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The Failure Of "Digital Democracy"

Scott Ritter | Posted 01.26.2016 | World
Scott Ritter

The problem with "digital democracy" can be synthesized down to the willingness by those in power within the Bush and Obama administrations (and later, Google) to embrace the incomplete musings of a naïve young man -- Jared Cohen -- about issues he was ill-positioned to proffer.

Five Years On, Egypt's Uprising Flagged at Tahrir

Brian Dooley | Posted 01.20.2016 | World
Brian Dooley

Clinging listlessly to the top of the pole in the middle of Tahrir Square the Egyptian flag projects absolute power, a signal of the old order restored after the mass anti-government uprising of 2011.

Erdogan, Sisi and Western Hypocrisy

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics
Soumaya Ghannoushi

A funereal atmosphere descended over western capitals with the announcement of Turkey's parliamentary elections' results, widely described in European and American media as a "shock" and a "black day for Turkey." The picture painted appeared very bleak, as a stream of reports, editorials and op-eds by opposition figures warned of a "return to autocracy and despotism" and declared the outcome as a threat to the "survival of democracy" in the country.

Protecting the Media in Transitional States

Dallin Van Leuven | Posted 09.15.2015 | World
Dallin Van Leuven

Certainly, the U.S. can and should lead the way in promoting free speech across the world. But when it comes to promoting a free press and protecting the media in transitional states, perhaps the world would be better off following the lead of countries like Ghana.

Sophia Jones

Egypt Wants To Jail Journalists For Not Falling In Line. It's Been Trained By A US Nonprofit. | Sophia Jones | Posted 07.06.2015 | World

ISTANBUL -- It may soon be illegal to publish news the Egyptian government doesn't like. And a New York City-based nonprofit has seemingly helped thes...

Despite Attacks, Egypt's Sisi Still on Top

Marco Vicenzino | Posted 07.02.2015 | World
Marco Vicenzino

Full-scale conflict in Sinai has witnessed increasing levels of effectiveness and sophistication by insurgents claiming loyalty to Islamic State.

Egypt Court Confirms Death Sentence For Ousted President Mohammed Morsi

AP | By SARAH EL DEEB | Posted 06.16.2015 | World

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Tuesday confirmed the death sentence of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi over a mass prison break during t...

How the U.S. Can Actually Help the Middle East

Alexis Crow | Posted 06.02.2015 | World
Alexis Crow

The real war, however, is not against ISIS, as Washington would have it, or al-Qaeda.

At Least 2,600 Killed After Ouster Of Egypt's Islamist President

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI | Posted 06.01.2015 | World

CAIRO (AP) — At least 2,600 people were killed in violence in the 18 months after the military overthrew Egypt's president in 2013, nearly half of t...

Egypt: Terror in the Name of State Security

John L. Esposito | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
John L. Esposito

If the last 15 years have taught us anything, it is that repression will breed violence, not only against those practicing it directly, but also against their patrons, sponsors and enablers. Authoritarianism -- far from being the solution in the Middle East -- is in fact the problem.

Egypt's Ousted President Morsi Sentenced To Death

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI | Posted 05.18.2015 | World

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court sentenced ousted President Mohammed Morsi and over 100 others to death Saturday over a mass prison break during the 2...

Eagle Adrift in the Middle East: When Democracy and National Security Are Two Sides of the Same Coin -- and Democracy Loses

Dalia F. Fahmy, PhD | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Dalia F. Fahmy, PhD

Last week U.S. President Barack Obama informed Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi that the military aid that was previously put on hold in the wake of the 2013 military takeover that removed Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, would be reinstated.

In Egypt, Seeing the Muslim Brotherhood for What It Is

Stanley Weiss | Posted 05.02.2015 | World
Stanley Weiss

By Stanley A. Weiss and Raphael Benaroya GSTAAD AND CAIRO--In the early 1990s, Robert Pelletreau, the United States ambassador to Egypt, met with Egy...

