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Pretty Names and Ugly Things: Getting to Know the Law of Egypt’s Second Transitional Period

Since 25 January 2011, Egypt has been ruled by three consecutive basic documents, each buffeted with a collection of military and presidential decrees, then set in litigious motion with a seemingly never ending stream of conflicting court decisions.  It all began with the March 2011 Constitutional Declaration, ...  Read More »

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The Hunt for the Mubaraks' Assets

The current financial crisis in Cyprus has thrown a harsh light on that island’s economic system, and in particular on its financial irregularities. Along with allegations of fiscal mismanagement, much has been made of Cyprus’s policy of providing a safe harbor and a tax haven for ill-gotten gains within the Eurozone. ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (July 29)

[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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مصريون يدعون لإجراءات محددة لوقف نزيف الدم

طالب مجموعة من المواطنين المصريين اليوم في بيان أرسلوه للحكومة المؤقتة وجماعة الإخوان المسلمين بوقف إراقة الدماء عن طريق إجراءات محددة وعاجلة تكفل مواجهة الإرهاب مع عدم التعدي على الحقوق السياسية وضمان حق الاعتصام السلمي. وطالب الموقعون وهم مهنيون وكتاب وصحفيون وأساتذة جامعات وفنانون وعاملون في منظمات مدنية وطلاب ...  Read More »

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To Willingly Enter the Circles, the Square

We were on the edge of Tahrir Square on Wednesday 3 July when the army made its announcement. The square burst into jubilation. A member of our team checked his smartphone. He shouted over the din of drumbeats and squealing vuvuzelas: “Morsi's gone. They've appointed the head of the constitutional court in his place ...  Read More »

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Statement by Egyptian Rights Groups Calling for Dismissal of Interior Minister and Cessation of Violence by Muslim Brotherhood

[The following statement was issued by the below signatories and published by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies on 29 July 2013.] Rights Groups Demand Dismissal of Interior Minister, Call on Muslim Brotherhood to Refrain from Violence and Turn Over Those Responsible The undersigned organizations ...  Read More »

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Mansour Delegates Emergency Law Powers to Beblawi

Interim President Adly Mansour authorized Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi to grant arrest powers to security and armed forces in a decree Sunday, Al-Ahram reported. Mansour mandated certain presidential powers pertaining to the Emergency Law to Beblawi, including three of the law's articles. The most prominent ...  Read More »

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An Account of Abuse in Rabea

With its one-month anniversary around the corner and attacks on its participants only increasing, tensions are high at the Rabea al-Adaweya Muslim Brotherhood sit-in, defiance now sharing the air with paranoia and suspicion. Reports of the torturing of “infiltrators” by the sit-in’s members have by this point been ...  Read More »

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Human Rights Watch: Many Egyptian Protesters Shot in Head or Chest

[The following report was issued by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on 28 July 2013] Egypt: Many Protesters Shot in Head or Chest Risk of Further Killings as Security Officials Threaten to Forcibly Break up Sit-Ins (London) – Many of the at least 74 pro-Morsy protesters killed in clashes ...  Read More »

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عن هيبة الدولة، أم عن خيبتها، واحتمالات الأفول

كثر في الآونة الأخيرة الحديث عن "هيبة الدولة." فالإعلام لم يمل خلال الأشهر الماضية من ترديد هذه العبارة والتذكير بأهمية ما تنطوي عليه من خطورة بالغة. بل إنه قد جرى اعتقال ومعاقبة بعض الكتاب والإعلاميين والناشطين في العمل العام بتهمة أنهم أغفلوا هذه الأهمية فتعدوا على هيبة الدولة أو أساؤوا لسمعتها و شوهوا ...  Read More »

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The Officers’ War of Terror

Since the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak, Egypt has become a battlefield of narratives. Each narrative has sought to appropriate and define the January 25 Revolution. The wielders of power, most notably the army, along with its allies, advanced a narrative claiming that the revolution succeeded—thanks to the ...  Read More »

