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IN the 67 years since the founding of the modern republic of Egypt, that country of over 99 million souls has seen one democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, who ruled…

Flux and uncertainty

The polity is still in the grip of flux and uncertainty despite almost a year since the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) government took office. First and foremost of course is its…

Istanbul outrage

STATEMENTS issued by Turkish officials during the past week point to a breathtakingly audacious crime. Sadly, there is every reason to suspect that the allegations are not unfounded, notwithstanding Saudi…

Bigotry As Policy

Bigotry as policy

When General Sisi ousted Morsi’s regime in Egypt, members from Ikhwan al Muslimeen (Muslim Brotherhood) thronged to the capital for sit-ins in August 2013. Morsi, the first democratically elected president…

No Sign Of Spring In Egypt

No sign of spring in Egypt

Presidential elections are currently being held in Egypt (between March 26 and March 28). However, Egyptian nationals who live abroad have already voted (between March 16 and March 18). As…

Power and corruption

Machiavelli’s dictum, ‘Power corrupts; and absolute power corrupts absolutely’, has been validated by history and current events. Corrupt entities collapse eventually. Great empires have been destroyed by corruption. Corrupt leaders…

Syria, The West And Pakistan

Syria, the West and Pakistan

Part - II Random thoughts The population of the Muslim world is about 1.6 billion. If the present trend of population growth continues, there will be about 2.5 billion Muslims…

Banning The Brotherhood

Banning the Brotherhood

That the administration of US President Donald Trump has been busy issuing a host of executive orders in his first few weeks as president is well known. The orders issued…

Beyond Dreams

Beyond dreams

An op-ed article, advising President Barack Obama to accord recognition to Pales­­tine before he left office, appeared out of the blue some days ago in the New York Times. Authored…

World In Flux

World in flux

Influential contemporary thinker and author George Friedman observed that the modern geopolitical world changes after every 20 years. Towards the end of the 19th century, European ascendancy was complete. By…