The peace will hold, says Anwar Sadat's widow

By Brigit Grant, March 3, 2011

It is the photograph that means more to Anwar Sadat's widow than any other. A family portrait taken on the eve of the former Egyptian president's departure to Israel to address the Knesset on November 19 1977. A landmark moment for the Middle East, and for his wife who was convinced she would never see him again.


Egyptian troops back in Sinai, three decades on

By Nathan Jeffay, February 24, 2011

The unrest and subsequent ousting of President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt is already proving a game-changer in terms of the Egypt-Israel peace agreement.


As Egypt convulses, Iran slips through Suez

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 24, 2011

Iran tried this week to divert attention from the growing unrest within its cities by sending two warships through the Suez Canal for the first time in over three decades.


On this day: The United Arab Republic

By Jennifer Lipman, February 22, 2011

The pan-Arab dream, which saw old rivals Egypt and Syria join forces, only lasted three years. It collapsed in 1961 when Syria abandoned it, although Egypt retained the title for another decade.

The United Arab Republic (UAR) partnership came about for many reasons, not least to limit the influence of communist-leaning politicians in Syria.

With support from North Yemen and elsewhere, for a time it appeared the union could be the start of a new Middle East.


Word on the street is… mild

By David Aaronovitch, February 21, 2011

In 2003, a matter of weeks after the fall of Saddam, I went to Cairo to make a programme for Channel 4.

I was apprehensive, not because I was asking about the problem of Middle Eastern antisemitism but because the airwaves and foreign pages had been full of hoary lock-shaking concerning what was universally called "The Arab Street".

TAS (for short) was furious. TAS was potentially violent towards Westerners. It would be best - when encountering TAS - to pretend to be Irish or Patagonian.


Not a revolution, but a military coup

By Tim Marshall, February 17, 2011

Optimists peered through the Cairo dawn of February 12 and heralded a people's revolution ushering in a new era of freedom and democracy.

Less enthusiastic observers, looking through the exhaust smoke of the reversing tanks, saw a coup backed by a regime which will spend the year shoring up its power even as it prepares the country for free elections.

Egypt cannot go back to how things were, but this was no revolution. People power delivered the military what it wanted - the chance to get rid of Mubarak and ensure his son Gamal could not accede to the throne.


West should be clear on goals

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, February 17, 2011

It is too early to tell whether Egypt and Tunisia will be the harbinger of an Arab spring of democracy. Both could go the way of Eastern Europe in 1989. But they could also be a rehash of Russia in 1917, Egypt in 1952, Iraq in 1958, or Iran in 1979, when the ousting of a hated rulerin favour of a new regime was exploited by dark forces.

But as Egypt goes, so does the Arab world. Jordan, Yemen, and Bahrain are now convulsed by popular unrest; Algeria, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia could be next.


Joy in Egypt but uncertainty elsewhere

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 17, 2011

The announcement that the Supreme Council of the armed forces was taking control in Egypt for the duration of the transition period to a new civilian government, reassured the Israeli leadership in the wake of the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.

Despite initial efforts to mobilise international support for the embattled president, Israeli analysts had realised, perhaps belatedly, that the Mubarak era was finally over and that Israel would do best to lower its profile while the Egyptians muddle their way, hopefully, towards some form of democracy.


Egypt assault victim Lara Logan also faced Jewish slur

By Jennifer Lipman, February 16, 2011

An American journalist who was sexually attacked while working in Egypt last week was allegedly also subjected to anti-Jewish chanting.

CBS news reporter Lara Logan is recovering from “a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating”, the news organisation said last night.

They said: “She and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration. It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into a frenzy.”


Hall of Fame: Lindsay Lohan

By Jennifer Lipman, February 15, 2011

"I pray Egypt maintains it's treaty with Israel and sets the trend for its neighbors to create peace with Israel and the entire region."