Like any other postrevolutionary nation, the purging of Egypt's governing institutions from the influences of the Mubarak regime are as natural as the flow of the Nile. In a surprising demonstration of political shrewdness, however, Egypt's judiciary has transformed itself for the good.
Figures like Bassem Youssef are instrumental in moving government officials into a forced sense of awareness of the most urgent social concerns. Cornering Youssef into legal troubles is a cop-out, and only portrays weakness, not strength.
For supporters of political reform in the Middle East, the contradictory postures of Samira Ibrahim -- the Egyptian feminist activist who publicly shared her hostile views of America, Jews and Israel -- is an opportunity to address prevalent hatreds and intolerance that endure in the "new" Egypt.
I admire a great deal of what Chávez and his Bolivarian Revolution accomplished in Venezuela. It's precisely because of these positive accomplishments that Chávez's record on the Middle East and North Africa is so disconcerting.
Egypt faces an exodus of its Christian population similar to other Middle Eastern states in the grips of Islamist governments. This will be tragic for Egypt.
The two-year anniversary of Egypt's revolution has not been a happy one. Anti-government protests have once again swept through the country, and as activists have begun to resort to violence, President Mohamed Morsi has chosen to respond in kind.
In light of the recent unrest, it's increasingly difficult to overlook the illiberal currents at work in Egypt's constitutional process. In the past, I have been very optimistic about the future of Egypt's revolution. But now Morsi has to prove himself worthy of that trust.
I was in Cairo on the day the world ended. Well, not really, but on the day the world was supposed to end, Dec. 21, 2012.
Parliamentary elections must be held within two months according to the new constitution, leaving Morsi's political opponents on the right and the left licking their chops at an opportunity to exploit economic woes.
Dr. Qadri poses a genuine threat to Pakistan's current democratic system.
The ever-present turmoil in the Middle East compels a second edition of my Field Guide to the Middle East Mess.
Morsi's declaration was a complicated one, as it included some positive things for Egypt's revolutionaries. But outrage was sparked by the proviso that all presidential decisions be immune from judicial review.
Hopes were high that the Arab Spring would bring not just political change, but greater gender equality, too. But despite the major role they played in the uprisings, many activists worry that women are being left out of the political process.
The truth about Egypt is that its recent restlessness is more about internal domestic issues and about a proud and awakened people yearning for freedom and dignity.
Adding a new dimension to McLeod Ganj's already considerable reputation as a quirky, cosmopolitan town populated by a mix of local Gaddis, Tibetan refugees, foreign expatriates and travelers from around the world, the Dharamshala International Film Festival aims to establish a one-of-a-kind film festival, an intimate and exciting event in an unusual and beautiful setting where filmmakers and film-lovers can interact in an informal yet meaningful way and where local audiences can have the opportunity to watch some of the finest films being made in the world today.
Some of the world's top leaders in government and business convened this week, calling for educational reform in the Middle East and North Africa to help tackle rampant joblessness in the region.