Moataz Bellah Abdel-Fattah

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Blame Egypt, think why later

In a research paper I am currently preparing, I found out that there was some kind of a decision taken by opinion-making circles in the west to blame Egypt and Egyptians every day and then look for justifications later. The presidency of Egypt is the most undermined, followed by the armed forces, the police, media, …


The three messages of the US strike on Syria

The chemical bombing of Khan Sheikhoun in Syria was a golden opportunity for Trump’s administration to convey three messages. The first message is an internal one: the US president was like a bad machine—talks much, does little. He only fulfilled a small part of his internal agenda. What he did was so little that some …


The Egyptian point of view, the Saudi point of view

In political science and international relations, among the approaches used in analysing human relations from the individual to the national level is what is known as “political communication.” Supporters of this approach say that many of the internal and external tensions of political life arise from the absence, weakness, or deformation of communication between the …

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The “Trump” virus takes over the American system

An individual in the face of an institution is one of the most prominent dilemmas in politics. With an individual’s decisions, creativity, and innovative solutions come, and may be resisted by institutions. With an individual’s decisions, wrong decisions that must be limited by institutions may also come. Institutionalism means the multiplicity of decision-making authorities and …

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Egypt’s economy over 6 years

There are three variables in any economy which need to be reduced: inflation, unemployment, and debt; and three others which must be increased, including investment, growth, and export. There are also some intermediate variables that contribute to achieve those six goals, such as increasing the savings which help boosting investment and fighting poverty through reducing …

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The president in the White House

The phone call between the two presidents, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and Donald Trump, and most importantly, the awaited visit by Al-Sisi to Washington both have several reasons that can be categorised into two segments. First, the regional perspective. This is a phase in which lobbyists use all their methods of influence to serve countries and …

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Five reasons why Hillary lost and Trump won

First reason: the electoral college The United States presidential election is an indirect election. Citizens of the US cast ballots for members of the electoral college, known as electors. These electors then in turn cast direct votes, known as electoral votes. Each of the states casts as many electoral votes as the total number of its representatives in Congress. This means that …

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Our corruption and distortion

I once said that there are several types and degrees of corruption in Egypt, some of which are protected by law and agreed upon. But the corrupt and the distorted are not similar. One of them is less harmful than the other, even if their descriptions share similarities. Imagine if we were going to build …

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What if terrorising terrorism fails?

Whether we like it or not, the world is grappling with this question under the current wave of terrorism under the Islamic State (IS). Many democratic countries have adhered to the saying: “No negotiations with terrorists or those threatening to use violence against peaceful citizens.” We will continue fighting, chasing, and imprisoning them until we …

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We need an Arab Marshal Plan

This period in our region’s history will have a long-term effect, not only on the relationship between people and society, but also society and the state, and among the regional states as well. Major global incidents have always had an impact on the Middle East more so than any other region in the world. To …

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Conscription: what is it good for?

This article neither responds nor is even remotely interested in the televised report broadcast by Qatar’s Al-Jazeera about conscription or compulsory drafting in the Egyptian army. This goes back to many reasons, but foremost because the virus only infects the body that suffers from weak immunity. I argue that the immunity of Egypt, of both …

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Congratulations, we have 2 million newborn Egyptians every year

The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) has announced that the population of Egyptians inside Egypt reached 92 million on Thursday at 8:00pm. CAPMAS stressed on 5 June that the population reached 91 million, which means that the recent increase has taken place in less than six months. It is worth mentioning that …

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The IMF loan: a possible success or failure?

Some people adopt points of view based on a somewhat ideological basis. At the moment, some people either accept or refuse the idea of obtaining a loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), despite many countries having made good use of their loans—though some have not. While writing this article I discovered that Al-Youm Al-Sabea …

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Questions to our security systems

I’ve written before about this subject, but there is something that prompts me to ask these questions again. Are all those who criticise the regime considered opponents of the government? Are all those who are opponents of the government put in a box and dubbed “Muslim Brotherhood”? Do we consider all Brotherhood members to be …


Did the Brits make a mistake?