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"تأملات في "العنف

تقدم الأنثروبولوجيا العنف كالتالي، تعريفاً: "العنف: هو خطابٌ أو فعلٌ مؤذٍ أو مدمر يقوم به فرد أو جماعة ضد أفراد أو جماعة/ت أخرى. وتشتمل أنماط العنف على أسطورة البطل، وديناميكية إستغلال القاتل/الضحية، وثنائية الجسد/العقل، وأسطورة الكاوبوي، وأسطورة الفردية التنافسية، ونظرية العنف الفطري، وأسطورة العدوان الذكوري، ...  Read More »

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Interior Ministry Reinstates Department to Monitor Religious Activity

Departments whose role it is to combat terrorism and monitor religious activity will be reinstated in the National Security Agency, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said in a press conference Saturday. Ibrahim attributed the “extremist religious activity” the country is currently witnessing to the disbanding of ...  Read More »

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Dozens Killed Near Rabea Al-Adaweya Sit-In

[It is reported widely that the death toll has risen to more than 125] Dozens of people from the Muslim Brotherhood Rabea al-Adaweya sit-in were reportedly killed in the early hours of Saturday as police stopped an attempt to block a nearby bridge. There is no confirmation of ...  Read More »

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Taksim Is/Is Not Tahrir: Comparative Frameworks in Managing Protest

Taksim is Tahrir. Taksim is not Tahrir. As the Gezi-Taksim protests began to escalate in early June, these comparative and contrasting statements were proposed in the media and amongst activists. Responding to this debate, the Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (AKP) has continued to address the question of Taksim’s ...  Read More »

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عن المرحلة الإنتقالية الثانية... هل هي الطوارئ إذاً؟

أصدر المجلس الأعلى للقوات المسلحة إعلاناً دستورياً في مارس 2011، تمت إدارة المرحلة الانتقالية "الأولى" وفق نصوصه حتى صدور دستور 2012، والذي تم "تعطيل" العمل به في أعقاب 30 يونيو 2013. ثم قام المستشار عدلي منصور، رئيس الجمهورية المؤقت، بإصدار إعلان دستوري جديد في 8 يوليو 2013، حيث سيتم حكم البلاد ...  Read More »

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The Future of The Brotherhood

A few years ago, some social scientists propagated the concept of “post-Islamist” politics. They were referring to the gradual ascendance of cultural and identity-based, yet youth-oriented and global-friendly Islamist social movements developed in response to the increasing de-popularization of the mainstream groups ...  Read More »

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إسقاط الإخوان لتعميق الثورة لا لتدعيم النظام.. لن نفوّض

رغم جرائم الإخوان المسلمين ضد الأهالي والأقباط، وكل الجرائم التي ارتكبوها دفاعاً عن كرسي الحكم بإسم الدين، لن نفوض السيسي في أي شئ! لن ننزل الشوارع يوم الجمعة لنعطي شيكاً على بياض لارتكاب المذابح. إن كان لدى السيسي ما يفعله في إطار القانون، فلِمَ يطلب من الناس الاصطفاف في الشوارع؟! ما يطلبه السيسي هو استفتاء شعبي على ...  Read More »

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The Popular War on Terror

Today in Egypt, supporters of a deposed president who has not been seen or heard from in twenty-one days spend some of their time holding “parliamentary” sessions in a small mosque events hall, while the leader of the Armed Forces, in all his medaled glory, calls on the general public to hold protests to authorize the ...  Read More »

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Human Rights Watch: Arrests of Syrians in Egypt Raise Deportation Fears

[The following report was issued by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on 25 July 2013] Egypt: Arrests of Syrians Raise Deportation Fears  (New York) – Egyptian authorities should stop arbitrarily detaining Syrians and threatening to summarily deport them. The authorities should release the Syrian detainees unless they ...  Read More »

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US Military Aid to Egypt Lost Value

