Profile

Contextualizing the lives, achievements – and even downfalls – of people in the global spotlight.



Stephen Glain
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on : Monday, 8 Jul, 2013

Liberal Islam’s Poster Boy

Kamal Al-Helbawy, until recently one of the oldest members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, has spent most of his life on the perimeters of power. Coming of age in Cairo when Egyptian strongman Gamal Abdel Nasser was waging a brutal war on the Ikhwan (as the Brotherhood is known in Arabic), he and his comrades spent most of their time working in the shadows at home or in exile abroad. From London, where he lived for nearly two decades until his return to Egypt last year, Helbawy wrote prophetica...

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Nicholas Blincoe
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on : Wednesday, 17 Apr, 2013

Maggie’s Straight-Talking Diplomacy

More than twenty years after her resignation, the late British prime minister Margaret Thatcher remains a global brand. A memorable line from her 1980 Conservative Party conference speech, “The lady’s not for turning,” became her sales pitch. Like the marketing slogans printed on the labels of the tinned goods in her father’s grocery store, the words were her promise that no matter the circumstances, the product would always remain the same. Yet in spite of her international profile,...

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Alex Edwards
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on : Monday, 29 Oct, 2012

The Cautious American President

At the end of his first term, President Obama’s public foreign policy in the Middle East has reflected his presidency as a whole: cautious, measured, haunted by its own high-blow...

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The Majalla: The Leading Arab Magazine
on : Friday, 21 Sep, 2012

John Christopher Stevens, 1960–2012

John Christopher Stevens, the American ambassador to Libya, died sometime on the night of Tuesday, 11 September 2012, on the anniversary of the infamous attacks on New York and...

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Political Editor: The Majalla
on : Tuesday, 11 Sep, 2012

The Unknowable Candidate

Watching Mitt Romney address the Republican National Convention this August, it is easy to see that he is comfortable being the center of attention and that he has been there many ...

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Zaynab Khojji
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on : Friday, 10 Aug, 2012

A Humble Prime Minister

Not much is known about the current Prime Minister of Egypt, Dr Hisham Qandil, except for general details about his education and career as a water and irrigation engineer. He is s...

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Bryan R. Gibson
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on : Wednesday, 11 Jul, 2012

In His Father’s Shadow

Massoud Barzani came into the world in unique circumstances. He was born on 16 August 1946 in the short-lived, Soviet-backed Mahabad Republic, a by-product of the British and S...

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Alex Edwards
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on : Thursday, 21 Jun, 2012

Vladimir Putin: The Judo Master of the Kremlin

The accusations from the US that Russia is continuing to ship offensive weapons to the Syrian government while it battles against rebels is bound to focus more attention on Russia ...

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The Majalla: The Leading Arab Magazine
on : Wednesday, 2 May, 2012

Navigating the Winds of Change

Khaled Meshaal, the exile-based leader of Hamas, is, if nothing else, a political survivor. As the head of a religious militant group that prioritizes party discipline and orga...

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The Majalla: The Leading Arab Magazine
on : Friday, 20 Apr, 2012

The Compromise Candidate

The competition to be president of Egypt now looks like a three-horse race between Amr Moussa, the ex-Muslim Brotherhood moderate Abdelmonim Abolfotouh, and the Brotherhood’s...

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