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Iran, Turkey, and the interests game

It seems that Iran and Turkey agreed to share the legacy of the old, sick Arab man, although they disagreed on the master whose instructions they should follow in the region to help them to achieve their interests and plans. Iran is a Shiite Muslim country, and the majority of Turkey’s population is Sunni Muslim. …

Abdallah Al-Moghazy

New Horizon

It seems to be quite obvious that the regional and international alliances currently in place are, in essence, a blunt expression of the anti-globalisation trend that can by now be seen very clearly, even if we were to disregard very apparent examples like Britain’s exit from the European Union and the isolationist policy of the …

Mohamed Shirin El Hawary

Op-ed review: national development projects, Palestine & opposition to US, sectarianism & citizenship

Saturday kicked the week off with the inauguration and launch of developmental projects by the armed forces in the Suez Canal, including tunnels and bridges to facilitate access to Sinai. President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi attended a ceremony Saturday for the occasion. In the privately-owned Al-Masry Al-Youm, several pieces reflected on the event. Newspaper Chairperson Mohamed …

Amira El-Fekki

The future beckons

In the last few days remaining of 2017, Cairo hosted an eminent international leader, Russian President Vladimir Putin. It was his second visit to the Egyptian capital in less than two years. In between, Egypt and the Middle East have witnessed dramatic developments that catapulted Russia to the driver’s seat in shaping the future of …

Hussein Haridi

Iran storms Arab minds

There are many intersections and much intertwining between countries in terms of international interests. There is no fixed rule that defines the nature of relations or political and economic interests between countries. There is a common mistake that either international relations are in consensus and complete agreement or there are no relations at all. This …

Abdallah Al-Moghazy

Into the unknown

Arab foreign ministers met, in an emergency meeting at the headquarters of the League of Arab States on Saturday, to discuss how to deal with the American decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a move that was announced by US President Donald Trump on 6 December. The American recognition of Jerusalem as …

Hussein Haridi

Jerusalem belongs to all religions

The issue of occupied Jerusalem surfaced on the world political scene again after US President Donald Trump decided to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and transfer his country’s embassy to the holy city in violation of all previous related international resolutions. The United Nations seems to be an entity that meet the interests …

Abdallah Al-Moghazy

It starts here, Egypt

Anyone who loves their country will no doubt offer various solutions and suggestions for a better tomorrow, but the solutions should be radical to address the chronic problems of the administrative body of the ancient and historic Egyptian state. Ancient Egyptians made records on their temples and shrines throughout ages, the best governmental and administrative …

Abdallah Al-Moghazy

A Reshaped Middle East

November 2017 has seen dramatic developments in the Middle East. For the last few months, indications have been that the region has finally gained the upper hand in its three-year war against the self-styled “Islamic State” (referred to as Daesh or ISIS), after the liberation of both Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, the …

Hussein Haridi

Op-ed review: writers support Al-Sisi, say MB backing Shafiq

Ahmed Shafiq continued to receive media attention as he returned to Egypt for the first time since he left to the UAE after the 2012 presidential elections. Shafiq announced his intention to enter the presidential election against President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, who is expected to run for a second term. In state-run daily Al-Ahram, Head …

Amira El-Fekki

A Reshaped Middle East

November 2017 has seen dramatic developments in the Middle East. For the last few months, indications have been that the region has finally gained the upper hand in its three year war against the self-styled “Islamic State” (referred to as Daesh or ISIS) after the liberation of both Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, …

Hussein Haridi

A message on the Nile

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) topic is back to remind us of, and affirm, what we had said five years ago, which is basically that the core problem is neither governed by emotion nor ministerial aids with a little help from diplomacy, but it is governed by political rules, international law, and international conventions. …

Abdallah Al-Moghazy

Business practice environment

A few days ago, the World Bank Group released its Doing Business 2018 report. The report sheds light on the country’s performance and business climate through a number of indicators during the period from July 2016 to the end of June 2017. The Doing Business Index has been issued 15 times to date. It aims …

Dr. Medhat Nafie

The Winds of Change

If you happen to believe that miracles do not happen anymore, you are well advised to do some serious rethinking. When the President of the United States of America starts to vehemently defend economic and trade policies of a rather closed minded and protective nature – to say the least, that is – and even …

Mohamed Shirin El Hawary

Op-ed review: Egypt’s role in Al-Hariri crisis, WYF pros and cons

Concerns about a new war in the Middle East, the interference of several foreign parties in Lebanon, and the role of Egypt in the new crisis were the focus of several op-eds on Monday. Despite an understanding of Iran’s plans in the region, should Saudi Arabia wade into a war that would have drastic consequences …

Amira El-Fekki

Rich Communication Suite and the future of mobile industry

Global mobile usage has tripled over the last five years, as noted by GSM Association (GSMA), a trade body consisting of international mobile operators. With the skyrocketing number of mobile phone users, text messaging remains one of the most interactive channels for key mobile operators today—making the next-generation, GSMA-initiated Rich Communication Suite (RCS) a major …

Medhat Karam

How an alternative citizenship changes lives of Arab families  

In the search for safety and freedom of movement, an increasing number of Arab families are considering an alternative citizenship. The many years of instability in some of Middle Eastern countries and the growing trend of European countries and the USA to have more restrictive immigration policies, has directly affected several nations in the region.  …

Veronica Cotdemiey

The Afghan Quagmire

 New York –It is impossible to win a war that you cannot define. That seems to be the main lesson to be drawn from Afghanistan, where a so-called victory seems ever more unreachable. It is also the conclusion of several experts on the region, who fear US forces would be mired forever in that unjustly …

Cesar Chelala

Rohingya plight feeds Muslim assertiveness

The plight of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya minority is becoming the Muslim world’s latest rallying call emulating the emotional appeal of the Palestinians in the second half of the 20th century. Like the cause of the Palestinians, the Rohingya, albeit with a twist, have also become a battlefield for the Muslim world’s multiple rivalries and power …

James Dorsey

Afghanistan’s dismal health situation

New York – As the war in Afghanistan shows no signs of abating, the health of the people in the country continues to be cause for concern. Afghanistan’s health care system is considered one of the worst in the world, and decades of war and international neglect have contributed to its deterioration. An estimated 6 million …

Cesar Chelala