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  • U.S. imposes new Russia sanctions - Top Stories
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
    The U.S. and the EU ratcheted up economic pressure on Russia as fighting in Ukraine prevented investigators from getting to the MH17 crash site.
  • The Lede Is Going Dark

    The Lede
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    The Lede will no longer be updated, but the blog’s regular features will remain a part of The New York Times news report.
  • Leader of Hamas Military Wing Rules of Quick Truce

    ABC News: International
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    In audiotape, leader of Hamas military wing rules out truce unless group's demands are met
  • Initiative Reports 13 Harassment Incidents in Eid

    AllAfrica News: Egypt
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    [Aswat Masriya]Cairo -A local initiative monitored 13 incidents of sexual harassment in downtown Cairo on Monday, first day of Eid al-Fitr, despite the intense security preparations.
  • UPDATE 7-Israel intensifies Gaza assault, Egyptians revise truce plan

    Reuters: Egypt News
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:13 am
    * More than 1,100 Palestinians killed, 53 Israeli soldiers (Adds TV report on truce, Egyptian official, UNRWA details)
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  • U.S. imposes new Russia sanctions

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
    The U.S. and the EU ratcheted up economic pressure on Russia as fighting in Ukraine prevented investigators from getting to the MH17 crash site.
  • Israel says it's prepared for cease-fire

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    "When we get guarantees from the Zionists for an international mediation regarding a humanitarian pause, then we can consider it," a Hamas spokesman says.
  • Senate confirms VA secretary

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:39 pm
    The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed Robert McDonald, a former corporate CEO and an ex-Army officer, as the next Veterans Affairs secretary.
  • Ebola doctor in Sierra Leone dies

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    A doctor who was on the front lines fighting the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone has died from complications of the disease, Doctors Without Borders said Tuesday.
  • Opinion: Bitter lessons of MH17

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    During the last four months, the people of Ukraine have been fighting for their freedom, independence and European path in a war started by Russia-backed terrorists and their accomplices.
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    The Arabist

  • George Scanlon: An Appreciation

    Maria Golia
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:27 am
    “I am known to night and horses and the desert, to sword and lance, to parchment and pen.” — Al-Mutanabbi (George T. Scanlon, noted historian of Islamic art and architecture, was born April 23, 1925 and died July 13, 2014)George Scanlon entered my life well before I actually met him in 1999. It was at a party on the balcony of an old Citadel flat where the minarets of Rifai and Sultan Hassan rose like masts from the sea of the Old City. I told him I’d followed his work while ghostwriting a Gulf princeling’s papers for the Islamic art and architecture graduate course George…
  • Adam Shatz: Writers or Missionaries?

    The Editors
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:36 am
    This is an important essay by Adam Shatz in The Nation, in which he reflects on how his own writing on the Middle East has developed over the years and, more broadly, how the region is written about: I still stand by most of the positions that I took when I was starting out. But when I re-read the articles I published then, I find the tone jarring, the confidence unearned, the lack of humility suspect. I have the same reaction when I read a self-consciously committed journalist like Robert Fisk, who seems never to doubt his own thunderous convictions. I recently re-read Pity the…
  • Charles Glass on the CIA's Arabists

    Issandr El Amrani
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:56 am
    America's Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East $22.22 By Hugh Wilford Charles Glass reviews a new book on the history of the CIA's Arabists for the TLS:In 1947, two American intelligence operatives, Miles Copeland and Archie Roosevelt, flew from Washington to the Levant together to take up posts in, respectively, Damascus and Beirut. Copeland described the pair at that time as "me a New Orleans jazz musician and Tennessee riverboat gambler, he a member in good standing of what passes for nobility in America". The two became friends and…
  • The baltaga state

    The Editors
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:56 am
    Andrea Teti, writing for the indispensable MERIP, gets it – this is precisely how I see the Egyptian state and its actions:The arrest, trial and often torture of journalists, activists and students from across the political spectrum has nothing to do with the pursuit of justice or security. Even comedians are harassed. These actions are best understood as a mafia-style warning, the content of which is fairly obvious: For anyone opposing the regime installed since the 2013 army coup, there is no safety in the law, nor in Western governments, nor in the international media. The use of…
  • Rape in Egypt

    Ursula Lindsey
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    Hend is not a Brotherhood member or supporter. But in the run-up to June 30 and Morsi’s removal by the military following mass protests, she said publicly that Egypt was in store for a coup, and that she feared Brotherhood rule would be replaced by what she described as Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s brand of  “military religious fascism.”She publicly denounced the clearing of the Rabea al-Adaweya sit-in in August 2013 as a massacre. At this point, she says, the telephone threats started again. On social media, she was called a “Brotherhood whore." Someone tweeted her…
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    Baheyya: Egypt Analysis and Whimsy بهيّة

  • State Prestige Redux

    2 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
    (Anadolu Agency)When historians review this first year of Sisi’s rule, they will note that the military regime’s core priority was to crush popular mobilization. Under the doctrine of restoring “state prestige,” the entire state machinery went into avenger mode, brutalizing both supporters of the ousted president Mohamed Morsi and his diehard opponents. For despite their myopic hatred for each other, the Muslim Brothers and their critics espouse the same dangerous belief, the conviction that they should be able to control the state, not the other way round. This revolutionary idea and…
  • Sisi's Challenge

