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December 30, 2011

United States
Mubarakism Without Mubarak

Yesterday’s Cairo raids on human rights organizations were not an attempt by the Egyptian military to crush Egyptian extremists or to weaken the Muslim Brotherhood or the Salafist party after their r…

November 18, 2017

Zimbabwe
Mugabe and Mubarak

Robert Mugabe is finally falling from power, after 37 years of vicious dictatorship that ruined his country. Why now? Was it the destruction of the economy? Jailing too many opponents? Too much in…

January 10, 2019

Central Africa
In Africa, A New Tactic to Suppress Online Speech: Taxing Social Media

After protesters used social media apps to topple dictators during the Arab Spring, governments in Africa are adopting a new tactic to curtail their influence: taxing social media usage.

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December 11, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Mohammed bin Salman Is Worse Than a Criminal. He’s a Symbol.

Why is everyone so angry about Saudi Arabia's crown prince? Jamal Khashoggi is only a small part of the story.

A demonstrator wearing a mask of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a protest outside the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, Turkey October 25, 2018. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

December 7, 2018

Saudi Arabia
U.S.-Saudi Arabia Relations

Relations between the two countries, long bound by common interests in oil and security, have strained over what some analysts see as a more assertive Saudi foreign policy.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump walks with Saudi King Salman at a summit in Riyadh.

January 5, 2012

Egypt
Mubarak’s Fate

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak lies on a stretcher while being transported to the courtroom at the police academy in Cairo on January 5, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters). Among the many problems Egy…

Mubarak’s Fate

December 3, 2018

Turkey
The Vulgar Marxism of Middle East Punditry

For political activists in the Muslim world, it's not just the economy, stupid.

Unemployed graduates shout anti-government slogans during a protest, to demand the government to offer them jobs, in front of the parliament headquarters in Cairo, March 27, 2016, where Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail was speaking

September 23, 2013

Egypt
Mubarak Speaks--Unfortunately

Through a leaked recording of conversations with his doctor over the past year, we now have new insights into the mind of Hosni Mubarak. Of course, we can’t be sure everything is authentic--not yet, …

February 4, 2011

Egypt
The Mind of Hosni Mubarak

Americans must wonder why Egypt’s president does not understand what seems obvious to so many of us: that he should step down now and thereby help bring Egypt’s crisis to an end. Mubarak gave his own…

August 15, 2013

Egypt
Mubarak Still Rules

This article was originally published here at ForeignPolicy.com on Wednesday, August 14, 2013.  My friend, the late Hassan El Sawaf, was correct. When I spoke to him on the evening of February 11, 2…

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