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About nervana111

Doctor, blogger and Commentator on Middle East issues

Iran, chess, and the psychological bullying of non-hijabi defiant women

A poisonous debate has erupted since Nazi Paikidze, a 22-year-old American champion chess player, announced her decision to boycott next year’s World Chess Championship competition in Iran. A stream of articles published criticism about her decision to boycott and her … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016 – Week 41 ( Oct 10-16)

Top Headline 12 Egyptian conscripts were killed in an Isis attack on security checkpoint in central Sinai Egypt launches ‘revenge’ airstrikes on ISIS in Sinai Russian paratroopers arrive in Egypt for “Friendship Defenders’ drills In an unprecedented move: Egypt’s Cairo … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016- week 40 (Oct 3-9)

Top Headlines  Speculation mounts as an American security alert sparks anger in Egypt Lagarde Says Egypt Has More to Do to Seal $12 Billion Loan Senior figure in Muslim Brotherhood’s armed wing killed in raid Saudi Arabia: Egypt stance on … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016- Week 39 ( Sept 26-Oct 2)

Top headlines Senior Egyptian prosecutor survives car bomb assassination attempt Falcon Group takes over security procedures at Sharm al-Sheikh airport Egypt will float pound within hours – Beltone Financial   Egypt court suspends block on island transfer to Saudi Egypt … Continue reading

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Shimon Peres’s Funeral and the Arab World

Shimon Peres, one of the founders of Israel, has passed away. Many international dignitaries attended his funeral, although many Arab leaders from countries that officially signed peace treaties with Israel were absent. Furthermore, those who attended the funeral, such as … Continue reading

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Illegal immigration and the myth of easy life in the West

One hundred sixty-two people lost their lives off the Egyptian coast near the town of Rosetta on Friday. About 150 people are still unaccounted for after a boat carrying hundreds of illegal migrants capsized in the Mediterranean while attempting to … Continue reading

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The Washington Post on the murder of Nahed Hattar, quoting my piece

In The Washington Post, Ishaan Tharoor wrote an excellent report on the murder of prominent Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar, and quoted my piece on the writer’s murder. In his post, Tharoor highlighted how an Egyptian TV host Hani Nahhas outrageously … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016-Week 38 ( Sept 19-25)

Top Headlines Hundreds feared dead after a migrant boat capsized off the Egyptian coast Egypt’s Sisi meets with Clinton, Trump in New York Egypt cancels zero ergot wheat policy amid mounting pressure  Main Headlines  Monday Egypt’s GASC cancels third wheat … Continue reading

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Nahed Hattar, Jordan, and the Muslim World

Nahed Hattar, a 56-year-old Christian Jordanian writer has been murdered. He was shot three times outside a court in Amman, where he was facing charges of sharing a cartoon deemed to be “offensive” to Islam. Hattar was arrested in August … Continue reading

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Turkish journalists now queue for jail: ‘We are not afraid, we will criticize…’

Originally posted on TEMPORAL:
Update: An arrest order was issued Thursday night on Ahmet Altan, who was released after almost two weeks in police custody. Another dark page in the post-coup Turkey was unfolded early Thursday morning, with the Kafkaesque…

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