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Cafe Riche: An Ode to a Bygone Cairo

By Salma Islam Photos by Hany Maher The wooden door opens and a smart looking gentleman in a grey suit and a black briefcase in tow walks in, greets the staff, and makes a beeline for an empty table near the back of the long, narrow restaurant. He doesn’t wait long. He is soon joined by

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Erdogan’s Next Move: The Clampdown is On

BY Bessma Momani  When Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in 2002, it was soon heralded as the potential ‘Turkish model’ for the wider Middle East to emulate and follow. Who wouldn’t admire the great success of the AKP in turning the once coup-ridden and economically stagnant country into a regional

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Egypt: A Faltering Revolution

Egypt’s security forces still haven’t got it right By H. A. Hellyer I remember all too clearly the day I met Bassem Sabry. We’d been in touch over social media for quite a while; we had many friends in common, but our paths had never crossed in person. Social media in Egypt, in 2012, was already a

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Algerian Lawmakers Pass Constitutional Reforms, Opposition Dismiss

ALGIERS, Feb 7 – Algerian lawmakers passed constitutional reforms on Sunday proposed by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika after the 2011 “Arab Spring” uprisings, including reinstating a two-term limit for the presidency and boosting parliamentary powers. Government officials said the amendments fulfilled Bouteflika’s promises to strengthen democracy, but opposition leaders dismissed them as superficial tweaks to a

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Libya’s Recognized Parliament Rejects U.N.-Backed Unity Gov’t.

By Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI, Libya, Jan 25 – Libya’s internationally recognized parliament voted on Monday to reject a unity government proposed under a United Nations-backed plan to resolve the country’s political crisis and armed conflict. Though not a surprise, the rejection was a setback in efforts to heal Libya’s deep divides. Of 104 members who

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Protests Over Lack of Jobs in Tunisia Turn Violent

KASSERINE, Tunisia, Jan 20 – Police clashed with protesters demanding jobs in the Tunisian city of Kasserine on Wednesday, and one policeman was killed as other demonstrations broke out in the capital and towns across the country, residents and officials said. Large crowds burned tyres and chanted: “Work, freedom, dignity” during a second day of

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