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Review: Columnists continue to criticise the Muslim Brotherhood

Op-Ed pages in major Egyptian newspapers continued to analyse the chaotic situation the country is in. Looking back at eight months ruled by the Muslim Brotherhood, more than one writer has chided their way of management and accused them of using violence against the opposition.   Withdrawing Nobel Prize Mohamed Salmawi Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper Salmawi …

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Maher Hamoud

Editor’s letter: Revolution level II: Waiting for the right spark

On the second anniversary of the military-Islamist orchestrated referendum of 19 March 2011, deliberately putting the cart in front of the horse in post-Mubarak’s state rebuilding, one should always remember that Egypt is choosing the long path to meet the demand of the revolution and will suffer the consequences. It is clearly one of those …

Maher Hamoud

The West and shopping for a new president

On Thursday night, the European parliament, after heated discussions, passed a resolution recommending the withholding of budget support to Egypt and tying financial aid to “significant progress” in areas of human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The MEPs criticised Hesham Qandil’s government and Morsi, whom they accused of making decisions that oppose the …

Sara Abou Bakr

Europe and the Arab Spring

In January 2011, those who were protesting in Tahrir Square kept a careful eye on world leaders, hoping to hear a message of support for the revolution or a message of pressure to the Mubarak regime. The United States and Western Europe found themselves in a very difficult position. On one hand, their long-time ally …

Ziad A. Akl

Review: Commentaries explore new revolutionary bloc and IMF loan

Writers in different newspapers have praised the newly established national revolutionary bloc and its objectives to protect the 25 January Revolution demands. On another level some commentators called upon Egyptians to decide their own destiny, rather than waiting for a devoted leader to come save the country.   The national revolutionary movement bloc Mohamed Salmawi …

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Samira Ibrahim and the plaque of courage

Samira Ibrahim is a young Egyptian woman, fed up with Hosni Mubarak and his regime; fed up with  the life she hopes for and knows she will never get in a country infested by corruption and favouritism; fed up with  an education she earned and is unlikely to use. She probably knew as little politics …

Rana Allam

Review: Columnists explore the presence of armed forces in Port Said

After the recent strikes in several police stations, commentators across almost all Egyptian newspapers discussed the consequences of the move. Many writers debated the extent of danger resulting from the presence of the armed forces in the Mediterranean city of Port Said, whereas some believe it reminds people of 28 January, when police disappeared from …

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Egypt and Turkey are the key countries to ease tensions in Syria

By Aylin Kocaman In watching the disorder on Syria that has lasted for two years and cost 70,000 lives, people have always asked, “What is Assad doing?” They believed the problem could be resolved with a single decision from Bashar Al-Assad. They imagined he was alone in his character of dictator. Assad is not alone. …

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On the youth and the revolution

For many, the early days of the revolution served as a political coming-out for a number of underground organisations, some weak, others strong, and individuals, all out to prove their revolutionary worth and zeal. Hailing almost exclusively from the country’s middle and upper middle class youth, from within the ranks of these revolutionaries quickly emerged …

Farid Zahran

Editor’s letter: Chapeau to Al Nour Party

In Egypt’s post-Mubarak first parliament, which lasted for a few months in 2012, it was the first time for the Salafi Islamists (primarily Al Nour Party) to have such political representation. It was very messy though, as many Egyptians found it entertaining and liked to call it the “circus”. The parliament channel Soot Al Shaab …

Maher Hamoud

Will Morsi Face Mubarak’s Fate?

By Sherif Elhelwa As Egyptians celebrated the second anniversary of former president Hosni Mubarak’s ousting, protests organised by opposition groups continued against the rule of Mubarak’s successor President Mohamed Morsi, who some believe will meet Mubarak’s fate. Others believe he remains firmly in control. Although promoted as “peaceful”, marches toward government institutions and the presidential …

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