Category Archives: Politics

Muslims and Charlie Hebdo

( Photo via Twitter) A depiction of the Prophet Mohammed crying and holding a “Je suis Charlie” sign under the words, “Tout Est Pardonné” (“All is forgiven.”) on the new cover of the French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo is ironically, … Continue reading

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Egypt and the Jewish Rabbi Abu-Hasira

Yacoub or Jacob Abu Hasira. (photo:Wikimedia Commons) Egypt – A court in Alexandria has canceled an annual Jewish festival commemorating the birthday of Abu-Hasira, a leading 19th-century Moroccan Rabbi (1805-1880). The festival was due to take place on January 9 … Continue reading

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It is not about Michele Dunne, it is about Egypt

(Michele Dunne via Carnegieendowment.org) Egyptian authorities denied, pursuant to security instructions, U.S. researcher Michele Dunne entry to Egypt after she arrived at Cairo International Airport. Ms. Dunne is a senior associate in the Middle East program of the Carnegie Endowment … Continue reading

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Egypt needs a complete de-Mubarakization

( Photo via BBC)  Initially published in NOW. 29 November, an Egyptian court dismissed murder charges against Egypt’s former president, Hosni Mubarak, in connection with the killing of protesters in the 2011 uprising that ended his nearly three-decade reign. The verdict was … 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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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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