How the Tribal Culture of Arabia is shaping the Political Life of Muslim Women

–By:Alexandra Kinias — Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world was ruled by a woman. Megawati Sukarnoputri served as President of Indonesia in 2001. Bangladesh, the third populace Muslim country, had been ruled as of 2016, for the past 25 years by women; Khaleda Zia and Sheikha Hassina Wajed, respectively, were both elected as prime ministers. The list of Muslim countries that were ruled by women includes Pakistan, Turkey, Senegal, Kyrgyzstan and Mali. Kosovo and Mauritius have female presidents. In Afghanistan, two female candidates ran for president against Hamid Karzai. Out of these eleven Muslim countries, none is an Arab, … Continue reading How the Tribal Culture of Arabia is shaping the Political Life of Muslim Women

Why there will be no Third revolution in Egypt?

— By Said Sadek —– History is full of more unsuccessful uprisings and revolutions than successful ones. Inability to read the balance of powers, social-political and global situation always leads to failure: Here are the reasons why the planned uprising by the Muslim Brotherhood on the 3rd of July is going to be another failure. 1. The Brotherhood had failed during one year to mount any big demonstration or even a million to join any demo. 2. Reading the explosions in Itihadya as a sign that the Interior Ministry and Defense Establishment in Egypt are weak and conclude that the historical … Continue reading Why there will be no Third revolution in Egypt?

Changes

Article and photographs by: Bente Haarstad Published with author’s approval. Norway have changed a great deal the last years. The population has grown more than 10 percent in just a few years. Now we are 5.1 million people, 0.5 million more than in 2005. All this growth because of immigration, because Norwegians are like the rest of Western Europe, in decline. Immigrants now accounts for 15 percent of the population, in the capital Oslo, 31 percent, and for the third year in a row Muhammad is the most popular name for newborn boys. It used to be Per, or Ole. These photos … Continue reading Changes

Egypt’s cultural decline and the boiling frog theory

–By: Alexandra Kinias With the abhorring cultural decline in Egypt one can’t help but draw a correlation between such decline and the rise of radical or what became known as political Islam, that has swiped the country and already mutated into terrorism in the name of God. It is quite a thorny thought that on first impulse, may initiate fervor attacks and criticism from devout Muslims. However, it is not Islam that is under attack, but rather the actions of radical sheiks and religious scholars who have appointed themselves custodians of the faith; the neo-Islam. These fanatics believe that by … Continue reading Egypt’s cultural decline and the boiling frog theory

A New Dawn Rises Over Egypt

— By: Alexandra Kinias — I wonder why the decision by General Abdel Fattah El Sisi, the Egyptian Minister of Defense, to run for president came as a surprise to some. The reaction by those who are against his decision to run gives the impression that they were not anticipating it, in spite that he had indirectly mentioned it himself in one of his speeches. Their despair, criticism, skepticism and sarcasm made it sound that the political arena was filled with knights in silver armor, super heroes and action figures and that Sisi snatched it from them. Excuse me, but … Continue reading A New Dawn Rises Over Egypt

Why the Iranian Scenario Failed in Egypt? – Part III : Comparing the Revolutions

The Shah and Empress Farah Diba stayed for a week at the Oberoi Hotel in the winter resort town of Aswan. They attended state dinners and went sightseeing with President Sadat and the first lady. The Shah also met with the American President Gerald Ford who was on a Middle East tour. The small quite town of Aswan buzzed with journalists, reporters and photographers from all over the world. The despair and exhaustion were evident in the photos of the Iranian royals. The news that was coming from Iran was bleak and disturbing. With the events unfolding back home, it … Continue reading Why the Iranian Scenario Failed in Egypt? – Part III : Comparing the Revolutions

Why the Iranian Scenario Failed in Egypt? – Part Two

— By Alexandra Kinias —- Leaving behind the unrest that had erupted a year earlier by the anti-royalists and had spread to every corner of Iran, Mohamed Reza Pahlavi, who was then diagnosed with cancer, fled Tehran with his family. He and his family arrived to Aswan, Egypt; the first stop on their journey to exile. The departure of the Shah from Iran ended the rule of the Pahlavi Dynasty that had started in 1926 with the coronation of his father Reza Khan after he deposed of Ahmed Shah Qajar, the last Shah of the Qajar dynasty in 1925. In … Continue reading Why the Iranian Scenario Failed in Egypt? – Part Two