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Doctor, blogger and Commentator on Middle East issues

Egyptian Aak 2016 -Week 33 (Aug 15-21)

Top headlines Egyptian judo athlete reprimanded, sent home after refusing to shake Israeli opponent’s hand Sisi’s approval rating drops to 9 percentage points in two months since June   ‪ Moody’s credit rating agency ranks Egypt as stable Gunmen in Egypt … Continue reading

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The Right Not To Wear A Burkini

The ban on the Islamic burkini, or full-body swimsuit, on the beaches of the French Riviera has triggered heated debates and controversies. For some, it is a ban on freedom of choice; for others, the ban is a symbol of … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016, Week 32 ( Aug 8-14)

Top Headlines Egypt-IMF reach staff-level agreement on a Three-year US$12 Bln  fund facility  After IMF deal, Egypt’s Sisi says will not hesitate on tough reforms Egypt inflation rate at 14.8% in July Egypt sets jail as punishment for black market … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016- Week 31 (Aug 1-7)

Top Headlines Egypt kills head of Islamic State’s Sinai branch Former grand mufti Ali Gomaa survives assassination attempt Largest Egyptian delegation to date in Rio Olympics Egyptian Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zewail dies at 70 Main Headlines  Monday Sisi: Egyptians need … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016- Week 30 ( July 25-31)

Top Headlines IMF mission arrives in Cairo to discuss Egypt’s loan request Al-Azhar rejects Egypt government decision to standardize Friday sermons Egypt has not received political asylum request from Turkish cleric Gulen Central Bank of Egypt decided to leave its … Continue reading

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Re-blog: The Dangerous Stipulation of Islamic Exceptionalism

I re-blog, with permission, this important analysis by the  Middle East Institute scholar Hassan Mneimneh on Shadi Hamid’s recent book “Islamic Exceptionalism.”  I completely agree with Mneimneh: Shadi’s work ” is likely to bolster the rhetoric of and be welcome by the … Continue reading

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Reblog: Amnesty calls for independent monitors as allegations of torture mount — Human Rights in Turkey

In the aftermath of a failed coup attempt, Amnesty has seen mounting evidence of human rights abuses, including a further clamp down on freedom of expression and mass arrests. The detention of human rights lawyer Orhan Kemal Cengiz and the … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016-Week 29 (July 18- 24)

Top Headlines  Sectarian violence in Minya in Upper Egypt Egyptian court annuls Ahmed Mortada Mansour’s membership in the parliament Egypt’s central bank governor said that time was not right to float the Egyptian pound More debris from crashed Egypt Air … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016- Week 28 (July 11- 17)

Top Headlines Word “fire” is heard on voice recorder of doomed Egypt Air Egypt orders Muslim preachers to deliver identical weekly sermons Sisi will participate in Beijing G20 summit in September Egypt’s Sisi extends state of emergency in parts of … Continue reading

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Suheir Atassi’s swimsuit and our moral bankruptcy

Syria’s Suheir Atassi Millions of women around the world do this daily without attracting much attention, but recently, Suhair Atassi, a prominent, secular Syrian opposition figure was spotted wearing a swimsuit at a Turkish resort. When photos of her appeared … Continue reading

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