Tag Archives: Egypt

The Pilgrims Progress: Russia in the Middle-East

  Canberra, 8 February 2016 For nearly four years of the Civil War, Russia was content with providing traditional support through the provision of arms and logistics to its client-state Syria, while the Assad regime battled for its very existence. Therefore, the direct military intervention in September 2015 can be considered a revolutionary act by […]

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YEMEN: WHO IS FIGHTING WHOM, AND WHY?

Canberra, 29 April 2015 All the nations of the Middle-East are now at war—against one another or against undefinable entities who are pursuing their own warped agenda—ruthlessly attempting to shore up lost prestige, struggling to retain power and influence, and to regain long lost command over the region. The rationale put forward is the necessity […]

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THE KING IS DEAD-LONG LIVE THE KING – SAUDI ARABIA: A LEGACY OF FOREIGN POLICY BLUNDERS

Canberra, 11 February 2015 Much is being written about the ‘peaceful’ transition of power and the rapid administrative overhaul that has been undertaken by King Salman in the fortnight or so that he has been in power in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi newspapers are trumpeting the changes as heralding a new era within the kingdom. […]

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DECIPHERING THE FIGHT AGAINST THE ISLAMIC STATE Part I: The Major Participants

Canberra 18 November 2014 [This is the first part of a two-part series analysing the on-going conflict in the Middle East] Introduction The world is continuing to look at the Islamic State (IS) as yet another, and admittedly more potent, terrorist or ‘jihadi’ network. This is a rather simplistic view since the current conflict in […]

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EGYPT – THE GENERALS ARE BACK!

Canberra, 1 February 2014 An al-Qaeda inspired group, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, or Partisans of Jerusalem, has claimed responsibility for the assassination of General Mohamed Saed, an aide of the Egyptian Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim. This group has carried a number of deadly attacks in Egypt since the military overthrew the Islamist President Mohamed Morsi last […]

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Indian History Part 24: INDIAN CULTURAL INFLUENCE BEYOND THE BORDERS

Canberra, 6 January 2014 For medieval Indian kingdoms the sea provided the opportunity for trade, especially in the peninsular kingdoms that were essentially sea-faring nations and straddled the trade route between West Asia and China. Through the ages it is seen as an unbroken tradition that trade invariably led to political and cultural influence, normally […]

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IS EGYPT GOING BACK TO THE FUTURE?

Canberra, 4 August 2013 Two-And-a-half years after ‘people power’ removed President Hosni Mubarak from power, rejecting a security-dominated autocracy that had ruled Egypt ever since the Nasser-led coup that ended the rule of King Farouk in 1952, Egypt is back to the starting point. In the past two years Egypt has essentially undergone three revolutions—the […]

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CHAOS IN EGYPT—THE FALLOUTS OF DEMOCRACY

Canberra, 31 January 2013 The fledgling government of President Muhammad Morsi in Egypt has had to impose a state of emergency in three cities in the Suez region and also provide the resources to increase the army’s capability to reassert order and ensure security of the state. This action was meant to curb the violent […]

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EGYPT – SQUANDERED OPPORTUNITIES??

Canberra, 13 December 2012 The Middle East is in the grip of convulsive volatility. There is a rising tide of Islamism and a parallel struggle to establish a ‘new’ order with the younger generation unwilling to accept a status quo situation built on the largess of autocratic rulers. Most of the nations are trying to […]

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THE NOVEMBER 2012 CONFLICT IN GAZA

Canberra, 27 November 2012 PROS, CONS, OUTCOMES AND THE FUTURE “We must liberate all of Palestine and recover every grain of sand! Jews are most welcome to stay if they want to live in peace as equals under the law, but forget about colonisation, democracy for Jews only and apartheid. They must disappear for sure!”     […]

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