Jonathan Bertman
Jonathan Bertman

Jonathan Bertman holds a MA in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Edinburgh. He is interested in politics and economics in the Middle East and North Africa.

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March 7, 2013

Egypt Parliamentary Vote Delayed by Courts

In a twist to Egyptian politics, the Supreme Administrative Court ruled that a recenly passed election law violated legal process, delaying the upcoming parliamentary vote.

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Dec. 10, 2012

Egypt Constitution Vote: US Must Confront Morsi Before Violence Escalates

Egypt is at a crossroads, ahead of a December 15 vote on a new constitution. There's room for the US to step up its pressure on Mohammed Morsi to ensure a peaceful outcome.
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Nov. 28, 2012

Egypt Protests: The 7 Power Grabbing Decrees of Mohammed Morsi

Fresh off helping secure a truce between Israel and Gaza, Mohammed Morsi attempts a power grab in Egypt, prompting massive nationwide protests.
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Oct. 22, 2012

Who Won Foreign Policy Presidential Debate? Romney Defers to Obama, Bayonets and Horses, and Bob Schieffer Needs a Fact Checker

Is Obama "leading from behind" or is Romney a foreign policy neophyte? Both will try to show their hawkish tendencies and avoid any gaffes on Monday night.
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Oct. 22, 2012

Who Won the Debate Tonight: Mitt Romney Loses on Libya, Obama Dominates Benghazi Issue

Republican attacks on the Obama administration's handling of Benghazi have done nothing but demonstrate Mitt Romney's weaknesses when it comes to national security.
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Oct. 16, 2012

Who Won the Debate? Romney Loses his Binder, Obama Picks Up Steam, with a Little Help

In the second presidential debate of 2012, Romney will try to keep his momentum going, Obama will try to show the fire is back, and moderator Cindy Crowley says she's no "fly on the wall".

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Oct. 12, 2012

Who Won the Debate: Biden Grins Too Much, But Beats High School Student Paul Ryan

Biden grinned too much, Ryan did better on foreign policy than I expected, but Biden owned the night at the vice presidential debate 2012.
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Sept. 13, 2012

US Embassy Breach in Cairo Sparks An Amusing Twitter War With the Muslim Brotherhood

Whoever runs the U.S. embassy in Cairo’s Twitter feed is snarky and not about to take any ... well you know.
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Sept. 13, 2012

Why Egyptians Are Protesting: They Believe Obama Could Have Stopped Release of Anti Islam Video (Just Like Mubarak)

The reaction to the embassy attacks in Cairo and Libya has resulted in a lot of conversation about freedom of speech and religion, and the revelation that many people don't know what either mean.
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Aug. 13, 2012

Mubarak 2.0: President Morsi of Egypt Sacks Military Generals and Censors the Media

Over the weekend, President Mohammed Morsi ordered the retirement of the top two military chiefs in Egypt and replaced the editors of the major state-owned media outlets.
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Aug. 11, 2012

Paul Ryan VP Choice Will Boost the Romney Campaign

Picking Congressman Paul Ryan as a running mate could inject some life into Mitt Romney's candidacy.

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July 25, 2012

Egypt President Morsi Selects Hisham Kandil as Prime Minister in Surprise Twist

Upon hearing that Hisham Kandil was appointed prime minister by President Mohammed Morsi, most of Egypt’s political class gushed and said, who?
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July 20, 2012

President Mohammed Morsi is Not Improving Human Rights Violations for Prisoners

If Egypt's new president is to truly look after the interests of the people and protect the independence of nation, he will pardon the thousands of civilians who remain in prison illegally.
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June 24, 2012

Egypt Presidential Election Results: Best and Worst Case Scenarios for the U.S.

The most important thing American officials can do is to remember one thing: this is an Egyptian election, not an American one.
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June 24, 2012

Egypt Presidential Election Results: Mohammed Morsi Wins, But in Name Only

What will happen next is anyone’s guess, but the SCAF still retains the upper hand.
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June 14, 2012

Egypt Presidential Elections 2012: Muslim Brotherhood Likely to Lose After Court Rules in Favor of Ahmed Shafiq

The biggest winner from the ruling is presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

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May 7, 2012

5 Reasons the Egypt 2012 Elections Are More Important Than the American 2012 Elections (For the Middle East)

The Egyptian election is so important for the region, the outcome is more important than the American presidential election. Here are five reasons why.
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April 3, 2012

Egypt Muslim Brotherhood Candidate Khairat al-Shater Shows Party is on Verge of Divide

The Muslim Brotherhood is now running a candidate for president, despite pledges to stay out of the race. Have they overplayed their hand, or will the party's base continue to fall into line?
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Feb. 23, 2012

How Not to Save a Friendship: America's Losing Strategy With NGOs in Egypt

To save the U.S-Egypt alliance, the U.S. needs to realize its missteps and solve the NGO issue without bullying.
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Nov. 16, 2011

The Arab League’s Hypocritical Suspension of Syria

Syria’s suspension in the Arab League isn’t about human rights. The Arab League has simply fallen victim to the fight between the GCC and Iran.