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The Great Unraveling of Libya

Jon Lee Anderson, New Yorker

Egypt's Jon Stewart Comes to America

Dean Obeidallah, Daily Beast

In a failing state, an anti-Islamist general mounts a divisive campaign....(full article)

How does Egypt differ from Saudi Arabia and Qatar? Two ways: (1) It was not invited to join President Obama’s ballyhooed “coalition” of Arab Muslim states fightin...(full article)

For a man whose country is under crippling western sanctions, Vladimir Putin has been doing a lot of travelling. He has visited India, Turkey and, at the beginning of this week, Eg...(full article)

In an interview in Turkey, Hamed tells MEE that a new generation of revolutionaries is changing the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt....(full article)

Comedy scares some people. Typically, as I have personally witnessed, it’s usually people in positions of power, or bigots. Neither wants to be laughed at out of fear it wi...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Libya Needs the World's Help Against ISIS - The National

For all the slickness of the videos produced by ISIL militants, the strategy behind their public relations has often been foolish. Even from the warped perspective of the group, it...

ISIS Barbarism on Mediterranean Shores - The Scotsman

This latest atrocity brings Islamic State to the southern shores of the Mediterranean, close enough to Italy to make it a real threat. Just in case that was not obvious enough, IS ...

Obama's Five Mideast Blunders - Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

By 2011, the U.S. had cut way back its dependence on Middle Eastern gas and oil imports, which in turn gave American diplomats a measure of immunity from petro-blackmail, and the...

Egypt Unites Against ISIS - Michael Totten, World Affairs Journal

The Libyan branch of ISIS massacred 21 Egyptian Christians over the weekend. A knife-wielding executioner frog-marched the bound and blind-folded captives to a beach in front of a...

The Quiet War in Sinai - Ramzy Baroud, Asia Times

The Sinai Peninsula has moved from the margins of the Egyptian body politic to the uncontested center, as Egypt's strong man - President Abdul Fatah al-Sisi - finds himself greatly...

The Toxic Terror Brew: Land, Money and a Story - John McLaughlin, Ozy

Today’s terrorism is far from what it looked like just 14 years ago in the wake of 9/11. It’s dangerous and powerful in new ways, and will prove seductive for much of the world...

Gaza Has no Savior - Zvi Bar'el, Haaretz

While Gazans experience insufferable economic distress, Hamas is losing its status in the Arab world....

3 Messages of ISIS's New Rampage - Riyadh Mohammed, The Fiscal Times

ISIS is once again on a rampage. The terror group executed a second Japanese hostage this past weekend, took a minor oil field in Northern Iraq for a few days, stormed the oil-rich...

How Assad Frittered Away Syria's Sovereignty - Michael Young, The National

If Hafez Al Assad could come back and see what his son, Bashar, has done in Syria, he would re-enter his mausoleum and slam the door. Virtually every principle the late president s...

Israel amid a Fragmenting Middle East - R. Abouzeid, New Yorker

On Wednesday, it looked like an old battle in Lebanon and Israel might be reignited. By Thursday, it looked like tensions had declined. In a statement labelled Communiqué No. 1 (i...

A Talk with Bashar al Assad - Jonathan Tepperman, Foreign Affairs

One of the officials from your country asked me seven years ago in Syria at the end of a meeting, “How do you think we can solve the problem in Afghanistan?” I told him...

Is Revolution Brewing in Egypt Again? - Thanassis Cambanis, Atlantic

Four years after the revolution he helped lead, Basem Kamel has noticeably scaled back his ambitions. The regime he and his friends thought they overthrew after storming Tahrir Squ...

Don't Buy the ISIS Hype - Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Spectator

What Isis does have is an uncanny knack for scaring the audience it wants to scare: us. And we, addicted as many of us are to horror and violence in popular culture, seem perversel...

Egyptian Rappers Rage Against the Regime - Nicole Crowder, Washington Post

Long before the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 sparked by protests in Cairo’s Tahir Square, local hip-hop artists had already been making music from underground spaces that rall...

Egypt's Appalling Civil Rights Crackdown - New York Times

Even if they were acquitted on the ludicrous charge of “debauchery,” the 26 Egyptian men on trial in the government’s latest crackdown on gays are likely to suffe...

Sisi's Extraordinary Speech on Islam - Roger Simon, PJ Media

Accusing the umma (world Islamic population) of encouraging the hostility of the entire world, al-Sisi’s speech is so dramatic and essentially revolutionary it brings to mi...

Africa in 2015: What to Expect - Simon Allison, Daily Maverick

Thank god that’s over. Despite the Daily Maverick’s valiant attempts to look on the bright side, 2014 was not a great year for Africa. For this, special thanks must go ...

Egyptian Women Rise to the Top in Karate - Laura Dean, Global Post

In a country where women’s rights are under constant attack, karate is a rare bright spot....

The Death of Arab Cosmopolitanism - James Traub, Foreign Policy

Abdul Ali and his wife had been attending al-Furqan, the Dawa’s theological academy, and he was eager to explain to me what the Salafis mean when they say they take a “scient...

Egypt's Secular Authorities Round Up Gays - Bel Trew, Foreign Policy

Egypt's new regime is cracking down on the gay community -- with a little help from the media....

