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June 9, 2014

Politics and Government
Hello (Ahlan), Abdul Fattah al-Sisi: President of Egypt

Abdul Fattah al-Sisi took the oath of office as Egypt’s new president yesterday.  He succeeded the interim president, Adly Mansour. And who appointed Mansour? Why, Sisi himself after he and the Egypt…

Sisi-President-Egypt

December 2, 2006

Financial Markets
Good reading on the dollar’s recent move

I have on occasion been critical of the Economist’s coverage, particularly its emphasis on Chinese consumption growth rather than Chinese export growth.  But I should also give credit where credit is…

December 17, 2010

Roundup

Shi’ite pilgrims pray at Imam Abbas shrine in the holy city of Kerbala in Iraq. Shi’ite Muslims are commemorating Ashura, the most important day in the Shi’ite calendar which remembers the death of…

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February 28, 2011

Political Movements
Fathers and Sons

Saif al-Islam, son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, gestures as he speaks during an interview on state television, in this still image taken from video on February 24, 2011 (Reuters/Courtesy Reuters…

Fathers and Sons

April 15, 2011

Weekend Reading

People buy sweets at Souk al-Hamidieh in Damascus' old downtown (Khaled Al Hariri/Courtesy Reuters) Bikya Masr reports on the the rebirth of Egypt’s formerly ruling party, now called the Ne…

People buy sweets at Souk al-Hamidieh in Damascus’ old downtown (Khaled Al Hariri/Courtesy Reuters)

April 29, 2011

Weekend Reading

Palestinian youths read the Koran during a lesson inside a mosque in Gaza City (Mohammed Salem/Courtesy Reuters) Good Morning, Sinai: Hassan Nafaa on the potential new relationship between the Eg…

Weekend Reading

May 2, 2011

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
More Isolated al-Qaeda in Mideast

Newspaper headlines and clippings are posted on a wall inside a staff office at the White House in Washington (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters) Osama bin Laden’s death is an enormously symbolic event…

More Isolated al-Qaeda in Mideast

May 6, 2011

Weekend Reading

Jewish worshipers pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City (Ronen Zvulun/Courtesy Reuters) The Muslim Brotherhood is starting a football club, to the dismay of the blogosphere …

Jewish worshippers pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City (Ronen Zvulun/Courtesy Reuters)

May 13, 2011

Weekend Reading

A goldsmith poses with gold bangles in his jewellery shop in Amman (Ali Jarekji/Courtesy Reuters) My interview on Charlie Rose discussing Turkey. From Tahrir Documents, a call for demonstra…

Weekend Reading

May 20, 2011

Weekend Reading

Egyptian women walk past a policeman in the newly renovated historical street of Elmoez Lideen Ella in Old Cairo (Asmaa Waguih/Courtesy Reuters) The Maghreb Blog: Morocco’s Shaky Commitment to Re…

Weekend Reading