Egypt’s unsustainable ‘republic of fear’

By Khalil al-Anani Will the counter-revolutionary forces manage to give a new lease of life to the ‘republic of fear’?   In Egypt, a woman gave birth to her child while her hand was chained to bed in a public hospital. Another man died two days after being electrocuted in a police station. In Egypt, the political prisoner will be branded…

Henry A. Giroux | Totalitarian Paranoia in the Post-Orwellian Surveillance State

By Henry A Giroux   Surveillance, in any land where it is ubiquitous and inescapable, generates distrust and divisions among its citizens, curbs their readiness to speak freely to each other, and diminishes their willingness to even dare to think freely.                                      -Ariel Dorfman   The revelations of whistle-blowers such as…

Why Russia Won’t Interfere

By DMITRI TRENIN   MOSCOW — Viktor F. Yanukovych of Ukraine and the Ukrainian opposition leaders signed an agreement on Friday that ended the deadly protests in Kiev by promising a new constitution and early elections. But the Russian president’s envoy to Kiev refused to co-sign it. While Moscow welcomed an end to the violence, it basically viewed the agreement…

Turkey shifts toward Iran on Syria

 Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu helps Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during a news conference in Ankara, Turkey, Nov. 1, 2013. (photo by REUTERS/Umit Bektas) TEHRAN, Iran — What’s going on between Iran and Turkey? Questions are being raised by allies before enemies. The two neighboring, former Islamic empires were thought to be parting with many of…

Egypt’s evolving governance is no ‘democratic transition’

By Michele Dunne and Thomas Carothers   Michele Dunne is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where Thomas Carothers is vice president for studies. In the half-year since the Egyptian military ousted President Mohamed Morsi, U.S. officials from President Obama on down have repeatedly said that the United States seeks to advance “Egypt’s transition…