A still from the film Cairo Drive

The films the Arab world doesn’t want you to see

4 November 2015 16:35

‘I want a woman to be President,’ declared one of the ambulance drivers interviewed by Sherief Elkatsha for his film…

The wreckage of the Russian passenger plane in Egypt (Photo: Getty)

The Russian plane crash could undermine Putin’s Syria strategy

2 November 2015 15:33

It now seems fairly likely that an explosion brought down the Russian passenger airline over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula over the weekend.…

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi. Image: Getty

Giving the Nobel peace prize to Tunisia’s ‘quartet’ perpetuates a dangerous lie

9 October 2015 15:08

Tunisia is preposterously touted as the one success story of the nightmarish revolutions, counter-revolutions, civil wars, jihadist invasions and Islamist…


The Economist under fire over Egypt advertorial

11 August 2015 9:55

If reports that Pearson will soon sell their stake in the Economist magazine are to be believed, Mr S hopes that…

General Sisi at the opening ceremony of the new Suez Canal expansion (Photo: David Degner/Getty)

Why is Michael Fallon cosying up to General al-Sisi?

9 August 2015 9:59

Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, was in Egypt this week for the opening of the ‘New Suez Canal’ (in fact an extension…

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Is gay marriage just a fad?

30 May 2015 10:00

Now that Ireland has voted Yes to same-sex marriage, it will be widely believed that this trend is unstoppable and…

Asim Qureshi of campaign group Cage (Photo: Justin Tallis/Getty)

Nobody will dare satirise the multiculturalism that allows Islamism to flourish

27 February 2015 10:54

So, ‘Jihadi John’ is Mohammed Emwazi, a young Kuwaiti immigrant from Queen’s Park in north-west London, another first-rate product of the British…

A Coptic clergyman shows a picture of one of the men murdered by Islamic State (Photo: Mohamed El-Shahed/Getty)

Islamic State will flourish if the West picks sides in Libya

18 February 2015 10:34

Conventional wisdom suggests that Islamic State and its affiliates have mastered social media. Yet the group’s real talent lies in dominating…

Troops from the Egyptian army block a road leading to Cairo's landmark Tahrir Square, once the backdrop to the country's revolution (Photo: Mohammed El-Shahed/AFP/Getty)

The price of Egypt’s economic recovery: police brutality, torture and a strangled press

4 February 2015 13:26

Cairo’s Tahrir Square is turfed and tarmacked. Traffic police bustle about, watched at a distance by the soldiers in their tanks.…

Al Jazeera journalists Peter Greste, Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed at their trial last year. Greste has now been released but the two other journalists remain in prison. (Photo: Khaled Desouki/Getty)

If Al Jazeera English was truly fearless it would use the term ‘Islamist’

3 February 2015 11:58

Next year Al Jazeera English (AJE) will celebrate its 10th anniversary.  It was launched to great fanfare in 2006 luring…

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Why Christians should stick up for atheists

13 November 2014 14:07

Christians and Muslims in Egypt are joining forces to address the challenge of atheism, according to this news report. (It…

Al-Jazeera's journalists stand inside the defendants cage (Photo: MAHMOUD KHALED/AFP/Getty)

Free speech, caged – journalists jailed in Egypt

23 June 2014 17:14

Three journalists working for Al-Jazeera in Egypt have been sentenced to between seven and ten years in an Egyptian jail…

David Cameron should do more to stop the persecution of Christians. (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

Will David Cameron stand up for persecuted Christians?

18 April 2014 10:00

Last week, David Cameron surprised a number of people when, during a pre-Easter gathering at Downing Street, he spoke about…

The remains of the Amir Tadros Coptic Church in Minya, southern Egypt. (VIRGINIE NGUYEN HOANG/AFP/Getty Images)

The silence of our friends – the extinction of Christianity in the Middle East

23 September 2013 9:31

The last month and a half has seen perhaps the worst anti-Christian violence in Egypt in seven centuries, with dozens…

Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hagu

William Hague: Egypt turbulence could last for years

19 August 2013 9:42

William Hague’s interview on the Today programme this morning included the gloomy warning the the turmoil in Egypt is unlikely…

Egyptians carry the coffin of one of the four policemen, killed during clashes with Muslim Brotherhood supporters. Photo: KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images

How the Egyptian army handed the Muslim Brotherhood a victory

15 August 2013 16:28

You don’t have to be a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood’s clerical fashion to recoil at the draconian treatment of…

Egyptian supporters of Egypt's Muslim Br

The Muslim Brotherhood’s fight for existence

14 August 2013 12:43

Speak to members of the Muslim Brotherhood and you get a sense of just how imperilled they feel. Ever since…


Who is optimistic about the Middle East now?

3 August 2013 14:23

This weekend’s closing of US embassies in the Muslim world and the British embassy in Yemen combined with the warning…

Ennahda supporters chant slogans during another night of protest in Tunisia. (FETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images)

Tunisia is not following Egypt’s path

1 August 2013 16:01

In recent days Tunisia has seen major unrest after the assassination of opposition leader Mohamed Brahmi. Faced with growing unrest…

Egyptian President Morsy Ousted In Military Coup

Egyptian coup underlines America’s diminishing influence in the Middle East

5 July 2013 13:53

This week’s coup in Egypt leaves President Obama’s administration in an awkward position. Although the State Department has insisted it…


Hague stays vague on Egyptian coup

4 July 2013 8:56

William Hague was as circumspect as he possibly could be about the situation in Egypt in his Today interview. He…

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Egypt’s institutions are so weak the army is all that’s left

3 July 2013 16:47

There’s a joke doing the rounds in Tahrir Square which goes like this: ‘Nasser, Sadat, and Mubarak all tried to…

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PMQs sketch: Another wretched day for Ed Miliband

3 July 2013 16:23

Today Ed Miliband headed for the favourite destination of faltering leaders: abroad. Any crisis-stricken banana republic will do. At PMQs…

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Ed Miliband and David Cameron get personal in PMQs

3 July 2013 13:53

When Ed Miliband began at PMQs by asking about Egypt, it looked like he was going to do six high-minded…

Egyptian satirist and television host Bassem Youssef is surrounded by his supporters upon his arrival at the public prosecutor's office in the high court in Cairo, on March 31, 2013.  (KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Bassem Youssef’s arrest is just one example of the attack on free speech in Egypt

4 April 2013 14:34

Bassem Youssef is better known as ‘Egypt’s John Stewart’. He is a 39 year old cardiologist who made his name…