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Egypt news and analysis from The Nation
April 3, 2017
Trump Embraces the Most Repressive Dictator in Modern Egyptian History
President Sisi presents himself as a faithful ally in the war on terror, so Trump will ignore the tens of thousands he’s imprisoned.
Sharif Abdel Kouddous
February 1, 2017
Trump Is Just Fine With Harsh Repression in Egypt
The regime of dictator Sisi is taking unprecedented measures against political prisoners, but Trump thinks he’s a “fantastic guy.”
Sharif Abdel Kouddous
July 12, 2016
The Political Uses of Malcolm X’s Image
For Muslim youth, interest in the black freedom movement is part of a larger turn toward an American conception of race—it fills a political void and offers a sense of belonging. But at what cost?
July 7, 2016
The Insufficiency of Pan-Africanism as We Know It
The fact that many people identify, however loosely, with being African doesn’t replace the need for the services that only a government can provide.
April 11, 2016
Egyptian President Sisi Is Ridiculed for ‘Selling’ Islands to Saudi Arabia
Even members of the usually supine elite are horrified; the dictator’s move could provoke much more widespread opposition.
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October 9, 2015
The Biggest Winners of the Arab Spring? Dictators
While authoritarian rule appears to provide stability over the short term, it breeds discontent and affirms the idea that violence is the only way to be heard.
October 6, 2015
October 6, 1981: President Anwar Al-Sadat of Egypt Is Assassinated in Cairo
“Policy must be built on a more solid foundation than personal intimacy with the current occupant of the Pharaoh’s throne.”
September 9, 2015
Has Russia Been Right All Along About the ‘Arab Spring’?
If so, why is Washington opposed to Moscow’s help in the war against ISIS?
Stephen F. Cohen
August 13, 2015
As governments have changed in Egypt, the commitment to corrupt grand development projects has stayed the same.
June 18, 2015
Is the Death Sentence on Egypt’s Morsi a Death Sentence on Egypt?
Support for the Muslim Brotherhood has fallen, but they still command a sizable minority.