Monthly Archives: March 2017

Reflections on the Westminster Attack

Photo from my own collection “We are not afraid.” That was the simple note written on one of many floral tributes on London’s Westminster Bridge after last week’s terror attack there. I read this defiant message while walking along the … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2017- Week 12 ( March 20-26)

Top Headlines Hosni Mubarak: Egypt’s toppled dictator freed after six years in custody Three army officers, seven soldiers killed in militant hideout raid in Central Sinai Four Egyptian soldiers killed by an explosion in Al-Arish A man was killed and … Continue reading

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Re-blog: Joshua Landis on Syria

As news has emerged that Russia is helping Syrian Kurdish YPG forces to establish a military base in northern, and despite a Russian denial, I find this post by Joshua Landis important to read. Many may disagree with him; still … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2017- Week 11 ( March 13-19)

Top Headlines Pope to visit Egypt next month President Sisi to meet Trump in Washington in early April Reuters: Russia appears to deploy forces in Egypt, eyes on Libya role Russia denies deploying airbase in Egypt Mubarak returns to his … Continue reading

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How Erdoğan thrives on ‘crisis strategy’; a game on constantly inventing enemies

Originally posted on TEMPORAL:
‘A spectre is haunting Europe–the spectre of authoritarianism.” Is it fair to rewrite the first sentence of Marx-Engels manifesto in this manner? Possibly. As we observe the worrisome process of ‘Erdoğan vs Germany’, developing into ‘Erdoğan…

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Egyptian Aak 2017- Week 10 ( Mar 6-12)

Matariya residents pose for pictures  the head of an unearthed statue of Pharaoh Ramses II -Reuters Top Headlines Archaeologists in Egypt discover massive statue in a Cairo slum Egypt’s Supreme Judicial Council rejects bill that gives president judicial appointment power … Continue reading

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Europe and the Ottoman Tulips

  Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu- AA Photo Officials in several European countries have stopped mass rallies by top Turkish politicians to attract support for next April’s much anticipated constitutional referendum on a new Constitution that would expand the powers … Continue reading

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Islamist Gehad Haddad Versus Muslim Reformer Maajid Nawaz

The New York Times (NYT) recently published a column by Gehad el-Haddad — the [previous] spokesman for the global Islamist group The Muslim Brotherhood — penned from the confines of his Egyptian jail cell, in Tora prison. Haddad wrote about … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2017 – Week 9 (Feb 27-March 5)

Top Headlines In a final ruling, Egyptian court acquits Mubarak over killing of protesters Egypt’s parliament has expelled an MP who was an outspoken critic of the government’s human rights record Egypt’s general intelligence has hired a Washington lobbyist Chancellor … Continue reading

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