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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 by Sunday night of every ...  Read More »

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Everything Was Possible

I sit, for the twelfth hour now, alone and struggling for what to do. For the first time since I got on a plane for Egypt on 29 January 2011, I am at a loss. Worse days than today lie ahead of us. We thought we could change the world. We know now that that feeling was not unique to us that every revolutionary moment ...  Read More »

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Grieving Families Face Logistical Nightmare at Morgue

A day after the bloody dispersal of two Islamist sit-ins by security forces left hundreds dead, the Al-Iman Mosque in Nasr City had been converted into a makeshift morgue, where ice and fans were used to cool the bodies of the slain protesters. Amid the chaos, grieving families there and at the Zeinhom morgue ...  Read More »

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Sisi Vows to Stand Firm in the Face of Violence

Defense Minister General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Sunday that the Armed Forces will stand firm in the face of violence, while calling on the Muslim Brotherhood to reevaluate their positions. “Whoever thought that Egypt and Egyptians will kneel down under the weight of violence needs to reconsider,” Sisi said during ...  Read More »

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From Citizen To Problem: The New Coptic Tokenism

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry released a statement this past Thursday that was entirely without precedent, and yet it received practically no media attention amidst the political turmoil the country is currently experiencing. According to the statement, “Beyond overlooking the violent and dangerous reality of the ...  Read More »

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240 Brotherhood Members Detained in Ramses Clashes

The West Cairo Prosecution ordered the detention of 240 members of the Muslim Brotherhood for fifteen days, pending investigation into clashes that raged in Ramses Square on Friday. The detainees are accused of murder and attempted murder and using arms against residents and security forces, as well as  halting ...  Read More »

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Excluding the Exclusionary: Does the Muslim Brotherhood Have A Say in Its Future?

As a direct result of relying on outmoded dogmas, the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood backed the movement into a lose/lose corner. On one hand, steadfastly refusing to end its sit-ins led to a bloody defeat and possibly further alienation from mainstream Egyptian opinion on the other, even if the movement’s ...  Read More »

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An Account of the Ramses Violence

The protest at Ramses Square was large and exuberant. A group of young men bounced up and down in a circle to the rhythm of a tabla—ultras style—promising to give the Interior Ministry hell. A middle-aged woman reassured someone on the phone that she was not the only woman at the protest, and that it was calm. At this ...  Read More »

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Sectarian Violence Sweeps Over Egypt

On Wednesday 14 August, police forces brutally cleared out two Cairene sit-ins supporting ousted President Mohamed Morsi, which resulted in well over six hundred deaths. Violence swept over the whole country at a brisk pace, and scores of churches came under attack nationwide. Churches, bible societies, Christian ...  Read More »

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The Revenge of the Police State

While the ongoing violence in Egypt has contributed to a state of confusion and polarization, one thing is certain: The biggest threat facing Egypt remains the return of the police state. More specifically, the threat concerns, not only the reconstitution of a police state, which never really left since Hosni ...  Read More »

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Cabinet Proposes Brotherhood Dissolution

Media advisor to the Cabinet Sherif Shawky said Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi and Minister of Social Solidarity Ahmed al-Boraie are looking into dissolving the Muslim Brotherhood within a legal framework. In a press conference Saturday, Shawky said Beblawi had made the proposal to Borai, and are both currently ...  Read More »

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Egyptian Human Rights Groups Condemn Violence By State, Brotherhood

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights released a statement Thursday condemning the use of excessive force by the security forces dispersing sit-ins by Muslim Brotherhood supporters around Rabea al-Adaweya Mosque and at Nahda Square on Wednesday. It also condemned the Brotherhood for inciting sectarian violence ...  Read More »

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First-Hand Account of Rabea Dispersal

We reached the Rabea al-Adaweya sit-in at seven am on Wednesday, about an hour after the police and Armed Forces launched their coordinated attack to disperse the six-week long demonstration. South of Nasr Street, tens of Muslim Brotherhood protesters gathered in front of a military cordon ...  Read More »

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Egypt's 'Friday of Rage' Clashes Leave Dozens Dead

Friday saw further protests and violence across the country, with dozens of deaths in Cairo alone. Egypt witnessed another day of bloody clashes on Friday as protests led by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi quickly developed into violent clashes with security forces, leaving dozens dead and hundreds ...  Read More »

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Death Toll Climbs as Clashes Continue

The Ministry of Interior is instructed to "deal with Muslim Brotherhood members" after the curfew, Sherif Shawky, media advisor to the Cabinet told Al-Hayat television channel.  "We are facing terrorism but we want to calm down the people. Forces are present," Shawky added. Meanwhile, as ...  Read More »

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Violence Erupts At Several Brotherhood Marches

Several satellite screens showed images of the Muslim Brotherhood march on the May Fifteen Bridge, west of Cairo, shooting gunfire, on Friday afternoon. The violence started as Egypt braces for a nationwide protest on Friday, dubbed "the Friday of Wrath" by the Muslim Brotherhood, two days following the ...  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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