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El-Sisi’s project for the future of Egypt

  • ONE major characteristic about Arab Spring revolts is the absence of a key charismatic leader who is capable of uniting the public, political parties and popular forces while presenting a revolutionary vision for the future.The Jan. 25, 2011 uprising in Egypt, which ended the 30-year rule of...
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Is America losing Egypt?

  • NEVER before in the four-decade history of the US-Egyptian alliance has anti-Americanism reached such high levels that Sen. John McCain had to say the United Stated has no influence in that country.He has now joined other lawmakers who are calling on the Obama administration to cut off the $1.5...
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West gears up for Syria showdown

  • The coming hours will prove crucial in determining the nature of the American military response to last week’s chemical attack against rebel-held areas near Damascus in which at least 1,000 people, including children, perished. The US administration has said that there was “very little doubt”...
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Obama sends confusing messages on Syria crisis

  • We now know that President Barack Obama’s decision to punish Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons against its own people on Aug. 21 will not be carried out anytime soon. The military strike could take place next week or even next month, according to him. There is also the chance that it...
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Kerry’s gaffe likely to alter Syrian game plan

  • Whether US Secretary of State John Kerry blurted a surprise offer to Syria inadvertently or it was a calculated move on his part we may never know. But the Russians were quick to jump in with an initiative based on Kerry’s proposal to disarm Syria’s arsenal of chemical weapons and put them under...
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The reinvention of the Assad regime

  • A week is a long time in politics as recent developments in the Syrian crisis have demonstrated. Only a few weeks ago US President Barack Obama was threatening to launch a military strike against Syria in retaliation for its alleged use of chemical weapons against its people, which killed over 1...
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Geneva 2 won’t bring end to Syria’s ordeal

  • It now appears that a peace conference on Syria, the so-called Geneva 2, will be held next month, according to Syrian, Arab League and UN sources. The target date is Nov. 23. Previous attempts to hold the assembly had met with failure. The road to Geneva will be fraught with challenges. The two...
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Geneva 2: What went wrong?

  • THE first round of the much anticipated Geneva 2 negotiations on Syria was an utter and complete failure despite attempts by UN-Arab League Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi to make it appear less so. He told reporters that he had “observed a little bit of common ground; perhaps more than the two...
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Brahimi should focus on humanitarian truce

  • IN a war that has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of civilians, injured many more and devastated most of the country, this week’s three-day humanitarian truce allowing for the evacuation of stranded families in Homs presented a rare sign of hope, largely symbolic, in what has become an...
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El-Sissi is the only hope for Egyptians

  • IF all goes as planned Egypt’s strongman, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah El-Sissi, should announce his candidacy for the presidency in the coming few days. The results, if he does, are predictable. He stands to win at least 70 percent of the votes. Preparations for his historic announcement...
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