January 25th. Four years later. As I was reviewing my post from last year, I realized that what I had hoped would not transpire-the election of former General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi-has come true. Sisi has been president for less than a year, and in some ways Egypt has calmed: there are less protests, the Muslim … More #Jan25 Revolution Yr 4: What Revolution?
This is the third year in a row that I’ve written my sarcastic predictions/resolutions for the Middle East. Either these nations’ governments are not listening to me or making resolutions is not a regional tradition because I seem to be repeating myself! 2014 was no better than 2013 on issues of peace, and with the emergence … More 2015 Predictions for the Middle East
A recent spate of acid attacks against women in Isfahan, Tehran has left the international media abuzz. Many reports cite that the attacks, which have left victims severely burned and even blinded, were due to “bad hijab,” in which the women in question-who were driving their cars when men on a motorbike drove up and … More Young Iranians Are Showing their Faces
You can’t get anything accomplished if no one gives a damn. Matthieu Aikens’ ‘Last Tango in Kabul,’ which appeared 18 August in Rolling Stone, is a fascinating and well-written article. I read it eagerly, and it reminded me of other pieces-fiction and non-fiction-that I have read on Afghanistan. The country shouldn’t be interesting, from a … More Who cares about Afghanistan?
The Egyptians have come around full circle since the January 25th Revolution, right smack dab to where they started. Former General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has been crowned (a much better word choice than elected) president of Egypt in a landslide win that surprised zero percent of the population. I still don’t know why Hamdeen Sabahi … More Seriously Not Surprised over Sisi
Society cannot get enough of telling women how to display their bodies. Whether we are being told to cover up or to strip down, to go out with naked faces or to rougez les levres, women are rarely free to choose their own style of dress. Women are often prevented, legally, from dressing as they … More The Female Body is a Scary Thing: Human Rights
The situation in Syria is growing worse and worse, excellent case of foreign policy run amok, at least on behalf of the United States of America. Here, a look at the situation in an international affairs context. The “Right to Protect,” or R2P, is a concept in international diplomacy that details that one country can … More R2P in Syria leads to….WW3?
The above photo was posted by France’s Le Monde on their Facebook page on July 7th, a relatively “tranquil” scene on the Qasr al-Nil Bridge. Although Egypt was in turmoil then, having unseated ruling president Mohammed Morsi just 4 days earlier, it is nothing compared to the violence and disaster ripping through the city right … More Egypt: The Next Iraq or Syria?
Note: Between going on vacation, settling things with school and, well, life, I’ve been absent from blogging, but I’m back! My trip to Cairo recently could hardly be called a trip–stopover is more like it-as I spenta mere 36 hours in the country. Yet during those 36 hours I managed to get a lot done, … More Cairo Diary December: Zamalek Street Art
What are Arabia’s princesses like? Unlike the royal families of Europe, who are more symbolic icons of their countries than actual law-makers (see the Windsors of England), the royal families of Arabia lead in all aspects of the word, most of all as examples of great hypocrisy. The Arab kingdoms-Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United … More Arabian Princesses: Morality and Justice