I will start by stating two quotes of the British icon Winston Churchill, former prime minister of the United Kingdom: “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” It means that if democracy is the worst, then other forms of government are even worse. So, democracy is still better than other …


Be proud of your religion

  The most difficult thing Muslims are facing in western communities is the way people look at them, as if they were defendants charged with a crime called Islam. I once wrote about a Russian professor who called me to quote  my opinion on two terror bombing incidents that occurred in a city in southern …


Leaked exams and the demolition of institutions

I’ll start in Algeria, where the scandal of a leaked baccalaureate exam in 2016 raised controversy, prompting Algerian authorities to conduct a full investigation into the case. The Algerian ministry of education launched an investigation into circulated reports that some parties had leaked the topics of the baccalaureate exam on social media. Algerian media recently …


Dear Muslims

Dear Muslims, Have you ever met a Christian who joking said, “Praise Jesus” and then followed it by, “Why haven’t you converted to Christianity already?” Have you ever taken a taxi and been forced to sit there while the driver listens to hymns at a high volume? Have you ever heard the pastor on Sundays …


The experience of an Iraqi who lost his homeland

An Iraqi citizen, who wrote about his experience after he settled in Norway, said the following: Two days ago, I felt like I belonged to Norway, and I wanted to stay there and watch my daughter grow on its snow and under its rain. The feeling of belonging is strange to me. I have not …


Do countries sacrifice democracy for development?

It is one of the most complicated issues faced by political economic studies for development. Just like other complicated issues, there are those who consider that a minimal level of democracy is required to achieve economic development, while others oppose that view. There are also those who say there is a dialectic and complicated relationship …


Those plagued with war and those plagued with hatred

Are we plagued with political hatred? This question always arises when I see some politicians criticise their opponents exaggeratedly and defame them enthusiastically, in a manner that only suits those who are oppressed and have a just cause, or those who have a deep hatred, akin to a mental illness. I read a book entitled …


Controversy around Tiran and Sanafir has revealed our flaws

One could index the Facebook reactions surrounding Egypt’s effective sale of Tiran and Sanafir islands to Saudi Arabi as follows: Islamists are posting videos of Abdel-Nasser, revoutionaries are posting videos of Mubarak, and Sisi supporters are posting videos of El-Baradei, and everybody is cursing everybody else. This is when you figure out that the revolutionaries …


Will Saudi Arabia invest $100bn in Egypt?

There will be no Arab renaissance without Saudi Arabia, and no such thing as Arabs without Egypt. Without Egypt, which is the wedge that prevents the collapse of Arab countries, many Arab countries would return to a state of tribalism, rivalry and warring clans. Without Saudi Arabia, which the leveraging force of the Arab region, …


A general view of Egypt's High Dam in Aswan (AFP Photo)

Will the High Dam be turned into a wall

This article is addressed to the Minister of Irrigation. Al-Watan newspaper recently published disturbing news about a statement made by Sudan’s advisor to the minister of water resources, Ahmed Mohamed Adam, in which he said the High Dam will lose its value and become no more than a wall. In it, he stressed the importance …


Beware of federalism in Syria

When James Madison and his fellow founding fathers of America came up with the idea of ​​federalism, they did not intend it to be based on a religious or ethnic basis. American federalism was based on full citizenship and freedom, legally and culturally, regardless of race or religion. The Syrian dilemma is that its federalism …


Brussels pays the price

Muslims in Europe are always charged with every terrorist incident occurring in Europe, even before conducting any investigation. As I wrote before: “You are paying the price for our politicians’ errors”. My first point is, a terrorism tree grows only in a forest of extremism. Those who fight terrorism, excluding extremism, will lose both battles. …


Reconciliation with the Muslim Brotherhood: which brothers?

How can we reconcile with those who cannot come to terms with themselves? This is a question for those who call for reconciliation with the Muslim Brotherhood, when they themselves cannot accommodate their mistakes and unite their visions on how to come to terms with themselves before seeking reconciliation with the Egyptians who rejected them. …


The difficult question of the dollar crisis

Many have raised questions about the reason behind the dollar crisis. Fortunately, financial analyst Nady Azzam explained the details behind this issue in an article on his page, which I quote here: The state’s dollar resources at the end of 2015 amounted to $58m, divided as follows: $22bn from exports $18bn in remittances from Egyptians …


Al-Zind faces same fate of those who came before him

Should we be held accountable for what we say? Several similar incidents are reminiscent of the sacking of the Minister of Justice Ahmed Al-Zind. Public figures were transferred to courts or judged by public opinion due to controversial statements, whether they were expressing their opinion or it was simply a lapse in judgement. It seems …


Battle of Egyptians’ morale

In a previous article, I wondered: why would a soldier take off his military uniform and surrender his gun to leave his position to his enemies in the middle of a battle? And why would another soldier go to the battlefield when he knows very well that his colleagues had died in the same place? …