February 12, 2014

Sisi's Grave Choice

Hussein Ibish, NOW Lebanon

The Associated Press

A wise advisor might, at this crucial stage, be whispering in the Field Marshal's ear that perhaps the burden of the highest office in the land ought be better left to someone like Mr. Mansour, his Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi, or any number of other plausible civilians, while it is in the best interests of both Sisi personally and the military as a whole – for which he has become an icon and a synecdoche – and its current enviable position in Egyptian society, that he be content to remain defense minister and commander in- chief.

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February 8, 2014
U.S. Supporting Oppression in Egypt
Ahmed Maher, Washington Post
Egyptian media outlets have been circulating the news that the U.S. Congress passed a law that would allow the Obama administration to continue sending military aid to Egypt despite its military coup last summer and the massacres... more ››
February 6, 2014
Inside Egypt's War on Journalists
Sharif Abdul Quddus, Mada Masr
In Egypt, journalism can now be a form of terrorism. At least that's what prosecutors are alleging in a case targeting Al Jazeera, with 20 defendants referred to trial on charges of joining or aiding a terrorist group and... more ››
February 5, 2014
The Islamists' Goal for Egypt's Christians
Samuel Tadros, Defining Ideas
The fall of the Mubarak regime in February 2011 unleashed a monumental and contagious wave of optimism. Images of Christians and Muslims holding hands in Tahrir Square were broadcast around the world and gave credence to the... more ››
February 3, 2014
Too Soon to Judge the Arab Spring?
Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer
I question whether there are leaders in the region capable of persuading fearful publics - including minority Christians and Shiites - that pluralism won't threaten their existence. Tunisia has such leaders, but Egypt, Syria, and... more ››
January 31, 2014
The End of Arab Paternalism
Hassan Mneimneh, German Marshall Fund
Behind the empowerment of the Arab Spring and its novel focus on citizen sovereignty lies a deeper realization: the realization that the state can no longer provide. The implications of this sober fact are yet to be properly... more ››