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Marching to Sidi Gaber: Alexandria’s Epicenter of Upheaval

A brief but long-lasting moment occurred on 19 May 2012, one that would awaken me to the changing realities in our neighborhood since the January 25 Revolution. It was late at night, while standing on my balcony overlooking Cleopatra Square, Alexandria, at the height of the first leg of the 2012 presidential campaign. ...  Read More »

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ملف من الأرشيف: سيّد قطب

[”ملف من الأرشيف“ هي سلسة تقوم ”جدلية“ بنشرها بالعربية والإنجليزية بالتعاون مع جريدة ”السفير“ اللبنانية. الملفات لشخصيات أيقونية تركت أثراً عميقاً في الحقل السياسي والثقافي في العالم العربي.]         الاسم: سيّد الشهرة: قطب اسم الأب: قطب بن ابراهيم تاريخ الولادة: 1906 تاريخ الوفاة: ...  Read More »

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Military-Business Alliances in Egypt Before and After 30 June: Interview with Wael Gamal

[Please find both the Arabic video and an English translated transcription below.] I had the pleasure of conducting this interview with Wael Gamal, one of the more reliable and informed journalists who addresses critically political-economic variables in Egypt. In this interview, Wael addresses the less discussed ...  Read More »

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Defense Minister al-Sisi Dispels Rumors of Presidential Run

Egypt's Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announces Friday he will not run for president, dismissing talk of his candidacy News that Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi would run for Egypt's presidency is ‘utterly false,' according to a statement released on Friday by Field Marshal. An interview with military ...  Read More »

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Detained Brotherhood Figures Moved to Heavily-Guarded Prison

Brotherhood figures detained over violence charges have been transferred to maximum security Akrab Prison in Cairo, says security source Detained senior Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist figures have been transferred to the maximum security Akrab Prison, south of Cairo, a security source told state news agency ...  Read More »

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Mass Pro and Anti Morsi Rallies in Cairo Friday Night

Mass protests against deposition of president Morsi march in Cairo and governorates on the Friday of 'Breaking the Coup'; thousands of anti-Morsi demonstrators celebrate army victory over Israel in 1973 war in Tahrir. Mass protests in support of deposed president Mohamed Morsi have taken place across Cairo and other ...  Read More »

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EU Representative Ashton in Cairo to Meet with Political Powers

After she expressed deep concern about political developments in Egypt, Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy met today in Cairo with parties involved in Egypt’s political deadlock, the Armed Forces and the Muslim Brotherhood. It is expected that Ashton ...  Read More »

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Amnesty Condemns Treatment of Morsi Supporters

Rights group Amnesty International says that hundreds of supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi are being denied their legal rights. The organization has published an eighteen-page briefing that gathers the testimonies of detainees who allege mistreatment by authorities, including beatings and electric ...  Read More »

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UPDATE: Mass Pro-Morsi Marches Criss-Cross Cairo, Governorates Friday

Supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi march in Cairo and Giza, security measures taken to prevent clashes with rival protesters. Mass protests in support of deposed president Mohamed Morsi are underway across Cairo. Demonstrators condemn what they say was a military coup against the country's democratically ...  Read More »

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The Politics of the Brotherhood Democracy: How the Muslim Brotherhood Burned Their Bridges

As members of the Muslim Brotherhood lick their wounds as well as lament the opportunity they have lost to consolidate their rule and vision of political Islam in Egypt, they will likely be reflecting on the multiple strategic missteps that pulled their country to the edge of civil war. Crowning this list will be ...  Read More »

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Totalitarian Democracy

The cover of the current issue of Time Magazine calls Egyptians “the world’s best protestors” and “the world’s worst democrats.” The startling ignorance of this cover highlights a fundamental question that — in the current climate of frenzied analyses of Egypt — is not being asked: Is it more democratic to elect a ...  Read More »

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Quest for Legitimacy: An Interview with Senior Brotherhood Official Amr Darrag

Amr Darrag is a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood who most recently served as minister of planning and international cooperation in former Prime Minister Hesham Qandil’s Cabinet. He formerly served as secretary general of the Constituent Assembly that drafted the 2012 Constitution. Sharif Abdel ...  Read More »

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Egypt Braces for Friday Protests

Deposed President Mohamed Morsi’s supporters and critics called for counter million-man demonstrations on Friday. The Muslim Brotherhood called on all of Morsi's supporters across the nation to take part in the “Friday of Determination” against what they call a “coup against legitimacy." The Supreme Council ...  Read More »

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بحثاً عن فلسطين وسوريا في مصر الثورة

من المُفارقات التاريخيّة، أن نسمع عِبارات مثل "عِصابات فلسطينيّة"، "إرهابيّون فلسطينيّون"، "متسللون فلسطينيّون"، في وسائل إعلام مصريّة. كيف وَجد هذا الخِطاب المقيت طريقهُ إلى الإعلام المصريّ؟ خِطاب عمِلت إسرائيّل بأذرعها الإعلاميّة وعلاقاتها الدوليّة على ترسيخهِ طِوال عقود، لتقبع صورة ...  Read More »

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من المنحط والمنبوذ إلى فضاء الطبقة الوسطى وإعلامها

في إعادة الإعتبار لتعبيرات الطبقات الفقيرة ”فشخ“ ”أحييه“ وتعريص“... من المنحط والمنبوذ إلى فضاء الطبقة الوسطى وإعلامها.  استقبل مشاهدو التلفزيون، أول أيام شهر رمضان، ببرنامج تلفزيوني خفيف اسمه ”لاسوستا“. ظهرت فيه المغنية سما المصري مع فتى يتحدث العربية، بلكنة مصطنعة مدّعياً أنه من أصل إيطالي. في البرنامج عبّرت ...  Read More »

