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Another Promise To Be Fulfilled

The light is different in Zeinhom. The narrow street, arching trees, and gentle slope of one of Cairo’s only hills combine to soften the bright, direct light that casts the city in her familiar monochrome. The light comes at you at an angle. Maybe it is the hill. Or maybe it is because I only go to Zeinhom early in ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (December 23)

[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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Negm Mat

On 3 December, the Egyptian poet Ahmed Fouad Negm died in Cairo at the age of 84. With his passing, the world lost a literary giant whose words have inspired poets, activists and intellectuals in Egypt and the Arab world since 1967. His colloquial verse was alchemy—turning the melody of everyday speech into protest ...  Read More »

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Sheikh Imam Remembers Negm

1962 was the definitive turning point in my life. That was the year I met Ahmed Fouad Negm, the year my entire life changed course, the year Negm and I began our journey together, the journey that made us who we are. Negm had just gotten out of prison. Back in 1959, he’d gone in on forgery charges, if I remember ...  Read More »

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Solidarity Statement in Response to the Raid and Arrests Against the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights

[The following statement was issued on 19 December 2013 by the undersigned group of organizations in response to the the recent raid on the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR).] In an unprecedented escalation, the Egyptian security forces, in the early hours of the morning, raided the headquarters ...  Read More »

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سلام على علي شعث

في عام 1994، ساق علي شعث ومعه ثلاثة من أصدقائه، سعيد القدرة ومصطفى حرارة ومجد الخالدي من القاهرة إلى فلسطين. كانت تلك زيارة علي الأولى إلى الأرض التي شكلته من بعيد. كانت لحظة أمل وامكانية، وتلك هي اللحظات التي كان علي يعيش من أجلها. كان الرجال الأربعة أول من دخل غزة بعد المراحل المبدئية لاتفاقيات أريحا – أوسلو. في ذلك ...  Read More »

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Brain Damage: An Exhibition by Kalb Balady

Brain Damage An Exhibition by Kalb Balady 16 Novemeber - 15 December Darb 1718, Cairo    Brain Damage is the first public exhibition by the Kalb Balady (Stray Dog) collective. Through the exhibition, eight upcoming visual and street artists from Egypt responded to the issue of poor education and its ...  Read More »

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Remembering Ali Shaath

In 1994, Ali Shaath and three of his colleagues, Sa’id al-Qidra, Mustafa Harara, and Majd al-Khalidi drove from Cairo to Palestine. It would be Ali’s first visit to the land that shaped him from a distance. It was a moment of hope and possibility. These were the moments Ali lived for.  The four men were the ...  Read More »

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أحمد فؤاد نجم

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (November 2013)

[This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on Egypt. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of Egypt-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (December 16)

[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 Media Roundup (December 9)

[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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Outlawing The January 25 Revolution (VIDEO)

This new video from the Mosireen collective discusses and condemns the inclusion of military trials for civilians in Egypt’s draft constitution, due to be put to a referendum in January 2014. The video highlights the police’s violent response to a protest organized by the “No to Military Trials” campaign in Cairo on ...  Read More »

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العدد السادس من مجلة بدايات

  صدر العدد السادس من مجلة ”بدايات“، وهي مجلة ثقافية فصلية أُطلقتْ استجابة للتحولات التاريخية التي نتجت عن الثورات العربية. كتب فوّاز طرابلسي، رئيس تحرير المجلة،  افتتاحية العدد حول سوريا و”تحقيقاً عن تحقيق في مجزرة موصوفة“. أما المحور الأول ”من باب أولى“ فتناول موضوعات متعلقة بمجتمعات ودول كالبحرين وإيران ...  Read More »

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Devastation Is Upon Us

They say that before you drown a calm fills you. A subtle euphoria loosens your last grip on life. Today, two futures lie ahead of us: one known and one unknown. Today, twenty-seven people sit in jail. Alaa Abd El Fattah, Mohamed Al-Rifae, Mohamed Hosny, Taimour, Mamdouh Gamal, Abdalla Zekky, Dr. Yehia and his ...  Read More »

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Conference: Contested Space and Urban Identities in Beirut, Cairo, and Tehran (Beirut, 12-14 December 2013)

Divercities aims to look at urban governance, its agents, agendas and options, through contested space and conflicting urban concepts, identity claims and social environments. Situated at the core of social and political fractions, contested spaces reveal insights into the dynamics of diverse societies and urban ...  Read More »

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هل تحتاج الثورة إلى قانون للتظاهر؟

