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Award-winning author and lecturer Aladdin Elaasar was nominated as a candidate for the presidential elections in Egypt in 2005. His campaign gained worldwide media coverage. He is a former professor of Arabic Language and Area Studies at the Defense Language Institute, and the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Born, raised and educated in Egypt and the United States, Aladdin Elaasar is an expert on Egypt and the Arab World. He has been a frequent commentator on the Middle East on American TV and Radio networks.
His columns have been syndicated through the Tribune/Knight Ridder covering international relations, current events, and Arab/American issues. Coverage about him and his books have been published in many newspapers and online publications in both English and Arabic such as : The Daily Herald, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, InFocus, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Estart.com, Planetarabia.com, Arabisto.com, Fox News, NPR, The Progressive Radio, Montana Public Access TV and cable, Chicago Public TV, Middle East Quarterly, Word Press, Daily Lab, Monterey Herald, NewAmericaMedia.org, Gather.com, Gooreads.com, Twitter, WhoHub.com, Zimbio.com, Bebo.com, Newsvine.com, Indymedia.com, the AmericanMuslim.org, Al-Jazeera, Arab Times, Voice of America, Swiss Info, La Presse, YedNet, TheWip.net, Maktoob, Okaz, Saudi Daily, and others. Elaasar is a former editorial producer and content manager for Planetarabia.com and Arabic radio talk show co-host in Chicago. He speaks English, Arabic, French and Spanish. Most recently, he won the Excellence in Blogging Award for “excellence in writing in a manner that is driven by clarity, inspires understanding, and advances knowledge on issues related to the Middle East”.

Blog Entries by Aladdin Elaasar

The Next President and Savior of Egypt: Aboul-Foutoh?

(5) Comments | Posted May 10, 2012 | 5:35 PM

Egypt has been in labor for more than a year since the eruption of the revolution in January 2011. It's a labor for a better tomorrow for this great Arab and African nation. Egypt is the heart and soul of Africa, the Arab and the Islamic worlds. What goes on...

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What Will Become of Libya?

(10) Comments | Posted March 20, 2011 | 8:32 PM

It is a different story this time. Libya is not Iraq. The U.S. and West are getting it right this time. The Obama administration is taking a different course towards the Arab World. We are learning from the lessons of the past. This military operation is necessary to limit Gaddafi's...

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Egyptians Rise Against Their Pharoah

(35) Comments | Posted January 28, 2011 | 1:14 PM

Egyptian demonstrators have poured their anger against the symbols of their old hated dictator and his regime. Hosni Mubarak, 84, has been ruling Egypt with an iron fist since 1981. Demonstrators in Cairo, Alexandria, and other cities have clashed with the anti-riot forces, burnt police stations and headquarters of Mubarak's...

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Will Smith's Last Pharaoh vs. Egypt's History by Hollywood

(7) Comments | Posted April 8, 2010 | 12:48 PM

Will Smith's latest project, The Last Pharaoh, is expected to be a mega action movie that will be seen by millions around the globe. Smith sits on the top of Hollywood as he represents a generation of action heroes with a great physique, looks, and a unique sense of humor....

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A Revolution in the Making?

(5) Comments | Posted April 2, 2010 | 10:12 AM

The Angry Generation in the Mideast

With a persistently high level of unemployment, many educated young Arabs are seeking opportunities outside their countries. In doing so, they are seeking to escape the obligation to accept jobs outside their specialization, inadequate scientific and technological infrastructure, low income opportunities for the highly...

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Thirty Years after Khomeini: Will Egypt Turn into another Iran?

(22) Comments | Posted March 22, 2010 | 4:40 PM

The 83-year-old President Mubarak of Egypt has been in power since 1981. Concerns about his health draw much greater attention to the question of who will next rule the nation of Egypt. "When it happens, it will rock the world..: octogenarian Mubarak, will leave office, either by his own decision...

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Is Egypt's Economy in Crisis?

(21) Comments | Posted March 22, 2010 | 10:59 AM

It's the Economy ... Stupid!

Economist Dr. Nimrod Raphaeli says that Egypt appears to be in the throes of an economic crisis. The macro-economic situation has deteriorated after September 11, in particular. Egypt is undergoing a severe liquidity crisis caused by the loss of hard currency from few sources: tourism...

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Sarah Palin: Exploitation of Women at its Worst

(10) Comments | Posted March 16, 2010 | 9:07 AM

Sarah Palin is definitely the embodiment of the antifeminist movement in this country: From The Bad Girls Club, Jersey Shore, The Bachelor, to a seemingly conservative woman candidate, Palin is the latest attempt to appeal to female voters and consumers in this country, in the so-called pink economy.

Why...

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Will Smith, The Last Pharaoh

(3) Comments | Posted March 15, 2010 | 5:52 PM

Will Smith is a funny comedian and action hero, his latest project, The Last Pharaoh, is a great mega action movie expected by millions of fans around the globe. The film tells the story of Taharqa the Nubian king. The story is about Ethiopians battling Assyrians by screenwriter Chris Hauty,...

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Risky Business in the Arab World

(8) Comments | Posted March 15, 2010 | 5:06 PM

Why dissenters in Arab and Muslim countries are hushed?
By Aladdin Elaasar*

From the death sentence fatwa against Salman Rushdie to the ostracism of Nonie Darwish, Wafa Sultan, Irshad Manji, and many other Muslim writers; why is it hard for Arab and Muslim writers, professors, intellectuals and average...

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To Obama: Egypt Is at Dangerous Crossroads

(13) Comments | Posted March 12, 2010 | 1:25 PM

As President Mubarak is in a hospital in Germany with no apparent successor, Egyptian Americans call upon President Obama to re-evaluate American/Egyptian relations.

Today, Egypt is at dangerous crossroads. As Mr. Mubarak is in his 29th year in power and unfortunately, Egypt's future is more uncertain than ever.

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Immigration Reform Now: An Emotional Plea to Obama

(26) Comments | Posted March 9, 2010 | 10:52 AM

Her words reduced us to tears, literally. Beatrice Vasques, a 15-year-old schoolgirl born in LA told her story on C-Span. Along with at least 100,000 children who have lost a parent due to stepped up deportation of immigrants in the US, she came home from school one day to find...

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On Obama's Noble Peace Prize: Missed Peace Opportunities in the Mideast

(4) Comments | Posted October 12, 2009 | 4:34 PM

There is no doubt that President Obama deserves the Noble Peace Prize. He has gained a great deal of popularity in and outside the U.S.. Would he decide to run for President elsewhere beyond the States, people would replace their old rulers with him in a heartbeat. But we should...

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