Category: Opinion

Ahmed Mansoor: Why we must not allow a brave man to be silenced by the UAE

By Bill Law   Emirati security forces seized the human rights advocate on Sunday. Decency demands that Boris Johnson and the FCO condemn this outrage On 19 March in Dubai, Emirati human rights advocate Ahmed Mansoor was seized by security forces

Sisi economics: Theatre of the absurd

By Amr Khalifa   Waiting for Egypt’s economic revival with Sisi at the helm is like waiting for Godot Sacrifice, with victory as the supposed long-term goal, is central to both Egypt’s military ethos and a central driver of President Abdel

All the President’s Lies

By David Leonhardt   The ninth week of Donald Trump’s presidency began with the F.B.I. director calling him a liar. The director, the very complicated James Comey, didn’t use the L-word in his congressional testimony Monday. Comey serves at the pleasure

Crimes of apartheid

By Vijay Prashad   A new UN report should strengthen the global consensus against Israeli policy Apartheid is a powerful word, with evocations of the South African experience and with implications of crimes against humanity. The United Nations does not use


By Alexander Azadgan   Talmudic rabbinical Orthodox Judaism is the oldest recorded racist ideology in the world as illustrated in the Talmudic verses: “Those who are incapable of attaining to supreme religious values include the black colored people and those

In Face of Trump’s Order, Some Muslim Nations Are Conspicuously Silent

By DECLAN WALSH   CAIRO — The Germans criticized it. The British voiced their discomfort. The French, the Canadians and even some Republican senators in Washington stood in open opposition. But in Cairo and Riyadh, in the heart of the

Who speaks for Muslims? The Saudis, the Turks or the Germans?

By David Hearst   America’s darkest hour in peace time is also the darkest hour for Arab leadership whose silence over the Muslim ban will come to haunt them The reaction to Donald Trump’s executive order to ban refugees and Muslims

Gulf activists reject Saudi-Israeli “flirtation” at Davos

By Ali Abunimah    In Davos w/ Saudi Prince Turki Al Faisal after discussing the region & peace process with Jordanian FM & Palestine Investment Fund Chair Activists in the Gulf states are strongly condemning a meeting between former Israeli foreign

Blood, bribery, and the two islands: An Egyptian tale

By Amr Khalifa     The controversy surrounding the Red Sea islands conceals a much more important struggle between Egypt’s judiciary and Sisi’s regime In April of 2016 with zero political debate, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi decided to surrender two Red

Remembering Algeria 1992: The first Arab spring that never became a summer

By Peter Speetjens   The forgotten Algerian civil war that killed as many as 200,000 people set the tone for the ‘Arab Spring’ and the paradox of democracy On 11 January, it will be exactly 25 years since Algeria’s military staged