24 Dec 2015
This week has seen an event that reveals the nature of what is politically going on in Egypt. It pertains to the State Support Coalition, whose name was changed to the Egypt Support Coalition.
Endless meetings and discussions were held on satellite channels between those who are in favor of the coalition and those warning against it. And the peak of this melodramatic scene was the...
22 Dec 2015
The Muslim Brotherhood has always kept its internal problems secret from the media and even from its own grassroots.
But since 2005, blogs on the internet served as an outlet for the young members of the group to express themselves and criticize the thoughts and political positions of the group, as many of them withdrew from the group and adopted their own liberal or leftist ideas.
18 Dec 2015
When I arrived in Chicago with a delegation from the Tourism Ministry, I was greeted by the Egyptian consul, Mohamed Abul Dahab, who is anxious to introduce the ancient Egyptian civilization to the United States. He always encourages Americans to visit Egypt, for he knows that the charm of the ancient Egyptian civilization and its artifacts can very well revive American tourism to Egypt.
16 Dec 2015
The For the Love of Egypt list said it has formed a coalition of 400 members in the House of Representatives to support the Egyptian state.
This is very strange. For all members of Parliament and all citizens in Egypt, except the traitors, should support the Egyptian state anyway.
The problem is that this coalition was formed to support the president himself and not the Egyptian...
14 Dec 2015
Among the hundreds of news stories that are told every day around the clock I did not find a “first” except in the news about Saudi women participating in the municipal council elections as candidates and voters, which received wide media coverage and global attention as a big leap in Saudi women’s rights.
Women in Saudi Arabia are subject to blatant discrimination, as...
12 Dec 2015
Is Donald Trump a fascist?
To answer that question it is helpful to examine three interrelated phenomena: the history of European fascism, the rise of far-right nationalist parties around the West today and what historian Richard Hofstadter famously termed "the paranoid style in American politics."
Let's start with the classic 2004 study "The Anatomy of Fascism...
07 Dec 2015
When the El-Nadim Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence says that 13 people died in places of detention in November, including nine as a result of torture, three as a result of medical negligence and one suicide case, we should be alerted.
And we should be even more alerted when the center says that there are a total of 63 cases of extrajudicial killings, 10 cases of involuntary...
06 Dec 2015
Strangely enough, some members of the new Parliament who managed to sneak into it through hybrid blocs and coalitions brag that they have formed a grand coalition supportive of the state within Parliament.
We all support the state. Nobody supports the non-state. Nobody wants Egypt to become like it was in 3,200 BC before King Narmer united the north and the south.
02 Dec 2015
The Emmy Awards for the television industry is like the Oscars for the film industry in the United States. What is important in the American film and television industries is important in the rest of the world.
When Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef hosts the Emmy Award ceremony it means Egyptians are recognized as light hearted people. It also means that the success of this educated...
02 Dec 2015
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron is determined to deal with the threat from international terrorists. Or so he keeps saying. The problem is that Cameron's proposed air strikes in Syria are likely to escalate the threat, while his government's policies elsewhere in the Middle East are also providing nourishment to "Islamic State" (ISIS) and Al-Qaeda.
Just as his...