Tag: democratisation

The truth about Islamic reformations

By Khaled Diab Islam needs a reformation for Muslim societies to develop and prosper, is one of those rare convictions shared by both Islamophiles and Islamophobes. Tunisia has done just that: radically reformed its brand of Islam and established a…

Make diplomacy, not war

The world is paying the price for Boutros Boutros-Ghali’s foiled attempts to reform the United Nations into an effective force to resolve conflicts.

The self-fulfilling prophecy of the Sunni v Shia myth

Like in Syria and Iraq, the conflict in Yemen is not sectarian. But political profiteers and jihadists are turning it into a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Reading between the lines of the Middle Eastern media

Despite its bottom ranking in the Press Freedom Index, the Middle Eastern media is freer than it appears at first sight.

News of revolution (part III): Televising the life and death of an Egyptian president

Anwar Sadat was the first Egyptian leader to exploit television’s propaganda power – and even his assassination was unwittingly televised.

Shlomo Sand: “I am not a Jew. I am an Israeli.”

Bestselling Israeli historian Shlomo Sand on identity politics, political despair, why Lieberman is right… and drowning sorrows with Mahmoud Darwish.

Splitting Egypt’s political atom

Can Mohamed ElBaradei’s campaign for the Egyptian presidency save a country close to political meltdown?

My plan for a democratic Egypt

With the right leadership, Egypt could rid itself of nepotism and inequality to become a prosperous and egalitarian society.