Blair on Egypt and Saudi Arabia, Eagle Eye

Blair on Egypt and Saudi Arabia

I haven’t commented much on Tony Blair’s speech last week, “Why the Middle East Matters“, partly because I don’t understand his argument about Egypt – that the international community should give “Egypt and its new president as much assistance as we can”. I didn’t agree with him last year, and I am doubtful now. I know [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 3 May 2014 at 5:51 pm

Blair backs Egypt’s military leaders, Eagle Eye

Blair backs Egypt’s military leaders

Tony Blair was in Egypt yesterday, and in an interview with Sky News Arabia which is due to be broadcast today, urged other countries to “get behind” the military government:
My view is, when I look at the region, I see it as one picture with different parts to it, but there’s one big picture, which [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 30 January 2014 at 8:39 am

Blair: Wrong About Egypt, Eagle Eye

Blair: Wrong About Egypt

Most of what Tony Blair says about Egypt in his article in today’s Observer is sensible and insightful. I did not know, for example, that President Morsi had appointed as governor of Luxor “someone who was affiliated to the group responsible for Egypt’s worst-ever terror attack, in Luxor, which killed more than 60 tourists in [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 7 July 2013 at 9:53 pm

Tunisia does the Harlem Shake, Notebook

Tunisia does the Harlem Shake

Following the assassination of a major political leader and resignation of their Prime Minister, Tunisia is threatened by perhaps its most subversive political conspiracy yet: the Harlem Shake.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 27 February 2013 at 5:27 pm

Two videos, two battles – Egypt’s unfinished revolution, The Foreign Desk

Two videos, two battles – Egypt’s unfinished revolution

Two disturbing videos have emerged in recent days that highlight two different battles being fought in Egypt’s on-going revolution.

By | The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 3 February 2013 at 4:25 pm

The Invisible Cinema: Why Arabic Cinema is yet to get noticed in the West, Arts

The Invisible Cinema: Why Arabic Cinema is yet to get noticed in the West

Last month’s Safar film festival was undoubtedly an eye-opener for the people who attended. Focusing on some of the most popular films to come out of Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan in the past half a century, the festival showed that the region has plenty of talent both in front of and behind the camera, but is lacking the resources to get wider recognition in the West.

By | Arts, Film | Friday, 12 October 2012 at 5:17 pm

The Photography Blog: A quick chat with Samuel Aranda, 2012 World Press Photographer of The Year, Arts

The Photography Blog: A quick chat with Samuel Aranda, 2012 World Press Photographer of The Year

His photograph of a mother cradling her son during the protests against the Yemeni government won the 2012 award. We catch up with him at home in Barcelona to talk about his award, his photography and playing Playstation in a war zone.

By | Arts | Sunday, 5 August 2012 at 4:00 am

Omar Suleiman, Paul Lawrie, Ray J, The Dark Knight Rises, Notebook

Omar Suleiman, Paul Lawrie, Ray J, The Dark Knight Rises

A look at the trending topics on social networking sites and search engines today, to see what we’re interested in, and why.

By | Notebook | Thursday, 19 July 2012 at 11:21 am

Egypt’s choice between ‘fire’ and ‘grill’

With Parliament dissolved, Egyptians now face a Presidential election between two extreme candidates, without any assurances about the authority the eventual winner will assume.  As the situation stands, the next President will have supreme power of government – with no balance of Parliament and a constitution that is still written for a [...]

By | Notebook | Saturday, 16 June 2012 at 10:45 am

Syria: Why is the world just watching?, Notebook

Syria: Why is the world just watching?

We are sitting around watching the Syrian crisis, while evil is allowed to flourish. Dr. Sima Barmania tells us why this is unacceptable, and has a conversation with one of Assad’s old teachers, Dr. Mousa Al Kurdi.

By | Notebook, Opinion, iPolitics | Friday, 8 June 2012 at 5:56 pm

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