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The Revolutionary Connection

Unfortunately, revolutions come at a price. The whole idea of revolting is to destroy the connection with the status quo, and this connection can be broken in two main ways. You either break the connection, celebrate its destruction, propose a different status quo, implement it and build a new connection; or simply break the connection, …

Ziad A. Akl

After Arab Spring, Islamists test religion in economics

By Farah Halime With the rise of political Islam across North Africa in the wake of the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011, Islamic finance is being touted as the solution to decades of unemployment and economic inequality. “We’ve tried socialism, we’ve tried capitalism, now we’re trying Islam,” cried supporters of Mohamed Morsi, when he was …

Daily News Egypt

I see a renaissance in the Arab world, not just a spring: Talal Abu Ghazaleh

Talal Abu Ghazaleh is the chairman and founder of the Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organisation (TAG) and is known for promoting the concept of intellectual property rights in the Arab world. A Palestinian refugee, whose life is governed by “the principle of the blessing of suffering, for suffering can become the greatest blessing”, Abu Ghazaleh was granted a scholarship to study at the American University in Beirut (AUB), and he was the first student to get a scholarship from United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

Mohamed Salah

Europe and the Arab Spring

In January 2011, those who were protesting in Tahrir Square kept a careful eye on world leaders, hoping to hear a message of support for the revolution or a message of pressure to the Mubarak regime. The United States and Western Europe found themselves in a very difficult position. On one hand, their long-time ally …

Ziad A. Akl

Women of the Arab Spring, beyond objects and subjects

By Natana DeLong-Bas Boston, Massachusetts – The Arab Spring introduced us to the strength and determination of the many Arab women who took to the streets and the internet to call for change in their governments and societies. Gone were the stereotypes of oppression and passivity. In their place were voices and faces of hope, …

Daily News Egypt

Fighting for inclusion

A few weeks ago I was invited to a UNDP-sponsored forum on “women’s participation in post-revolutionary parliamentary elections.” Policy makers, legislators and opinion leaders from Egypt, Libya and Tunisia had gathered to share their experiences in legislative elections held following the mass uprisings in their countries and discuss ways of ensuring increased participation of women …

Shahira Amin

Dombrovskis foresees continued high level cooperation between Egypt and Latvia. (Photo courtesy of Latvian prime minister’s office)

From Riga to Cairo

Latvia’s young Prime Minister, Valdis Dombrovskis, to the Egyptian youth: Self-organisation by forming political parties, interest groups and NGOs is the solution

Maher Hamoud