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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 Media Roundup (December 3)

[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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Copts and the Power over Personal Status

When President Mubarak introduced amendments to the 1971 Constitution in the year 2007, the always contested issue of the status of sharia in Egyptian law reemerged in public discourse. Among the most unexpected contributions to the debate that ensued was that made by the Coptic Orthodox Patriarch, the late Pope ...  Read More »

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The Draft Constitution: Some Controversial Stipulations

  After long hours of article-by-article voting on the Egyptian constitution by the Constituent Assembly, the draft was passed on early Friday. The current draft has been submitted to President Mohamed Morsy, who in turn will put it up for a referendum, the conditions of which remain unknown in the wake of ...  Read More »

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November Culture

Jadaliyya's November culture bouquet arrived on the last day of November. Culture Page co-editor Maymanah Farhat reviews a recent exhibit by the Lebanese-American artist Etel Adnan. Mai Serhan reviews Tahani Rached's latest documentary. Ghad Mourad translates poems by the Lebanese poet Wadih Saadeh. Sinan Antoon and ...  Read More »

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Egypt: New Constitution Mixed on Support of Rights

[The following statement was issued by Human Rights Watch on 30 November 2012.] The final draft of a constitution approved on 29 November 2012 by Egypt’s 100-member constituent assembly protects some rights but undermines others. The constitution, approved in the midst of a political standoff between the president ...  Read More »

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The Strong Egypt Party, the Constitutional Decree, and Gaza: An Interview with Abdel Moneim Abul Futuh

Abdel Moneim Abul Futuh was a leading candidate in the 2012 Egyptian presidential election held last May, garnering approximately seventeen percent of votes cast in the first round (compared to approximately twenty-four percent and twenty-three percent for the two eventual run-off candidates—Mohamed Morsi and Ahmed ...  Read More »

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Update: Thousands Converge on Tahrir for Opposition Protests

Tens of thousands gathered Friday in Tahrir Square, the birthplace of the 25 January revolution that ousted President Hosni Mubarak last February. They chanted slogans against President Mohamed Morsy, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Constituent Assembly. All marches from different parts of Cairo converged in the ...  Read More »

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Social Justice and the Draft Constitution

The political economic system that the revolution rose up against was not successfully eliminated because it is built on an alliance between political despotism and unreserved capitalism, monopoly and association. This has resulted in a marriage between power, money and mounds of brazen corruption that we have yet ...  Read More »

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Morsi and his Adversaries

  With November nearly at an end, it seems like an eternity ago that Israel and Gaza were engaged in intense, if unequal fighting. Yet it was only two weeks ago that Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi spent intense hours on the telephone with US President Barak Obama to craft a truce. Not long after the two men ...  Read More »

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Call for Papers -- New Media, New Politics? (post-) Revolutions in Theory and Practice? (London, 26 April 2013)

New Media, New Politics?(post-) Revolutions in Theory and Practice Friday, 26 April, 2013 University of Westminster, London, UK It has been two years since the world witnessed millions of Arabs march, strike and fight to remove their repressive regimes. As the Arab popular struggles coincided with a deepening ...  Read More »

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الحياة الحزبية في مصر بعد الثورة ... بين الإنطلاق والتعثر

أخرجت ثورة 25 من يناير 2011 الحياة السياسية في مصر من حالة الإنسداد والجفاف، التي ألمّت بها طيلة العقود الماضية، وفتحت أبواب المشاركة السياسية أمام ملايين المصريين، لتدخل مصر مرحلة التحول الديمقراطي، التي تنتقل بموجبها من النظام السلطوي اللاديمقراطي، إلى النظام التعددي الديمقراطي، القائم على المشاركة، والمنافسة ...  Read More »

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Rules of Engagement: Documentary Filmmaking According to Tahani Rached

Tahani Rached’s latest documentary film, Nafass Tawil (Deep, Long Breath), premiered in September at the American University in Cairo as part of the International Summer Academy’s Aesthetics and Politics: Counter-Narratives, New Publics, and the Role of Dissent in the Arab World, a research program organized by the ...  Read More »

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Egyptian Protesters and Imprisoned Iranian Hunger Striker: Interviews with Mona El Ghobashy, Hesham Sallam and Hadi Ghaemi

Egyptians are revolting once again but this time against an elected President: Mohammed Morsi, who just passed a series of presidential decrees giving him near-dictatorial powers. Almost two years after the fall of Hosni Mubarak, Egypt remains mired in major political struggles between the remnants of Hosni Mubarak's ...  Read More »

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من القاهرة الجميلة - الجزء الأول

أما عن القاهرة الجميلة؛ فيأبى قمرها السكون، ويظل يبعثُ لحاله، منذ عدة ليال، بصغار الميدان، لكسر صفاء عواء الكلاب في مدى المدينة الليلي الواسع. يملأ هؤلاء الصغار الشارع بالألوان؛ انتهى عصر اللون الزيتي والرمادي والبناطيل القماش. وفي الشارع الواحد؛ قد تجد عزاءاً فاخراً في مسجد عمر مكرم لميتٍ مات على سريره، زغاريط أمسية ...  Read More »

