What is rude for most Arabs…is not Trump’s handshake

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Ahmed Tharwat

Lots of debate and media coverage preceded and followed President Trump’s visit to the Saudi kingdom. Anxieties and expectations filled the air. Trump, who has been behaving like a royal frat boy all his life, was visiting Saudi royalty in his first official overseas visit.

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What do Egyptians call their dictator?: El Sisi visits the US

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Ahmed Tharwat

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is coming to visit the US in the first week of April. No, this is not an April Fool’s but it is the meeting of fools. The visit is the first official state visit for the Egyptian general at the invitation of President Trump.

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Trump is the el-Sisi of America

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Ahmed Tharwat

General el-Sisi, in one of his bizarre revelations, told the Egyptian people that he is blessed by a divine wisdom. Everyone laughed, social media exploding with jokes and satirical postings, but apparently, Donald Trump isn’t laughing. He agrees with what General el-Sisi says and does!

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Justice, Security and Rule of Law: Vladimir Putin’s MENA

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Cynthia M. Lardner

The Russian Federation is no longer the superpower as that term was defined post-World War II. After the illegal annexation of Crimea and its aggressions in Ukraine, the West suspended Russia’s G8 membership and imposed vast economic sanctions devastating the ruble. By most accounts this left Russia a one and a half commodity nation; one part natural resources and, despite its outdated and declining military, one-half the sale of weapons.

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Police Brutality… from Cairo to Minneapolis

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Ahmed Tharwat

You know the situation here is bad when family and friends in Egypt are worried about me because of police brutality and not Islamophobia. The latest tragic shooting of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge is changing the conversation and debate on police brutality and racism in this country.

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Egypt: Hundreds disappeared and tortured amid wave of brutal repression

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Egypt’s National Security Agency (NSA) is abducting, torturing and forcibly disappearing people in an effort to intimidate opponents and wipe out peaceful dissent, said human rights NGO Amnesty International in a damning new report published today which highlights an unprecedented spike in enforced disappearances since early 2015.

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The day Egypt lost its virginity

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Ahmed Tharwat

Last week two events took place in Egypt that shed some light on the paranoid fascist system that is running the country right now.

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