Mubarak’s Defiance

Mubarak’s Defiance

After deliberately raising the hopes of millions of Egyptians and millions more around the world, U.S.-backed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak defied the rising demand of the millions of protesters who have taken to Egypt’s streets, to announce he will remain in...

Egypt on the Brink – And the U.S. on the Wrong Side

Now comes the hard part. On February 7, the popular mobilization in Cairo and elsewhere seemed to have crested. The “normalization” of daily life in Cairo loomed closer. But on February 9, the regime’s claim that the revolt had been packaged,...
Egyptian Riot Grrls

Egyptian Riot Grrls

Twitter has been aflutter about the very visible presence of women among the protests that have taken Egypt by storm over the last few weeks. But images of women have remained sparse amid the digital slideshows strung together by major media outlets, which portray...
No More Mr. Nice Autocracy

No More Mr. Nice Autocracy

Egyptian current events prove one point for good: Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative, U.S. presidents wish their favored Arab states would forever remain nice, docile autocracies. Of course, the Obama administration protests loudly to the contrary....
Interview with Juan Cole

Interview with Juan Cole

Juan Cole is a professor history at the University of Michigan and the author of Engaging the Muslim World. His blog, Informed Comment, is a go-to resource for analysis of U.S. and Middle Eastern policy. Here he talks with FPIF’s John Feffer about Egypt,...
The Fake Moderation of America’s Moderate Mideast Allies

The Fake Moderation of America’s Moderate Mideast Allies

As the Mubarak regime turns to violence in a vain attempt to repress the peaceful protests that have swept Egypt’s streets for over ten days, the risks associated with current U.S. strategy for Egypt and the wider region continue to grow. In its response to the...

Food, Egypt, and Wall Street

The dramatic rise in food prices is fueling a great deal of discontent in Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere. It’s a deep undercurrent propelling many of the poor, who face prospects of starvation to resort to the streets and to violence. According to the United...

Whither the Party Line on Egypt?

There is enough awkwardness among the Washington establishment—bewildered at the sight of an uprising against a client state—that they are completely helpless to do much of anything in the face of the tumult on the Egyptian street. But no one is...
Three Possible Scenarios for Egypt

Three Possible Scenarios for Egypt

Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak is in deep trouble. But there is much more at stake at the heart of this storm. His toppling might bring about the full collapse of the military regime that has supported him for three decades. Now that Mubarak’s hours seem...

Phyllis Bennis on the 2011 Egyptian Uprising

January 25th 2011 marked the start of a popular Egyptian uprising. Thousands of Egyptians have taken to the streets demanding the ouster of the Hosni Mubarak regime, which has been in power for thirty years. Phyllis Bennis of IPS was asked to participate in a panel...
Regime Change Redux

Regime Change Redux

The Egyptian people have decided that they are no longer willing to wait for President Hosni Mubarak to expire in order to taste freedom. The lesson from Egypt this week, Tunisia last week, and perhaps Yemen or Algeria next week is that U.S. bombs bursting over...

Two Cheers for the Brotherhood

In the latest news out of Egypt, where people power is confronting regime rigidity, President-for-life Hosni Mubarak is doing what he can to maintain his perch. He has named a new cabinet, deployed more troops in the cities, and blocked al-Jazeera broadcasts. The...
Tunisia’s Spark and Egypt’s Flame: the Middle East is Rising

Tunisia’s Spark and Egypt’s Flame: the Middle East is Rising

Is this how empires end, with people flooding the streets, demanding the resignation of their leaders and forcing local dictators out? Maybe not entirely, but the breadth and depth of the spreading protests, the helplessness of the U.S.-backed governments to stop...

On the Wrong Side of History in the Middle East

For over sixty years, the U.S. and the West wanted stability in the Middle East while dividing and conquering the area. They installed and supported puppets, despots, and corrupt and totalitarian regimes as long as they did our bidding. The West had no plans to bring...