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Egypt News Update (25 August 2013) "UPDATED"

[This is a collection of news updates on Egypt compiled from multiple sources by the editors.]  Nour Party to Participate in Amending Constitution The Salafi-led Nour Party will push for the inclusion of five of its members in the fifty-person committee tasked with amending the constitution, ...  Read More »

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In This Sublime Struggle of Ours: After Egypt, on Turkey and Terror

What does Prime Minister Erdoğan’s government in Turkey have in common with General Sisi’s in Egypt? “Nothing” cannot be the answer—at least not for those who have dared to confront the legal, liberal, and lethal force of Erdoğan’s rule during a long decade of tenure. This is why on 17 August 2013, when he described ...  Read More »

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General Prosecutor Refers Report Against Political Activists to State Security

Prosecutor General refers report accusing well known activists Asmaa Mahfouz and Esraa Abdel-Fattah of espionage to Supreme State Security Prosecution. Egypt's General Prosecutor, Hesham Barakat, has asked the Supreme State Security Prosecution to investigate a report filed against political activists Asmaa Mahfouz ...  Read More »

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Twenty-Six Brotherhood Leaders Referred To State Security Prosecution Over Tanta Violence

Security forces round up twenty-six Muslim Brotherhood leaders over their alleged involvement in violent clashes in Egypt's Nile Delta city of Tanta on Friday. Egyptian authorities on Saturday referred twenty-six Muslim Brotherhood leaders to State Security Emergency Prosecution in the Delta governorate of ...  Read More »

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One Dead As Skirmishes Erupt in Egypt's Nile Delta

Angry mobs reportedly attacked pro-Morsi demonstrations and houses of Brotherhood members in Daqahliya and Gharbiya, leaving one dead in the latter governorate on 'Friday of Martyrs'. Violence broke out Friday in several cities across Egypt as demonstrations by mostly Islamist supporters of deposed president Mohamed ...  Read More »

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Minya church attacks unfold with little to no security intervention.MINYA - It was the same scene everywhere: blackened walls, floors littered with detritus, empty spaces where everything was ripped out and taken. When police forces dispersed the Rabea al-Adaweya and Nahda Square sit-ins calling for the reinstatement ...  Read More »

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بيان الإشتراكيين الثوريين: يسقط حكم العسكر. لا لعودة الفلول. لا لعودة الإخوان

مجازر بشعة وقمع عنيف. تصاعد كبير للهجمات على الكنائس ومسيحيي مصر. وترسيخ يجري على قدم وساق للدولة العسكرية القمعية. تطورات سياسية هائلة مرّت علينا خلال الأسابيع الماضية، وكما تحمل التطورات تحديات كبرى تضعها أمام الثورة، تحوي أيضاً فرصاً تؤهل لموجات جديدة قادمة في مسار الثورة المصرية، والتي يمكن للإشتراكيين الثوريين ...  Read More »

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Thousands of Pro-Morsi Demonstrators Take to Streets in Egypt Amid Tightened Security

Thousands of pro-Morsi demonstrators take to streets in Cairo and several provinces decrying Morsi's ouster and killing of hundreds of protesters last week, army and police forces tighten security at protest sites. Marches are underway in several parts of Egypt on Friday with thousands taking to the streets ...  Read More »

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Coming Full Circle? An Interview with Egyptian Journalist Ahmad Shokr

Since 30 June, Egypt has seen one of its worst turmoil in the country’s modern history, with hundreds killed, dozens of police stations and churches burned, and a divided population. The Muslim Brotherhood, who were in government two months ago, are now on the run and the military are fully back in charge. From Cairo, ...  Read More »

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Egypt News Update (22 August 2013)

 [This is a collection of news updates on Egypt compiled from multiple sources by the editors.] MENA: More Sectarian Violence in Minya Sectarian clashes have erupted in a village in Minya, upper Egypt, the state-run Middle East News Agency reported on Thursday.  The clashes led to the burning of ...  Read More »

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استقطاب الخطاب وانتصار الليبرالية في مصر

لستُ سوى مراقب عن كثب للسياسة والتاريخ المصريين. وآمل أن يسمح لي الذين يشاركونني في الحوار حول مصر بأن أقدّم بعض الملاحظات عمّا يمكن أن يصبح في نهاية المطاف مهماً لنا جميعاً، نحن الذين نحرص على المنطقة، أو ندرّسها. سأركّز ملاحظاتي على الأسباب الكامنة وراء الخطاب الاستقطابيّ حول مصر، داخل وخارح البلاد في آن واحد معاً، ...  Read More »

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Deaths Without Dignity

"You want to see the bodies? Ok then, here!" the man working at the morgue said, holding me and a friend by the arm and practically pushing us into a humid room filled with bodies, lying on slabs or on the floor and in various states of decay. We had been at the morgue for over an hour, coming from the tear ...  Read More »

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Official Muslim Brotherhood Spokesperson Arrested in Cairo

Ahmed Aref, the official spokesperson of the Muslim Brotherhood, is arrested in Nasr City, Cairo, early Thursday Security officials announced Thursday that official Muslim Brotherhood spokesperson Ahmed Aref was arrested earlier in the day in Cairo. Security sources told MENA, the state news agency, that Aref was ...  Read More »

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Fact Sheet on Mubarak Trial and Legal Status

[The following fact sheet was issued by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) on 21 August 2013.] What were the charges against Mubarak? The Public Prosecution has leveled official charges at Mubarak and others in four cases so far: The killing of demonstrators in 2011, influence peddling and ...  Read More »

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Amended Draft of Egyptian Constitution To Be Announced 'Very Soon'

The amended draft of Egypt’s 2012 constitution will be announced Thursday or next Saturday, said Ali Awad, the head of a ten-member technical committee entrusted with amending the national charter. This draft is being revised to be issued in its initial form and before it is finally discussed by a fifty-member ...  Read More »

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Egypt News Update (21 August 2013)

 [This is a collection of news updates on Egypt compiled from multiple sources by the editors.] Mubarak May Be Out By Week’s End An Egyptian court ordered the release of ousted President Hosni Mubarak as his lawyer told reporters that he may be out of prison by the end of the week. The court gave the ...  Read More »

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From Revolution to War on Terror: Reflections on Post-3 July Egypt

There is no doubt that the toppling of President Mohamed Morsi on 3 July 2013 was a watershed event in Egyptian history. On the one hand, it demonstrated the continued possibility of mass collective action seeking political change through contentious rather than formal political channels. On the other hand, wittingly ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Adel Iskandar, Egypt in Flux: Essays on an Unfinished Revolution

Adel Iskandar, Egypt in Flux: Essays on an Unfinished Revolution. Cairo and New York: The American University in Cairo Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Adel Iskandar (AI): The book was not written with the intention of becoming a single contiguous narrative that coheres. In fact, it ...  Read More »

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Report on Egyptian Security Forces's Use of Excessive Lethal Force

[The following report and video were issued by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on 19 August 2013.] Egypt: Security Forces Used Excessive Lethal Force Worst Mass Unlawful Killings in Country’s Modern History (New York) – Egyptian security forces’ rapid and massive use of lethal force to disperse sit-ins on August 14, 2013 ...  Read More »

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Greek Translation of Jadaliyya's 'Sexual Violence in Egypt: Myths and Realities'

[This article was originally written by Mariam Kirollos and published by Jadaliyya in English. It was translated into Greek by Kostis Tsioulakis and published by Barikat.]  Σεξουαλική Βία στην ...  Read More »

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Greek Translation of Jadaliyya's 'To Willingly Enter the Circles, the Square'

[This article was originally written by Wiam El-Tamimi and published by Jadaliyya in English. It was translated into Greek by Eleni Vougiouklaki and published by Barikat.] Μία Πλατεία Ασφαλής για ...  Read More »

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Press Freedoms: More of the Same

