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About nervana111

Doctor, blogger and Commentator on Middle East issues. The only practising doctor who write in Middle Eastern politics in UK.

Podcast: Arabs are wondering, is Erdogan all talk? – Nervana Mahmoud- Ahval

I recorded this podcast with Ahval’s editor David Lepeska that war is a real possibility in the eastern Mediterranean, that Turkey has taken all decision-making power away from Libya’s Tripoli-based Government of National Accord and that Turkish President Erdogan has … Continue reading

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This Week in Egypt: Week 32-2020 ( Aug 3-9)

Top Headlines   Egypt and Greece sign agreement on exclusive economic zone Turkey says Egypt-Greece deal falls in its continental shelf Egypt has decided to withdrew from latest Nile dam talks for internal consultations Egyptian-operated ship was unloading Ukrainian wheat in … Continue reading

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Rebranding the caliphate –a never-ending dystopian myth

  If not now, when?   if not you, who? With the image of pious Erdogan reciting the Quran in Hagia Sophia, and his head Mufti holding the sword of conquest it is no wonder that slogan appeared on social media. … Continue reading

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This Week in Egypt: Week 31 ( July 27-Aug 2)

Top Headlines Egypt says Turkish seismic survey plans could encroach on its waters Eni, BP, Total hit gas at Bashrush prospect about 11 km offshore Egypt Somaliland recognition quest is boosted By Ethiopia And Egypt scramble for Hargeisa Egypt’s Sisi … Continue reading

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This Week in Egypt: Week 30-2020 ( July 20-26)

Top Headlines Egypt says Sisi and Trump agree on need to maintain Libya ceasefire  Egypt and France conduct naval drill in Mediterranean Egypt’s Sisi discuses Libya, East Mediterranean developments with Greek PM Ethiopia wants non-binding agreement on GERD Egypt rejects … Continue reading

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Reblog: Erdoğan setting the stage for invalidating the Lausanne Treaty

This is a brilliant piece by Turkish writer Yavuz Baydar, published in, in Ahval, on Erdogan’s intention after converting Hagia Sophia to a mosque. Republished here with permission.    (Photo via Ahval) A spectre is haunting Europe, the spectre of Turkish … Continue reading

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This Week in Egypt: Week 29-2020 (July 13-19)

Top Headlines AU-brokered GERD talks end with no deal African Union to hold mini-summit on GERD Egypt’s Sisi meets Libyan tribesmen after eastern call to intervene Egypt offers reusable face masks in state subsidy scheme  Egypt reports lowest daily coronavirus … Continue reading

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Turkey, Egypt, and the Libyan Discourse

  ( Sisi ‘s visit to Sisi Barrani airforce base June 2020- Photo via twitter)   Sidi Barrani in north-western Egypt is a sleepy town that is just a quick stop for travellers heading to Libya. Yet the little town … Continue reading

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This Week in Egypt: Week 28-2020 ( July 6-12)

Top Headlines Egypt raises army readiness in anticipation of Libya showdown with Turkey GERD talks see continued disagreements Egypt keeps domestic fuel prices unchanged A member of staff at the German government press office is suspected of working for Egyptian … Continue reading

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This Week in Egypt: Week 27- ( June 29-July 5)

Top Headlines Egypt reopens airports and welcomes tourists to pyramids after COVID closure Egypt says no breakthrough reached on second day of AU-sponsored GERD talks Turkish defence minister and chief of staff visited Tripoli Unidentified warplanes hit Libya’s al-Watiya airbase … Continue reading

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