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Whose Egypt?
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
After a tantalizing delay, Egypt’s military authorities accepted the inevitable. Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood was declared elected as president a week ago and took the oath of office on Saturday (June 30, 2012). A development of such magnitude was unthinkabl...
Netanyahu’s Message to Obama Campaign
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut Presidential candidate Barack Obama is being targeted by the US Israel lobby from A to Z, (Ackerman, Gary & Aipac to Zuckerman, Mort & the Zionist Organization of America) as no American President seeking re-election has been in the country...
Whatever Happened to the Arab Summer?
PATRICK COCKBURN
Remember the euphoria early last year when long-established police states across the Arab world were tumbling down. Facile comparisons were made with the fall of communist states in Eastern Europe in 1989. Commentators spoke glibly of irrepressible political change in the...
Egypt in Discouraging Times
MICHAEL NEUMANN
In those great days of January and February, Egyptians taught the world what courage is. Before then, it was thought obvious that if you were up against live fire, you ran like hell. No one so much as conceived the possibility that you should stand and fight, let alone wi...
Our Muslim Brothers
URI AVNERY
Everybody knows by now why we are stuck in Palestine. When God instructed Moses to plead with Pharaoh to let his people go, Moses told him that he was unfit for the job because “I am slow of speech and of a slow tongue” (Exodus 4:10). Actually, in the He...
The Future Direction of Egypt’s Revolution
ESAM AL-AMIN
Against all odds the Muslim Brotherhood’s (MB) candidate, Dr. Muhammad Mursi won Egypt’s first presidential election since the ouster of dictator Hosni Mubarak…but barely. Although the official results will not be announced until Thursday, the final tally shows that...
The True Face of Egypt’s Military
ESAM AL-AMIN
The masks dropped. The cards are shown. For over a year, Egyptians have wondered who was leading the efforts to frustrate and obliterate their nascent revolution, or what was dubbed in the local media as the “third party” or the “hidden bandit.” But...
Back to Square One in Egypt?
ESAM AL-AMIN
On Thursday June 14, the High Constitutional Court in Egypt will rule on two pending motions that may radically change the future course of Egypt and determine the fate of its remarkable – but unfinished- revolution. The two motions are the constitutionality of the poli...
What’s Changed in Egypt?
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
The day of judgment for Hosni Mubarak arrived on June 2. The 84-year-old deposed president was given a life sentence with his interior minister Habib al-Adly for the killing of hundreds of protesters during last year’s uprising. Mubarak and his sons, Gamal and Alaa, we...
Sacrificing Mubarak to Save His Regime
ESAM AL-AMIN
When deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and his sons were indicted in April 2011, legal observers cynically noted that the charges were not only politically motivated in order to quiet the massive demonstrations demanding their trial, but also that they were so weak...
Battlelines Being Drawn for Next Phase: a Plus for Palestinians?
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut The official results of the first round of the historic Egyptian presidential elections, the first ever in Mother Egypt where the results were not known in advance, present an encouraging snapshot of “new democratic Egypt” given that the choice...
The Sacking of a Revolution
ESAM AL-AMIN
Fifteen months after millions of Egyptians -led by the revolutionary youth- were united in their demand to end a corrupt and suffocating dictatorship, they were now divided as they headed to the polls in the last two days in order to elect a new president. During this tra...
Military Orchestrates Egypt’s Presidential Elections
CARL FINAMORE
The military was the lone Hosni Mubarak-era institution to survive the revolution that toppled the country’s longest-reigning dictator last year. It remains the real power to this day and is skillfully orchestrating the May 23-24 presidential elections to paint a democr...
The Making of Egypt’s President
ESAM AL-AMIN
Ever since the toppling of Egypt’s former dictator Hosni Mubarak, the United States has been very nervous with regard to its former client state. Likewise, most Israeli leaders have been sounding the alarms, warning that the peace treaty with Egypt is in danger and that...
The Arab Spring is Part of the General Strike of the South
PRATYUSH CHANDRA
Vijay Prashad’s new book, Arab Spring, Libyan Winter ...
Oil Wars on the Horizon
MICHAEL T. KLARE
Conflict and intrigue over valuable energy supplies have been features of the international landscape for a long time.  Major wars over oil have been fought every decade or so since World War I, and smaller engagements have erupted every few years; a flare-up or two in 2...
Will Sadat’s Camp David and the Zionist Embassy be Next?
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut. The Egyptian people are demanding the return of their sovereignty.   According to recent opinion surveys they believe it was partially ceded to Israel by the two post-Nasser dictators, Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak, at the behest of American admin...
