Friday, February 8, 2013 Egypt's Political Map: Clearing the Fog
The political class in Egypt is so polarized currently that it is difficult to see a light at the end of the tunnel. But the Egyptian people deserve to realize the fruits of their remarkable revolution. There must be a real national dialogue between all major parties regardless of ideology or political affiliation.
Friday, December 14, 2012 Egypt's Constitution, the Opposition, and the Dialogue of the Deaf
For the past three weeks, Egypt has been in turmoil. Its political structure has fractured almost fatally. The political order has become a zero-sum game. In their rush to discredit each other, both broad coalitions disregarded the cries and suffering of the average man or woman in the street. The economic situation in Egypt has deteriorated so much that poverty, unemployment, and crime have risen to unprecedented levels.
Friday, December 7, 2012 In Egypt: When Democracy is not an Option (2 comments)
The secular forces need to face reality and accept the will of the people in a new and free Egypt. If their vision and programs for the country are better than the Islamist parties, then they have to convince the Egyptian electorate and start winning elections and referendums. They cannot claim to be pro-democracy and reject its outcome, or hail its principles while undermining its system or circumventing its rules.
Friday, November 30, 2012 Showdown in Egypt
The new constitution calls for the president to serve his full four-year term (which the secularists sternly oppose) as well as for new parliamentary elections to take place within 60 days. Many Egyptians hope that cooler heads will prevail and that the most difficult test for Egyptian political groups since the fall of Mubarak will prove that Egypt's democracy has matured, is resilient, and would indeed endure.
Saturday, September 15, 2012 America and the Muslims (19 comments)
the latest details on who created the movie that set off outrage in the Arab streets, with commentary on how unevenly first amendment rights to free speech are treated for Muslims and for those attacking Islam
Friday, August 24, 2012 Egyptian Military Checkmated (1 comments)
Underestimated by his critics and dismissed by his opponents, Morsi has demonstrated coolness under pressure, toughness, and shrewdness uncharacteristic to Egyptian politicians. With the exceptions of Mubarak's remnants his actions were overwhelmingly approved by Egyptians from diverse political, ideological, and pro-revolution groups.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 Clinton in Cairo
Throughout her trip, Clinton was met with angry supporters of the military and Mubarak's remnants, who accused the US of supporting the MB. The US strategy is to give the Islamic rising powers a chance to govern as long as they agree to: keep the Americans in, the Chinese and Russians out, the Iranians down, and the Israelis safe.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 Showdown with the Generals -- The Future Direction of Egypt's Revolution (1 comments)
Countless people wonder how a popular revolution that united millions of Egyptians against a corrupt regime and earned the world's admiration, could have resulted in that same loathed regime on the brink of reclaiming power after little more than a year.
Saturday, June 16, 2012 The True Face of Egypt's Military (6 comments)
The emerging Islamic and revolutionary parties have now been totally stripped of their political ascendency, less than five months after their rise to power. Further, a Mubarak-era military man is now on the verge of being "elected" president using the assorted tools of the democratic process.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 Back to Square One in Egypt? (2 comments)
The youth are determined not to put their trust in either the military or the political class but on their capacity to stay the revolutionary course until all their objectives are achieved. Hundreds of their pioneers, led by dozens of women among the first to call for the January 25 demonstration that sparked the revolution, have been on hunger strike and continuous sit-in for over a week in the middle of Tahrir Square.
Monday, June 4, 2012 The Charade is Over -- Sacrificing Mubarak to Save His Regime
Mubarak and Al-Adly's convictions are now susceptible to be overturned on appeal, since Mubarak himself did not kill the protesters. If his underlings are innocent then how could he have carried out the murders? And of course if Shafiq becomes president not only would he pardon the deposed dictator, but he would possibly restore to him the status of a former president.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 Reading the Egyptian Elections
This is the time where the revolutionary partners must join back together in order to save the Egyptian revolution. Not only are the hopes and aspirations of the people of Egypt and Arabs across the region are in jeopardy, but also of free people around the world, forever inspired by the youth of Tahrir Square.
