The Tortured Politics Behind the Persian Gulf Crisis

Conn Hallinan
Foreign Policy in Focus
Saudi Arabia's puzzling effort to blacklist its tiny neighbor Qatar begs the question of who's really isolated in the Gulf. The attack on Qatar is part of Saudi Arabia’s aggressive new foreign policy that is being led by Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman. As Saudi Arabia’s “monarch in waiting,” Mohammed has launched a disastrous war in Yemen that’s killed more than 10,000 civilians and sparked a country-wide cholera epidemic there.

Egyptian Regime Responds to Economic Crisis by Repressing Workers

Pino Dragoni
il manifesto
In the past 11 months, 151 workers and trade unionists have been arrested in Egypt and at least 2,691 have been fired taking legal strike actions. Repression of conflicts in the workplace has increased dramatically within the last few months, together with the worsening economic crisis. Recent economic and monetary policies have caused a dramatic deterioration in the living conditions of workers and the middle classes.

Three Years After the Egyptian Coup, Lessons Still Unlearned?

Abdullah Al-Arian
Middle East Eye
Three years ago the Egyptian military ousted the elected President Mohamed Morsi. Since then, as Amnesty International reported this week, “tens of thousands of people have been detained without trial or sentenced to prison terms or to death....” Perhaps even without the support of significant segments of the public, including leading activists and intellectuals, the remnants of the old Mubarak regime would still have overthrown Morsi. But that support made it easier.

Egypt Jails Journalists for World Press Freedom Day

Ayah Aman
On May 1, just two days before World Press Freedom Day, Egyptian police raided the offices of the Press Syndicate in Cairo and arrested two journalists, sparking mass demonstrations against Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s escalating attacks on the media. On April 25, 46 journalists were arrested for covering the mass demonstrations throughout Egypt against the al-Sisi regime’s decision to cede the Egyptian islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia.