JUAN COLE: Romney clearly doesn’t have the slightest idea what he is talking about, and seems intent on alienating 1.5 billion Muslims
JAMES M. DORSEY: Held up as a model of a modern Islamic state Turkey faces some formidable difficulties
JUAN COLE: Strange statements are emanating from Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. What are they up to?
JAMES M. DORSEY: An Egyptian feminist group has challenged the fans that played a key role in toppling Mubarak to recognise women’s rights.
JAMES M. DORSEY: The Middle East looms large as FIFA’s executive committee meets against the backdrop of a call for sweeping change.
JUAN COLE: There’ll be some missing faces at the upcoming meeting in Baghdad but regional divisions are sharpening.
JAMES M. DORSEY: It’s been a bad year for Vodafone in Egypt. Are the problems of their own making?
JAMES M. DORSEY: It looks like there’s been a sea-change in Egypt’s football politics – Ultras White Knights and Ultras Ahlawy have united.
MUSTAFA ABDELHALIM, CGNEWS: It works in many European countries and in Turkey. Why not in Egypt?
JAMES M. DORSEY: It’s looking increasingly likely that the Egyptian Football Association will cancel the rest of the season.
MARIA GOLIA, CGNEWS: Any resident of Cairo is familiar with the ‘bikya’ man. He could be a metaphor for all of Egypt today.
JAMES M. DORSEY: Growing sentiment that the brawl in which 74 people were killed was provoked is putting wind in the sails of militant soccer fan groups.
STEVE ROYSTON: We’re coming up to the first anniversary of the protests that overthrew Hosni Mubarak. What is the most significant change that has taken place over the past year?
JONATHAN COOK: The remaining border, the 260km one with Egypt, is being closed with another wall, gaining impetus with the overthrow of Mubarak
RANIA AL MALKY: Over the past two weeks, SCAF has turned this cause for celebration to a potential apocalypse, casting a dark shadow of fear…
JAMES M. DORSEY: A study has revealed that 5 North African nations experiencing upheaval in 2011 have seen football teams improve markedly.
JUAN COLE: The some 12 million Arab Christians (out of plus 350 million Arabs) are very much agents in their own fates. They make alliances, and sometimes switch them.
JAMES M. DORSEY: Powerful forces are at work in both Egypt and Yemen to mould the emerging political landscape to benefit these particular players.