EU Turns Blind Eye to Sisi’s Repression at Summit with Arab League

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi talking with President of the European Council Donald Tusk and the Chancellor of Austria Sebastian Kurz

by Rana Allam In one on the most beautiful spots in the world, EU leaders attended a high-level meeting with the Arab League at the invitation of Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi to discuss migration, security, and terrorism. The meeting… Continue Reading  

Egypt: Tailoring Constitutions for the Ruling Military

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by Rana Allam Dictatorships tend to treat the constitution with even less respect than they do their people, changing and amending articles according to their changing wills. Egyptians are no strangers to this fact. Between 1956 and today, Egypt has… Continue Reading  

Resuming Military Aid to Egypt: In US National Interest?

Protest against Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in London (Alisdare Hickson via Flickr)

by Rana Allam The UK Foreign Office recently issued an advisory warning British holidaymakers visiting Egypt to avoid spreading “strongly negative opinions” about the Egyptian government and security forces and that “derogatory comments on social media” have led to prison.… Continue Reading  

The Egyptian Revolution Continues

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by Rana Allam Last week, on January 25, Egyptians marked the seventh anniversary of their revolution. This revolution toppled one of the strongest dictators in the Middle East, but because it was a revolution by all the people, it failed… Continue Reading  

Jerusalem: A High Price for an Unnecessary Move

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by Rana Allam As the lights in the building of the Arab League in Cairo remain off, the streets of many Arab cities are alight with protests. In Cairo as in Palestine, security forces used force to disperse protesters, and… Continue Reading