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Morsi's Democracy Devoid of Press and Media Freedoms

“No one will touch media freedoms. There will be no pens broken, no opinions prevented, no channels or newspapers shut down in my era.” This confident claim was uttered by Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi soon after his election, and at the time was met with doubt, as no action had yet been taken to prove its credibility. Today ...  Read More »

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Egypt’s Draft Constitution in Focus: Labor Rights [Video]

[The following video is part of a series of clips produced by the Mosireen collective to promote greater awareness around the draft constitution currently under consideration in national referendum in Egypt. The full series can be accessed by clicking here.] In response to a government-sponsored campaign to promote ...  Read More »

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الطائفة الشرطية وحكومة الرئيس مرسي: تحالف يقوم على رؤية أمنوقراطية للدولة

عادت القوات المسلحة للظهور على الساحة السياسية، ولم يكن ظهورها هذه المرة فقط للإدلاء بالبيانات التي تحاول شرح أسباب اصرار بعض ضباط القوات الجوية على إيقاظ سكان المدن من النوم مبكراً عن طريق التحليق المنخفض بالمقاتلات فوق الأحياء السكنية، أو تبرير آخر انتهاك تورط فيه أفراد الجيش (على غرار البيان الذي تلاه المتحدث ...  Read More »

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Year Three

Two years after Muhammad Bouazzizi’s self-immolation sparked a wave of uprisings in the Arab world, the region remains in turmoil. In what has become a lengthy process of fundamental transformation, there is little indication of when, how or on what basis stability will again be achieved. Given the transitional ...  Read More »

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الأقباط وصراع السلطة على الأحوال الشخصية

حين قام الرئيس حسني مبارك بتعديل الدستور عام 2007، عاد إلى السطح الموضوع الذي طالما أثار جدلا واسعاً وهو وضع الشريعة في القانون المصري. ومن ضمن أكثر المشاركات في النقاش الذي تلى هذه التعديلات مفاجأة كان ما أدلى به البابا شنودة الثالث. ففي موقف يتناقض جذرياً مع مواقفه السابقة التي اتخذها في السبعينات إبان صراعه مع ...  Read More »

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الواقع يرفض بديلكم الوحيد

 “هذا هو البديل الوحيد”، كم مرة سمعنا هذه الجملة منذ يناير ٢٠١١. ربما تكون مرة أو مرات مصحوبة بالأسف لأن الظروف لا تسمح بأكثر من ذلك ولأن الضرورة تفرض ما هو صعب: ليس أمامنا سوى توقيع قرض الصندوق، حتى وإن كان مشروطاً وإلا الإفلاس، يجب وقف الإضرابات العمالية وإلا انهارت البلد، لا يمكننا تطهير جهاز الدولة لأنه لا ...  Read More »

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A Faraway Neighbor

For those of us who have grown up Arab, Palestine is a constant presence. From childhood to adulthood, we hear about the Palestinian cause, from the news, from friends and family, from parents and grandparents, from school, from songs. Palestine is close to our hearts, while its reality is so far away. The land ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (December 17)

[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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Remembering Emad Effat

It was exactly a year ago that Nashwa Abdel-Tawab, in a beige veil, red jacket and black long dress, was on the screens of every news channel across the country and the Arab world. Nashwa Abel-Tawab is the spouse of Emad Effat, a Muslim cleric who broke the walls of the all-but-state-controlled oldest Muslim ...  Read More »

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China Central Television Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Hesham Sallam on Egyptian Constitutional Referendum

In this interview with CCTV America  that aired on 16 December 2012, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Hesham Sallam argues that there is more to the conflict over Egypt's constitution than a spat between Islamists and secularists over the religious nature of the state and role of religion in public life. This is a battle ...  Read More »

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Morsi's Sins beyond the Constitution

  Many observers narrate the latest crisis in Egypt as a conflict over a contentious Islamist-backed constitution that was drafted in a non-inclusive process, resulting in mass demonstrations by opponents and supporters of President Mohamed Morsi. From a bird’s-eye view, the constitution-drafting process and the ...  Read More »

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ElBaradei’s Gandhi Moment?