Egypt's Atheists May Be Next - Maged Atef & Sheera Frenkel, BuzzFeed

“It’s obvious that the state has gone crazy. They are just totally against anyone different,” said Hossam, a 34-year-old programmer, who asked that BuzzFeed News ...

A Mock Trial for Mubarak - Juan Cole, The Nation

Egypt’s progressive youth and workers came back out to protest in the thousands last weekend over a judge’s ruling that ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak should not have be...

Qatar Mends Its Saudi Fences - Rob Edens, RealClearWorld

Bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and Qatar soured in the wake of the Arab Spring as Qatar lent its diplomatic support, along with some $8 billion, to President Mohammed Mor...

We Must Dismiss Illusions of an Arab Spring - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

The Obama administration reacted to the news that an Egyptian court has dropped all charges against former President Hosni Mubarak with hardly a murmur of protest or even comment. ...

Egypt's Spring Has Turned to Dark Winter - The Australian

The “Day of Rage” on January 28, 2011 set in train the epic events that led to the collapse of the 30-year Mubarak dictatorship. Ideally, it was supposed to usher in an...

Delaying Egypt's Hopes - New York Times

The Egyptian court that threw out the murder charges against former President Hosni Mubarak may have closed the final chapter on the Arab Spring. After the country’s brief, f...

Egypt Will See Brighter Days - The National

Whatever verdict was passed down in Cairo on Saturday, there would have been disappointment in some quarters. Had the court agreed that the former president Hosni Mubarak was corre...

ISIS Claims Cairo Attack - Rachael Levy, Vocativ

At least four protesters were killed and scores of others injured during the “Muslim Youth Uprising” protests organized by the Salafi front on Friday. The aim of the pr...

Mubarak's Release Closes a Revolutionary Cycle - Max Fisher, Vox

Mubarak's release is unsurprising, but hugely important symbolically....

ISIS Encroaching on North Africa - Guy Taylor, Washington Times

In its war to create a caliphate across Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State is opening a front in North Africa, where affiliated militants are wreaking havoc in eastern Libya and Egy...

5 Mistaken U.S. Assumptions on Middle East - Andrew Bacevich, IC

Considered from this perspective, the “Iraqi government” actually governs, the “Iraqi army” is a nationally representative fighting force, and the “Ir...

The Plight of Gays in Egypt - Rachel Avraham, Foreign Policy Blogs Network

Eight Egyptian men were sentenced to three years in prison plus three years on probation for allegedly attending Egypt’s first same-sex wedding. The harsh sentence was condon...

The Declining Relevance of Despots - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Karl Marx had a phrase for the kind of tyranny that has existed in parts of the developing world in our era: "oriental despotism." In an article in an 1853 edition of The New York ...

Getting Libya's Warring Parties to the Table - Omar Shabbi, Al-Monitor

Is Algeria's dialogue initiative for Libya still viable?...

Egypt Is Misdiagnosing Its Sinai Problem - Sharif Nashashibi, The National

Look back through years of reports on the Gaza blockade, and one finds countless statements from Egyptian officials about the need to stem the flow of weapons and militants from th...

In Egypt, Business as Usual - New York Times

The Obama administration’s Egypt policy — to the extent that one can be discerned — has been characterized by a combination of mixed messages, wishful thinking an...

How the Middle East Got to This Point - Conrad Black, National Review

The entire kaleidoscope of countries and movements between Libya and Turkey and Pakistan and Yemen is perhaps more complicated than ever. This is an attempt to review how we got to...

Why Is Tunisia Succeeding, and Not Egypt? - Fareed Zakaria, WaPo

More than 20 years ago, the scholar Samuel Huntington established his “two-turnover test” for fledgling democracies. A country can be said to be a consolidated democracy, he ar...

Egypt Levels Homes for Buffer Zone - Kareem Fahim & Merna Thomas, NYT

The demolitions, cutting through crowded neighborhoods in the border town of Rafah, began with orders to evacuate Tuesday and were part of a sweeping security response by the gover...

North Africa Warily Eyes Falling Oil Prices - Keith Johnson, Foreign Policy

The bears that barged into the oil market and knocked crude prices down one-quarter from their summertime highs appear to be hunkering down for a lengthy stay. Big investment banks...

Mubarak Nostalgia Supplants the Arab Spring - Eric Trager, New Republic

In a political environment that seeks a return to the status quo ante, the Mubarak-era political strategy that Hout embraces—leveraging his patronage network and governmental...

The Brutality of the 'New Egypt' - Mona Eltahawy, New York Times

The Pyramids are face-lift flawless, the grass is almost neon bright and even the air itself appears to have been retouched. This portrait of perfection, an ad introducing a &ldq...

100 Days of al-Sisi: Where Egypt Stands - Katulis, Awad & Lang, CAP

President Sisi’s success or failure to strengthen the Egyptian economy will affect both the tenuous security situation and the incomplete political transition. The economy is...

ISIS Is on the Path to Defeat - Hussein Ibish, The National

In spite of its technical competence and impressive adaptability, the militant group may have overreached. The range of territory controlled by its fighters involves vulnerable sup...

British Vote on Palestine Won't Change Much - Azriel Bermant, Guardian

Britain would probably do better by taking its cue from the Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who has a stronger grasp of the realities in the region, and has called for a r...

Israel Still Mulling Iran Strike

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was to visit Capitol Hill Tuesday after sitting down with President Obama Monday to talk about Iran.Monday's discussion was important for ...

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