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Kahireli Yoldaslar grubundan mektup

Kahireli Yoldaşlar grubundan mektup: Rio ve Taksim’den gelen gazın kokusunu Tahrir’den alıyoruz [Bu metin Kahireli Yoldaşlar tarafından yakın zamanda yayımlanan bir bildirinin çevirisidir. Metnin İngilizcesi'ne buradan ulaşılabilir.] Yanı başında mücadele ettiğimiz sizlere: 30 Haziran, 25 ve 28 Ocak 2011’de ...  Read More »

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Military Statement was Not Checked by Morsi: Presidency

Presidency releases statement stressing President Morsi still up for dialogue with political forces; will only accept democratic means to achieve reconciliation The Egyptian presidency revealed late Monday that an earlier statement by the armed forces was not checked by President Mohamed Morsi before its ...  Read More »

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Political Ultimatums

Egypt's Armed Forces released a statement midday Monday that spurred a flurry of divergent reactions from supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi, a day after rallies drew millions to the streets calling on him to step down.  Protesters camped at Rabaa al-Adawiya in Nasr City ...  Read More »

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مصر: الثورة والتمرد

مصر على مفتَرق طرق، ليست هي المرة الاولى التي يتم فيها تكرار هذه المقولة ولكن يبدو أنها ستتكرر كثيراً حتى يتم حسم الأمر في مصر وتستعيد ثورة 25 يناير وهجها وقدرتها وديناميكيتها وتبتعد عن حكاية "الصندوق هو الحكم". الثورة التي قامت في مصر كانت كافية لأن تُغير كل شيء هناك، الناس والمجتمع والقوى السياسية وأنماط ...  Read More »

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كي تنتصر ثورة لم تنهزم بعد

يتفق التحالف السياسي الذي يحكم مصر حالياً، بين الإخوان المسلمين وفلول جهاز الدولة التابع للنظام القديم وبعض رجال أعماله، مع فلول الوطني المحلول المنافسين لهذا التحالف على شيء أساسي: 30 يونيو ثورة جديدة مضادة لثورة يناير. الطرف الأول يقدمها كانقلاب على ثورة يناير على أساس أن معارضة حكمه من معارضتها. أما الطرف ...  Read More »

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The Political Consequences of Mr. Morsi

The week, before demonstrations planned for 30 June demanding President Morsi step down and new elections be held, has been one of unsettling violence. There is an increasing sense of foreboding that the political situation is spinning out of control. It is clearer to many what Egypt is not, (Turkey, Brazil, Tunisia, ...  Read More »

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Introducing Mada Masr

We did not spend a long time savoring what it means to be unemployed. After our dramatic layoffs prompted by the sudden scaling down of Egypt Independent, a paper we worked for and developed to become a leading source of news on Egypt, we went to the beach. There, besides eating, swimming, playing cards, and staring ...  Read More »

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No Apologies

Egypt at the moment feels like a series of battles and struggles, separated by geography but all ultimately linked together, hurtling towards some unknown destiny.  People are dying and politicians are floundering, however this post is about one fight: the one against sexual assault. The fight to free ...  Read More »

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Army is the Only Answer, Say MOD Protesters

Protesters calling for President Mohamed Morsi’s resignation descended on the Ministry of Defense on Sunday afternoon, in what is their most direct appeal for military intervention yet. A man in an army uniform and another in police clothes where hoisted onto protesters’ shoulders, who chanted “the army and the ...  Read More »

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Ministers Resign in Objection to Regime's Handling of Protests

Local media reported on Monday a series of senior resignations in opposition to the regime's management of the current crisis. The state-run Al-Ahram paper reported that State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Hatem Bagato has submitted his resignation to the cabinet earlier today.  Al-Ahram reported that ...  Read More »

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Armed Forces Warns of Intervention in Forty-Eight Hours

The Armed Forces warned political forces of intervening if they do not reach a solution to the ongoing stalemate in Egypt, a statement aired on television and posted on the official military Facebook page said today.  ‪The statement came in response to nationwide protests Sunday, when millions took to the ...  Read More »

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Jadaliyya Coverage of Egypt on 30 June 2013

For almost all Egyptians, 30 June 2013 was a day of celebration. Yet, while partisans of the Muslim Brotherhood were celebrating the one-year anniversary of Mohamed Morsi’s presidency, the twenty-two million Egyptians who signed on to the Tamarod Campaign petition--calling for early president election--were ...  Read More »

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Obsessed with Turkish Models in Egypt

Shortly after the outbreak of Turkey’s Gezi Park protests, Egyptian public forums were flooded with a variety of expressions that drew parallels between the respective situations in each of the two countries. The trend reinforced the international media’s initial characterization of protests in Turkey as the ...  Read More »

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Tamarod: Egypt's Revolution Hones its Skills

Since Mubarak's dramatic toppling on 11 February 2011, Egypt has been center stage in most discussions, theoretical and methodological, on the role of social media in political communication and dissent. There is no shortage of treatments on the topic from the popular press to scholarly writings. In just two years, ...  Read More »

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Gender and the People in Revolutionary Times

For decades, the "people" and the very possibility of politics in the Arab world have been objects of despair. Proclaiming the extinction of the Arab people’s capacity for politics and their acquiescence to a seemingly impermeable authoritarian state system had become conventional wisdom. The “Arab street,” ...  Read More »

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June to June: The More Things Change, The More They Remain The Same

A year is a long time in politics, especially those of contemporary Egypt. In June 2012 the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) appeared to be firmly in the saddle. Acting in league with elements in the Supreme Constitutional Court, it prorogued parliament and then unilaterally amended the constitution, ...  Read More »

