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For Omar Ashour's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

/ May 30, 2012

Who will triumph in Egypt?

Everything about Egypt’s revolution has been unexpected, and the first-round results in the country’s first-ever competitive presidential election are no different. The rise of former President Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister, Gen. Ahmed Shafiq, who will enter the presidential runoff alongside the Muslim Brothers ...

/ Feb 2, 2012

What does Egypt's military leadership want?

“Whatever the majority in the People’s Assembly, they are very welcome, because they won’t have the ability to impose anything that the people don’t want.” Thus declared Gen. Mukhtar al-Mulla, a member of Egypt’s ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). Al-Mulla’s message ...

/ Jan 9, 2012

Salafi challenge to an Egypt ruled without God

“We want democracy, but one constrained by God’s laws. Ruling without God’s laws is infidelity,” Yasser Burhami, the second leading figure in the Salafi Call Society (SCS) and its most charismatic leader, recently said. The unexpected rise of the Salafis in Egypt’s parliamentary election ...

/ Nov 24, 2011

Lack of leadership hobbles Egypt's revolution

The man who taught me to sacrifice my heart for Egypt is dead,” said Vivian Magdi, mourning her fiancé. Michael Mosad was killed in the Maspiro area Oct. 9, when an armored vehicle hit him during a protest called to condemn an attack on ...

/ Aug 10, 2011

Hosni Mubarak's last laugh?

August 3, 2011, will be remembered as a historic day in Egypt. Former President Hosni Mubarak was put on public trial, together with his two sons and his ex-interior minister, General Habib el-Adly. The repercussions for Egypt, indeed for the entire Arab world, will ...

/ May 17, 2011

Was killing him a mistake?

“He lived a hero, he died a martyr. . .if they killed one Osama, a thousand others will be born,” says a comment on a Facebook group called “We are all Osama bin Laden.” The group formed one hour after U.S. President Barack Obama’s ...

/ Mar 9, 2011

The Gadhafis: like father, like son

LONDON — “The enemy of yesterday is the friend of today . . . . [I]t was a real war, but those brothers are free men now.” Thus spoke Seif al-Islam Gadhafi in March 2010, referring to the leaders of the Libyan Islamic Fighting ...