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…

Understanding and countering IS

by Stanly Johny A member among the allied forces of the Iraqi security forces and Shia militiamen watches a weapon getting prepared for fighting against the Islamic State group outside Fallujah, in Iraq on Tuesday.   A blend of military experience and jihadist ideological vigour is what makes IS the most formidable terror machinery of…

Politicians from Both Sides of the Aisle: Corruption Has Destroyed America

  Pervasive corruption in modern America has been thoroughly documented. There are some very juicy quotes from high-level insiders about corruption in the USA. Jon Schwarz has rounded up a good collection of recent quotes on corruption from both sides of the aisle: • “Now [the United States is] just an oligarchy, with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for…

The fatwa of ‘Ayatollah’ al-Sisi

By David Hearst   If Egyptian religious authorities say it is haram to read Middle East Eye, it is not their fatwa but Sisi’s Sunday was a midsummer’s day whose barmy warmth lulled Londoners like me into a false and strictly transient sense that all was right in the world. I logged onto my email.…