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November 2016

The greatest threat to democracy? The myth that it is inevitable

By | November 28th, 2016|Categories: Bridging the Gap, W's Reflections, Works of an Unofficial Reporter|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Until recently, the proposition that democracy was vulnerable even in countries where it has been long established would have been met with derision. But what a difference a few months can make. In the United

April 2016

Is Sisi losing his grip on Egypt?

By | April 28th, 2016|Categories: Bridging the Gap, W's Reflections|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Wael Haddara : Is Sisi losing his grip on Egypt? Sisi has been facing mounting criticism in recent months over a faltering economy and widespread reports of police abuses [Getty] On April 15,

One murder too far: How the Regeni case turned the tide on Egypt

By | April 26th, 2016|Categories: Bridging the Gap, W's Reflections|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

What no one counted on was Paola Regeni, who stood up not only for her son, but for all the other Egyptian victims of the regime An Egyptian folk tale revolves around two men who

February 2016

The high cost of repression and incompetence

By | February 16th, 2016|Categories: Arab Spring, Bridging the Gap, Works of an Unofficial Reporter|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

My opinion piece at Aljazeera.com “Egypt’s government endures, but at what cost?” I review a number of mini-crises that the military government of AbdelFattah Sisi has experienced recently, including a very concerning wheat supply crisis

January 2016

My reflections on Egypt, five years after the Revolution

By | January 25th, 2016|Categories: Arab Spring, Bridging the Gap, Works of an Unofficial Reporter|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Please read at essay on Middle East Eye. http://www.middleeasteye.net/essays/five-years-five-lessons-learnt-egypts-revolution-172730485 Introspection - in the West and in Egypt - over the failure to achieve the goals of 2011 is preferable to blaming others Five years have passed since

January 2014

There is no going back for Egypt

By | January 25th, 2014|Categories: Arab Spring, Bridging the Gap, Popular Topics, W's Reflections|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Many in Egypt reject military rule and continue to struggle for freedom and justice, three years after the revolution. Violence has not deterred the January 25 youth [AP Photo/Ahmed Abd El Latif, El Shorouk Newspaper]

November 2016

The greatest threat to democracy? The myth that it is inevitable

By | November 28th, 2016|Categories: Bridging the Gap, W's Reflections, Works of an Unofficial Reporter|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Until recently, the proposition that democracy was vulnerable even in countries where it has been long established would have been met with derision. But what a difference a few months can make. In the United

April 2016

Is Sisi losing his grip on Egypt?

By | April 28th, 2016|Categories: Bridging the Gap, W's Reflections|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Wael Haddara : Is Sisi losing his grip on Egypt? Sisi has been facing mounting criticism in recent months over a faltering economy and widespread reports of police abuses [Getty] On April 15,

One murder too far: How the Regeni case turned the tide on Egypt

By | April 26th, 2016|Categories: Bridging the Gap, W's Reflections|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

What no one counted on was Paola Regeni, who stood up not only for her son, but for all the other Egyptian victims of the regime An Egyptian folk tale revolves around two men who

February 2016

The high cost of repression and incompetence

By | February 16th, 2016|Categories: Arab Spring, Bridging the Gap, Works of an Unofficial Reporter|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

My opinion piece at Aljazeera.com “Egypt’s government endures, but at what cost?” I review a number of mini-crises that the military government of AbdelFattah Sisi has experienced recently, including a very concerning wheat supply crisis

January 2016

My reflections on Egypt, five years after the Revolution

By | January 25th, 2016|Categories: Arab Spring, Bridging the Gap, Works of an Unofficial Reporter|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Please read at essay on Middle East Eye. http://www.middleeasteye.net/essays/five-years-five-lessons-learnt-egypts-revolution-172730485 Introspection - in the West and in Egypt - over the failure to achieve the goals of 2011 is preferable to blaming others Five years have passed since

January 2014

There is no going back for Egypt

By | January 25th, 2014|Categories: Arab Spring, Bridging the Gap, Popular Topics, W's Reflections|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Many in Egypt reject military rule and continue to struggle for freedom and justice, three years after the revolution. Violence has not deterred the January 25 youth [AP Photo/Ahmed Abd El Latif, El Shorouk Newspaper]

September 2013

My interview for PBS Frontline September 17, 2013

By | September 20th, 2013|Categories: Arab Spring, Bridging the Gap|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Wael Haddara was a senior campaign adviser to former President Mohammed Morsi. A Morsi ally who was not a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Haddara admits that the group made mistakes, but says it

August 2013

Egypt and the Struggle for Democracy: An Interview with Dr. Wael Haddara

By | August 2nd, 2013|Categories: Bridging the Gap, W's Reflections|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

By Zacharia al Khatib, 1L Dr. Wael Haddara is the Medical Director of the Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit at the University Hospital in London, Ontario. In 2012-2013, he served as a senior advisor to President

April 2013

Egypt Public Opinion Poll April 2013

By | April 9th, 2013|Categories: Arab Spring, Bridging the Gap|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The Egyptian Center for Public Opinion Research (Baseera) conducts regular polls regarding the Egyptian domestic scene. The latest iteration of the poll was published April 7, 2013. Methodology The poll was conducted by phone, using

January 2013

The Best Foreign Policy

By | January 10th, 2013|Categories: Bridging the Gap|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I recently came upon this speech by Dwight D Eisenhower before he became President. It was delivered at Columbia in 1950. I dont think Eisenhower is thought of by many as a great orator –

December 2011

Our Foreign Policy

By | December 29th, 2011|Categories: Bridging the Gap, Canada|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Our Foreign Policy needs serious overhaul. I believe the one big lesson that all countries should have learned from the Bush years is that no one nation, however powerful it may be, can  “go it

Priorities of the Islamic Movements and the Arab Spring

By | December 10th, 2011|Categories: Arab Spring, Bridging the Gap, Islam|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

2011 has been a remarkable year. For far too long, the Arab world seemed immune to the changes sweeping the rest of the world. This year, finally, the peoples of Tunisia, Libya and Egypt managed

June 2011

Senate Protest: Courage or anarchy?

By | June 4th, 2011|Categories: Bridging the Gap, Canada|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

and now for my first poll ever…. On Friday, a young Senate page, Brigitte Depape, was fired for raising a sign that said “Stop Harper” during the GG’s Throne Speech. It was, apparently, an unprecedented

May 2011

What if we had done something different with all that money

By | May 5th, 2011|Categories: Bridging the Gap, Canada|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I intensely dislike simplistic comparisons of the “imagine what we could with the money allocated to defense spending… how many schools can a cruise missile build?” type…. I think the comparisons are simplistic for a

The Day After

By | May 3rd, 2011|Categories: Bridging the Gap, Canada|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Although I strongly believe that we are a fundamentally different country from our neighbours to the south, there are occasions where I feel we stand to learn something from their circumstances. One of the more

The Election

By | May 2nd, 2011|Categories: Bridging the Gap, Canada|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

So. We have a majority conservative government for the first time since 1993 and the first majority government since 2006. The numbers flashing on my screen say Cons 168; NDP 103; Lib 33; BQ 3

Ben Laden is Dead

By | May 1st, 2011|Categories: Bridging the Gap|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

So Ben Laden is dead. I have to say it came as an utter surprise. I thought he was already dead. I confess that coverage of news like this always leaves me a little confused.