Sisi Tapes Are Genuine, British Forensic Lab Finds

David Hearst | Posted 04.25.2015 | World
David Hearst

If nothing else, the tapes show the most senior advisers to Sisi discussing the minutiae of how to fix evidence and make a barracks look like a prison. The tapes establish a prima facie case for the involvement of officials at the highest levels of the state in the abuses that are going on. They even boast about them.

President Obama Touts Partnership With Egypt's Military Regime: Yet Repression Continues Unabated

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.19.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

In any case, Washington's influence is limited: The Sisi regime will do whatever it believes necessary to retain power. Whatever America does, Egypt is likely to end up without liberty or stability. Washington should step back from a crisis that it can't resolve.

Why It Would Be a Big Mistake for the U.S. to Cut Aid to Egypt

Ahmed Zewail | Posted 01.05.2015 | World
Ahmed Zewail

The so-called Arab Spring has proved that the fall of a Mubarak-like presidency does not mean the immediate rise of democracy. In spite of this, I am confident that Egypt will not return to an authoritarian governing system again, and that with some time, it will achieve its democratic goals.

Sophia Jones

Deadly Attacks On Security Personnel In Egypt Spur Stronger Crackdown On Dissent | Sophia Jones | Posted 11.26.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- After twin attacks Friday that killed 33 security personnel in the restive Sinai Peninsula, Egypt and its pro-government institutions have...

One Year After Egypt's Rab'a Massacre, U.S. Still Funding Repression

Medea Benjamin | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

The U.S. government refuses to even obey its own laws, which would entail cutting the $1.3 billion to the Egyptian military. Too much is at stake for powerful interests.

Has Sisi's Disdain for the Muslim Brotherhood Poisoned Egypt's Position on the Conflict in Gaza?

Jeremiah J. Bowden | Posted 09.21.2014 | World
Jeremiah J. Bowden

In November 2012 Mohammed Morsi's Egypt was a vocal supporter of Hamas. Now, less than 20 months later, Egypt's current leadership classifies Hamas as a terrorist organization that ought to be wiped off the face of the Earth.

Deadly Violence In Egypt On Anniversary Of Morsi Ouster

Reuters | Posted 09.02.2014 | World

CAIRO, July 3 (Reuters) - Five men died in Cairo in separate incidents involving a bomb blast and protester clashes with security forces on Thur...

Instead of Meddling Endlessly in the Mideast, Washington Should Stop Trying to Fix Iraq and Everywhere Else

Doug Bandow | Posted 08.24.2014 | World
Doug Bandow

American intervention has broken pottery all over the Middle East. Every time the U.S. attempts to repair its last accident, it increases and spreads the mess. It is time for a different approach. One in which Washington does not attempt to micromanage the affairs of other nations. In which Washington practices humility. This would not be isolationism. America, and especially Americans, should be engaged in the world. Economic and cultural ties benefit all. Political cooperation can help meet global problems. Humanitarian needs are varied and manifold. Military action sometimes is necessary, but only rarely -- certainly far less often than presumed by Washington.

Israel has Egypt over a barrel

David Hearst | Posted 08.09.2014 | World
David Hearst

The export of gas to Israel was stopped by the Egyptian revolution. Israel had by this time discovered so much gas in the Eastern Mediterranean that it was looking to Egypt not as a source of gas, but as a means of liquefying its gas and exporting it to the international markets.

A Hundred Years from John Dewey to FOX News

Khaled Abou El Fadl | Posted 07.26.2014 | World
Khaled Abou El Fadl

Over the past hundred years, the process of polarized dehumanization, distrust, and betrayal has resulted in a spiraling deprecation of cultural and social values in Muslim countries.

Egypt: How to Fix an Election

Neil Hicks | Posted 07.23.2014 | World
Neil Hicks

In many ways, the upcoming Egyptian presidential elections, which will take place on May 26-27, are an object lesson in how to fix an election while presenting a façade that everything is free and fair.

A Chill in the Arab Spring Air

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 07.15.2014 | World
Jeffrey Laurenti

Egypt's election, together with the others, only underscores the shattered hopes for democratic empowerment that facile Western commentators had once cheered as an "Arab spring."