لم يسبق في تاريخ الثورات أن احتاجت ثورة إلى قانون للتظاهر¡ ناهيك عن كون هذا القانون يتطلب ترخيصاً للتظاهر من وزارة داخلية النظام القديم عينه الذي قامت الثورة من أجل إزالته. وهذا ما حصل في مصر الأسبوع الماضي. لذا ينشأ السؤال: هل هي ثورة؟ أو: هل ما زالت ثورة؟ وإذا كانت ثورة، بمعايير الثورات السابقة، ينبغي أن تحقق ...  Read More »

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Sonbol in Sinai: A Narrative of Territorialization

In 1987 Egyptian public television aired the soap opera Sonbol Ba‘d al-Milyon (Sonbol After the Million), a burlesque soap opera of sorts starring the comedian Mohamed Sobhy. It came as a sequel to a popular first part titled The Million Pound Journey, in which Sonbol, the series’ main character, rises up the social ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (December 2)

[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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Violence Against Copts in Egypt

The Egyptian Orthodox Christian community—the Copts—has been the target of violence and discrimination since the 1970s and especially following the revolution that overthrew Hosni Mubarak. The Egyptian state has done little to remedy the situation and has at times enabled the conflict between Muslims and Christians. ...  Read More »

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Statement by Comrades from Cairo: We Don't Need Permission to Protest

[The following statement was recently released by Comrades from Cairo] We Don't Need Permission to Protest To You at Whose Side We Struggle: On 26 November 2013, we saw the first implementation of a new Egyptian law effectively banning any and all protest not approved and regulated by the Ministry of Interior. This ...  Read More »

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العدالة الاجتماعية والعمران في مصر

[ضمن سلسلة ”كتب“ التي تعنى بالإصدارات الجديدة.  تنشر ”جدلية“ مقابلة ومقاطع من كتاب ”العدالة الإجتماعية والعمران“ وهو إصدار جديد لفريق ”مبادرة الحق في السكن“ عن وزارة الإسكان الظل. تتصدر مقاطع الكتاب مقابلة مع الباحث يحيى شوكت، وهو عضو فريق ”مبادرة الحق في السكن“، تتناول أبرز النقاط التي جاءت في ...  Read More »

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Prominent Egyptian Activist Alaa Abd El Fattah Arrested; Whereabouts Unknown

At around 10:00 p.m. on 28 November 2013, police forces stormed the home of activist Alaa Abd El Fattah. They had no search warrant. When his wife Manal demanded to see it they were both beaten up. Police personnel took their computers and their telephones. Their two-year old son, Khaled, was asleep in the next ...  Read More »

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السيسي كواجهة لن تملأ شقوق السُلطة

ما يطرحه هذا المقال، في ابتسار، هو أن الجيش لا يحكم مصر فعلياً، ولا يريد الحكم، وربما – ببعض التخرُّصِ – يمكن أن نقول إنه لا يستطيع الحكم. إنه يريد رتق فراغ السلطة بأسرع ما يمكن وحسب، ولو على حساب دفنِ أسئلة الثورة في االسياسة، وبخاصة في الاقتصاد والاجتماع، مُجدداً. وهو يقدم في الجزء الثاني منه، فيما يحاول التقديم، ...  Read More »

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BREAKING: Another Tuesday Protest Dispersed in Cairo After Controversial Law

Activists arrested following dispersal of downtown protest, second in one day. Police forces dispersed another Tuesday protest in Cairo's downtown thirty minutes after it commenced, arresting several activists after using water cannons and teargas, the day after a new controversial protest law was ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (November 25)

[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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Roznama II

Roznama II 26 October - 16 November 2013 Medrar for Contemporary Art, Cairo   Roznama is an exhibition of works by upcoming Egyptian artists. Medrar curated the first edition in 2006, when it invited artists to reflect through video art and photography on social and political events in the country. This ...  Read More »

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The New Draft Egyptian Constitution: General Principles and Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights

The fifty-member committee tasked with writing the constitution released on Friday a draft of its amendments of the 2012 constitution, dated 21 November. Mada Masr embarked on a process of reading the draft and comparing it to the 2012 Constitution. Below are some observations on each article in the two first ...  Read More »

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Ten Must-Watch Videos to Understand Egypt’s Urban Challenges

Right to Housing is an initiative that aims to link contemporary urban challenges with the notion of the “right to housing,” which, if that right is constitutionally protected and guaranteed, urban activists argue, could lead to the drafting of policies that will respond to the many negative aspects of urban and rural ...  Read More »

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Rami Abadir Performing at Cairo's El Genaina Theater

Zaat Rami Abadir 12 October 2013 El Genaina Theater, Cairo   Rami Abadir is an Egyptian musician, composer, producer and synthesist whose work consists of experimental and ambient electronic music. The mixture of analog and digital synthesizers, drum beats, sampling, repetitive patterns, phasing techniques, ...  Read More »

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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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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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