James M. Dorsey

Egyptian Militant Soccer Groups In ‘Surprising Unity Pact’

Egyptian Militant Soccer Groups In ‘Surprising Unity Pact’

JAMES M. DORSEY: Two of Egypt’s leading groups of rival fans have combined to claim ownership of the football stadia.

 Naseem Tarawnah

‘The Square’: A Compelling View of Egypt’s Revolution

‘The Square’: A Compelling View of Egypt’s Revolution

NASEEM TARAWNAH: I have my personal memories of that tumultuous time. But ‘The Square’ is a vision that all Arabs and non-Arabs should view.

 Juan Cole

‘Round Up the Usual Muppets’: Egypt’s Rulers Court Ridicule

‘Round Up the Usual Muppets’: Egypt’s Rulers Court Ridicule

JUAN COLE: Secret messages being transmitted via muppets on television ads? You couldn’t make it up.

 Juan Cole

The End of the ‘Turkish Model’? Erdogan Loses It

The End of the ‘Turkish Model’? Erdogan Loses It

JUAN COLE: He has accomplished much but has been caught in a swirl of corruption allegations and is soundingly increasingly shrill

 Ramzy Baroud

‘The Arab Homeland’: Why Does the Phrase Embarrass?

‘The Arab Homeland’: Why Does the Phrase Embarrass?

RAMZY BAROUD: With the music of JJ Cale in my head I’ve had time to think while traveling through Switzerland

 Administrator

Morsi and The Brothers: My Role in Their Rise and Fall

Morsi and The Brothers: My Role in Their Rise and Fall

NASHWA HUSIEN ALY: I am a repentant Morsi voter. There were good reasons I believe to vote him in but better reasons for him to be removed

 Juan Cole

Egypt’s New Constitution: A Very Mixed Bag

Egypt’s New Constitution: A Very Mixed Bag

JUAN COLE: Many of its provisions will be welcomed by secularists, in particular those with plenty of money but there are some fundamental contradictions too.

 Juan Cole

‘Bye Bye, America, Hello, Russia’: Arab World Turns

‘Bye Bye, America, Hello, Russia’: Arab World Turns

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 there has raised speculation that Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s military junta is shopping for a new superpower patron. In the 1960s at the height of the Cold […]

 James M. Dorsey

Cutting Egypt’s Military Aid: Washington’s Dangerous Game

Cutting Egypt’s Military Aid: Washington’s Dangerous Game

JAMES M. DORSEY: It’s clear that Washington has embarked on a major re-alignment of its strategic resources in the Middle East.

 Common Ground News Service

Young Egyptians ‘Take Grassroots Action’ To Build Nation

Young Egyptians ‘Take Grassroots Action’ To Build Nation

RANDA GHAZY, CGNEWS: Refusing to be bowed by pressure to choose one side or the other young Egyptians are trying to take hold of their own future

 Ramzy Baroud

The Plan To ‘Capture Gaza’ Is Nearing Critical Point

The Plan To ‘Capture Gaza’ Is Nearing Critical Point

RAMZY BAROUD: The ‘pampered men’ of the PNA are in no hurry to take on a ‘national liberation project’. The attack on Gaza continues.

 James M. Dorsey

Football ‘Ultras’ At The Heart of Egypt’s Latest Unrest

Football ‘Ultras’ At The Heart of Egypt’s Latest Unrest

JAMES DORSEY: They’re trying to maintain a balance but given the fact that the regime is increasingly painting them as Islamists how long can that last?

 Common Ground News Service

Shia vs Sunni: Lessons From The “Peace of Exhaustion”

Shia vs Sunni: Lessons From The “Peace of Exhaustion”

SHEIKH MUSTAFA CERIC: Protestants and Catholics fought each other for decades in Europe before they decided to sign a peace treaty. Let’s look at lessons learned

 M.-Lynx-Qualey

Is the Divide Between ‘High’ and ‘Low-Brow’ A Myth?

Is the Divide Between ‘High’ and ‘Low-Brow’ A Myth?

M. LYNX-QUALEY: I confess – I read from both sides of the so-called ‘great divide’ in Egyptian literature. Should we even talk in these terms anymore?

 Richard Silverstein

The U.S. and Egypt: Backing The Wrong Horse?

The U.S. and Egypt: Backing The Wrong Horse?

RICHARD SILVERSTEIN: We’re betting on the forces of the past over the forces of the future. We’d rather be on the side of the strong (for now) than on the side of the right.

 Ramzy Baroud

‘Arab Spring’ or ‘Islamic Winter’? Simplification Not Useful

‘Arab Spring’ or ‘Islamic Winter’? Simplification Not Useful

RAMZY BAROUD: in the words of Victor Hugo ‘to simplify is to be an idiot’ and when assessing the turmoil affecting the Middle East there is a lot of simplified commentary

 Juan Cole

Death Toll Rises in Egypt’s Descent into Emergency

Death Toll Rises in Egypt’s Descent into Emergency

Some early reports spoke of 120 dead in the first 40 minutes, including two policemen (9 policemen were said to have been wounded). Alarabiya was still only reporting 5 dead several hours after the push against the squares began.

JUAN COLE: Early reports spoke of 120 dead in the first 40 minutes, including two policemen. Alarabiya was still only reporting 5 dead several hours after the push against the squares began.

 Editor, MEP

Egypt in “State of Emergency”

Right now Egypt is under a state of emergency following a bloody day in which security forces went in to clear supporters of the former president. Protesters had been on the streets for six weeks to call for Mohamed Morsi to be returned to power. But now the military has cleared their two main camps […]

 James M. Dorsey

Precarious Positioning: The U.S. and Mid East Freedom

Precarious Positioning: The U.S. and Mid East Freedom

JAMES M. DORSEY: To maintain its tightrope act, the Obama administration will have to draw a clear distinction between peaceful, legitimate and democratic expression of dissent and terrorism.

 Ramzy Baroud

Is Egypt Heading For an Algerian-Style Catastrophe?

Is Egypt Heading For an Algerian-Style Catastrophe?

RAMZY BAROUD: The parallels between the two countries are uncannily similar. What route will the Egyptian people choose?

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