Monthly Archives: December 2020

Eulogy for a unique mother

“It ‘s the only way of life I’ve known. I was raised by a single mum.”   Padma Lakshmi  Today, being a single mother is not uncommon in the West, but decades ago, in a conservative Muslim majority society, raising a … Continue reading

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Podcast/Webinar: Radical Islamism, France, and the Atlantic Divide

I strongly recommend these podcast and webinar on what’s wrong with Anglo-American coverage of radical Islamism in France 1- What US Media Gets Wrong About France, with writers Anne-Élisabeth Moutet & Agnès Poirier https://podcasts.apple.com/es/podcast/11-what-us-media-gets-wrong-about-france-anne-élisabeth/id1534151181?i=1000502056981 2- Webinar on Islamism: Bridging the … Continue reading

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This Week in Egypt: Week 51-2020 ( Dec 14-20)

Top Headlines UAE and Egypt have announced the participation of Abu Dhabi in the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum as an observer EU Parliament calls for action over Egypt’s human rights abuses IMF approves release of $1.67 billion in aid for … Continue reading Continue reading

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Shadi Hamid, Mustafa Akyol, and French Secularism

Shadi Hamid and Mustafa Akyol are two smart pundits with slightly different agendas. Shadi Hamid is an avid defender of political Islam, which he considers a legitimate conservative expression of the Islamic faith. Mustafa Akyol, on the other hand, believes in what he … Continue reading Continue reading

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This Week in Egypt: Week 50-2020 ( Dec 7-13)

Top Headlines Egypt’s Sisi concluded a visit to France  Italy charges Egyptian security agency officials over murder of Giulio Regeni Egypt values important step toward normalizing ties between Morocco and Israel Egypt wants a clear agreement for reconciliation with Qatar: Egyptian FM … Continue reading

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Macron, Sisi, and Human Rights in Egypt

“Macron says French arms sales to Egypt will not be conditional on human rights.” This top headline dominated Western media coverage of the Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s visit to France. Regional observers took that headline as a proof of the complicity of … Continue reading

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This Week in Egypt: Week 49-2020 ( Dec 1-6)

Top Headlines Egypt’s Sisi arrives in France for talks with Macron on regional issues Turkish Navy humiliated by Egypt when attempting to interrupt MEDUSA 2020 exercises Egypt frees members of leading rights group Egypt lifts asset freezes and staff travel … Continue reading

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Twitter Thread: Karen Attiah-Washington Post Editor ‘s troubling pro-Islamism bias

Karen Attiah, global opinion editor at the Washington Post, wrote a very disturbing piece accusing the French president Emmanuel Macron of illiberal hypocrisies. As a Muslim, who strongly stand against the ideology of Islamism, I find her article offensive on … Continue reading

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