypt will begin to acquire democratic institutions, first a Shura (or Senate), then a Parliament (after new elections), after a Constitution will inevitably be passed with article 2 stating that the source of all law will be ‘the principles of Islamic Sharī‘a’. Th...
Morsi Runs the Gauntlet
WAEL ISKANDAR
There’s a scene at the end of Braveheart when William Wallace was being tortured to death. At the height of torture the executioner paused and tried to convince Wallace to pledge allegiance to the king so that he may die a quick death. He said, “It can all en...
I Exist on the Political Map of Egypt
MASSOUN SUKHARIEH
Down with the regime of the Muslim Brotherhood Down with the Brotherhood Supreme Guide Do not be afraid, Morsi is going to leave. Erhal, Erhal [leave, leave] People want to bring down the regime. Moatassimim moatasmeen ha...
When Justices Are Unjust
OMAR KASSEM
Eric Walberg’s essay on Muhammad Morsi’s recent decrees stands out as an insightful article. There hasn’t been particularly good coverage of these recent events in Egypt by the general med...
Egyptian Revolts
MAYSSOUN SUKARIEH
Cairo. “We are not thugs, and we are not criminals,” It is the sentence that every single protester in Mohamed Mahmoud street used as they began to tell me about the protests that began on November 19. That day is significant. It is the first anniversa...
Morsi Bites the Bullet
ERIC WALBERG
At last Egyptian politics is moving. President Mohamed Morsi is slowly building on his summer ‘coup’, when he stared down Egypt’s generals and put his men in the top army and defence positions, following terrorist attacks in Sinai which the army, so old ...
The New Political Map of the Middle East
PATRICK COCKBURN
President Obama is lucky in his opponents, particularly when it comes to explaining why America’s influence is waning in the Middle East. The issue was hardly mentioned in the election, aside from a botched attempt by Mitt Romney to blame the administration for the ...
A US / Israeli Defense Treaty?
BARRY LANDO
Paris. Several questions asked in the third presidential debate were never clearly answered. One of the most vital concerns Israel: What exactly is the U.S. commitment to that country?  It’s a question that an American president may suddenly be ...
The Struggle for Egypt’s Soul
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
London. When the official announcement of Mohamed Morsi’s election as Egypt’s president was made following a tantalizing period of uncertainty, I had raised some questions about the country’s constitutional future. I had also suggested that a multila...
The Waning of American Power in the Middle East
PATRICK COCKBURN
Are the days of American predominance in the Middle East coming to an end or is US influence simply taking a new shape? How far is Washington, after refusing to try to keep Hosni Mubarak in power in Egypt, facing the same situation as the Soviet Union in 1989, when ...
The Hubris of Romney and Obama
SHELDON RICHMAN
Mitt Romney, whose bid to unseat Barack Obama looks more desperate every day, senses he’s found a weakness in his rival. In a foreign-policy speech the other day, he blasted Obama over the upheaval in the Arab world, saying, “This is a time for a president who will sh...
Professor Obama Lectures the Muslim World
ESAM AL-AMIN
On Sept. 25, Professor-turned President Barack Obama lectured the Muslim World and world leaders during his annual address before the United Nations. The beautifully crafted speech of the Nobel peace laureate would have been believed – and better received—had i...
Morsi Takes Manhattan
JASON BROWNLEE
Historically, Washington has been more comfortable extolling democracy than accepting its consequences, particularly in the strategically important Middle East. Algerian democracy had no place in the “new world order” of former President George H.W. Bush. His ...
Insults, Incitement and Islam
GRAHAM PEEBLES
London. Across the Muslim World there is rightly outrage and hurt at the latest calculated attack on Islam, in the form of the film trailer Innocence of Muslims. All who hold human rights and moral decency close to their heart share their indignat...
So, Really, Why Do They Hate Us?
PAUL ATWOOD
Recent attacks on American embassies and consulates in numerous Muslim countries are claimed to be irrational and undue reactions to a film portraying the Muslim prophet Mohammed in a degraded manner. The film is intentionally sacrilegious and incendiary toward Islamic be...
Islamophobia, Left and Right
JEFF SPARROW
‘Koran discovered with coffee cup stain on the front cover, US marines deployed to all Starbucks franchises.’ The quip, retweeted by celebrity atheist Richard Dawkins, exemplifies the belligerent incomprehension with which so many...
America and the Muslims
ESAM AL-AMIN
Thousands of angry Muslims demonstrated in front of American embassies and consulates in Egypt and Libya because of a newly released film that deliberately insulted and mockingly falsified the life of the prophet of Islam. The protests soon spread to Yemen, Tunisia, Sudan...
What the Arab Spring Really Was
PATRICK COCKBURN
The murder of the American ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens, and three of his staff in Benghazi in retaliation for a US-made video slandering the Prophet Mohamed will have serious repercussions in the US weeks before the presidential election. The killings undercut Pres...
Morsi in Tehran
DAN GLAZEBROOK
Egypt’s new President Mohammed Morsi was in China last week, putting in an appearance at the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Iran on the way home – all before ever having stepped foot in the US. Several commentators have speculated that his movements herald a strategic...
Egyptian Military Checkmated
ESAM AL-AMIN
Ever since early April when he became an official candidate in the first post-revolution presidential election, Dr. Mohammad Morsi has been generally dismissed by most political observers as a weak and unimpressive politician. In fact, he was an accidental contender since...
Russia in the Middle East
ERIC WALBERG
The world is living through a veritable slow-motion earthquake. If things go according to plan, the US obsession with Afghanistan and Iraq will soon be one of those ugly historical disfigurements that — at least for most Americans — will disappear into th...
Neocons vs. the ‘Arab Spring’
RAMZY BAROUD
The neoconservatives are back with a vengeance. While popular uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and other Arab countries had briefly rendered them irrelevant in the region, Western intervention in Libya signaled a new opportunity. Now Syria promises to usher a full retur...
The Sinai Joins the Axis of Resistance
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut The Sinai Peninsula has rejoined the Arab and Islamic Resistance as this great awakening spreads inexorably across the region toppling Western imposed security states and replacing them with governments of greater popular legitimacy.  Egypt and oth...
In the Time of Legal Coups?
BRETT WARNKE
A June coup in Paraguay deposed left-leaning President Fernando Lugo and resembles others in recent years, specifically, the desire of the plotters to give the transition an appearance of legal legitimacy.  NYU Professor Greg Grandin said in an interview, “The Paraguay...
Clinton in Cairo
ESAM AL-AMIN
Over the past weekend Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Egypt for the first time since the election in late June of Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate Dr. Muhammad Morsi. During her visit, Clinton not only met with the new president but also sat with Field...
What Do Events in Egypt Mean for the American Left?
ROB URIE
The question for the Egyptian Revolution was always: with the military in control and the state intact, what had changed? The analogy to the ‘Velvet’ Revolution overlooked that the ties of Soviet client states to the Soviet Union were weakened when the Soviet Union ca...