Countries are what they are. They have the history and the people they have. Loud statements of praise or condemnation all make much less difference than we think
Metaphors can be brutal. They can tell one much, especially in terms of what they hide. Egypt offers a lesson
Egypt again teeters. The Muslim Brotherhood will be thinking of past failures when the Islamic experiment won, or threatened to win in the polls but was felled by military involvement. Algeria in 1991 is the most potent example
Gaza’s southern neighbour is causing her more pain than Israel is claimed to have done
Obama’s reluctance to lead – to get out in front of events in the region -- comes from his deep-rooted anxiety about the US’s role in world affairs
Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. The more things change, the more they stay the same. In Egypt, Mohammed Morsi is out, and the military rules again
Morsi reverted to the same undemocratic policies that he was elected to change, effectively replacing a secular autocratic rule with an Islamist one
Vladimir Putin's Russia feels vindicated by Egyptian coup, Saudi Arabia supports it, while anti-colonial Africa condemns it outright
More people signed a petition for Morsi's removal than voted for him in the presidential elections
What sort of model is available for Egyptians to emulate? What do they want and what do we want? Do we really have the answers?
We all hope that it ends up swimmingly in Egypt, but there were those who always said it might not
Pope Tawadros, and the flock he leads, need the support of his co-religionists and human rights activists in the West. Will he get it?
Obama's administration will be remembered for taking weapons from the American people, yet providing them to Egypt's theocratic tyranny
Catherine Ashton and the rest of Europe are lost down the rabbit hole as the Saudis and Qataris are well placed to gain from the Arab Spring
A 56 year old man mistaken for President Morsi was dragged toward a tent outside the Presidential palace, nearly beaten up, then posed for picture with his assailants
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