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Egypt: A Year of Abuses Against Detained Children

[The following report was issued by Human Rights Watch on 20 November 2012.]  Egyptian police and military officers have arrested and detained over 300 children during protests in Cairo over the past year, in some cases beating or torturing them, Human Rights Watch said today. Frequently, these children were ...  Read More »

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Cairo Event -- Why Middle East Studies? A Discussion of the State of the Field (5 December)

Why Middle East Studies? A Discussion of the State of the Field 5 December 2012, 6-8pm Oriental Hall AUC Tahrir Square For arguably well over a century, Middle East studies has witnessed broad structural and intellectual shifts. What is the status of Middle East studies today? What are the stakes of the ...  Read More »

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Dispatch from Mohamed Mahmoud Street: Egyptian Revolts

“We are not thugs, and we are not criminals.” It is the sentence that every single protester in Mohamed Mahmoud Street used as they began to tell me about the protests that began on 19 November. That day is significant. It is the first anniversary of the “Mohamed Mahmoud Events,” when families and friends of those ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (November 26)

[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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The President and the Fatal Trilateral Logic of US, Egyptian and Israeli Relations

In 2007, Mohammed Morsi, then chairman of the Brotherhood’s political department and member of the Executive Bureau, complained of the inability of Washington to match its rhetoric on promoting democracy in Egypt. He said that Israel had no interest in a democratic Egypt as it “would do more to support the ...  Read More »

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تفكيك أمننة المجتمع

ألقت الثورة المصرية الكثير من زجاجات المولتوف الحارقة على خطوط المواجهات بين قوات الأمن والثوار على مدار أكثر من عامين- أشتدت فيهما المواجهات تارة وهدأت تارة أخرى. فالصراع على نمط السلطة وتجلياتها في أشكال الممارسة ما يزال قائماً حتى هذه اللحظة. والقطيعة مع النظام السابق صارت تتمحور حول تلك النقطة، وهى مفترق الطرق بين ...  Read More »

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Bassem Youssef's The Show: Mohamed Mahmoud Street (Video with English Subtitles)

This week, Egyptians marked one year since the loss, community, and resilience of the “Battle of Mohamed Mahmoud Street.” In doing so, they faced fresh rounds of US-made tear gas from Egyptian security forces. At times, this tear gas was used against protestors calling for justice and accountability for those ...  Read More »

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Democracy, Democracy, But The Courts Can’t Touch Me

Through the release of a controversial set of executive decrees, President Mohamed Morsi has granted himself unheralded powers—powers normally reserved for dictators, not democratic leaders. The raft of decrees effectively renders him as “above the law,” meaning that the jurisdiction of Egypt’s courts no longer ...  Read More »

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Joint Statement by Twenty-Two Egyptian Rights Organizations on Morsi Declaration

[The following joint statement was issued by twenty-two Egyptian rights organizations in response to the recent constitutional decleration by Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. The statement was originally published on 24 Novemeber 2012 by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies.] The undersigned rights ...  Read More »

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تيار استقلال القضاء: من مواجهة مبارك إلى تقاسم كعكة السلطة مع الإخوان

 بعد فوز الرئيس محمد مرسي بالانتخابات الرئاسية شهدت قيادات تيار الاستقلال صعوداً كبيراً، سواء في مؤسسة الرئاسة أو على صعيد الجمعية التأسيسية أو مؤسسات رقابية وقضائية، حيث احتل المستشار محمود مكي منصب نائب رئيس الجمهورية، وعين شقيقه المستشار أحمد مكي، وزيرا للعدل، وأصبح المستشار هشام جنينة رئيسا للجهاز المركزي ...  Read More »

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Revolution Protection Law May Fail To Live Up To Its Name

After passing a controversial constitutional declaration late Thursday giving himself expansive powers, President Mohamed Morsy later went on to articulate the details of the Revolution Protection Law introduced in the declaration.  Meant to uphold revolutionary demands, the law failed to quell the anger of ...  Read More »

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Thousands Fill Tahrir on Friday to Protest Morsi's New 'Dictatorial Powers'

By Friday night, the number of the protesters, who began arriving in Tahrir Square for "Eyes of Freedom" Friday throughout the morning, had reached tens of thousands after rallies from Talaat Harb Street, Shubra, Sayyida Zeinab, and Mustafa Mahmoud Square in Giza reached Tahrir. While many protesters had ...  Read More »

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Human Trafficking in the Sinai: Refugees Between Life and Death

[The following report was published by Tilburg University and Europe External Policy Advisors on 26 September 2012.] Human Trafficking in the Sinai: Refugees Between Life and Death Summary  This report describes the horrific situation of trafficking of refugees in the Sinai Desert, a crisis that started ...  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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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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