Category Archives: Politics

Tunisia: On the Road to Nowhere

This post originally appeared at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR): Steven Cook’s From the Potomac to the Euphrates blog. Steven Cook is a Middle East’s expert and a senior fellow at CFR. He just visited and wrote this insightful. … Continue reading

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The Plight of Non-Islamist Muslims

When it comes to Islam, terminologies can be baffling and hotly disputed. Muslims, Islam, Islamism, and radicalism can all be confusing labels. But with the escalating waves of terror flowing around the globe, it is paramount to demystify the fog … Continue reading

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Turkey’s road to tyranny__ a la Egypt

  Mount Nemrut in Turkey – via Discover Turkey The Turkish authorities have seized Zaman, the country’s most widely circulated newspaper after a Turkish court ordered its confiscation. Turkish police fired tear gas and plastic pellets to disperse protesters gathered … Continue reading

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Egypt in the Crosshairs

I wrote this long essay for the Winter 2016 edition of The Journal of the International Security Affairs ( subscription only), but for convenience I republish it here.   Egypt is now facing a complex asymmetrical war on various fronts. On November 10, 2014, … Continue reading

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Italy’s shambolic appeasement of Islamism

Plywood boxes concealed the nude statues at the museum in Rome Photo via BBC   Iranian President Rouhani is in Europe seeking to boost economic ties after the implementation of the Iran deal and the lifting of sanctions on his … Continue reading

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The cultural elements of the Cologne attacks

Along with the new year, a new challenge has come to Germany—and the rest of Europe: coordinated group sexual harassment. On December 31, 2015, about 1,500 men, including some who had recently arrived to Europe as asylum seekers, sexually assaulted … Continue reading

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Few Thoughts on Syria’s Zahran Alloush

Zahran Alloush Credit Amer Almohibany/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Last Friday, Zahran Alloush, the powerful leader of the Army of Islam, one of the many rebel groups fighting the Assad regime in Syria, was killed in an air strike by … Continue reading

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San Bernardino and Gun Control

Photograph of Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik- via  Breitbart.com The horrific massacre in San Bernardino, California, that killed 14 people and wounded 21, has now been officially labeled as a terrorism investigation. The New York Times (NYT) Editorial Board appealed … Continue reading

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The Sad Affairs of the British Left

  ( Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn  via BBC)   A stormy debate erupted when the British PM David Cameron announced his plans to join the anti-Isis coalition. While Mr. Cameron has passionately argued that Britain can no longer “sub-contract” its … Continue reading

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The world’s failed war on terrorism

Initially published in Egypt’s Ahram       This Cartoon by Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune sums up my thoughts about our disunity in fighting terrorism   Sinai, Beirut, Paris, Bamako, and Tunis: the latest terror attacks across three continents are a … Continue reading

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