Tagged with United States

The Importance of ‘Nizam’

The Importance of ‘Nizam’

This quote is taken from an Iranian, but I think the sentiment — and language — would be the same for many Arabs: On July 4, Mahmoud Esmaeili, a 33-year-old software engineer, became an American citizen. Here’s why: “I like the system here. I like the rule of law. You know what to expect and … Continue reading

Strengthening America in Egypt

Strengthening America in Egypt

Many Egyptians believe the United States is out to get them. Yet at the same time, the United States is the primary supplier of the Egyptian military, and ties between the two armed forces are strong. Samuel Tadros wrote an engaging history of post-Arab Spring Egypt for the Hoover Institute, entitled “The Follies of Democracy … Continue reading

Does Egypt Still Matter?

Does Egypt Still Matter?

As America under Trump re-determines its policies in the Middle East, the feelings of the region’s people matter very little. ‘Hearts and minds,’ sure, but cold-calculating interests generally rule geopolitical considerations. All the same, I can imagine the Egyptian angst in reading this recommendation by the Hoover Institute for Washington to re-up its cooperation with … Continue reading

Conspiracy Theory Comes to America

Conspiracy Theory Comes to America

Living in the Middle East one drinks deeply from the well of conspiracy thinking. It pollutes the mind, but also trains it. So while Americans mused over the merits and demerits of Trump and Clinton, I feared the patterns I was watching develop. To describe would require a full listing of faults, but I mean … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Trumping Protest

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Trumping Protest

God, Bless the president-to-be of the United States of America. May he govern wisely. May he engage Egypt well. But though many are troubled in America at his arrival, many in Egypt welcome his opposition to the Brotherhood and his favor expressed toward Sisi. And he comes at a moment when many in Egypt are … Continue reading

An Egyptian Human Rights Rebuke, to America

An Egyptian Human Rights Rebuke, to America

It is not unusual for American politicians and the State Department to call out other nations of the world for their violation of human rights. But the past few weeks have given other nations an excuse to hit back. Laugh or cry, here is a selection of Egyptian statements about our racial issues and the … Continue reading

The Difficulty of ‘Do Unto Others’

The Difficulty of ‘Do Unto Others’

As Christians involve themselves – for good and for bad – in the divisive politics and cultural struggles of our nation, it is assumed they do so to preserve and advance a moral ethic consistent with Scripture. Unfortunately, it can be easy to forget one of the central marks of this morality: ‘Do unto others, … Continue reading

Reflections on Obama’s Mosque Visit

Reflections on Obama’s Mosque Visit

Many have praised President Obama’s recent visit to a Baltimore mosque and affiliated school. Others have been critical, but it is important to counter a rhetoric that is increasingly casting shadows upon fellow American citizens. But here are two Western Arab voices that express a little concern. The first is a UK-based Muslim, Nervana Mahmoud. … Continue reading

US Behind ISIS?

US Behind ISIS?

Here in Egypt the conspiracy thinking is strong that the United States, or at least her allies in the region, are a force behind the emergence of the so-called Islamic State. From the London Review of Books, here is some of the evidence. Fortunately, the author also deals with it along the conspiracy spectrum: His … Continue reading

Who Profits from US Aid to Egypt?

Who Profits from US Aid to Egypt?

From Global Post, two articles which detail the contracts given out the past two years, and which companies receive them: Until recently, the United States and Egypt shared a very special arrangement. Here’s how it went: the US government would collect taxes from the American people. It would give a portion of the proceeds — … Continue reading

The Case against Qatar

The Case against Qatar

A recent Foreign Policy investigative report details Qatari foreign policy. It describes a strategy of intervention-by-proxy, which keeps its hands clean officially while funneling money to groups it deems ideologically similar, that is, those they can trust. Primarily, this has been the Muslim Brotherhood and various activist Salafi factions. The article is long but worthy, … Continue reading

They Really Do Hate Us … at Least on Twitter

From AhramOnline, on research analyzing Twitter: In the case of Egypt, the researchers analyzed more than 2.2 million Arabic tweets that mentioned the United States and found just three percent could be termed pro-American, with 23 percent neutral and the majority critical of the United States. Ok, so they hate our foreign policy – no … Continue reading

Not Quite Home for Christmas

Not Quite Home for Christmas

I have lived overseas now for about eight years.  We have lived in three different countries, but even so, I feel quite at home here in Egypt, where we have been for four years.  We have lots of friends and my life is busy with four young kids.  For me, living overseas is the norm.  … Continue reading

Kerry’s Visit, as Reported in Cairo and Washington

First from Ahram Online, in very negative tones: US Secretary of State John Kerry met with top Egypt officials to convey Washington’s “deep concern” about the transitional period and to offer the US’s goodwill should developments move “on the right track,” according to Western diplomats. But on CNN, the focus brushes over any difficulties at … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: US Aid

Friday Prayers for Egypt: US Aid

God, Perhaps the United States felt she needed to take a stand. Perhaps this is a new wrinkle in an old story of feigned antagonism. Perhaps she backs the Muslim Brotherhood. Perhaps she backs democracy. Perhaps she is against the killing of protestors. Perhaps she is muddled and has little idea of how to engage … Continue reading

What Happens if US Aid to Egypt is Cut?

As the US administration has decided to suspend some foreign military assistance to Egypt, consider this article from Reuters, carried by Ahram Online, from a few weeks previous: Richard Genaille, deputy director of the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency, said he hoped the Obama administration reached a decision soon on whether to continue $1.23 billion … Continue reading