December 18, 2013

The Price of a Nude Photo in Egypt

Takis Wurger, Der Spiegel

The Associated Press

Egyptian Aliaa Elmahdy became an icon of the Arab Spring after she posted a nude photo of herself online. Then she fled to Sweden after receiving death threats from Islamist extremists. What and whom did her statement serve?

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December 16, 2013
Is Egypt's Sisi-Mania Legit?
Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer
The reasons many liberals - and a huge number of ordinary Egyptians - came to love a general reflect the huge obstacles to building a democracy in Egypt. But the Sisi story isn't over yet. more ››
December 17, 2013
Obama Is Losing Egypt to Russia
Jonathan Tobin, Commentary
As much as the president’s efforts to pull back from the Middle East may resonate with those Americans who are sick of conflict, a policy of retreat is not one that stands up to much scrutiny. Thus, although the public... more ››
December 17, 2013
Egypt's Bleak New Draft Constitution
Michael Totten, World Affairs Jnl
A nation’s constitution should be a consensus document if it’s to have any kind of lasting legitimacy, but that’s not what Egypt is going to get. Instead Egypt is going to get the legal codification of a single ... more ››
December 12, 2013
The Destruction of Alexandria's Heritage
Iason Athanasiadis, Monitor
The penthouse of a multi-story, brick high-rise erected close to the city center yields up sweeping views across Alexandria’s historic bay and old town. The apartment on Sultan Husayn Street — a leafy boulevard... more ››
December 12, 2013
Is Ukraine the Next Egypt?
Job Henning, The National Interest
The crisis in Ukraine is more of the same—but with perhaps even greater risks. This time, it was the EU that advanced a strategy that was overconfident, unrealistic, and premature, while the US looked on with a distracted eye. more ››