Egypt


UN Human Rights Experts Raise Concerns Over Egypt’s Widening ‘Assault On Free Speech’ 

In late August United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, David Kaye, and Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, Fionnuala Ní Aloáin, raised concerns with the Egyptian government’s attempts to counter “violent extremism.” They argued that the blocking of news websites and the unlawful detention of journalists was […]


The Islamic State Kill 18, As Al-Sisi’s Methods Of Torture Come To Light

On Monday, the Islamic State (IS) claimed yet another deadly attack, killing at least 18 Egyptian police officers through using a roadside IED and an ensuing gun battle. The horrific attack occurred on the Sinai Peninsula, near the Israeli border, a region, which is plagued by conflict since the Egyptian […]


U.S. Withholds Millions In Egyptian Aid Over Human Rights Concerns

The U.S. has decided to withhold up to $290 million in aid for Egypt following concerns over the country’s recent missteps in human rights and democratic norms, specifically in regards to a new law that regulates the movements of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The decision comes after Egyptian officials reassured the […]


Saudi Arabia Opens Borders For Qatari Pilgrims To Attend Hajj

Saudi Arabia has announced that it will open its land borders with Qatar to allow Qatari pilgrims access during the annual Hajj to Mecca, which will take place at the beginning of September this year.  This new development was preceded by border closures announced on June 5th after Saudi Arabia, […]


Israel’s Plans To Shut Down Al Jazeera Decried By Organizations And Journalists Worldwide

On August 6th, Israel’s Communication Minister Ayoob Kara announced his plans to withdraw the credentials of Al Jazeera’s Arabic and English journalists and close down its Jerusalem bureau. The Doha-based news channel has been active in Israel-Palestine since 1996, but has recently been accused of ‘incitement’ by Prime Minister Benjamin […]


Potential Game Changer In Syria: Trump Abandons Failed CIA Program

President Donald Trump appears to be charting a coherent executive foreign policy that is the prerogative of every incumbent president, despite widespread opposition by the mainstream media, Congress, the Republican and Democratic establishments, and U.S. intelligence agencies, which have been at odds with President Trump since he proposed pragmatic cooperation […]


United Arab Emirates Denies Washington Post Report On Hacking Of Qatar News Agency

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has denied The Washington Post’s report that claims it was behind the hacking of the state-run Qatar News Agency in May, which has resulted in one of the worst diplomatic crises for the Arab Gulf in decades. In May, Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad […]