28 Mar 2013
I don’t expect the state to be creative, because power is an end in many ways, and only a threat to power is conducive to the state going outside of its comfort zone.
I don’t expect the state to be creative, because creativity is put upon the shoulders of all those who choose to engage with contentious politics and find renewed ways of upsetting the balance of power in the ranks of...
26 Mar 2013
Since February 2011, Egyptian authorities have designed their fiscal, monetary and exchange rate policies for the sole purpose of preventing the gradual rise of prices for the broad base of Egyptians, in particular, the urban poor and the lower-middle classes.
Their bet was on the quick re-establishment of a functional political system via free elections and a ratified Constitution — part...
25 Mar 2013
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died after holding on to power for 14 consecutive years. The exact and real details of the type of cancer that killed him and the real date and time of his death remain a mystery.
However, the biggest mystery currently facing Venezuelans is the future of the country after the absence of the all-powerful figure who dominated Latin American politics for so long....
24 Mar 2013
The story of Iraq on the 10th anniversary of the second US invasion is composed of a series of tragedies.
The first tragedy is the sacrificing of truth at the altar of war.
It began with the massive media desensitization of the suffering of the Iraqi people during 13 years of United Nations sanctions, the most punitive measures ever imposed against a nation in human history. By 1996, the UN...
20 Mar 2013
As the world marks 10 years since the US invasion of Iraq, many will be thinking of that place again, perhaps for the first time in years. Discussions will be dominated by the use of the buzzword, ‘sectarianism’.
Most people wrongly perceive sectarianism to be a struggle inherent to Iraq, and not a political byproduct that serves the interests of a powerful few. It is important to...
19 Mar 2013
Egypt’s 25 January revolution has opened new horizons for social resistance. Huge numbers of workers, unemployed, residents of underprivileged areas and many others have become involved in the struggle for their rights.
Likewise, workers in various industries have enthusiastically established independent unions to eliminate state control over workers’ organizations and movements...
15 Mar 2013
I wish to extend my heartfelt congratulations to the “Sons of Cosmos,” the winning team of last Thursday’s soccer tournamentheld in front of the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Moqattam. In the final match, they triumphed, 3-2, over the “Hassan El-Panda” team, may he rest in peace.
That was no joke. The tournament was indeed held, and was merely one of many...
14 Mar 2013
“Egyptians will not be fooled into participating in a fake democracy, regardless of the internal and external pressures,” opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei said, in response to US Secretary of State John Kerry’s call for opposition parties to take part in upcoming parliamentary elections.
Most opposition factions gave the same response to Washington, which they have accused of...
13 Mar 2013
It has already become clear that Egypt’s revolution has deep socioeconomic roots that cannot be quelled through the establishment of a formal or procedural democracy.
Even though the country has an elected president, a Constitution and a Parliament (and will soon have an additional one), the state seems quite dysfunctional. The new political order seems to be running on a set of defunct...
12 Mar 2013
A toxic combination is unfolding under the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Its bid to take over state apparatuses and, more importantly, follow the former regime’s footsteps in oppressing and besieging the people’s right to expression is an attempt to suppress the revolution’s march toward radical democracy.
It is very clear that one of the main goals of the revolution,...