A word of advice about the Middle East – we’ve reached the ‘tipping point’ with cliches
- Robert Fisk
You've got to be careful when Syria's rebels are perpetually "closing in"
Remember the days when we thought Egypt’s path to democracy was a done deal? Western-trained Mohamed Morsi had invited the people to come and meet him ...
In Egypt: When Democracy is not an Option
- Esam Al-Amin عصام الامين
By the time President Muhammad Morsi issued his Constitutional Decree on November 22, the political battle lines in Egypt had been clearly drawn. One side, mostly comprised the forces of political Islam led by the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), ...
Brother Obama, where art thou?
- Pepe Escobar
MENA (Middle East/North Africa) is on fire. The diffuse rage - even if manifested by a tiny minority - is distinctly anti-American. Protests in Cairo have reached Sanaa in Yemen and even Bangladesh. The administration of US President Barack Obama is ...
Haytham Manna: "In Syria, armed groups and the state power have eradicated the civilian resistance"
- Pierre Barbancey
Haytham Manna is the spokesman abroad of the Syrian Coordinating Committee for Democratic Change, one of the secular and progressive components of the opposition. He argues here for a reconstruction of the civilian resistance in order to carry out ...
A new generation of political Islamists steps forward
- Olivier Roy
Everywhere, the Muslim Brotherhood is benefiting from a democratization it did not trigger. There is a political vacuum because the liberal vanguard that initiated the Arab Spring did not try, and did not want, to take power. This was a revolution ...
Neoliberals, not Islamists, are the real threat to Tunisia
- Matt Kennard
I meet Mustafa and Kamal on Avenue Bourguiba, where they protested in January 2011 to get rid of the dictator who ruled their country with an iron-fist for 23 years. Tunisia has changed a lot since then – and celebrated its 56th independence ...
From Turkey: Beware the Genie of Islamist Discourse
- Ece Temelkuran اجة تملكوران
Nowadays, following Tunisia and its moderate Islamic governing party al-Nahda feels like seeing an already boring movie for the second time.
Ghannouchi, leader of al-Nahda already started talking as if they have been the mobilizers of Arab Spring not ...
Libya's anti-Kadhafi rebels no democrats, report claims
- Radio France Internationale
The anti-Kadhafi uprising in Libya is neither democratic nor spontaneous, according to a delegation which visited the country last month.Their report, published by two French-based thinktanks, claims the rebel Transitional National Council (TNC) wants ...
Arab third way: beyond dictators and Islamists
- Khaled Haroub
The popular uprising across the Arab world is shaking not just the region's authoritarian regimes but fallacies about the Arabs themselves. The consequences will be momentous, says Khaled Hroub.
Arab authoritarian regimes are now being ...
Anti-terrorism and uprisings in North Africa
- Yasmine Ryan
The string of uprisings in North Africa have laid bare Western governments' relationships with regimes in the region, which pro-democracy activists argue have long been fixated on anti-terrorism, immigration and oil.
Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, ...