Revolution Square One: Egypt Three Years On

February 11, 2014

Egyptian revolutionaries face an upward battle against the tides of the establishment. With the world watching, Egypt’s long-time intelligence chief, Omar Suleiman, announced the departure of Hosni Mubarak from his presidential throne on February 11, 2011. The epic eruption of cheers, tears,...

Can the Arabs Do Democracy?

August 08, 2013

Any effort by the West to muscle in on the Arab world will be disruptive in unpredictable ways. We all know the beer-hall refrain, as the images from Cairo, Damascus and Baghdad flash across the flat screens: "The bloody Arabs can't do democracy." "It doesn't work like...

Egypt: The Collapse of the Army-Brotherhood Alliance

August 06, 2013

Morsi’s ouster is best understood as a termination of the Brotherhood’s partner status. As crowds proudly marched into Tahrir Square in the afternoon of January 25, 2011, they knew that they were living a critical moment. A generation of Egyptians that had spent its entire life under...

Egypt: Failing to Progress

July 31, 2013

The military coup hallows major setbacks for the flourishing of a democratically-led Egypt. After the June 30 anti-government protests, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) took just 24 hours to announce a 48-hour ultimatum for Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi to step down or face...

The Coup D’état in Egypt

July 05, 2013

After Morsi's ouster, all political parties must receive equal rights in the next election. With the ouster of President Muhammad Mursi, the political transformation process in Egypt has seen a major setback. Of course, the military intervention accompanied by a suspension of the constitution,...

Egypt: The Failure of the Muslim Brotherhood

July 03, 2013

The Muslim Brotherhood failed to consolidate the power they obtained in 2011. Mohammed Morsi has his back against the wall. The mass protests, which are spreading across the country and the ultimatum given by the military...

Al-Tamarod: Rebellion in Egypt

July 01, 2013

Any political transition in Egypt must be managed by the wisest and most humble parties. We are only now starting to understand what Egyptians mean by revolution. Whatever is currently happening in Egypt, it is a strong enough urge to send up to 14 million Egyptians — perhaps the...

Egypt Must Prove Democracy to Itself

June 30, 2013

The end goal of a new uprising may thwart progress on Egypt’s path to democracy. Before Mohammad Morsi was elected president one year ago, I made a few predictions about Egypt’s political path that turned out to be true. Although I grieved for a few days once I found out which...

The Intellects of Tahrir

June 27, 2013

After nearly 100 years since the Sykes-Picot agreement, the Middle East's artificial borders are being ripped apart. As far as I have learned, there has always been an evolution of great sociologies at work. Progressive in the main, despite long lapses into darkness and often impure renditions...

The Struggle for Turkey’s Soul

June 13, 2013

The recent Turkish protests are about more than just Erdoğan’s style of leadership.  Some of the language used during the recent events in Turkey — and the media reaction to it, particularly in the West — warrants closer scrutiny. Not only has there been talk of a Turkish...

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