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Abdellatif El-Menawy

Abdellatif El-Menawy is a critically acclaimed multimedia journalist, writer and columnist who has covered war zones and conflicts worldwide.

Twitter: @ALMenawy

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Why these snakes have no place in our classrooms

When the Saudi Education Minister, Ahmad Al-Issa, said his country would “renew the educational curricula to eliminate any trace of the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood,” it was a recognition of the group’s influence and penetration, not only in Saudi society but in the Gulf as a whole.

March 24, 2018

The future of South Sudan lies with the Arabs

When it emerged last week that the Arab League had refused a membership request by South Sudan — followed by a denial of such an application by a South Sudanese official, who said it had only asked to become an “observer” — I recalled an interview I carried out before secession with Salva Kiir Ma

March 16, 2018

Saudi crown prince's Coptic Cathedral visit ‘a response to the radicals’

Since the late 1970s, huge numbers of Egyptian workers have been streaming into Arab Gulf countries as a result of the dramatic upturn the region has seen thanks to increasing oil prices. Saudi Arabia received the greatest number of Egyptians from all intellectual and social levels.

March 09, 2018

How Egypt will gain from private gas deal with Israel

It was during the evening of an autumn night in 2013, in a hotel in the Egyptian capital Cairo, when I met Sherif Ismail, the Egyptian Minister of Petroleum at the time and the current Prime Minister, only four months after Egypt had toppled the Muslim Brotherhood.

February 27, 2018

Egypt determined to avoid water supply ‘Day Zero’

Some local media outlets in Egypt, which do not care much about international affairs, have suddenly decided to report how Cape Town, the coastal South African city, is at risk of running out of water and is preparing for “Day Zero” — expected on July 9 — when the city’s system will completely ru

February 23, 2018

Egypt and a history of missed opportunities

In the coming weeks, Egypt will conduct an unexpected electoral experiment: With no real competition for Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the presidential election will turn into a semi-referendum.

February 03, 2018

Egypt’s revolution: Seven years on, the questions pile up

Great debate surrounds the events that took place in Egypt on Jan. 25, 2011, and June 30, 2013. I will not go into the full controversy, but I would like to examine some of the crucial points and review some articles I have read to reveal the truth as I see it.

January 29, 2018

Egyptian diplomacy and troubled waters on the Nile

Until recently, relations between Egypt and Ethiopia were governed by an agreement signed under the auspices of Britain in 1902, in which the ruler of Ethiopia officially promised that his country would not allow any projects on the Blue Nile, Lake Tana or Sobat River that may harm Egyptian inter

January 21, 2018