    30 May 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has certified his seizure of power with an electoral pantomime, and looks set to preside over a reconstructed Mubarakist system. The revolution appears as a blip in the stubborn tradition of one military dictator transferring power to another. But try as he might, the new leader of Egypt can’t rule the way Mubarak did. Sisi faces an entirely different set-up than the relatively tame country Mubarak inherited, and will have to devise a ruling formula from scratch to deal with a country in a protracted political transformation.It’s strange to me how so many commentators…
  • A Military Constitution

    10 Jan 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Now that the Egyptian military has ousted the first elected president, installed a government of civilian executors, massacred the former president’s supporters and sympathizers, and declared his organization a terrorist group, it is set to produce a document it calls a constitution that codifies military superiority over state and society. Not content to delegate the task of selling the document to the 50 people it appointed to write it, the military is doing its own sales pitch. It has issued this video laying out how all three branches of the armed forces, as well as special forces,…
  • Fetishizing the State

    8 Aug 2013 | 12:12 pm
    An old and pernicious idea is back in circulation since the July 3 coup. It was a running theme in the military ruler’s speech on July 24 where he demanded a popular mandate to “confront terrorism.” Right on cue, government officials parroted it repeatedly in their stern warnings to dissenters. Pro-military activists, politicians, and intellectuals happily invoked it in their jihad against the Ikhwan. The idea is haybat al-dawla, or the state’s standing and prestige, a central plank of the Arab authoritarian order that’s making a big comeback. It’s unsurprising that in his July 24…
  • Public Service Announcement

    28 Jul 2013 | 12:51 pm
    On the same day that Egyptian police shot dead at least 74 Muslim Brother demonstrators and wounded scores, the Interior Ministry released what it called its first animated short for children. A little boy and his grandfather (a retired police officer) sit on a couch in a spare living room, watching television footage of an earthquake in Turkey. The boy asks his grandfather, “Geddo geddo, what’s an earthquake?” The grandfather recites the geological definition of an earthquake and sagely schools the child in the proper safety procedures in such an event. To the awe of his grandson, he…
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    Egyptian Chronicles

  • #GazaUnderAttack : #Eid Continues in war

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    And the attack continues , this is a live blog for what is taking place in Gaza. Since late Sunday night and the offensive in the city is escalating with huge blasts and explosions heard everywhere. Needless to say I feel in the morning there will be another human disaster in Gaza.
  • Happy or Rather Martyr's Eid from Gaza "+18"

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Today several Arab and Muslim Countries are celebrating Eid El-Fitr marking the end of the Ramadan. Happy blessed Eid to all those celebrating all over the globe.In Gaza thousands of Palestinians are not celebrating the Eid , what they do today is visiting their beloved ones in the cemeteries and in hospitals. They are also visiting the remains of their houses. I do not think too many children are playing around as many playgrounds have been shelled , you know there were missiles and rockets there. We were speaking earlier today about 1037.Instead of the usual Happy Eid greetings Palestinians…
  • #GazaUnderAttack :Talk to me about lies in this war !!

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    It is a war , yes this Operation against Gaza is a war by all measures with more than 1000 killed and It is a war and it is built on a lie because it started by a lie spread by Israeli media and Israeli officials that Hamas was responsible for the murder of those three Israeli settlers. It turned out to be a lie. Israeli Police spokesperson told BBC Sydney Jon Donnison that those Israeli settlers were killed by a lone cell that did not operate under Hamas’ umbrella. Israeli police MickeyRosenfeld tells me men who killed 3 Israeli teens def lone cell, hamas affiliated but not operating under…
  • #Ramadan Arabian Nights #2014: King Dandash’s tale-20&21&22&23

    26 Jul 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Here is a double/double bill post with four episodes of the King Dandash’s tale which actually turned to be the adventure of Shamalan the lazy. You can listen to episode 360th from Ramadan’s Radio Arabian nights after the break. We continue to know more about the tale of Jinn king Gulbhar and Princess Mange. Gulbhar who disguised as a human being aka Prince Raja along his minister is mingling with humans more and more earning the confidence of Prince Shahab to the level that he asked for his daughter’s hand. To episode 361th of our classical show Princess Mango can not love that Prince…
  • #GazaUnderAttack : Another Truce for Now

    26 Jul 2014 | 1:01 pm
    And both Hamas and Israel agreed on a 12 hours humanitarian cease fire many hope it would extend for 24 hours including the UN Secretary General , the US Secretary of state and the of course Egypt. I wonder how much longer this time it will last. The death toll reached to 1000 Palestinian killed in that war. Today hundreds of Palestinians returned back to what remains from their homes in Beit Hanon, Khan Younis , Khuza and Shegaiya  searching for their belonging as well their beloved ones in what was once their homes. More dead bodies are found in the streets of Khuza and Shegaiya. Not…
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