Under Pressure, Egyptian President Promises Change

October 30, 2016

In Egypt, economic hardship and repression are reaching a point where the people are no longer willing the stay silent. Faced with a drop in popularity, intermittent protests against rising prices and calls for a mass anti-government demonstration, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is...

Make Sense of the World: Weekly Report

January 28, 2014

Fair Observer's extended report of the week's events. The past week saw the World Economic Forum gather in Davos to supposedly ponder the perilous year ahead. While Davos wallowed in platitudes, Nobel laureate Michael Spence penned one of the...

Make Sense of the World: Weekly Roundup

January 28, 2014

Fair Observer's roundup of the week's events. The past week saw the World Economic Forum gather in Davos to supposedly ponder the perilous year ahead. While Davos wallowed in platitudes, Nobel laureate Michael Spence penned one of the most incisive...

Egypt: A Coup or the Will of the People?

July 30, 2013

Morsi's ouster shows that the march towards democracy is far from linear. Background Egypt's political history was turbulent in the 20th century. After the failure of the “liberal experiment” in the 1940s, the Free Officers Movement, led by Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser,...

Did Anti-Morsi Protesters Violate a Principle of Legality?

July 05, 2013

To analyze events in Egypt, the unjust legal or constitutional arrangement needs to be explored. Several months ago, a group of young Egyptians began a petition to remove elected President Mohammed Morsi from office. This campaign culminated on June 30 in massive protests that raised the same...

Egypt: Art and the Revolution

May 08, 2013

Marie-Jeanne Berger looks at the (post)revolutionary art scene rising from the streets of downtown Cairo. I’ll Die Anyways “I feel lucky that I as an artist haven’t been persecuted during the time of Mubarak,” says Egyptian cartoonist Makhlouf. “Not like...

The Egyptian Revolution Two Years On

January 25, 2013

As Egypt marks the second anniversary of its revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak, Egyptians are at the base of a new "purgatory", argues Sarah Eltantawi. In Dante’s Purgatorio, the poets finally make their escape from hell just before Easter Sunday in the year 1300CE. Cato of...