Four years on, hoped for Arab Spring's aims elude

Dec 9, 2014

Four years on, hoped for Arab Spring's aims elude

It began with a spark, four years ago: An itinerant fruit seller, despairing of life in authoritarian Tunisia, set himself on fire and burned to death. It provoked a revolution, and the flames caught swiftly across a region that had known little but despotism ...

The Middle East crack-up

Aug 29, 2014

The Middle East crack-up

by Shlomo Avineri

The horror stories emerging from northern Iraq, as well as the continuing slaughter in Syria's civil war, point to the unraveling of the state system established after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire almost 100 years ago.

In Egypt, even the dead are sent to the gallows

Apr 29, 2014

In Egypt, even the dead are sent to the gallows

Dr. Badawi was killed on Aug. 14, but he was among 37 people whose death sentences were confirmed Monday by an Egyptian court that sentenced another 683 to the gallows. The case of Dr. Badawi, whose first name wasn’t given, is not unique. Lawyers ...

Cairo court bans group that helped topple Mubarak

Apr 28, 2014

Cairo court bans group that helped topple Mubarak

An Egyptian court on Monday banned a prodemocracy movement that helped ignite the uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011, judicial sources and the website of the state-run Al-Ahram newspaper said. The court was ruling on a private lawsuit brought by a lawyer ...

Mar 17, 2014

U.S. Navy SEALs seize tanker from Libyan rebels

U.S. Navy SEALs boarded and took control of an oil tanker late Sunday that escaped earlier this month from a Libyan port with armed men at the helm, the U.S. Department of Defense said. Libyan anti-government rebels, who are calling for a greater share ...

Egypt military eyes key charter vote

Jan 13, 2014

Egypt military eyes key charter vote

With a presidential run by Egypt’s powerful military chief seeming more likely by the day, this week’s constitution referendum, to be held amid a massive security force deployment, is widely seen as a vote of confidence in the regime he installed last summer. The ...

Egypt's El-Sissi seeks mandate from vote on new charter

Jan 12, 2014

Egypt's El-Sissi seeks mandate from vote on new charter

Egypt’s military chief is looking for a strong turnout in this week’s constitutional referendum as a mandate to run for president. But the popular general who ousted President Mohammed Morsi and ordered a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood could be disappointed: His Islamist foes ...

Pillar of police state reclaims role in Egypt

Jan 7, 2014

Pillar of police state reclaims role in Egypt

After a bombing hit a security headquarters in Egypt’s Nile Delta, calls flooded in to a hot-line run by security agencies as people reported suspected members of the Muslim Brotherhood in their neighborhoods. In the weeks that followed, hotline numbers have run in a ...

'Death threat' halts Tunisia constitution debate

Jan 6, 2014

'Death threat' halts Tunisia constitution debate

Debate on Tunisia’s new constitution was suspended for several hours Sunday after a deputy claimed he had received death threats because a colleague accused him of being an “enemy of Islam.” The upshot of the raucous proceedings was that opposition members of the National ...