The Calculus of Egypt’s Presidential Race
ESAM AL-AMIN
“President Hosni Mubarak has decided to step down from his position as president of the republic.” Uttered by former Vice President Omar Suleiman on the evening of February 11, 2011, these words set in motion jubilations by millions of Egyptians celebrating the ultima...
Whatever Happened to the Arab Spring?
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
Within the first few months of 2011, the U.S. and its allies lost three loyal “friends”: Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, Zine el-Abbidine Ben Ali in Tunisia and Saad Hariri in Lebanon. While Mubarak and Ali were driven out of power by widespread popular uprisings, Hariri was ...
Who Runs Egypt?
CARL FINAMORE
The two best organized forces in Egypt today remain the military and Islamist organizations. They have been quite successful in leveraging their advanced organization to assert control of the government from the day dictator Hosni Mubarak was pushed aside on February 11, ...
Egypt: Marinated in Corruption
PATRICK COCKBURN
Who shall doubt “the secret hid Under Cheop’s pyramid” Was that the contractors did Cheops out of several millions? Or that Joseph’s sudden rise To Comp...
Egypt: A Culture of Subjugation is Dying
PATRICK COCKBURN
Cairo It is a gun battle people in the Shubra district in central Cairo still talk about six months after it happened. In a dispute over a piece of land he had seized amid the small shops and densely crowded streets, Mohammed Shaban, who had escaped from p...
“Stability” Trumps Democracy in Egypt
CHARLES DAVIS and MEDEA BENJAMIN
Confronted with popular protest, the country’s unelected rulers have doubled down on repression, jailing peaceful activists and killing dozens of civilians who have the gall to exercise their rights. Those who state security forces haven’t killed for demanding...
Rebellious Spring, Murderous Winter
RON JACOBS
The last twenty or so months have certainly been months of insurrection.  This is perhaps no truer anywhere on earth than in the Middle East and northern Africa.  Indeed, there is even a phrase describing this fact.  That phrase is “the Arab Spring.”  Exactly what...
Their Pope Dead, Egypt’s Copts Fear Worse Times
PATRICK COCKBURN
Cairo The death of Pope Shenouda, who led Egypt’s Coptic Christian Church for  40 years, has increased fears among Copts that they will face persecution  and discrimination as Islamic parties become more powerful. Hundreds of thousands of mourn...
US and Egypt: a Relationship on the Rocks
JAMES ZOGBY
The US-Egypt relationship is on the rocks. If it is to be salvaged, both sides will need to change course and pay attention to the concerns of their respective publics, both of whom now hold negative views of each other. In the year that has passed since massive an...
What Really Happened in the “Yom Kippur” War?
ISRAEL SHAMIR
Moscow Here in Moscow I recently received a dark-blue folder dated 1975. It contains one of the most well-buried secrets of Middle Eastern and of US diplomacy. The secret file, written by the Soviet Ambassador in Cairo, Vladimir M. Vinogradov, apparently a...
Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Egypt
CARL FINAMORE
Egyptians immediately recognized vivid symbolism few others understood in the soccer riot that broke out recently in the coastal city of Port Said. First, the killing of 74 Ultras, fans of the Cairo team al-Ahly, occurred on the February 1 one-year anniversary of t...
The Problem With “Pro Democracy” Groups
MARK WEISBROT
I have to laugh when I see the International Republican Institute (IRI) described by the international media as an organization that “...
Revolutionary Zeal
ABDEL-MONHEIM SAID
When the youth took to the streets on 25 January 2011, a full-fledged revolution was to follow, but no one knew at the time. No one knew that the frustration with the old regime was irreversible. No one knew that the river of discontent had broken its banks. As endless th...
Tough Days Ahead in Egypt
CARL FINAMORE
Cairo The most populated country in the Arab world took the day off on Wednesday, January 25. Tahrir Square was overloaded with people stretching and squeezing into every nook and cranny on adjacent streets, storefront alcoves and building doorways...
Hurrah for Egypt!
URI AVNERY
THE IMPOSSIBLE has happened. The Egyptian parliament, democratically elected by a free people, has convened for its first session. For me this is a wonderful, a joyful occasion. For many Israelis, this is a worrisome, a threatening sight. I CANNOT but...
Tunisia and Egypt One Year On
ESAM AL-AMIN
January 25 marked the one-year anniversary of the inception of Egypt’s revolution against the dictatorship of the Mubarak regime, eleven days after the success of the Tunisian revolution, when its former president Ben Ali fled the country. Within weeks of the brisk succ...
