Accountability: One Small Step at a Time!

First Posted at United Against Inhumanity website on 8.10.2019 The plight of civilians in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib became too much to ignore in the middle of 2019 hot summer, even in a world that had become flooded and numbed by mediatised suffering. In late August, U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock told the Security Council  that …

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Dances on quick sands: US and the Arab Spring (2 of 7)

(This was first published in Ahram online on 30.11.2013) Before we jump into the horse-trading that marked the making of the US foreign policy on the Arab Spring in 2011-2013, it helps to scan and present the chief actors in Washington DC, even if quickly. The authority to formulate the US foreign policy ultimately rests …

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Dances on quick sands: US and the Arab Spring (1 of 7)

(This was first published in Ahram Online on 22 November 2013)I spent a few months this year studying how the US foreign policy machine has been responding to the avalanche of developments in the Middle East since December 2010 when the ostensibly stable region erupted into a turmoil that brought its peoples to the streets …

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How to Survive Between a Rock and A Hard Place: The Experience of Human Rights Organizations in Egypt

First published by here by Dejusticia in April 2018 as part of their book Rising to the Populist Challenge: A Playbook for Human Rights Actors Summary:Over the period from 2014 to 2017, the Egyptian government cracked down in an unprecedented fury on human rights defenders in particular and the civil society in General (including political …

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Egypt Human Rights’ Movement: Repression, Resistance and Co-Optation

First published by the Century Foundation on April 18, 2017 Summary: Since the mid-1980s, the number of Egyptian nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) focusing on human rights has grown rapidly. But despite the proliferation of organizations, the human rights movement in Egypt has never been very effective, and is now especially unmoored. This report traces the sources …

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Freedom of Expression in Egypt: How Long Hair, Pink Shirts, Novels, Amateur Videos and Facebook Threaten Public Order and Morality!

First published in the International Journal of Applied Psychoanalysis in September 2016 Abstract: Freedom of expression suffers from a ferocious crackdown in Egypt because of gaping narcissistic injuries to a chauvinist, patriarchal national psyche that has been repackaged in Egypt’s early post colonial years. Decades of cultural and socioeconomic decay has torn Egypt’s stereotypical psyche …

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