Friday, May 25, 2012 The Sacking of a Revolution (2 comments)
There is no doubt that the failure of the revolutionary groups to unify their ranks and field a single candidate or a presidential ticket has cost them the chance to come out on top. Despite the intense interest and the high stakes, it appears that most Egyptians are tired and simply did not show up.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 The Making of Egypt's President
If the elections to be held on May 23 and 24 are free and fair, and no one candidate exceeds 50 percent of the vote, then most of the votes of the eliminated candidates in the second round on June 16 and 17 would probably go to Abol Fotouh, making him the first president of the post-Mubarak Egypt -- a big if since the remnants, the U.S. and Israel are not about to concede -- not yet.
Monday, April 23, 2012 The Calculus of Egypt's Presidential Race
The first round of the presidential race is scheduled for May 23 and 24. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, then a run-off between the top two contenders would take place on June 16 and 17. Most experts predict that absent massive elections' fraud sanctioned by the military and ignored by the Elections Committee, no candidate would actually receive a majority after the first round.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 Grasping the Syrian Quagmire (3 comments)
The US committed a grave miscalculation when it invaded Iraq in 2003. The Bush administration had the illusion that Iraq would somehow become an American colony, its military base, a client state, or America's gas station. At the end, it handed over Iraq to Iran on a silver platter as Iran's allies have taken over the country.
Friday, January 27, 2012 Tunisia and Egypt One Year On
It was clear that the public voted for an alliance between parties that preserved the Arab and Muslim identity of society, and respected the principles of democratic governance, political pluralism and civil and human rights. The government, on the other hand, insisted that it could not ignore the pressing needs of the people while embarking on writing the new constitution.
Friday, December 9, 2011 Islamic Parties Win 75 Percent of Seats in Egyptian Elections
A a major confrontation in Egyptian streets between SCAF and the Islamic and revolutionary parties is quite possible. If the military takes away the right of the Parliament to appoint the constitution-writing assembly as well as its right to form a new government that was elected by the people, then what exactly was the purpose of the popular elections?
Thursday, November 24, 2011 The Tom and Jerry Show -- Back to Tahrir Square
The immediate problem now is the total lack of trust between the people in the streets and the military council. The people are tired of the cat-and-mouse game played by SCAF, where every major demand is only conceded through much struggle.
Friday, October 28, 2011 Understanding Tunisia's Elections Results (1 comments)
The same old Islamophobic voices, that raised false alarms echoing Israeli-hyped fears over 20 years ago and poisoned the atmosphere between the West and moderate Islamic groups, are back at it again.
Friday, October 14, 2011 The implausibility of an Iranian plot (2 comments)
According to The Forward, 12 of the 18 living ex-chiefs of Israel's two security agencies (Mossad and Shin Bet) have been opposing an open war with Iran and are "either actively opposing Netanyahu's stances or have spoken out against them." So the trick is how to drag the U.S. into this war and make it an American-Iranian confrontation rather than an Israeli-Iranian conflict.
Friday, October 7, 2011 Fed Up and Taking to the Streets, But What are the Demands?
If the Arabs' anger at the repression and corruption of their governments has led to the popular uprisings and protests throughout this year, will the greed and unholy alliance between unrestrained capitalism and the political class, produce mass protests across America?
Friday, September 23, 2011 On The Futile Undertaking of Palestinian Statehood (2 comments)
There are 236 illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem with over 650,000 settlers confiscating Palestinian land and displacing thousands of Palestinians. Israeli settlers have more than doubled in the last 10 years, controlling 43% of the land in the West Bank and East Jerusalem with over 400 checkpoints and Jewish-only roads, as well as the separation Wall snaking through Palestinian territories.
Friday, September 16, 2011 The Arab Autumn: Three Big Challenges Threatening the Arab Uprisings (1 comments)
The major concern of U.S policymakers and other Western officials is how to keep these Arab countries in their orbit, and to maintain control of their economies according to the dictates of the IMF, the World Bank, and the multinational corporations.
