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Archives by Tag 'Egypt'
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...