Egypt’s pharaoh illusion

  by Khaled Diab Portraits of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and late president Gamal Abdel Nasser are seen on a wall in Cairo [Getty] Egyptians refuse to believe the lie that they are docile sheeple who need a father figure to shepherd them.   “I am not pharaoh … After two revolutions, nobody who occupies this…

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…