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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 47 ( Nov 17 – 23)

  (Peter Greste’s parents appeal to Egypt’s Sisi, via BBC) Main Headlines  Monday Egypt to deepen buffer zone with Gaza after finding longer tunnels HRW criticizes law allowing Egypt’s army to protect vital facilities Egyptian government is ready for tough … Continue reading

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Political Islam and Erdogan’s Wonderland

(Photo via Reuters) “Muslim sailors reached the American continent 314 years before Columbus.” The recent remarks by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have left many surprised and baffled, but the Turkish president’s controversial comments are not new. Just a month … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 46 ( Nov 10- 16)

Main Headlines Monday Fresh statement claims Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State Parliamentary elections to be held in the first quarter of 2015 Egypt considers tighter curbs on media coverage of the military Government ultimatum for NGOs … Continue reading

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Jerusalem: Historical Illiteracy And Political Exploitation.

( Photo via Facebook) While handing me Karen Armstrong’s book “A History of Jerusalem,” my Jordanian colleague said, “Start from the eighth chapter, the earlier chapters are irrelevant.” Like many Arabs, my colleague has never been interested in the early … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 45 ( Nov 3- 9)

  (Leaders of Egypt, Greece, and Cyprus meet in Cairo, photo via AP) Main Headlines  Monday Egypt, Gulf Arab allies discussing anti-extremist military alliance with possible joint force Egypt’s Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis swears allegiance to Islamic State Ethiopia-Egypt trade deals … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 44 ( Oct 27- Nov 2)

(A house was blown up during a military operation to create a buffer zone in Rafah) (via AFP) Main Headlines  Monday New law refers crimes against “vital” facilities to military prosecution Alaa Abdel-Fattah, 23 others have been detained on the … Continue reading

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An Anatomy of Sisi’s Liberals

( Photo via AFP) Initially published in Fikra Forum Many self-proclaimed liberals in Egypt supported the military’s intervention in July 2013 that led to President Muhammad Morsi’s ouster. Their stance has baffled many Western observers, who wonder how anyone with liberal … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 43 ( Oct 20- 26)

(Funeral of Egyptian soldiers killed in Sinai on Friday, via Ahram online) Main Headlines  Monday El-Sisi says clemency for imprisoned journalists is not possible now No plan for Egyptian military action against Islamic State: Egypt’s PM ‪ Egypt-Israel gas deal … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 42 (Oct 13- 19)

(John Kerry with Egyptian special forces  via Egypt” Youm 7 newspaper)  Main Headlines  Monday Kerry meets Egypt’s Sisi to press for democracy‪ Egypt to receive $5B in loans from Saudi Arabia and UAE Man accused of sexually harassing journalist on EgyptAir … Continue reading

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Kobani: A Victim Of Our Sins

(Photo via Mother Jones) The city of Kobani is falling in front of our eyes. The black flags of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have been slowly spreading above the buildings of this unfortunate Kurdish town in … Continue reading

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