What has caused the sudden massive influx of Syrian refugees in Europe? Was it the warmer summer months, which made risking a passage by rickety boat across the Mediterranean more inviting? Is it the fact that the situation has grown worse in Syria, as Bashar Al-Assad’s regime seems to be losing steam against rebels and IS, and the … More Do Syrian Refugees in Hungary Have the Luxury of Choice?
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?
World War I, which started 100 years ago, was started because an Archduke got shot by a crazy guy in Sarajevo. The 2014 Attack on Gaza by Israel started after 3 Israeli boys were kidnapped and killed-by who it is still unclear. Even if Hamas did kidnap the boys, Hamas is not the Palestinian government, just … More Where is the Holiness in the Holy Land? Gaza Under Attack
When the bombs stop, what will be left of Syria? Will there be any salvageable homes, businesses, roads, farms and trees? It’s been more than three years since the Syrian Civil War took shape, yet nothing has been gained by either side. In fact, the longer they fight, the more everyone stands to lose, whether … More Syria: What, and Who, Will Be Left to Rule?
Today is the third anniversary of the January 25th Uprising, the day that shall “live in infamy” in Egyptian and world collective memory. The past three years have been rough for Egypt, but the situation has devolved into a confusing shift of battle lines and allegiances: I can’t help but feel that Egypt is going … More The Square and January 25th’s 3rd Anniversary
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?
As we celebrate Independence Day, aka the Fourth of July, here in the United States of America, Egyptians too are celebrating on a national level: on July 3rd, yesterday, the Egyptian military overthrew President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood party in a military coup. I am pleased that Mohammed Morsi is no longer in … More As Americans Celebrate Freedom, So Do Egyptians
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
Finally, a royal kingdom is getting its due. And if it falls to the protesters, there’s no telling what the regional consequences will be. Bahrain is the tiniest country in the Middle East, a royal island ruled by the al-Khalifa family (at this time, His Majesty Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa) and highly … More The Battle of Bahrain