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Freedom, Then and Now

“Freedom for an Oxford don . . . is a very different thing from freedom for an Egyptian peasant,” said that most …

Trouble Downstream

While the fighting in Syria rages on, another threat to its people is steadily growing—one that may worsen the struggles …

Sibling Rivalry

In an interview last month, Egyptian politician Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh displayed the poise and good humor of a man …

A Turban, a Hat, or a Cap?

The turban, the hat or the cap? That is the million-dollar question for Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, as he …

The Stateless Statesmen

The vast majority of global debate over the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq has focused on the rights …

Déjà Vu in Cairo

I arrived at the hotel at 4:30 p.m. I left my baggage in the room, picked up the map and …

Jihadi Opportunism

It all seemed to happen so quickly. On January 10, an alliance of Islamist militants captured the Malian town of …

Guardians of the Revolution

A number of shibboleths have dominated the study of Iran since the revolution. One such shibboleth is the assertion that …