The politics of Mohammed Morsi’s trial

LSE’s Awol K Allo argues that the trial of the former Egyptian president is an attempt by the military to legitimise his ouster. The trial of Mohammed Morsi is a political trial designed by the Egyptian authorities to disgrace, delegitimise and dispose of the Muslim Brotherhood from the Egyptian political landscape. In a seminal study widely regarded as the most […]

The West stands by as the military retakes Egypt

LSE’s Nabila Ramdani says that David Cameron and Barack Obama are helping to turn the clock back on the Egyptian revolution. This post originally appeared in London’s Evening Standard.  Among those celebrating the latest bloody twist in the Egyptian revolution is its erstwhile dictator, Hosni Mubarak. The imprisoned 85-year-old, toppled in 2011, personified the brutality and corruption of pre-Arab Spring […]

6000 years of the culture, politics and identity of the Afro Comb explored

Felicity Heywood traces the origins of the Afro Comb from 3500 BCE to the present day. She writes at This Is Culture. Most of us today know the Afro comb in relation to the Black Power salute of the 1960s, as stuck in the side of a young man’s hair or the implement that gave pain when our mother combed […]

October 21st, 2013|Society|1 Comment|

The Arab spring is being stifled by the force of arms

LSE’s Nabila Ramdani says that there is no clear condemnation from the international community of political change delivered at gunpoint. This article originally appeared in the Guardian. The grotesque murders of ordinary Egyptians by their own military says everything about the non-progress of the Arab spring. Just a year since democratic elections were meant to herald an era of freedom […]

July 30th, 2013|Conflict|0 Comments|

Army rule will never produce Arab democracy

LSE’s Nabila Ramdani urges anyone seeking to establish democracy in the Arab world to look beyond the military. This article originally appeared in the Al Arabiya newspaper. There is something macabre about the public relations stunts being organised by the Egyptian Army as it tries to manipulate democracy to its own ends. Considering that those demonstrating against the July 3rd […]

Sexual violence in Egypt: ‘The target is a woman’

LSE’s Nabila Ramdani writes in the Guardian that political turmoil in Cairo has given rise to ‘an epidemic of sexual violence’ – over 100 women have been attacked this month. Randa, a 22-year-old from Cairo, has been dressing as a teenage boy throughout most of her country’s so-far disastrous two-year “transition” to democracy. The medical student thinks it is the […]

July 9th, 2013|Conflict, Gender|1 Comment|

This is an unmitigated disaster for a free Egypt

LSE’s Nabila Ramdani says the hopes of a free Egypt are at risk. This article originally appeared in London’s Evening Standard. Despite the flag-waving celebrations in Tahrir Square, nobody should be under any illusions about what is unfolding in Egypt. The Arab world’s most populous country is experiencing an unmitigated disaster, a descent into chaos which may still result in bloody […]

July 5th, 2013|Conflict|1 Comment|

The military has not just ousted Morsi. It has ousted democracy

LSE’s Fawaz Gerges says that future governments in Cairo will not now dare defy the army. A political-ideological clash could become a life-and-death one. This article originally appeared in the Guardian. While millions of Mohamed Morsi’s opponents continue to celebrate his ousting, they ignore the long term fallout of the army’s intervention on state and society. The soft coup is fraught with […]

July 4th, 2013|Conflict|2 Comments|

Egyptian Women in the 1919 Revolution: Political Awakening to Nationalist Feminism

LSE’s Nabila Ramdani looks at the role women played in that revolution and sees parallels with the women’s movement in Egypt today. The role of women in Arab revolutions is a subject which could not be more important at the moment. Despite playing a crucial part in the 18-day uprising which ended Hosni Mubarak’s rule in February 2011, women remain […]

May 24th, 2013|Gender|0 Comments|

Chinese investment in North Africa should be viewed as an opportunity not a threat

LSE’s Chris Alden and Faten Aggard Clerx of ECDPM urge North African leaders to think of a smart solution that would allow them to derive the full benefit from Chinese investments. Two years ago, 26-year-old fruit seller Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in protest in Tunisia after police confiscated his wares, essentially robbing him of his livelihood. It was […]

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