In 1986, Egypt’s Minister of Defense Field Marshall Abd al-Halim Abu Ghazala, complained that the 1.3 billion dollars of US military aid were no longer enough, and pledged to ask US officials for a raise of a several hundred million dollars. Egypt had started to receive this annual amount of security aid seven years ...  Read More »

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'Combating Terrorism' Does Not Justify an Extralegal Mandate

[The following statement was issued by the below signatories and published by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies on 25 July 2013.] "Combating Terrorism" Does Not Justify an Extralegal Mandate The undersigned rights organizations express their grave concern over the statement made by the Minister ...  Read More »

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Partners in Profiteering: Defense Firms and Diplomats in Post-Revolutionary Egypt

Recall the early days of 2011 in Egypt. Following a national uprising unprecedented in scale and intensity, President Hosni Mubarak finally resigns, leaving the government in the hands of a small group of high-ranking military officers designated the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). By the Spring of 2011, ...  Read More »

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جسد المرأة الغواية ومحنة الإنسان - الجزء الثاني

 تناول الجزء الأول من هذا البحث، مسألة عري الجسد والغواية من منظوري الدين والتحليل النفسي؛ ملخصا بدء الخليقة بِـ"أنا عاري إذن أنا موجودة" حيث تجمع النصوص الدينية السماوية على أن سبب الهبوط من الجنة لا العري في حد ذاته بل الوعي به، الذي يُجسد رمزيا الوعي في تحقيق الرغبة. ومغزى ذلك يعزز مسؤولية آدم ...  Read More »

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Misir’in Turk Modeli Takintisi

Mısır’ın Türk Modeli Takıntısı [This article was originally written by Hesham Sallam, and published jointly by Mada Masr and Jadaliyya in English on 30 June 2013. It was translated into Turkish by Gülfer Göze.] Türkiye’deki Gezi Parkı protestolarının başlamasından hemen sonra Mısır halk forumları iki ...  Read More »

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The Condition of Egyptian Workers: One Year After the Brotherhood’s Rule

[The following report was released by the Center for Trade Union and Worker Services (CTUWS) on 22 July 2013.] The Condition of Egyptian Workers: One Year After the Brotherhood’s Rule, One Year of Trade Union Freedom Violations during Morsi’s Regime Introduction One year has passed since Mohamed Morsi accede the ...  Read More »

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Neither Heroes, Nor Villains: A Conversation with Talal Asad on Egypt After Morsi

[This conversation was recorded on Thursday, 11 July 2013. It was conducted by Jadaliyya Turkey Page Co-Editor Ayça Çubukçu with Talal Asad, and was transcribed by Huma N. Shah. You can read the Arabic translation here.] Ayça Çubukçu (AÇ): First of all, I would like to thank you for agreeing to ...  Read More »

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Where Were the Egyptian Workers in the June 2013 People’s Coup Revolution?

“We started the 2011 revolution and the rest of Egypt followed,” is a statement Egyptian workers make with great conviction when discussing the movement for change in their country. Accordingly, in order to continue what began in January 2011, the masses of workers were out yet again in the streets and squares of ...  Read More »

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تحالفات العسكر - مصالح الأعمال في مصر قبل وبعد 30 يونيو: مقابلة مع وائل جمال

سررت بإجراء هذه المقابلة مع وائل جمال، أحد أكثر الصحافيين المطلّعين والموثوق بهم، والذي يتطرق، من وجهة نظر نقدية، إلى المتغيرات السياسية والاقتصادية في مصر. يقارب وائل في هذه المقابلة الوضع الإجتماعي والإقتصادي الملّح الذي قلّما تتم مناقشته والذي أثار احتجاجات 30 يونيو والأحداث التي أعقبته؛ بداية في ظل حكم ...  Read More »

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Seventy-One Percent of Egyptians Unsympathetic with Pro-Morsi Protests: Poll

July opinion poll surveying 2,214 adults across Egypt shows public disapproval for protests backing toppled Islamist leader. Egyptians are by and large unsympathetic to protests calling for the reinstatement of Egypt’s toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. Sevety-one percent of Egyptians voiced their disapproval ...  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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