Democracy

Mubarak to Egypt: Drop Dead

10 February 2011 21:21

Seventeen Days that Shook the World? Not so fast, my friend! Hosni Mubarak’s speech this evening was many things but…

17 Days That Shook the World

10 February 2011 19:24

The extraordinary scenes in Cairo today should not blind us to the fact that Hosni Mubarak’s apparent departure is not…

A military coup in Egypt?

10 February 2011 17:20

Reports from Tahrir Square are very confused. There is a firm body of opinion who doubt the ‘tough cookie’ Mubarak…

Egypt becomes freer

10 February 2011 15:58

The world does really end with a whimper, not a bang, as T.S. Eliot said. After 31 years in power,…

Hague joins Middle East protests…well, as good as

8 February 2011 17:28

Foreign Secretary William Hague has arrived in Tunisia in order to support to the pro-democracy movement. Unlike his previous visit…

Hope on the Nile: Islam Does Not Have All the Answers

8 February 2011 1:50

Not to grant him guru status or anything but I’m glad that Reuel Marc Gerecht has at last weighed-in on…

Democracy is now Halal

7 February 2011 11:29

The popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia have exposed as nonsense the notion, held in many quarters, that Middle Easterners…

Neoconservatism’s Mini-Revival

3 February 2011 16:16

The great thing about neoconservatism is the way it’s become a universal bogeyman. On the one hand neoconservatives – by…

What’s Politically Correct About Opposing Hosni Mubarak?

2 February 2011 23:34

I don’t have much sympathy for a regime that unleashes its own goons against peaceful protestors in an attempt to…

As the oldest parliament yawned, the oldest civilisation erupted

2 February 2011 15:14

One yawn every minute. That’s how PMQs felt today. Foreign affairs dominated the session as Ed Miliband and the Prime…

Come on Europe; support the freedom you claim to love

1 February 2011 14:54

The Middle East is being rocked to its authoritarian core, as pro-democracy protesters defy Hosni Mubarak’s regime for the eighth…

The Failure of Realism: Diagnosis Without Any Prescription

1 February 2011 4:43

These two posts by Melanie Phillips on the situation in Egypt are very useful. Clarifying, even. They merit a response…

I Love My Country, It’s the Government I Am Afraid Of

1 February 2011 3:48

Perhaps Glenn Beck can ask this girl, interviewed in Tahrir Square, if she is just a stooge of the Muslim…

Yes, Virginia, the World Gets Better

31 January 2011 14:33

The year before I was born fewer than one in three countries in the world could be considered properly free.…

Days of Hope, Not Rage, in Egypt.

30 January 2011 17:10

Fraser asks where or who is the Egyptian Lech Walesa? Well the answer, somewhat improbably, seems to be Mohamed ElBaradei*.…

How Do You Say Alea Iacta Est in Arabic?

30 January 2011 3:15

Like everyone else of sense, I’m wary of people who are too certain about anything that might happen next in…

The neoconservatives were right

29 January 2011 13:16

The last six years have been fallow ones for the neoconservatives. From around 2005, when Iraq began its descent into…

Life on the Nile?

28 January 2011 3:12

The risks of the status quo are always safer and more appealling than the uncertainties of the new, the unfamiliar…

Stability versus freedom? 

18 January 2011 15:32

Since the Iraq War, there has been a protracted silence about whether or not the West should promote democracy and…

Freedom in the desert

15 January 2011 10:50

When in power, authoritarian regimes can look immovable – even when, in hindsight, they turn out to have been brittle.…