On the Personal and the Political. Or, How to Retain a Sense of ‘Humanity’ in Egypt? Part 1

Dr Vivienne Matthies-Boon is currently in Cairo. In today's post, she shares with us some of her experiences and reflections on the ongoing conflict between pro-democracy campaigners and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. This is a difficult time to be in Egypt.  It is also difficult to write anything about the current situation on paper.  …

Polarization of the anti-Islam film debate: undoing the Arab Spring? Part Two

Alongside the ideologically-driven agenda of the anti-Islam films that we explored in Part One, we should also not underestimate the political nature of the production and release of this film just before the 11th anniversary of 9/11 as well as before the American elections – in which Barack Obama is standing for a second term. …

Polarization of the anti-Islam film debate: Undoing the Arab Spring? Part One

Over the last few days, international news coverage has been largely dominated by reports on protests across the world against a film that protestors claim is a direct insult to the prophet Muhammed.  The protests started with the storming of the American embassy in Cairo as well as a violent attack on the American consulate …