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Egypt’s Resurgent Authoritarianism: It’s a Way of Life
By Nathan J. Brown, Katie Bentivoglio - Carnegie

“..the Sisi government is laying the foundation for officials to act with sweeping powers—and little accountability.”

Since assuming office in June 2014, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has been making a series of slow but deliberate legal moves to restore and strengthen the authority of state institutions. In the absence of parliament, he has taken advantage of a constitutional vacuum to lay the groundwork for authorities to act with wide discretion and little public oversight.

 

Iran Appears to Fight ISIS, but Ultimate Goals Too Similar
By Lauren Gunias - WWM

Minorities caught in crossfire of ambitions driving extremist ideologies of both

It says something about the depths of worldwide revulsion to the self-proclaimed "Islamic State" that Western powers such as the US and the UK have been sitting at the same table with Iran to discuss how to defeat the deadly Islamist movement that has taken control of a large part of Iraq and Syria.

 

Did Someone Say ‘Conquest’?: Turkey’s Ottoman Obsession
By Burak Bekdil -
Hürriyet Daily News

Turkey’s terrible miscalculation in Syria has pushed its foreign policy rhetoric from "shallow arrogance" to "defensive bewilderment." Over the past five years, Ankara has claimed that "Syria, Palestine and Egypt [and other former Ottoman territories] are Turkey's domestic affairs."

 

Egypt’s NGO Laws Continue to Threaten Civil Society
By Ahmed Naje – TIMEP

In a paid advertisement published in Al-Ahram newspaper in September 2014, the Egyptian Ministry of Social Solidarity extended the deadline for NGOs to register with the government. This announcement extended the existing deadline by 45 days to mid-November; a July 2014 announcement had indicated that all NGOs must be registered with the government by September otherwise they will be subject to prosecution.

 


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