Egypt

The Arab Autumn

26 November 2011 Progress Report: The Arab Autumn By Gwynne Dyer The “Arab Spring” was fast and dramatic: non-violent revolutions in the streets removed dictators in Tunisia and Egypt in a matter of weeks, and similar revolutions got underway in Libya, Syria, Bahrain and Yemen. The “Arab Autumn” is a much slower and messier affair, …

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Mubarak on Trial

3 August 2011 Mubarak on Trial by Gwynne Dyer Former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak was wheeled into court today in a hospital bed (his lawyers claim he is very ill), and put into the same kind of iron cage that so many of his opponents were tried in before they were jailed or hanged. The …

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Syria: If Assad Falls

22 April 2011 Syria: If Assad Falls By Gwynne Dyer It’s safe to say that we will never see an alliance between Israel and al-Qaeda. Yet Syria’s government-controlled media hint that this evil alliance exists as they grasp at any explanation, however implausible, that might discredit the anti-government protests that have shaken the Baath Party’s …

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Israel: When Mubarak Goes…

6 February 2011  Israel: When Mubarak Goes…  By Gwynne Dyer  In his first public comment on the unfolding drama in Egypt, Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, worried aloud last week that the right analogy may be the Iranian revolution of 1979: “Our real fear is of a situation…which has already developed in several countries including …

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1989 and the Arab World

3 February 2011 1989 and the Arab World  By Gwynne Dyer It was the Egyptian army’s statement that brought it all back: “To the great people of Egypt, your armed forces, acknowledging the legitimate rights of the people … have not and will not use force against the Egyptian people.” In other words, go ahead …

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