The Muslim Brotherhood: Islam and Democracy in Egypt

January 24, 2014

Despite mounting pressure, the Muslim Brotherhood is unlikely to take up arms. Whether or not the Arab Spring heralded a democratic transition in the Arab world, it was significant in the sense that even political parties with a predominantly Islamic ideology took to the streets demanding justice...

Top 10 Ways Ariel Sharon Ruined Israel and the Middle East

January 16, 2014

Ariel Sharon probably helped doom the whole enterprise of Israel. Arik Scheinerman, who became Ariel Sharon, was from a Russian family that emigrated to Palestine at a time when Palestinians had been deprived of the right to set immigration policy into their own country. He would go on powerfully...

Egypt’s Black Bloc: The Arrival of Anarchism in the Middle East?

December 08, 2013

The Egyptian Black Bloc is not the first example of anarchism in Egypt. When in January 2013, Egyptian protesters commemorated the two-year anniversary of Hosni Mubarak's ouster, a mysterious group emerged in Cairo. Protesting against the Morsi regime, the newly-formed anarchist...

Egypt: The October War and the War of the Republics

November 18, 2013

Egypt’s new status quo is a reaction to the very principles of the January 25 uprisings. On October 6, Egypt celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War with Israel — known to Egyptians as the October War — with an unprecedented level of popular emotional...

The Egyptian Army and the Muslim Brotherhood: A Complex Relationship (Part 1/2)

November 12, 2013

Pragmatism shapes the relationship between the Egyptian army and the Brotherhood. Current events seem to exemplify the existence of a clear opposition between the Egyptian army and the Muslim Brotherhood. On July 3, the military toppled Mohammed Morsi, Egypt's president and head of...

Is the Arab World Turning Back to Russia?

October 31, 2013

The Egyptian feint toward Moscow is probably a form of flirting. An Egyptian delegation heading to Moscow just after the United States cut $300 million out of its aid package to Cairo to punish the July 3 military coup, has raised speculation that Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s military...

The Deeper Social Meaning of the Muslim Brotherhood (Part 1/2)

October 08, 2013

Popular checks will make a comeback in Egypt. This is the first of a two part series. Enough time has passed since the June 30 revolution against Mohammed Morsi’s regime, which brought millions of Egyptians to the street to call for the removal of their first elected president. Many of these...

A Familiar Script in Egypt

August 14, 2013

Anyone who thinks military rule bends toward democracy in Egypt has misread the country's history. Many Egyptians and Western critics of the Muslim Brotherhood welcomed the military coup that recently toppled the country’s elected Brotherhood-led government, praising the military for...