It is my pleasure to let you know that my forthcoming book The Lost Spring: U.S. Policy in the Middle East and Catastrophes to Avoid will be in libraries on March 18, 2014. This new book, published by Palgrave-McMillan in New York, is an exclusive analysis of the evolution of the Arab Spring and its future. It also addresses other democratic revolutions, upheavals and civil wars in the Middle East, including events in Iran, Turkey, Sudan, and beyond.
The AIDS cure claim by an Egyptian doctor is not easily dismissed as the product of a known wacko. How he peddled it and why many defend him makes the episode a metaphor rather than a farce. Egypt probably has no more charlatans any other country, and an American can never be smug about snake oil salesmen. But the nature of a con reveals much about the mark.
In early April 2009, President Barack Obama made a high-profile visit to Turkey, where he gave an important, if often overlooked, address to the Turkish parliament. Obama moved the assembly with learned references to Turkey’s glorious Ottoman past and praise for Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who, since becoming prime minister in 2003, had overseen an array of constitutional reforms strengthening political parties, banning the death penalty, reinforcing personal freedoms and bringing the country’s coup-prone military to heel.
Earlier this week, the Egyptian cabinet resigned en masse. Speculation spread that this meant Field Marshal Abdel Fattah El Sisi was going to announce his presidential candidacy, and that the minister of the interior would be dismissed, among other theories. Within 48 hours, all the speculation was proved wrong.
As yet, it is not clear what happened, but there are a few points that were, and remain, clear.
Six well-funded "Think Tanks" in D.C. have opened their doors and forums to Rashed al Ghannoushi the founder and leader of the Islamist movement of Tunisia, al Nahda.
Ghannoushi, who is an ally to the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt and is part of the international network of the Ikhwan, was shuttled from "Think Tank" to "Think Tank" and presented as a hero of Tunisia because unlike Morsi, he made a concession to the liberals and seculars of the country and accepted to share the Government.
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