Who will reshape the Arab world: its people, or the US

May 2011

Phase one of the Arab spring is over. Phase two – the attempt to crush or contain genuine popular movements – has begun.

Egypt Now: Revolution and Counter-Revolution

April 2011

While it has become commonplace to refer to the "Egyptian Revolution" - it is not at all clear that what has happened in Egypt can be considered as such, as struggles for power and counter-revolutionary forces remain a threat to the people's movement.

The “Arab 1848”: Reflections on US Policy & the Power of Nonviolence

February 2011

The uprising in the Arab world shows, along with being a textbook example of nonviolence as a mechanism of democratic social change, the crude results of a US policy based on dictatorship promotion.

Mubarak defiant

February 2011

After Egyptian President Mubarak defied the rising demand of millions of protesters and announced he will remain in office, the question is what happens next.


The toxic residue of colonialism

February 2011

The overt age of grand empires gave way to the age of covert imperial hegemony, but now the edifice is crumbling.

Egypt's joy as Mubarak quits

February 2011

The age of political reason is returning to the Arab world. The people are fed up of being colonised and bullied. Meanwhile, the political temperature is rising in Jordan, Algeria and Yemen.

An Arab 1848: Despots Totter and Fall

February 2011

The rediscovery of Arab solidarity against the repellent dictatorships
and those who sustain them is a new turning point in the Middle East.

Egypt’s Dignity Revolution

Salwa Ismail
February 2011

Egyptians' experience of a police state is behind calls not just for Mubarak's resignation but a fundamental overhaul of state structures.

Betting on the Gatopardo strategy

February 2011

The problem facing Obama is that of constructing “Mubarakism” without Mubarak, that is, to guarantee the continuity of the pro-American autocracy through an acceptable replacement recruited from the ranks of the regime.

Tunisia's Spark and Egypt's Flame: the Middle East is Rising

February 2011

The protesters in Tunisia and Egypt are calling for deep elemental changes in their societies.