Sisi warns Egypt press over freedoms

Likely president tells editors to give officials the chance to do their jobs before exposing corruption. Al Jazeera’s journalists stand accused of supporting the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood [AP] Egyptian presidential candidate Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has warned newspaper editors not to press for freedom of speech and other rights. Sisi, the likely winner of the election later…

The Piketty Panic

by Paul Krugman “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” the new book by the French economist Thomas Piketty, is a bona fide phenomenon. Other books on economics have been best sellers, but Mr. Piketty’s contribution is serious, discourse-changing scholarship in a way most best sellers aren’t. And conservatives are terrified. Thus James Pethokoukis of the American Enterprise Institute warns…

Syria: Elections in the time of carnage

by Fawaz Gerges Had Assad declined to run for a third term, he’d have shown that the country’s future is more important than one man.  Recent visitors to the presidential compound in Damascus say that Assad seems very confident and convinced that military victory is near, writes Gerges [EPA] As the fighting escalates on the killing…

Why Deal When Israel Holds All the Cards?

by Eric Margolis May 03, 2014 “ICH” – Did anyone really think that John Kerry’s nine-month effort to produce a Palestinian mini-state would ever work? If so, they were either ignorant of the Mideast, naïve, or deeply cynical. The best one could say about Kerry’s fiasco was that it was a charade designed to show America’s…

US Military “Commemorates” Its Iraq Massacre. “Tell Them It’s the Sound of Freedom.”

By Felicity Arbuthnot   “We gather tonight knowing that this generation of heroes has made the United States safer and more respected round the world.”  (President Barack Obama, State of the Union address, 24th January 2012.) As Easter was celebrated in the US and UK with, for believers, the message of hope, Fallujah, the region and much…