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Egypt News Update (31 August 2013)

[This is a collection of news updates on Egypt compiled from multiple sources by the editors.]   Khaled Said Case Adjourned to 1 October The retrial of policemen accused of torturing to death Khaled Said, a case that helped spark the January 2011 uprising, is postponed until October. The Alexandria Criminal ...  Read More »

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Egypt News Update (30 August 2013)

[This is a collection of news updates on Egypt compiled from multiple sources by the editors.] Egypt's Friday Rallies Show Weaker Pro-Morsi Mobilization A wave of arrests of Muslim Brotherhood leaders and the deadly violence that has surrounded recent protests could account for the relatively low numbers on ...  Read More »

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Six Dead As Protests Erupt Across Egypt

Six people were killed Friday and 190 people injured in nationwide clashes, according to the Health Ministry tally, as Muslim Brotherhood supporters staged protests across the country. Police forces started dispersing a protest in Mohandiseen, as they stayed after the seven pm curfew despite security warnings, local ...  Read More »

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Two Killed in Drive-By Shooting As Protests Erupt Across Egypt

A police officer and passerby were killed in a drive-by shooting in Cairo Friday, Al-Ahram reported, as protests kicked off across the country by supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi. A security source at the Ministry of Interior said that unknown assailants in two cars opened fire on the Nozha Police ...  Read More »

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Morsi Supporters Rally to 'Reclaim Legitimacy', Police Warn Against Violence

Pro-Brotherhood' protesters take to the streets following Friday prayers; police say they will use live fire in 'legitimate self-defense'. Supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi began rallying across Egypt on Friday afternoon in response to a call by the Muslim Brotherhood's National Alliance to Support ...  Read More »

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Egypt News Update (29 August 2013)

[This is a collection of news updates on Egypt compiled from multiple sources by the editors.] On Al Jazeera, Brotherhood Leaders Call Supporters to Take to Streets In the third appearance of a Muslim Brotherhood leader on the Qatari Al Jazeera channel after the dispersal of the Brotherhood sit-ins on ...  Read More »

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Muslim Brotherhood Senior Leader El-Beltagy Arrested

El-Beltagy was on the run since the police's bloody crackdown on pro-Morsi sit-in. Senior Muslim Brotherhood Leader Mohamed El-Beltagy has been arrested Thursday in Giza governorate, Ahram Arabic website reported. El-Beltagy was observed by the police for two days before his arrest in the rural area of Abo El-Namras ...  Read More »

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Egypt News Update (28 August 2013)

 [This is a collection of news updates on Egypt compiled from multiple sources by the editors.]   Shater’s Son Arrested in Dawn Raid Saad Khairat al-Shater, the twenty-three-year-old son of the Muslim Brotherhood’s deputy leader, was arrested from his home in Nasr City in a dawn raid early Wednesday, ...  Read More »

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Ahmed Maher Faces Charges of Espionage

Prosecutor General Hesham Barakat has ordered the Emergency State Security Prosecution Office to investigate a complaint of espionage lodged against April 6 head Ahmed Maher. The complaint was lodged by head of the National Accord Party, Abdel-Aziz Fahmy who alleges that Maher described the events of 30 June when ...  Read More »

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Egypt Prosecution Arbitrarily Extends Detentions: FDEP

The Front for Defence of Egyptian Protesters accuses Egyptian Prosecution of 'arbitrarily extending detentions and limiting access to lawyers for pro-Morsi protesters'. On Wednesday, the Front for Defense of Egyptian Protesters (FDEP)–a group of Egyptian NGOs and activists providing legal support for ...  Read More »

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Egypt News Update (27 August 2013)

 [This is a collection of news updates on Egypt compiled from multiple sources by the editors.] Several Attacks On Police Stations in Sinai Militants attacked a police station in Arish, North Sinai, eye witnesses reported on Tuesday. Security sources told privately-owned Al-Masry Al-Youm that an armed group ...  Read More »

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Egypt News Update (26 August 2013)

[This is a collection of news updates on Egypt compiled from multiple sources by the editors.]   Brotherhood's Ex-Youth Minister Arrested in Cairo Muslim Brotherhood leading member and former minister of youth Osama Yassin arrested in Cairo along with Kahirat El-Shater's secretary Mohamed Hafez. Egyptian ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (August 26)

[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 by Sunday night of every ...  Read More »

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بورسعيد: ليلة وصباحيّة

  [تنشر هذه المادة ضمن إتفاقية شراكة وتعاون بين ”جدلية“ و“معازف“] مساء الأحد، 1 أيّار/ مايو، 2005، عشيّة عيد شمّ النسيم، احتفلت خمس فرق مصريّة مستقلة بالمناسبة المصريّة الموغلة في القدم، أمام ما يقرب من خمسمئة متفرج بين أفراد وشلل وأسر جاء أغلبهم من مدن القناة والعاصمة، وفي غياب واضح لوسائل الإعلام ...  Read More »

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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 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: For a listing of EEW’s team members please click here.


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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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