Category Archives: Politics

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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Turkey and the US led anti-IS coalition: Ankara is doing more than People Think

Originally posted on Turkey Wonk: Nuclear and Political Musings in Turkey and Beyond:
My apologies. I am traveling this week and don’t have time to write a proper post. However, I wanted to get a few thoughts on paper about…

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The myth of Sisi’s Sinai proposal

  (Photo via Cairo Post) Initially published in Al-Monitor A few days ago, a claim surfaced that Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi offered to give part of the Sinai Peninsula to the Palestinians to expand the Gaza Strip and create a … Continue reading

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ISIS recruitment in Turkey

Originally posted on turkeyetc:
Şahin Aktan keeps a file to help him in his hunt for his ex-wife Svetlana, who took their three-year-old son Destan to live under ISIS rule in Syria’s Raqqa province in July. (Photograph by Fatih Pinar).…

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There is nothing funny about the declaration of the ‘Caliphate’

Photo via Reuters Initially published in Turkish Hurriyet Daily It may be amusing to some, but there is nothing funny about the declaration of the “Caliphate”  by the militant group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The rise of … Continue reading

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Qatar and the GCC rift

Here are three interesting pieces about the recent crisis in the Gulf, which I like to share with you.  First: Bilal Saab, Foreign Affairs  “The dispute between GCC members had been simmering for a while, and it was only a … Continue reading

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Egypt-Turkey: Long, turbulent history

Initially published in Islamist Gate  Ottoman Sultan Selim I, the conquerer of Egypt “History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” This famous quote by Mark Twain is highly relevant to the relationship between Egypt and Turkey. Egypt’s decision … Continue reading

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The Abuse of “Takbir” from Ballot Boxes To Woolwich

For many non-Muslims, “Allahu Akbar,” or God is Great has become synonymous with radicalism, brutal murders, rape, and even cannibalism committed in the name of Islam. It is hardly surprising, as the Islamic slogan has been repeatedly used and abused … Continue reading

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‘Non’- Romantic Sectarianism

If your Lord had pleased, surely all those who are on the earth would have believed, all of them; will you then force men till they become believers? __ Quran 10.99 Originally published in Daily News Egypt Beni Suef– A story of … Continue reading

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Lebanon’s New War of the Bearded Enemies

          There was nothing more perplexing and confusing than watching the unfolding events of the Lebanese civil war. It was ruthless, ugly, and dirty, and it taught me as well as many Arabs the harsh reality … Continue reading

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