Report shows press freedom violations today are a stronger and redirected version of Morsi’s policies. In the lead up to the 30 June protests that eventually led to the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi, the government issued warnings it would shut down private satellite channels and restart ...  Read More »

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First Brotherhood Official Statement On Supreme Guide Arrest

Brotherhood spokesman publishes on his Facebook page the first official statement on the arrest of their Supreme Guide Mohamed Badei. In their first official statement since the arrest of their Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie on Monday, Muslim Brotherhood Spokesperson Ahmed Aref says his arrest was neither political nor ...  Read More »

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Beyond The Voice of Battle

No matter how many times you witness it, the transformation is still a dizzying one. Kiosks that once vended chocolate and cigarettes, deployed as a gunman’s shield. Shop window shutters framing sugar-sopped cakes or risqué clothes mannequins, now the roughage of a street barricade and clouded ...  Read More »

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Head of Muslim Brotherhood Arrested

Mohamed Badie arrested in apartment in Nasr City. The Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, was arrested on Tuesday morning according to the state owned Al-Ahram newspaper. Badie, who was rumored to have been arrested multiple times since the ouster of former president Mohaamed Morsi, was ...  Read More »

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Discourse Polarization and the Liberal Triumph in Egypt

I cannot profess to be more than a close observer of Egyptian politics and history. I hope my Egypt interlocutors allow me to make some observations about what might end up concerning all of us who care about, or teach about, the region. I will focus my observations on the reasons behind the polarized discourse on ...  Read More »

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Egypt News Update (19 August 2013)

 [This is a collection of news updates on Egypt compiled from multiple sources by the editors.] Morsi Detention Renewed For Murder Charges The prosecutor general extended former President Mohamed Morsi’s detention on Monday for fifteen more days, pending investigations into charges of murder and attempted ...  Read More »

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Nour Party Condemns MOI For Deaths of Brotherhood Detainees

The number of Muslim Brotherhood detainees killed on Sunday has risen to thirty-seven, the state-run Middle East New Agency reported Monday. The victims were allegedly killed when they tried to escape from a truck transferring them to a prison facility. MENA also reported that interim Prime Minister ...  Read More »

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Militants Kill Twenty-Five Egyptian Policemen in Sinai

Egyptian police conscripts were attacked and killed on Sunday near the Egypt-Israeli border in the Sinai Peninsula. At least twenty-five Egyptian policemen were killed when suspected militants ambushed a personnel carrier near Rafah-the crossing on the Israeli-Egypt border. Egypt's interior ministry and state ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (August 19)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Egypt and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Egypt Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every ...  Read More »

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Egypt Elections Watch Update





A Jadaliyya and Ahram Online Initiative

As part of the Egypt Elections Watch (EEW), Jadaliyya and Ahram Online, with the Center of Contemporary Arab Studies (Georgetown University) and the Middle East Studies Program (George Mason University) as co-sponsors, will produce articles/posts/profiles on a weekly basis, covering organizations, political parties, coalitions, relevant laws and procedures, and profiles of key individuals related to the Egyptian elections. This is in addition to news updates summarizing major developments surrounding the lead-up to the election, such as emerging or shifting alliances, new political positions, and candidacy announcements. If you have questions, comments, contributions, and/or an eye-witness account, please email us at: eew@jadaliyya.com. For a listing of EEW’s team members please click here.

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Democratic Alliance for Egypt
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Population   82,079,636
GDP  $497.8 billion
Unemployment   9%; Youth Unemployment (ages 15-24): 24.8%
Internet Users   20.136 million (2009)
Exchange Rate  5.6124 Egyptian pounds per US dollar
GDP Growth Rate  5.1%
Military Expenditures   3.4% of GDP (World Rank: 35)
Health Expenditures  6.4% of GDP (World Rank: 94)
Population Growth Rate  1.96%
Age Structure   0-14 years: 32.7%; 15-64 years: 62.8%; 65 years and over: 4.5%
Literacy   71.4%
Religious Demographics   Muslim (mostly Sunni) 90%; Coptic 9%; other Christian 1%

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