The Economist under fire over Egypt advertorial

11 August 2015 9:55

If reports that Pearson will soon sell their stake in the Economist magazine are to be believed, Mr S hopes that the publication’s latest ‘cover’ won’t dent the brand’s value. Steerpike… Continue reading

General Sisi at the opening ceremony of the new Suez Canal expansion (Photo: David Degner/Getty)

Why is Michael Fallon cosying up to General al-Sisi?

9 August 2015 9:59

Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, was in Egypt this week for the opening of the ‘New Suez Canal’ (in fact an extension to the old Suez canal elaborately advertised), and took the… Continue reading

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Is gay marriage just a fad?

30 May 2015 10:00

Now that Ireland has voted Yes to same-sex marriage, it will be widely believed that this trend is unstoppable and those who oppose it will end up looking like people… Continue reading

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Nobody will dare satirise the multiculturalism that allows Islamism to flourish

27 February 2015 10:54

So, ‘Jihadi John’ is Mohammed Emwazi, a young Kuwaiti immigrant from Queen’s Park in north-west London, another first-rate product of the British education system. Queen’s Park is one of those very mixed… Continue reading

A Coptic clergyman shows a picture of one of the men murdered by Islamic State (Photo: Mohamed El-Shahed/Getty)

Islamic State will flourish if the West picks sides in Libya

18 February 2015 10:34

Conventional wisdom suggests that Islamic State and its affiliates have mastered social media. Yet the group’s real talent lies in dominating the traditional media cycle and using sensational violence to goad its enemies… Continue reading

Troops from the Egyptian army block a road leading to Cairo's landmark Tahrir Square, once the backdrop to the country's revolution (Photo: Mohammed El-Shahed/AFP/Getty)

The price of Egypt’s economic recovery: police brutality, torture and a strangled press

4 February 2015 13:26

Cairo’s Tahrir Square is turfed and tarmacked. Traffic police bustle about, watched at a distance by the soldiers in their tanks. There are few signs that this used to be more than… Continue reading

Al Jazeera journalists Peter Greste, Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed at their trial last year. Greste has now been released but the two other journalists remain in prison. (Photo: Khaled Desouki/Getty)

If Al Jazeera English was truly fearless it would use the term ‘Islamist’

3 February 2015 11:58

Next year Al Jazeera English (AJE) will celebrate its 10th anniversary.  It was launched to great fanfare in 2006 luring across the brightest and best in the industry with a… Continue reading

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Why Christians should stick up for atheists

13 November 2014 14:07

Christians and Muslims in Egypt are joining forces to address the challenge of atheism, according to this news report. (It reminds me of the old headline from Northern Ireland: ‘Catholics… Continue reading

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Free speech, caged – journalists jailed in Egypt

23 June 2014 17:14

Three journalists working for Al-Jazeera in Egypt have been sentenced to between seven and ten years in an Egyptian jail on ‘terrorist-related’ offences. The former BBC correspondent Peter Greste and… Continue reading

David Cameron should do more to stop the persecution of Christians. (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

Will David Cameron stand up for persecuted Christians?

18 April 2014 10:00

Last week, David Cameron surprised a number of people when, during a pre-Easter gathering at Downing Street, he spoke about religion. Not religion in general, the all-faiths-and-none diversity-speak of the… Continue reading

The remains of the Amir Tadros Coptic Church in Minya, southern Egypt. (VIRGINIE NGUYEN HOANG/AFP/Getty Images)

The silence of our friends – the extinction of Christianity in the Middle East

23 September 2013 9:31

The last month and a half has seen perhaps the worst anti-Christian violence in Egypt in seven centuries, with dozens of churches torched. Yet the western media has mainly focussed… Continue reading

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William Hague: Egypt turbulence could last for years

19 August 2013 9:42

William Hague’s interview on the Today programme this morning included the gloomy warning the the turmoil in Egypt is unlikely to end soon. He said that ‘there may be years… Continue reading

