Newsclick Production, November 29,2013
Newsclick in conversation with Aijaz Ahmad, senior political analyst, discusses the developments in West Asia, the present scenario in Syria and Iran's negotiations with the P5+1 countries on the nuclear issue. Ahmad feels that the situation is very fluid in West Asia. Geneva 2 is not likely to happen in the near future. The Israeli-Saudi scenario indicates that since they are losing in Syria, they now want to expand the war into Lebanon. They think that the way to pin down Syria, Hezbollah and Iran is to activate the battlefield in Lebanon. Ahmad also says that the defeat of Muslim Brotherhood in Turkey has brought about what appears to be a sea-change in Turkish policy. They are now supporting the American initiative in the nuclear talks with Iran.
Cam McGrath, Courtesy: ipsnews.net, September 11, 2013
CAIRO, Sep 9 2013 (IPS) - It was the Egyptian state’s brutal restrictions on worker freedoms that transformed Kareem El-Beheiry from a disengaged lay worker into a tenacious labour activist.
Newsclick Production, August 27, 2013
Egypt is on the boil again. Events marked by bloody massacres have rocked the country recently. Prof Aijaz Ahmad, senior political analyst speaks to Newsclick on the developments taking place in Egypt. He says the Muslim Brotherhood has vastly overread its popularity and its mandate and underestimated the army. There were no attempts made to address the economic crisis facing the country which had severely effected the everyday lives of the people. Instead, the Muslim Brotherhood was bending to the IMF's conditions. Prof Ahmad feels that the one party State that is Egypt had also not delivered in terms of welfare measures to the people and there were no attempts at democratisation at all.
Prabir Purkayastha, August 16, 2013
The clearing the two sit-ins in Cairo of Muslim Brotherhood by the Army and security forces has left hundreds dead and thousands wounded. The Health Ministry has admitted on Thursday (15th August) to 638 having died in the two camps with more 3,994 injured, both numbers bound to rise as clashes continue. Those killed include the 17-year old daughter of Mohamed al-Beltagy, one of the key Brotherhood's leaders.
The number of security forces who have died are already 45, with government buildings, police stations and military check-posts under attack. More worrying, a large number of churches have been attacked as well as Christian homes.
Vijay Prashad, August 8, 2013
Things are not looking good for Qatar under its new emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, age 33. This weekend, a Qatar Airways flight from Doha (Qatar) to Tripoli (Libya) had to be diverted to Alexandria (Egypt) and returned to Doha. Gunmen seized the control tower at Mitiga Airport, whose runways were then closed to this daily flight from Doha. A day before, gunmen entered the Qatar Airways office at the airport and threatened to do what they did the next day. They also said that they planned to run Qatar Airways out of their downtown office in Tripoli Towers.
Sharmine Narwani, Courtesy: Alakhbar English, July 31, 2013
At the heart of all politics lies cold, hard opportunism. New circumstances, changed alliances and unexpected events will always conspire to alter one’s calculations to benefit a core agenda.
Prabir Purkayastha, July 29, 2013
The legitimacy of removal of Mursi from presidency by the armed forces following huge street protests is now becoming weaker by the day.
Samir Amin; As'ad AbuKhalil / Courtesy: openDemocracy; Al-Akhbar English / July 6, 2013
Newsclick is putting up two opposing views of Morsi's ouster in Egypt. Samir Amin, the internationally known economist, talks about the last year in Egypt with the Brotherhood in power in an interview by Giuseppe Acconcia of openDemocracy. He calls it a democratic farce and has welcomed the ouster. As'ad AbuKhalil questions this ouster in his column in Al Akhabar, arguing that left and secular forecs would have reacted very differently if the ouster was not of Brotherhood, but any other elected force. He believes that this coup will increase the shelf-life of the Brotherhood and make real democracy in Egypt less likely.
Prabir Purkayastha, July 4, 2013
Finally, the 48 hour deadline issued by the military to the political parties – read President Morsi -- was over and the Armed Forces in Egypt acted by deposing him and installing an interim administration. It has suspended the constitution that the Muslim Brotherhood government had passed and announced that elections for the parliament and presidency will be held shortly. Egypt's chief justice, Adly al-Mansour will serve as the interim president till then.
Samir Amin, July 4, 2013
Yes, the fall of Morsi and of the rule of the Moslem Brothers is an important victory of the Egyptian people.