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Brotherhood Party Office Torched in Daqahliya, Two Injured

Headquarters of the Freedom and Justice Party in northern governorate of Daqahliya destroyed by locals in clashes. At least two people were injured in clashes between supporters and opponents of deposed president Mohamed Morsi late Tuesday in the Nile Delta city of Mit Ghamr in Daqahliya governorate. The local ...  Read More »

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Who's Who: Egypt's Full Interim Cabinet

Egypt's new cabinet, led by Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi, mainly consists of liberals and technocrats. It includes no Islamists whatsoever. Hazem El-Beblawi - Prime Minister El-Beblawi is a renowned economist and also a co-founder of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party. He served as undersecretary-general at ...  Read More »

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Presidency Says Communication with Brotherhood Ongoing

Ahmed al-Moslemany, presidential media adviser, confirmed that there are ongoing contacts with all political forces, including the Muslim Brotherhood, in order to achieve “national reconciliation,” stressing that ousted President Mohamed Morsi is in seclusion and is being treated properly. In his comments made at ...  Read More »

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And Where Do the Workers Stand? Syndicates, Unions Divided Over Morsi’s Ouster

Since the events of 30 June, divisive fault lines have emerged within the country’s trade unions and professional syndicates, with leading members of these associations taking sides with the new ruling elites or former President Mohamed Morsi’s ousted regime. Unions and syndicates have been brought to the forefront ...  Read More »

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Beblawi Continues Negotiations with Potential Ministers Tuesday

Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi announced early Monday evening he would finalize his selection of ministers by Tuesday, and they would be sworn in to his Cabinet on Wednesday at the latest. Some of the newly appointed ministers — which so far exclude Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist figures — have already sparked ...  Read More »

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Seven Dead in Cairo Clashes

Seven died in clashes between supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi and police on Monday night, local media reported citing the Ministry of Health.  Clashes were concentrated on the Six October Bridge near Tahrir Square, Ramses Square, Nahda Square and the Bahr al-Aazam area. Morsi's supporters had ...  Read More »

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On the Confusion of the Present Moment

Now everyone is an expert on crowds. At times, we associate them with the revolution. At other times we connect them with fascist-inflected hysteria. Like the enraged mobs described by the nineteenth century sociologist Gabriel Tarde, we imagine crowds as little more than media-inflamed masses seeking to take revenge ...  Read More »

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Sexual Violence in Egypt: Myths and Realities

In memory of Eman Mustafa. Last September, sixteen-year-old Eman Mustafa was walking with a friend in the village of Arab Al Kablat in Assiut, when a man groped her breasts. She turned to face him and spat in his face. He shot her dead with an automatic rifle as a price for her bravery. Mustafa’s death was an ...  Read More »

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Palestinian Journalist Syndicate Condemns Egyptian Media Incitement Against Palestinians

[The following development on Egyptian media and Palestinains was reported by the Ma'an News Agency on 16 July 2013.] Journalists Union Says Egypt Media Inciting Against Palestinians RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate on Monday warned of an ongoing "crackdown" against Palestinians by ...  Read More »

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EIPR Statement on Wave of Attacks on Copts and Churches in Egypt

[The following statement was issued by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) on 15 July 2013.] Wave of Attacks on Copts and Churches EIPR: Authorities must take immediate action to protect citizens and houses of worship, bring perpetrators and inciters to justice The Egyptian Initiative for Personal ...  Read More »

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Statement by Pro-Democracy Pro-Morsi Protestors in Response to al-Sisi Speech

[The following statement was issued by pro-Morsi demonstrators on 15 July 2013 and published on ikhwanweb. com.]   Coup commander Abdel Fattah al-Sisi betrayed the oath he took before the head of state–the supreme commander of the armed forces. He spilled the blood of innocent Egyptians, killing more than a ...  Read More »

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Pro-Morsi Protesters Clash with Police, Civilians in Cairo and Giza

Supporters of ousted president Morsi lock horns with police, civilian opponents in Cairo’s downtown and Giza; at least twenty-two injured. No deaths officially reported. Clashes erupted Monday evening in Cairo's downtown and Giza between police forces and large numbers of deposed president Mohamed Morsi supporters, ...  Read More »

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Resurgent Nationalism

“God is Great! Long live Egypt!” Amr Adib, an anchor on Al-Qahera Al-Youm talk show, shouted as he waved the country’s tricolor flag minutes after the commander of the Armed Forces announced the removal of President Mohamed Morsi from power on 3 July. “The Egyptian people are great ...  Read More »

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A Coup or a Continuation of the Revolution? (Video)

This latest video from the Mosireen collective compares the protests of 30 June 2013 with those of January 2011 in Egypt, and asks: were the events of 30 June a revolutionary wave or a military coup? It begins by discussing the way in which former president Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood formed an alliance ...  Read More »

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ما الذي يحدث في مصر الآن؟

ما الذي يحدث في مصر الآن؟ عن سقوط المسار السياسي الأول للثورة المضادة في مصر وآفاق المستقبل نستطيع أن نقول إن ما يحدث في مصر، منذ الحراك الشعبي الواسع في 30 يونيو ضد حكم الرئيس السابق محمد مرسي، يشكل بمثابة عودة إلى ثورة يناير 2011 ومعاركها الأصلية ضد سلطوية الدولة القديمة. وذلك بعد عامين ونصف من التشويش والإرباك ...  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.


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

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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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