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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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No British Petroleum Gas Project without Our Consent (Video)

The Mosireen media collective has completed a new video entitled “Idku: No BP Gas Project Without Our Consent”. It deals with the response of Egyptians from the fishing town of Idku to plans by multinational firm British Petroleum (BP) to build a gas processing plant on their shores. The video features interviews with ...  Read More »

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Sexual Torture is Systematic: from Mubarak and SCAF to the Muslim Brotherhood (Video)

This video from the Mosireen media collective is entitled "Sexual Torture is Systematic: from Mubarak and SCAF to the Muslim Brotherhood.” It brings together the testimonies of Egyptians who have survived sexual torture over the past decade, and who refuse to be silenced by their torturers. The video highlights ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (June 24)

[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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في الذكرى المئوية للمؤتمر العربي الأول : تساؤلات حول التاريخ والذاكرة والمستقبل

يميزالفيلسوف الفرنسي بول ريكور بين ثلاثة أنواع من الأحداث التاريخية : أولاً: حدث ذو معنى في ”حده الأدنى“، أي حدث عادي واضح المعالم ولكن دون أي تأثير على مجرى التاريخ ولا في تشكيل الهوية الجماعية. ثانياً: حدث يندرج ضمن نمطية معينة ويشكل نوعاً من ”الشيما“، مما يفقده طبيعته الأساسية كحدث. أما النوع الثالث: فهو حدث ...  Read More »

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Upheavals in the Arab World Two Years On (Video)

The following video features the proceedings of a panel discussion titled “Upheavals in the Arab World Two Years On,” that took place at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting in Boston on 1 June 2013. Organized and chaired by Lisa Hajjar, the panel assesses the impact of movements advocating social and ...  Read More »

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لا جسد لا سياسة

أن تسير في شوارع القاهرة، وفي فضاءها المديني العام، وعلى إحدى شوارعها الأخطبوطية المرتفعة، فيصدمك سترٌ وحجبٌ صوري، لجزء من جسد مؤنث في فوضى المدينة الدعائية الضوئية، فذلك وإن بدا جديداً في فظاظته؛ إلا أن المراقب لسيرورة الجسد في المجتمع المصري على مدى العقود الماضية يمكنه التنبؤ بذلك، وإن فاجأ البعض. وهذا الستر ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (June 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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حديثي مع الشيطان

 ٣٠ يونيو وما بعدها (الحلقة الأولى) لا يكون الواحد منا متجنياً إذا قال إن النظام السياسي الذي أسسه الإخوان، أو قل تأسس نتيجة للمسار الانتقالي الذي قاده المجلس العسكري ثم الإخوان المسلمين، قد ولد ميتاً، وإن هذا النظام الجديد الذي يحمل الكثير من ملامح النظام القديم قد ولد حاملاً لكافة أزمات دولة مبارك ...  Read More »

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هل يمكن تطوير الجدل حول المثلية الجنسية؟

كلما أثيرت قضية المثلية الجنسية في مصر تهيج العواصف قليلاً ثم تهدأ بلا إحراز أي تقدم. قد يكون السبب في ذلك طغيان القضايا السياسية والحقوقية الكبرى، والانتهاكات الموسعة بدنياً واقتصادياً واجتماعياً، فضلاً عن الصراع حول انتزاع الحق في المجال العام إجمالاً دون خوض في فرعيات أو تفاصيل. ولكن يبقى السؤال: لماذا لا يحدث تقدم ...  Read More »

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Sultan of Sultans

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Tahrir to Taksim: We Demand the Fall of the System (Video)

The following video expresses the Mosireen media collective’s stance of solidarity with the on-going demonstrations around Istanbul’s Taksim Square, and in several other Turkish cities. It begins with images of trees being uprooted in Istanbul’s Gezi Park, to make way for the government’s planned conversion of the ...  Read More »

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Ministry of Culture or Ministry of Intellectuals?

Since the new minister of culture, Alaa Abdel-Aziz, took up his post, conversations about the attitude he has adopted to prove himself have not ceased within Egypt's cultural scene. The minister commenced his work in the ministry with a series of decisions to sack leading ministry figures, starting from the head of ...  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
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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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