Arab Spring

State Terrorism in Egypt Must Stop

Imran Awan | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Politics
Imran Awan

The news coverage this past week showing Egyptians both in mosques and on the streets being killed is just a snapshot of the bloodbath Egypt is experiencing. Whether you like or dislike the Muslim Brotherhood the killing of so many innocent people is an abuse of military power and against international law.

'We Don't Need Your Democracy': The Return Of Amina Tyler

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK

A provocative new image of topless activist Amina Tyler has been published online. Earlier this year, the 19-year-old Tunisian became something of...

Children of the Revolution

Sara Daoud | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Sara Daoud

One of the success stories of this tech-savvy revolution is that of Bassem Youssef, an Egyptian satirist whose political parodies posted on YouTube have lead to his own television show and a worldwide following. Despite coming under attack by Islamists, Youssef has remained popular as the voice of dissent.

The Absurdities of Life in Palestine: The Life and Art of Khaled Jarrar

Tam Hussein | Posted 10.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Tam Hussein

Jarrar's art--a combination of sculpture, film, photography and painting--is born out a life throwing stones in the intifada, working as a carpenter while dreaming of art, and serving in Yasser Arafat's presidential guard.

Tunisia's Militant Struggle: Elusive Militants of Chaambi Mountains Could be Linked to Algeria

Tam Hussein | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Politics
Tam Hussein

The Tunisian army is currently fighting militants on the Algerian border in the governorate of Kasserine. The military operation in the Chaambi Mountains is being conducted in close collaboration with their Algerian counterparts. In spite of this, the militants have inflicted considerable damage on the Tunisian army.

UK Arms Exports - Lessons Still to Be Learned from the Arab Spring

Roy Isbister | Posted 29.09.2013 | UK Politics
Roy Isbister

It's possible I'm being too harsh on the Government. Maybe the remaining 130 licences for exports to Egypt are OK, and the risk that any of this other equipment might be misused is minor. But I suspect we need more revocations now, and a tighter policy on actually issuing licences in future. At the very least we need more information.

Syrian Civil War- Rebels Have Little Hope Left

Max Sobell | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Max Sobell

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's victory over the rebels seems almost assured now. Over two years ago with all the revolutionary thought of the Arab Spring, the Syrian Civil War began and today it is estimated that over 100,000 have died in the conflict and more than one million refugees created.

Far From the Maddening Crowd: An Interview with the Brotherhood After the Coup in Egypt

Tam Hussein | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Politics
Tam Hussein

Ghanem threw himself into Muslim Brotherhood activities with vigor. He worked in close conjunction with UK lawyers pressurizing the Mubarak regime to release those imprisoned and tortured in the 1980s. While shaping the Islamist milieu in the UK and hobnobbing with some of the leading Islamists of his generation, he eventually became an influential figure within the organization.

Guardian Investigation Into Egypt Republican Guard Massacre: A Model For Investigative Journalism in the Digital Age

Daniel Rolle | Posted 21.07.2013 | UK
Daniel Rolle

While the battle over the future of Egypt wages on the streets and in embassy briefing rooms across Cairo, another no less important one is taking place across global newsrooms.

A Deep State of Mind: Tunisia's Deep State Could be Combatted by Democratic and Social Reforms

Tam Hussein | Posted 05.09.2013 | UK Politics
Tam Hussein

Following the assassination of Chokri Belaid, many opponents criticized Ennahda, the ruling Islamist party, with either direct involvement in his killing or helping to create an atmosphere where such events could take place. The Ennahda party's response to Belaid's assassination was curious.

Ouster of Elected Egyptian President Is a Hammer Blow to Arab Democracy

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Politics
Muhammad Abdul Bari

As an historic nation, Egypt matters more to the Arab and Muslim world. The implication of yesterday's dangerous move by Egyptian military could be dire. No sane person would want Egypt to return to its dark days.

As Morsi's Presidency Ebbs Away Egypt Is Dangerously Divided

The Conversation UK | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

It is a fact that, across the Middle East and North Africa, the so-called "Arab Spring" has highlighted the relevance of the public sphere, an area in social life where individuals can come together to freely discuss and identify societal problems and through that discussion influence political action.

