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Sam Hamad is a writer and History Phd student at the University of Glasgow, focusing on totalitarian ideologies.

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Has Biden fallen at the first hurdle with Sisi?

25 February, 2021

Comment: Biden's huge and no-strings attached arms deal with Egypt suggests that his tough campaign rhetoric on Sisi might have been little more than just that, writes Sam Hamad.

Egypt is using charity to paper over coronavirus failures

05 February, 2021

Comment: In the Mersal Foundation, we see the best and the worst of Egypt; the work of extraordinary people failed by their state, writes Sam Hamad.

Egypt buries a decade of hope and tyranny

23 January, 2021

Comment: Sisi has all but extinguished Egyptian dissent. Whether a new US president can force him into reforms he doesn't want to make remains to be seen, writes Sam Hamad.

Islamic State's resurgence is Syria is going unnoticed

15 January, 2021

Comment: The root causes of Islamic State in Syria were never adequately addressed, and now, as the world is distracted, a resurgence seems afoot, writes Sam Hamad.

Italy-Egypt oil and weapons deals undermine justice for Regeni

17 December, 2020

Comment: Italy's PM Conte knows he can back the prosecution of Egyptian officials without undermining Italy's close trade and 'security' links with the Sisi regime, writes Sam Hamad.

Macron and Sisi's authoritarian embrace

08 December, 2020

Comment: The Egyptian and French presidents are attempting to control the meaning of Islam to enact their domestic, authoritarian agendas, writes Sam Hamad.

Goodbye, Maradona, an imperfect hero

27 November, 2020

Comment: Maradona was a hero not just to football fans, but Palestinians, leftists and people across the Global South alike, writes Sam Hamad. May he rest in peace.

Walid al-Muallem: The legacy of Assad's Goebbelsian late FM

22 November, 2020

Comment: Sam Hamad reflects on the legacy of Walid al-Muallem, Assad's foreign minister who died this week, after he spent the past decade justifying Assad's crimes to the world.

Assad's sham refugee conference marks dark 50-years of regime

19 November, 2020

Comment: Displaced Syrian refugees know all too well that 'reconstruction' can never happen under the grip of a Russian-backed Assad regime, writes Sam Hamad.

Close the door on your way out, Mr Trump

10 November, 2020

Comment: Trump's electoral defeat is just a single blow against the authoritarianism that he represents. Biden's work to defend democracy begins now, writes Sam Hamad.

Would Biden really stop writing blank cheques for Egypt?

15 October, 2020

Comment: Only a Biden administration would be capable of holding Sisi's regime accountable. But whether it would is another matter, writes Sam Hamad.

Russia's experimental Covid-19 vaccine comes to Egypt

02 October, 2020

Comment: Russia's Covid-19 vaccine has been developed with an unsurprising lack of transparency, and Sisi's willingness to distribute it is serious cause for concern, writes Sam Hamad.

Sam Hamad
Sam Hamad

Sam Hamad is a writer and History Phd student at the University of Glasgow, focusing on totalitarian ideologies.

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