Bloodshed shows lack of U.S. leverage

| Aug 15, 2013

Bloodshed shows lack of U.S. leverage

by Nicolas Revise

Egypt’s latest bloodshed has underlined what experts say is the weakened influence of the United States, which turned a blind eye to a coup while advocating a return to democracy. The United States has struggled to develop a coherent approach to Egypt since veteran ...

U.S. envoy arrives as Egypt freezes assets of top Islamists

Jul 15, 2013

U.S. envoy arrives as Egypt freezes assets of top Islamists

A senior U.S. official flew to Cairo early Monday, hours after Egypt’s prosecutor ordered the freezing of assets belonging to 14 top Islamists. Undersecretary of State Bill Burns, the first U.S. official to visit since the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi, is scheduled to ...

Islamists call for uprising after army kills dozens in Cairo

Jul 9, 2013

Islamists call for uprising after army kills dozens in Cairo

Fifty-one people, mostly Mohamed Morsi loyalists, were killed Monday in Egypt while rallying in favor of the ousted president, as the new rulers announced fresh elections by early 2014 amid U.S. calls for restraint. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, which has led demonstrations against Wednesday’s overthrow ...

Egyptians split on choice of leader

Jul 7, 2013

Egyptians split on choice of leader

The coalition that toppled Egypt's Islamist government starts to crack as a dispute over the interim prime minister reveals sharp disagreements on how strongly religion should influence politics.

U.S. has spotty record on aid cuts after coups

| Jul 6, 2013

U.S. has spotty record on aid cuts after coups

by Max Fisher

The Foreign Assistance Act, a U.S. law first enacted in 1961, is pretty clear: It says, in Section 508, that the United States must cut aid to any country “whose duly elected head of government is deposed by military coup or decree.” Whatever popular ...

Morsi's exit poses headache for U.S.

Jul 4, 2013

Morsi's exit poses headache for U.S.

The military toppling of Egypt’s Mohammed Morsi could have huge implications for the nation’s ties with the United States, which had an uneasy relationship with his Islamist-led government during its year-long rule. Analysts and lawmakers have for months sharply criticized the tepid U.S. response ...

Turkey's 'Standing Man' spurs new form of protest

Jun 20, 2013

Turkey's 'Standing Man' spurs new form of protest

A man stood still in Istanbul’s Taksim Square. Silent, staring straight ahead, he had not moved for hours. His peaceful action, on the square that police cleared of protesters Saturday and where the Turkish authorities have banned gatherings, was a new form of protest. ...

Turkish unrest could spread as potential flash points abound

Jun 18, 2013

Turkish unrest could spread as potential flash points abound

The turmoil in Turkey entered a new stage Sunday, with riot police tearing through residential neighborhoods in Istanbul to clear streets of protesters as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered a fiery speech to tens of thousands of supporters on the city’s outskirts. As ...