When Mohamed ElBaradei entered Tahrir square on 27 November 2012, he was greeted with chants of, “Oh ElBaradei, Egypt’s Gandhi.” Since the days of the January 25 Revolution, comparisons with Gandhi have followed ElBaradei and entered the popular imagination. ElBaradei himself claims this comparison is not merited and ...  Read More »

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The State of Egypt Today: Political Protests and Freedom of Press

On 22 November, thousands of protesters took to the streets when President Mohammad Morsi unilaterally granted himself sweeping powers to govern Egypt. He later rescinded some provisions of his decree but forced through a draft constitution and set a deadline for a popular referendum to enshrine it. Where is Egypt's ...  Read More »

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من القاهرة الجميلة - الجزء الثالث

شمس القاهرة تبرق في صباحها هذه الأيام، باعتيادٍ لا يماشي دخول فصل الشتاء . . . كأنها تعري ظلال الأركان كلها، وتتروى وتطيل في بريقها، في انتظار رؤى عيون أهلها، فمن غير عيونهم، لن تحقُّ المعجزة.يصخب أهلها كعادتهم عند الغضب تحت تلك الشمس، ثم لسببٍ غير معلوم، يسكنون ويقصد كلٌ منهم بيته، يحمل أثقال المدينة على قسمات وجهه ...  Read More »

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ملف من الأرشيف: الشيخ إمام

 [”ملف من الأرشيف“ هي سلسة تقوم ”جدلية“ بنشرها بالعربية والإنجليزية بالتعاون مع جريدة ”السفير“ اللبنانية. الملفات ستكون لشخصيات أيقونية تركت أثراً عميقاً في الحقل السياسي والثقافي في العالم العربي.]       الإسم: إمام محمد الشهرة: عيسى إسم الأب: أحمد تاريخ الولادة: 1918 تاريخ ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (December 10)

[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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Brothers in the Hood: Egypt’s Soft Powers and the Arab World

A Jordanian Islamist recently expressed his disappointment: “Egyptians are not giving President Mohammed Morsi a chance!” I responded, “Would you be this forgiving had Hamdeen Sabahi, a secular Nasserist, issued a decree that gave himself exceptional powers?” Silence. Irrespective of Morsi “rescinding” those powers, ...  Read More »

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Morsi Past the Point of No Return

The events of 5 December 2012 mark an important shift in Egyptian politics in light of the violence that pitted Muslim Brotherhood members and partisans of President Mohamed Morsi against protesters opposed to the president’s recent moves to centralize power and allow the Brotherhood to dictate the terms of Egypt’s ...  Read More »

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Al-Masry Al-Youm Goes Inside the Brotherhood's Torture Chambers

Al-Masry Al-Youm spent three hours Wednesday night in a Muslim Brotherhood torture chamber at the presidential palace. The central chamber was located at the gate of the palace in front of Omar bin Abdel Aziz Mosque on Merghany Street. The chamber was cordoned by iron barriers and Central Security Forces, who only ...  Read More »

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Twenty-One Egyptian Rights Organizations Urge Egyptian President to Prevent Civil War

[The following statement was released by a group of Egyptian rights organizations on 6 December 2012.] The undersigned Egyptian human rights organizations express their grave concern regarding the recent developments that are rapidly pushing Egypt toward the brink of civil war, the first signs of which were seen in ...  Read More »

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Violent Clashes at Cairo’s Roxy Square and Beyond, Up Close in Photo and Video

When I set out to the Itihadiyya Presidential Palace in Heliopolis, Cairo, I wanted to capture some footage of the Muslim Brotherhood's pro-Mohamed Morsi sit-in and the clashes that were reported earlier in the evening, with five deaths and more than three hundred injuries confirmed. At that time, I was uncomfortably ...  Read More »

