Category: Opinion

Egypt is no longer the heart of the Arab world

By Basheer Nafi Arabs must stop waiting for Egypt, rid themselves of this irrational nostalgia for its past role and start looking towards the future The status of a country is not determined, as some historians would have us believe, by

Saudi Power Struggle Could Destabilize The Entire Middle East

By Tyler Durden Authored by Cyril Widdershoven via, Political instability in Saudi Arabia is growing as King Salman bin Abdulaziz begins to overhaul the Saudi government, putting a long list of family members into positions of influence while increasing

What’s behind Hamas’ new charter?

By Ali Abunimah   Members of Hamas in Gaza watch a televised press conference by the movement’s leader Khaled Meshaal, who is in Doha, Qatar, outlining a new political document, 1 May. Mohammed AsadAPA images Leaders of Hamas released a document outlining

America, From Exceptionalism to Nihilism

By PANKAJ MISHRA   MASHOBRA, India — “The world is going America’s way,” Fareed Zakaria wrote in 2008. “Countries are becoming more open, market friendly and democratic.” Since the fall of communism, American leaders in politics, business and journalism have

United against the Muslims: The Israeli flirtation with Europe’s extreme right

By Meron Rapoport   Israelis may not like Marine Le Pen or Geert Wilders exactly, but any advancement of anti-Muslim forces in Europe is seen as a good sign The attack on Friday in Stockholm, in which four people were killed

In Egypt, twin bombings and double trouble

By Amr Khalifa   Sisi’s emergency law will do little to counter the Islamic State, but it will legalise his dream: full dictatorship without pretense   Twin bombings, pools of blood, at least 44 dead: it’s a week before Easter and

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