Democracy Doesn’t Equal Instability

Democracy Doesn’t Equal Instability

The political revolts in the Middle East, which have produced the overthrow of Ben Ali in Tunisia and the resignation of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, have also generated a flawed debate about the region. In this discourse repeated ad nauseum in the mainstream press and the...

Unconventional Wisdom: Name This Moment

Two weeks ago, I wrote in this space about Wisconsin and unions and the power of the people. My focus was on football, not workers defending their collective bargaining rights. But just as Hosni Mubarak was stepping down in Cairo, Governor Scott Walker was stepping up...
A Middle Eastern Dream Deferred?

A Middle Eastern Dream Deferred?

The Mubarak dictatorship is over! The military dictatorship lives on! The events in Tunisia and Egypt make it clear that change is coming to the Arab world. But is this change we can believe in? Unfortunately, it is increasingly evident that, although the...
Is Algeria Next?

Is Algeria Next?

Protesters in Martyr’s Square chanted “yesterday Egypt, today Algeria” during demonstrations in the Algerian capital Algiers on February 12. The Algerian government’s response to the protesters was reminiscent of Egypt’s ex-President...
Interview with Medea Benjamin

Interview with Medea Benjamin

Medea Benjamin is the co-founder of the peace group Code Pink and the founding director of Global Exchange. For over 20 years, she has supported human rights and social justice struggles around the world. With a delegation of nine activists, she was in Egypt during...

A Military Budget on the Wrong Side of History

The Obama administration is scrambling to get on the right side of history. It has a lot of ground to make up. History is mostly judging the United States these days for launching, and now perpetuating, the longest wars in our history. Initially sold as a war to...
Interview with Phyllis Bennis

Interview with Phyllis Bennis

In our special focus on Islamophobia, FPIF talks with Phyllis Bennis: activist, analyst, and writer on Middle East and UN issues for many years. Here she discusses how anti-Muslim sentiment has shaped U.S. perceptions of the democratic uprisings taking place in the...

Washington Voices Impatience with Regime

Amid the continuing stand-off between protestors and the Egyptian government, the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama appeared Wednesday to be losing patience with both President Hosni Mubarak and his new vice president, Gen. Omar Suleiman. In a rare...

Revolution is an Export Tunisia Can Be Proud of

I am not a big fan of Tunisia’s Prime Minister Mohammad Ghannouchi. His name is reminiscent of deposed President Zine El Abedine Ben Ali’s autocratic regime, and of the interim government’s riot police’s recent attack on sit-in protestors in...

Pox Americana

Oh yes, in the name of its War on Terror, Washington had for years backed most of the thuggish governments now under siege or anxious that they may be next in line to hear from their people. When it came to Egypt in particular, there was initially much polite (and...

The Qosbi Show

Foreign Policy In Focus received this response from an executive producer in Hollywood to a proposal we recently submitted. Dear FPIF: Thank you for your proposal for a new TV show about “a warm-hearted, middle-class Egyptian family named the Qosbis.”...

Two Big Errors Plague Budget Reporting

First error: “Pentagon Budget Cuts.” They aren’t cuts. The Defense Department talks about cutting its own budget–$78 billion over five years–and most reporting takes this at face value. It shouldn’t. The Pentagon is following the...

Al-Jazeera English: TV You Can’t Watch on TV

As street protests toppled dictators in Tunisia and Egypt, many Americans turned to Al-Jazeera English for the most comprehensive, informed coverage of those historic developments. But they mostly weren’t watching the channel on television. That’s...
Egypt and Reversing the Dominoes of Domination

Egypt and Reversing the Dominoes of Domination

The U.S. policy of policing the world and imposing our will on every aspect of the international system is now tumbling–from Tunisia, Lebanon, Yemen, Jordan, Egypt, and onward throughout the Middle East. The domino theory, coined to justify our war in Vietnam,...
Liberation of a Nation: a Timeline

Liberation of a Nation: a Timeline

Agitation Immolation PromulgationExhortationAnticipationDeflationEscalationResignationLiberationCelebration! Karen Dolan is a Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington DC. Follow her on twitter...