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Egypt’s Ultras: No More Politics

Swinging between politics and football, the Egyptian “Ultras” football fans have spent the two years since the beginning of the 25 January Revolution trying to discover, redefine, and highlight their collective identity as youths who came together to express their love for sport in general, and for their chosen ...  Read More »

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Intimidation and Resistance: Imagining Gender in Cairene Graffiti

The issue of women’s empowerment continues to be of paramount significance in determining the future of the incomplete Arab revolutions. Numerous scholars, activists, and feminists have commented with concern about the precarious position of women after the contagious revolutions, which started in Tunisia, Egypt and ...  Read More »

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Statement by Comrades from Cairo: We Can Smell the Tear Gas from Rio and Taksim to Tahrir

[The following statement was recently released by Comrades from Cairo] To You at Whose Side We Struggle: June 30th will mark a new stage of rebellion for us building on what started 25 and 28 January 2011. This time we rebel against the reign of the Muslim Brotherhood that has brought only more of the same forms of ...  Read More »

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الديمقراطية التشاركية والثورات العربية

عندما طالبت الشعوب العربية باسقاط النظام هنا وهناك، لم يكن لديها تصوّر مُفصّل حول طبيعة نظام ما بعد الثورة تتعدّى كونة نظاماً ديمقراطياً يتميّز بالشفافية واحترام حقوق المواطن وانعدام الفساد والمسؤليّة امام الشعب. ولكن بروز نزاعات صفرية بين مختلف القوى السياسية وممارسات اقصائية وحالة من الاحتقان والشعور بالاحباط في ...  Read More »

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What Happens on 30 June? The Silver Lining

Numerous questions surround 30 June protests, most of which revolve around whether or not President Mohamed Morsi will be pushed out. The subtleties surrounding such questions are more important to note. What will the Muslim Brotherhood do? What will people do? Will the protests turn violent? How will security ...  Read More »

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Between Inaction and Complicity: The Shi‘a and the Brotherhood

Some have commented on the incident of sectarian violence in the village of Zawiyat Abu Musallam in the Giza district on 23 June 2013 as the product of a "simple" people and a "crowd" mentality. The figure of the "simple" like that of the "poor" have become straw men who ...  Read More »

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!بحثّاً عن حلف تاريخي جديد

ما هو الخطر الأكبر على الثورة؟ يخطئ من يظن أنه السلطة، أو حتى الثورة المضادة أيًا ما كانت درجة شراستها. الخطر الأكبر على الثورة هو قيادة غير ثورية تلجم، تنحرف يمينًا، وتخون. أناقش في هذا المقال مسألة الطابع الطبقي لـ30 يونيو، أو بمعنى أدق التناقض الطبقي بين قيادتها والقوى الاجتماعية المُنتظر أن تشارك بكثافة ...  Read More »

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Back to the Margins

Like many, I came home yesterday after hours of being stuck in traffic congestion, thanks to the long lines of cars queued at gas stations due to an acute fuel shortage. But instead of throwing myself in my bed and ranting about the apocalyptic feel bestowed upon Cairo this day, I stayed in the street and started ...  Read More »

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Nostalgia, Hope, and Fear on the Path to 30 June

[This is the first in a series of dispatches that Mona Atia will be sending from Egypt to present some views from the ground about the lead up to 30 June protests and their aftermath. As part of her annual research trips, she has spent the last month researching poverty politics, and on the way collected narratives of ...  Read More »

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Should Egyptians Believe Morsi?

On 26 June, President Morsi gave a long-winded two and half hour speech that could be described as a “state of the nation” speech. It was labeled as an “accounting” of his accomplishments in the first year since his election. There was a hope that he would respond to the demands put forth by the Tamarod (“Rebellion”) ...  Read More »

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Unpacking Anti-Muslim Brotherhood Discourse

Noam Chomsky’s Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda argues that effectively crafted and controlled media messages can turn otherwise rational people into “hysterical” warmongers. Chomsky’s analysis focuses on how western governments and elite-led media in democratic societies have successfully ...  Read More »

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قالوا عليّ ملحد

[تختار جدليّة في فقرة ”نغم“ عملاً فنياً مميّزاً للتعريف به وبالمبدعين الذين يقفون وراءه] ”قالوا عليّ ملحد“ أغنية راب لفريق Egy Lions Family من  كلمات الأغنية ”وأنتو قولتو إن أنتو لينا إخوان، فلما أمنت أخويا خانّي بدأ بالخيانة وخان  قفل قنوات، قتل حريتي، كمّم أفواه  كفّرني وهدر دمي بإسم الدين ...  Read More »

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حديثي مع الشيطان - الجزء الثاني

٣٠ يونيو وما بعدها (الحلقة الثانية) فصّل المقال السابق في أزمة النظام الجديد/القديم الذي يرأسه الإخوان، وقدم تحليلاً في عدة إتجاهات مفاده أن النظام الحالي هو عبارة عن تحالف سلطوي هش ومتوتر يواجه مشكلات، متزايدة اقتصادياً واجتماعياً وسياسياً تجعله في مواجهة ذات القوى، التي تحدت نظام مبارك في سنواته الأخيرة، وتسببت في ...  Read More »

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Call for Papers -- DiverCities: Contested Space and Urban Identities in Beirut, Cairo, and Tehran (12-14 December 2013, Beirut)

Call for Papers: DiverCities: Contested Space and Urban Identities in Beirut, Cairo, and Tehran Date: 12-14 December 2013 Location: Beirut Organisers: Orient-Institut Beirut (OIB) and Goethe-Institut Beirut Deadline: 31 July 2013 This conference aims to look at urban governance, its agents, agendas and options, ...  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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