Egypt: Transparency or collapse

By Mohamed Abul Ghar     Egypt is going through harsh times relative to the economy and international relations. This ordeal is made worse not by an evil scheme, as the president says, but rather by the failure to establish a modern and transparent regime, and the adoption of a regime that grants the president unlimited…

Is Turkey’s ruling party really crumbling?

The international media has been rife with various stories about a large schism forming between Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his prime minister and Justice and Development Party (AKP) head, Ahmet Davutoglu. This comes after sudden news that Davutoglu will be resigning his post as prime minister and will also not seek to contest…

Egypt’s media wars intensify

By Shahira Amin     Egyptian journalists hold a banner during a protest against the interior minister following the arrest of colleagues for covering anti-government demonstrations, outside the Egyptian Press Syndicate in downtown Cairo, April 28, 2016. (photo by REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany) Egypt’s media wars intensify Egypt is deeply polarized, and nowhere are the divisions more evident…

Russia’s six-month Syria campaign killed at least 1,100 civilians, say monitors

Russian air strikes have continued despite a withdrawal announcement last month, but civilian casualties caused by its bombs have decreased Russian planes leave Hmeimim military base as part of the partial Russian withdrawal from Syria (AFP/ RUSSIAN DEFENCE MINISTRY/VADIM GRISHANKIN)   The Kremlin’s six-month campaign in Syria resulted in the deaths of more than 1,100…

Is this the man who will replace Abbas?

  Senior Fatah leader Mohammed Dahlan waves his hands as he leaves a polling station in the Khan Yunis refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, Jan. 25, 2006. (photo by REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)     Dismissed Fatah leader and former member of Fatah’s Central Committee Mohammed Dahlan has been active on the regional and international levels in the past…