Protesters Storm Muslim Brotherhood HQ

Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK

Protesters in Egypt have stormed the headquarters of the nation's ruling party, demanding the resignation of Muslim Brotherhood leader, Mohammed Morsi...

LOOK: Egypt Demonstrations

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.06.2013 | UK

Thousands of people have gathered in cities across Egypt to demand the resignation of the Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, amid growing fears of a ...

Sex Toys and Uprising in Egypt

Patrick Keddie | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Patrick Keddie

Somehow, I found myself in a lingerie shop in Maadi, south Cairo. The shop manager, demure in her hijab, glanced towards the door, then reached behind the till and pulled out a small, embroidered wooden box. Again, she glanced towards the door before opening the lid. A row of vibrators lay on the felt lining...

Waiting for a Revolution

Alastair Carr | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alastair Carr

Egyptians incessantly berate me for "listening to the shit the media says", without it I would be completely oblivious. The immense size and routine madness of this place hide the pre-revolutionary sparks while the omnipresence of propaganda neutralizes its own desired effect.

Social Media and the New World Order

Nick Jones | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK Tech
Nick Jones

t's been over 10 years now since social media emerged and its influence on the world has never been more evident than it has been this year. As has been well documented, Facebook may have started as a kind of university prank, but its impact has grown at break-neck speed, spawning a whole generation of similar networks which now have the power to prompt political change.

More Barbarism Is No Solution to the Barbarism Already Unleashed in Syria

John Wight | Posted 16.08.2013 | UK Politics
John Wight

Syria is now the frontline in a struggle between western powers intent on a unipolar world, and a Russian and Chinese-led multipolar alternative in wh...

Syrian Briton Ali Almanasfi Is Alive

Tam Hussein | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK
Tam Hussein

Ali Almanasfi, the Briton of Syrian heritage purportedly killed by a regime ambush in Idlib on 31 May is alive. He got in touch with me via Skype. We spoke for approximately an hour. I saw his face sporting a bushy beard, he looked well.

My First Night(Morning) in Cairo

Alastair Carr | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alastair Carr

The power of the people however clichéd a term is inescapable in the streets that never empty of movement or the background noise of shouting complimented by car horns, which are used at any and every opportunity. The Egyptian Revolution, showed this at it's most awesome, yet it remains incomplete. Catharsis was not achieved.

Citizen Journalist: How Social Media Reveals the Truth in Turkey

Planet Ivy | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Tech
Planet Ivy

This is an entirely new beast that is showing where the real democracy lies. It lies in the social media feed - the one we carry with us in our pocket all day long, the one we check on average 14 times a day. Facebook and Twitter have been at the forefront of recent rebellions from Brixton to Egypt, operating as an easy way to mobilise and organise protesters.

Gezi Park Protests: The Start of a 'Turkish Spring'?

Professor Alp Ozerdem | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK
Professor Alp Ozerdem

The Gezi Park protests may provide a chance to clear the air about this disaffection. The prime minister's Office urgently needs to find better ways of communicating with the public. Most of all the prime minister needs to start rebuilding bridges with sceptics, who want to know that the government is not above listening to their concerns.

Qardawi's Blunder

Tam Hussein | Posted 04.08.2013 | UK Politics
Tam Hussein

Qardawi's call for jihad completely ignores the world as it is today: a world of nation-states. In order for there to be any progress in the Syrian conflict, Islamists of all colors and sectarian persuasions must throw out sectarian rhetoric. They must reconcile themselves with the idea that all Syrians are citizens and should not take the sectarian bait.

Jessica Elgot

'The Halo Has Slipped' | Jessica Elgot | Posted 01.06.2013 | UK

The brutal reaction of Turkish police to the Occupy Gezi protests in Istanbul could have permanently damaged the country's reputation, a leading exper...

Should We Be Teaching Our Future Leaders to Rationalise Violence?

Nash Riggins | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Nash Riggins

Eton of all schools should know better. After all, by providing this question to teens who - more than likely - will be running Britain in 30 years' time, educators are only planting a seed in each student's head that suggests it's somehow okay to shoot dead protesters in order to coil unrest.