Egypt’s farcical electionsrc

    Egypt’s ongoing parliamentary elections – farcical in every sense, with a turnout so far ofonly 2 percent – are further proof that Egypt is witnessing the solidification of a quasi-authoritarian system of government, not a democratic revival. Most of Egypt’s new parliamentarians will be wealthy, elite, sympathetic to the nation’s current military president, and…

Not in my name

By David Hearst   If Jews want to preserve their ghastly collective memory from being desecrated they should tell Netanyahu he does not represent them For people who injected a fair amount of drama into the business of raising two children in post-war suburban North London (“it’s not as if I am buying a submarine” my mother…

UAE paid PR firm millions to brief UK journalists on Qatar, Brotherhood attacks

By Rori Donaghy   The UAE paid a London-based public relations firm millions of pounds to lead attacks in the UK against Qatar, the Muslim Brotherhood, and other opponents of the Gulf state, according to a Mail on Sunday investigation. The report reveals that Abu Dhabi paid Quiller Consultants £60,000 ($93,000) per month for six years to, among…

The Fatwa of Ayatollah el-Sisi

By David Hearst   Sunday was a midsummer’s day, whose balmy warmth lulled Londoners like me into a false and strictly transient sense that all was right in the world. I logged onto my emails. First up was a complaint from a reader about the Middle East Eye’s coverage of the opening of the $8.5bn…