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Biden’s Egypt Problem

With Egypt, President Joe Biden has inherited a worrying human rights situation in a country that’s strategically important to the United States and its allies. Under the Trump administration, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi — who Trump declared his “favorite dictator” — built a strong relationship with the United States, enabling al-Sisi to undermine the rule of law and systematically repress peaceful protestors,...

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The Past Is All We Have: André Aciman’s Homo Irrealis

As I write these words, I am aware that the thoughts I am on the verge of forming are rolling into the past even before I can convey them. The now is sliding from my grasp. Perhaps the now doesn’t exist at all. This is not an emotional distortion of physical time. Outside of the human realm, the present holds no meaning in the greater universe. It is just the point at which the past turns instantly into the future. But, it is this...

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Parsing an Immunity Decision at the Heart of U.S.-Egypt Relations  

Mohamed Soltan, a U.S. citizen, is attempting to sue a former Prime Minister of Egypt for alleged acts of torture and attempted extrajudicial killing in the wake of a 2013 coup. But the State Department may have effectively ended the suit with its recent statement affirming that the defendant is entitled to a form of diplomatic immunity. The United States has argued that it is applying straightforward doctrines of immunity which it is...