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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.

This Week in Egypt: Week 2-2021 ( Jan 11-17)

Top headlines Egypt signs a deal with Siemens for high-speed rail  linking the Red Sea and Mediterranean coast US designates Egypt’s Hasm, IS in Sinai as foreign terrorist organisations Egypt follows Gulf allies in reopening airspace to Qatar  Egypt announced the … Continue reading

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This Week in Egypt: Week 1-2021 ( Jan 4 -10)

Top Headlines New round of GERD talks fails in achieving any progress Egypt sends envoy to Gulf summit amid apparent thaw with Qatar Egypt to provide 20 million doses of coronavirus vaccine Egypt and Israel FMs coordinate for quartet meeting … Continue reading

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Twitter Thread: German politics

I hardly cover European politics in this blog, but I find this thread on German politics by Marcel Dirsus fascinating and worth reading

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This Week in Egypt: First days of 2021

Apology for the temporary break in posting my weekly Egypt’s compilation, due to the passing of my mother. Here is a summery of news and reports from the first few days of 2021; full compilation to follow next Sunday.   Wish … Continue reading

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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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