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Egypt's Draft Constitution in Focus: Torture

[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.] "We cannot tolerate a regime that ...  Read More »

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Jadaliyya Page on Egypt's Constitutional Referendum

As debate over Egypt’s draft constitution proceeds, the editors would like to bring to your attention a page compiling Jadaliyya’s coverage of the lead-up to the constitutional referendum, as well as the political battles that have shaped the context in which the referendum is being convened. A few highlights from ...  Read More »

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من القاهرة الجميلة - الجزء الرابع

 "!جيييكه! جيييكه! جيييكه" في يوم صدامات قصر الإتحادية، نبضَ زفيرُ المدينة وشهيقها أكثر من مرةٍ، خلال الليلة الدامية، على هدير ذاك الهتاف الهادئ الهامس بالكاد: "جيييكه! جيييكه! جيييكه!" كان ذاك هدير همس جماعي من مجموعةٍ من شباب المتظاهرين، ممن هم بين سن السادسة عشرة والثامنة ...  Read More »

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Say “Yes” to the Revolution

Dear Mom and Dad, I hear you are going to vote “yes” on the draft constitution. But because I know you well, and I know you only stand up for what is right, I would like to tell you a short story and make a small request. The story took place on the eve of Hosni Mubarak's stepping down, when there were millions of ...  Read More »

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The Severed Branches of Local Government

Sometime in the middle of last March, while I was still living in Cairo, I was working at my desk when I heard a noisy argument outside my window. The street in Zamalek where I lived was home to about a dozen little shops, along with a small café and a cafeteria, and I had long since learned to tune out the shouts and ...  Read More »

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Egypt's Draft Constitution in Focus: Freedom of Expression

[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.] This clip comes in response to a government ...  Read More »

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قولوا نعم للعيش والحرية والعدالة الاجتماعية

أمي ... أبي ...  بعد السلام والتحية، لقد علمت أنكما ستصوتان على مسودة الدستور بالموافقة ولأني أعلم أنكما لا تقفان إلا مع الحق أحببت أن أقص عليكما قصة قصيرة وأن أطلب منكما طلباً بسيطاً: القصة حدثت في ليلة التنحي، عندما كنا نحتشد بالملايين في ميدان التحرير والشوارع المحيطة به. دخلت الميدان من شارع محمد محمود، ...  Read More »

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Egypt’s Draft Constitution in Focus – The Role of the Army [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.] Political researcher Ibrahim El Houdaiby and Hossam Bahgat, ...  Read More »

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The Battle for Sinai

Half a million people live in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, bordering Israel and the Gaza Strip. For decades, they have been governed by a strong security paradigm and the Camp David accords with Israel – underwritten by billions of dollars in US military aid. The true test of the evolving Egyptian relationship with the ...  Read More »

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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 »

New Pages On Jadaliyya

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.

Coalitions



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

Jadaliyya Features

Egypt Map and Stats

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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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