Egyptians carry the coffin of one of the four policemen, killed during clashes with Muslim Brotherhood supporters. Photo: KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images

How the Egyptian army handed the Muslim Brotherhood a victory

15 August 2013 16:28

You don’t have to be a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood’s clerical fashion to recoil at the draconian treatment of its members yesterday. Indeed, some reports now suggest that more… Continue reading

Egyptian supporters of Egypt's Muslim Br

The Muslim Brotherhood’s fight for existence

14 August 2013 12:43

Speak to members of the Muslim Brotherhood and you get a sense of just how imperilled they feel. Ever since Mohammed Mursi was overthrown, members of the group have come… Continue reading


Who is optimistic about the Middle East now?

3 August 2013 14:23

This weekend’s closing of US embassies in the Muslim world and the British embassy in Yemen combined with the warning to Americans about overseas travel is another reminder that the… Continue reading

Ennahda supporters chant slogans during another night of protest in Tunisia. (FETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images)

Tunisia is not following Egypt’s path

1 August 2013 16:01

In recent days Tunisia has seen major unrest after the assassination of opposition leader Mohamed Brahmi. Faced with growing unrest over a faltering economy and rising violence by extremists, Tunisia’s… Continue reading

Egyptian President Morsy Ousted In Military Coup

Egyptian coup underlines America’s diminishing influence in the Middle East

5 July 2013 13:53

This week’s coup in Egypt leaves President Obama’s administration in an awkward position. Although the State Department has insisted it remained neutral in the dispute, American taxpayers have been supporting… Continue reading


Hague stays vague on Egyptian coup

4 July 2013 8:56

William Hague was as circumspect as he possibly could be about the situation in Egypt in his Today interview. He insisted that Britain would work with whoever was in power… Continue reading

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Egypt’s institutions are so weak the army is all that’s left

3 July 2013 16:47

There’s a joke doing the rounds in Tahrir Square which goes like this: ‘Nasser, Sadat, and Mubarak all tried to destroy the Muslim Brotherhood, but only Mursi succeeded’. As protests… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: Another wretched day for Ed Miliband

3 July 2013 16:23

Today Ed Miliband headed for the favourite destination of faltering leaders: abroad. Any crisis-stricken banana republic will do. At PMQs the Labour leader decided that Egypt would fit the bill.… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband and David Cameron get personal in PMQs

3 July 2013 13:53

When Ed Miliband began at PMQs by asking about Egypt, it looked like he was going to do six high-minded questions on foreign affairs and thus dodge the political attack… Continue reading

Egyptian satirist and television host Bassem Youssef is surrounded by his supporters upon his arrival at the public prosecutor's office in the high court in Cairo, on March 31, 2013.  (KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Bassem Youssef’s arrest is just one example of the attack on free speech in Egypt

4 April 2013 14:34

Bassem Youssef is better known as ‘Egypt’s John Stewart’. He is a 39 year old cardiologist who made his name with an online comedy programme styled along the lines of… Continue reading

An Egyptian protester prepares to throw back a tear gas canister fired by riot police during clashes near Cairo's Tahrir Square yesterday. Picture: Getty

Morsi uses emergency laws he once decried as dictatorial

28 January 2013 13:53

The emergency law has returned to Egypt less than two years after Hosni Mubarak was ousted from power, when Mohammed Morsi reintroduced it to curb unrest which claimed 33 lives… Continue reading

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BBC begins to see that the Arab Spring has not sprung

11 December 2012 10:18

Hugely exciting Ten O Clock News last night on the Arab Spring – or ‘Arab Uprising’ as the BBC now prefers to call it, the word Spring usually being associated… Continue reading

A Mursi supporter holds a banner as hundreds of others protest against the President's decision to grant himself sweeping new powers. Picture: Getty

Mursi has divided Egypt in two with his authoritarianism

3 December 2012 19:29

The thing about Islamists is that they just can’t help themselves. Mohammed Mursi’s stock was riding high in certain quarters shortly after he slapped down Hamas in Gaza and avoided… Continue reading