Cairo Review No. 20
American Politics 2016
The 2016 race for the White House is the wildest, most expensive money and media circus ever. The price to become president? About $1 billion.
Donald Trump’s vituperative, outsider presidential campaign rallied voters anxious about the economy, national security, and culture. But establishment Republicans shouldn’t be surprised by the tumult in the Grand Old Party.
Despite Hillary Clinton’s reputation as a liberal, the record suggests her presidency would push America toward a more militaristic approach to the Middle East.
The great middle class is in decline, despite major growth in the U.S. and global economy. One presidential candidate’s solution: democratic socialism.
America’s Latino population, once a political sleeping giant, is poised to play a pivotal role in the 2016 American elections. And thanks to the anti-immigrant policies and rhetoric of Republican politicians, the Democratic Party could be the big winner.
President Barack Obama had to deal with a dysfunctional state system and fraying civil societies, as well as blowback from George W. Bush’s invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Yet his own actions and inactions throughout two terms of office contributed significantly to the great unraveling of the Middle East.
In 2014, Cuba and the United States shocked the world by announcing the normalization of bilateral relations after a half century of hostility. Yet with political leadership changing soon in both Havana and Washington, the path forward is still marked with uncertainty. Decades of enmity will not be easily forgotten.
Q & A
Chicago activist Charlene Carruthers on the first African American president, the campaign against police brutality, and the struggle for black liberation.
Scholar Lila Abu-Lughod on the real obstacles facing women in the Islamic World.
A cinema downtown pushes the boundaries of film in Egypt.
Happenings, speakers, and events at the American University in Cairo.
The new parliament is a welcome sign toward regularized government, but shouldn’t raise hopes too high.
A turbulent Middle East through a child’s eyes.