After Egyptian actors Khaled Abol Naga and Amr Waked publicly criticized President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s constitutional amendments and his tight grip on freedom of expression, the Egyptian Actors’ Union revoked their membership and accused the pair of "high treason" in what seems to signal a new target in the government’s ongoing campaign against dissent: entertainment industry unions.
War in Iraq and Syria has devastated the remains of some of humanity’s earliest civilizations. Militant groups like ISIS have profited by selling this cultural heritage to buyers in the West. Now that ISIS has been expelled, international efforts are being directed at rebuilding.
Shortly after the Saudi-led coalition entered Yemen, al-Qaeda’s local branch took over a major Yemeni city, Mukalla, for one year.
France’s expanding security presence and interests throughout the Middle East are growing more significant in key theaters, which is bringing Paris front and center in core regional questions. The question is whether Paris can succeed against other powers vying for influence in the region.
After four months of popular protests in Sudan and President al-Bashir having been forced to step down, regional and international allies are preparing for a post-Bashir Sudan by grooming a “reliable” successor to replace him. Former high-ranking government official, Salah Abdallah Gosh, seems to tick all the right boxes.
Seeking the blessings of Egyptian, UAE, and Israeli intelligence agencies, the most controversial Palestinian figure accused of financial corruption is poised to replace Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
The eventual establishment of an independent Palestinian state appeared indisputable and inevitable when the Arab League wrote its charter in 1945. Over the past five decades, the organization’s support of the Palestinian cause had gradually diminished to reflect the increasingly normalized relations between Israel and countries in the Arab world. However, the League’s recent summit in Tunis reaffirmed the pan-Arab organization’s historic position advocating the cause.
Amid their ongoing Gulf diplomatic crisis, Qatar and the UAE’s battle for hegemony over Somalia, a nation which has long struggled to maintain its territorial integrity, threatens the country’s sovereignty and stability.
As China’s global influence grows, Western countries are increasingly unable to criticize Beijing’s human rights record. In February, Turkey decided to defy that and condemned China’s treatment of its Uyghur Muslim minority. While Ankara’s historic ties with the Turkic Uyghur Muslims seem to have triumphed over its political and economic calculations with respect to China, the move may prove costly to Ankara.
Saudi Crown Prince bin Salman’s foreign policy decisions reflect a peculiar logic that makes perfect sense in context: his desire for status and recognition as a strong leader and successful reformer trumps Saudi national interests.