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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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Egypt and the land

  “Awad sold his land” is a slogan that surfaced in Egypt following president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s agreement with Saudi Arabia to transfer two Red Sea islands (Tiran and Sanafir) to Saudi sovereignty. Egypt has been controlling those strategically placed … Continue reading

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Egypt: A coup against the coup?

Gamal El-Gaml wrote an interesting article in Egypt’s Al-Masry Al-Youm.  He claimed that weeks ago he received detailed information on what he described as arrangements for a “manufactured popular revolt” against the Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. He claimed, according to … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016 – Week 2 ( Jan 11- 17)

  Top Headlines Egypt extends state of emergency in North Sinai until April. Tuesday Egypt’s Cabinet has approved a draft law criminalizing the use of “terrorist” symbols. Wednesday ‪ Egypt extends participation in Yemen conflict for up to one year. … 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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Will Canada entice us to embrace liberal secularism?

Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau  personally welcome Syrian  refugees via his Twitter’s account This weekend, Canada has dominated my timelines on both Facebook and Twitter. The images of the Canadian PM warmly welcoming Syrian refugees arriving in his country are rightly … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 14 ( Mar 30 – April 5)

Al-Sisi says securing Yemen’s key strait a top priority, via Egypt Independent  Main Headlines  Monday PM: Egypt to inaugurate ‘new Suez Canal’ next August Policemen has been injured while defusing a bomb in Alexandria Egypt spends 30 % less on … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – week 6 ( Feb 2-8)

(Sunday’s football match riots. Photo via AP) Main Headlines  Monday Egypt court sentences 183 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death Al-Jazeera journalist Fahmy’s release from Egypt jail is imminent Greste speaks of ‘angst’ over colleagues in Egyptian jail British foreign secretary … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 3 ( Jan 12 – 18)

(Egypt’s best known actress. May 27, 1931 – January 17, 2015) Main Headlines  Monday A Libya affiliate of ISIS has claimed the abduction of 21 Coptic Christians Court acquits 26 men in “gay bathhouse” case Egyptian security  arrests ISIS cell that … Continue reading

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Egypt and the Jewish Rabbi Abu-Hasira

Yacoub or Jacob Abu Hasira. (photo:Wikimedia Commons) Egypt – A court in Alexandria has canceled an annual Jewish festival commemorating the birthday of Abu-Hasira, a leading 19th-century Moroccan Rabbi (1805-1880). The festival was due to take place on January 9 … Continue reading

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