Egypt Under Empire, Part IV: Dancing Between Dictatorship and Democracy

America’s Mambo with Mubarak America’s ruling elites – and those of the Western world more generally – are comfortable dealing with ruthless tyrants and dictators all over the world, partly because they’ve just had more practice with it than dealing with ‘democratic’ governments in so-called ‘Third World’ nations. This is especially true when it comes […]

Egypt Under Empire, Part 2: The “Threat” of Arab Nationalism

“Arab Nationalism was a threat because it presented an ‘alternative’ for the poor nations and peoples of the world to follow.” In 1945, the British agreed to renegotiate the Anglo-Egyptian Treaty of 1936, with the British seeking to protect their large military presence with their base at the Suez Canal. The negotiations had become frustrated […]