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The Muslim Brotherhood's Militias in Action: A Firsthand Account

The recent clashes at the Itihadiyya presidential palace leave little room for confusion. A day prior to these events, people took to the streets in Egypt’s largest cities to denounce the manner in which the Muslim Brotherhood-controlled presidency has been running the country. On Wednesday 5 December, everything ...  Read More »

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Tahrir at Midnight: Protesting the Constitutional Decree

Photos by Bassam Haddad. Text by Ziad Abu-Rish and Bassam Haddad. [If the images do not show below, click here] After midnight, in the early hours of Wednesday 5 December 2012, I (Bassam) headed to Tahrir Square, which continued to be a flash point of contentious politics and opposition to the Egyptian president's ...  Read More »

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عن دولة ملوك الطوائف في مصر

أثار إشتباك قوات الشرطة والجيش حول قسم ثاني القاهرة الجديدة في 19 نوفمبر 2012 ضحك المتابعين، على ما وصلت إليه حال الدولة المصرية الحديثة. حيث تتعارك مؤسستاها للعنف "المشروع" فيما بينهما في سباق محموم حول من يمتلك قدرة أكبر من الأخرى لإنتهاك قوانين الدولة، التي يسهرون على حمايتها كما تفترض ...  Read More »

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الدستور والصراع الاجتماعي السياسي بعد الثورة في مصر

 يعكس الصراع حول الدستور المصري تناقضات وتقاطعات المصالح بين القوى السياسية والاجتماعية الفاعلة في المشهد المصري وما تعبر عنه من فكر سياسي وأيديولوجي تجسد في الخلاف حول توقيت ومضمون الدستور وأحكامه. وقد بدأت الأزمة بالإعلان الدستوري الذي أصدره الرئيس محمد مرسي في الثاني والعشرين من نوفمبر 2012 والذي أقال فيه ...  Read More »

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Uncle Morsy

The past two weeks, since Morsy announced his Hitler powers, have been the bleakest since the revolution began. The day after Morsy’s Constitutional Declaration, the attorney general held an emergency meeting and opponents of the decree gathered outside the high court, where they were attacked by mystery ...  Read More »

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من القاهرة الجميلة الجزء الثاني

ويمتلئ قلب المدينة مرةً أخرى بألف ألف عَالم، يتشاركون العطفات والدوائر؛ سيدات مجتمعٍ راقٍ، بشعورهن المُنعّمة المصبوغة باللون الأشقر الداكن، يتسابقن على شراء الذرة المشوية من نواصي الميدان المتفرقة، فلا يطرق بائعوها عادةً تلك الأحياء الراقية التي تنحصر فيها وفقط عوالم تلك الشقراوات المُسنّات. ويهتفن برقةٍ أن ...  Read More »

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Those Who Have Tahrir Square Have the Revolution: Egyptians Between Squares

And if you see a Muslim Brotherhood member Coming to the Square, His Mom’s night will be dark And he will leave the square unhappy (Wlaw shufti ikwan gayyilna el meedan  Leilit ummo soda w hayirga3e za3elan). Rami Issam sang his new song –  the Ikhwani [Muslim Brotherhood] creature has no place in my ...  Read More »

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Opposition Set to March on Presidential Palace Against Morsi Decrees

Egyptian opposition parties and revolutionary groups will organise a march to the presidential palace in Heliopolis on Tuesday afternoon to protest the draft constitution, which will be put to national referendum on 15 December. The call was initiated by the National Salvation Front, a recently-formed umbrella group ...  Read More »

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (November 2012)

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 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: eew@jadaliyya.com. For a listing of EEW’s team members please click here.

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Democratic Alliance for Egypt
Egyptian Bloc
Islamist Bloc (Alliance for Egypt)
Revolution Continues Alliance

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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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