Chronicle of a Revolution-in-Progress
AMIRA HOWEIDY
1 January : Egypt wakes to news of the attack on the Two Saints Church in Alexandria on New Year’s Eve. Twenty Copts are killed as well as the church’s Muslim police guard. More than 100 are injured. No group claims responsibility. ...
Egypt at the Crossroads
TAMER BAHGAT and KHALID EL-SHERIF
“The Egyptian voices will be heard, and if not heard, it will be only because the blood already shed has not been enough…” With these words, Saad Zaghloul, one of 20th century Egypt’s most celebrated nati...
Back in Egypt’s Tinderbox
CARL FINAMORE
Cairo.  One year ago in February 2011, getting to Egypt wasn’t that easy. Back then, my London flight crew suddenly refused, in midair, to lay over in Cairo. Instead, we touched down in Athens where the airline did not actually even have...
Brothers Tread Cautiously
AMIRA HOWEIDY
This should be a time for the Muslim Brotherhood to savour their election victory. The final results of the parliamentary elections that ended yesterday will determine whether or not its political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), secures a majority, ie half the P...
Egypt’s “Historic” Elections
PHILIP RIZK
Seoud Omar, a member of the Suez Canal Authority’s workers union, stood for parliamentary election as an independent candidate in Egypt’s port city of Suez. Just a week before the people of Suez went to vote in the second stage of elections on 14 and...
Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood
RAMZY BAROUD
There was an unmistakable hint of triumph in the comments made by Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister of the elected Hamas government in Gaza, when he was hosted by Mohamed Badie, the supreme guide of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.Both leaders said what would be expected of...
On the Streets of Cairo, Circa. 2000
CHARLES R. LARSON
Of the many novels with settings in Cairo, Albert Cossery’s The Colors of Infamy capture...
How Israel Empowers Islamist Movements
URI AVNERY
If Islamist movements come to power all over the region, they should express their debt of gratitude to their bete noire, Israel. Without the active or passive help of successive Israeli governments, they may not have been able to realize their dreams....
The Arab Spring Effect
JAMES ZOGBY
Nine months into the “Arab Spring”, we surveyed public opinion in seven Arab countries and Iran, asking over 6,000 respondents about their primary political concerns and their degree of satisfaction with the pace of change taking place in their countries. What...
From Arab Spring to Sunni Spring?
PATRICK COCKBURN
A year ago the popular anger that grew into the Arab Spring was first ignited by an impoverished Tunisian fruit and vegetable seller, Mohamed Bouazizi, who set fire to himself after his cart, his sole means of feeding his family, was confiscated by police. Within days, pi...
The New Chicken Littles
JOHN FEFFER
I decided to wait a couple weeks just to make sure. So far, so good. Citizens went to the polls in Tunisia, Morocco, and Egypt. A plurality of voters threw their support behind Islamist parties. I take a look outside. The sky is still intact. Still, there is no sho...
Did the Pentagon Help Strangle the Arab Spring?
NICK TURSE
As the Arab Spring blossomed and President Obama hesitated about whether to speak out in favor of protesters seeking democratic change in the Greater Middle East, the Pentagon acted decisively.  It forged ever deeper ties with some of the most repressive regimes in the r...
Islamic Parties Win 75 Per Cent of Seats in Egyptian Elections
ESAM AL-AMIN
Ever since the fall of deposed president Hosni Mubarak last Feb. 11, the unity the Egyptian people had displayed during the previous 18 days has been slowly eroding. This fracture began to emerge during the nationwide referendum on March 19. Shortly after assuming ...
Back to Tahrir Square
ESAM AL-AMIN
When former Vice President (and intelligence chief) Omar Suleiman announced on state television last February 11the transfer of power from Hosni Mubarak to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), millions of Egyptians began celebrating in the streets the culminati...
The Arab Winter
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
The Kingdom of Qatar in the Persian Gulf, ever vigilant in support of democracy, sent  hundreds of soldiers to help Libyan insurgents against the dictator Gaddafi.  It based a squadron of attack aircraft in Crete to bomb Gaddafi’s forces, and its military chief stated...
Islamists on Probation
RAMZY BAROUD
Following Tunisia’s first fair and free elections on 27 October, the Western media responded with a characteristic sense of fear and alarm. For many, it seemed that the ghost of the Islamic menace was back to haunt Western Values throughout the Arab world. The narra...
Egypt and the IMF
ERIC WALBERG
The Popular Campaign to Drop Egypt’s Debts was launched at the Journalists’ Union 31 October, with a colourful panel of speakers, including Al-Ahram Centre for Political & Strategic Studies Editor-in-Chief Ahmed Al-Naggar, Independent Trade Union head Kamal Abbas,...