Friday, June 3, 2011 An inside look into the Arab dictators' playbook (2 comments)
The authoritarian regimes drew different lessons from the Tunisian and Egyptian experience. They did not see the power and determination of the people but the weakness of the regimes and fragility and indecisiveness of its leaders. In each case, though engulfed in its own particular circumstances and distinct features, the overall framework of how each regime dealt with its own popular uprising is strikingly similar.
Friday, May 13, 2011 Bin Laden and the Spring of Arab Revolutions (1 comments)
Since 9/11 the U.S. military and national security agencies in the U.S. have been mobilized to pursue a phantom enemy, vastly inflated in Western imagination so much so that every Muslim activist or religiously observant is transformed and looked at as a potential terrorist or a threat.
Friday, March 18, 2011 Ninety Days of Popular Uproar -- Taking Stock of the Arab Revolutions
It is remarkable how in a relatively short period of time -- three months -- the entire Arab World has been transformed from a static and bleak political status quo to a dynamic and lively force for far-reaching change. Hence, it is prudent to take the time to assess the political sea change across the Arab world in the past few months.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 When Egypt's Revolution Was at the Crossroads: Twelve Moments That Shook the World (1 comments)
One wonders if the revolution might have been aborted, slowed down, or taken a different path had Mubarak acted rationally or reasonably. But almost certainly, the youth of Egypt, determined to fulfill their dreams of a free, just and democratic society, would have pressed on until the end.
Friday, March 4, 2011 Distorting the Essence of the Great Arab Revolutions of 2011
One of the problems in Western media and political circles -- as embodied by Friedman -- is that great events somehow have to revolve around Western powerful elites in order for them to be meaningful. But the impressive Arab revolutions of 2011 are about the great awakening of the Arab people. It is their moment of glory.
Monday, February 21, 2011 How Democracy Could be Hijacked -- Anatomy of Egypt's Revolution (3 comments)
The next elections are scheduled this year under the supervision of the judiciary. If it is able to assert its authority and administer the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections freely and fairly by truly reflecting the will of the people, then Egypt will have accomplished a major milestone along its path on becoming a democratic state.
Friday, February 18, 2011 Anatomy of Egypt's Revolution (Part Two)
The Israeli prime minster is right to worry about Egypt's foreign policy after Mubarak. His long honeymoon (and Palestinian nightmare) is most probably over. Most of the Egyptian opposition groups strongly support Palestinian rights and detest the Israeli government's policies.
Thursday, February 17, 2011 Anatomy of Egypt's Revolution -- Conditions and Consequences (1 comments)
The revolutionaries had a simple media strategy: ignore the government-controlled media and build strong contacts with the local opposition and independent media as well as the Arab and international media outlets. When Mubarak or Suleiman addressed the public in an attempt to seize the initiative, the organizers would immediately present several spokespersons to effectively respond and neutralize any effect.
Friday, February 11, 2011 The Mummification of Pharaoh on Display -- Egypt's Judgment Day
After 18 days of massive popular protests and widespread mobilization, it is clear that Egypt's revolution has been embraced by all of its people. Judgment day is upon the regime and its defenders. Mubarak and his regime have failed. Soon, the army may either usher a new bright dawn for Egypt's future or a new abyss that would lead to more instability and chaos.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 From Stalemate to Checkmate -- Meet Egypt's Future Leaders (1 comments)
The revolution has adapted to the maneuvering of the regime and has adopted a comprehensive program of activities that are creative and extensive. Time is no longer on the regime's side. With the passing of each week more Egyptians are joining the revolution. A culture of freedom and empowerment is on the rise. Mubarak and his Western backers better take notice. Checkmate.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011 Power in Action -- The Making of Egypt's Revolution (2 comments)
The challenge to the Egyptian people is whether they will stop their impressive revolution when the West and its local hirelings give up Mubarak in order to save his regime. The leaders of this revolution and civil society groups that have joined have so far insisted on regime change, not change of characters.