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Bassem Sabry on Social Media in Egypt

[This post is part of an ongoing Profile of a Contemporary Conduit series on Jadaliyya that seeks to highlight distinct voices primarily in and from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.] Jadaliyya (J): What do you think are the most gratifying aspects of Tweeting and Twitter? Bassem Sabry (BS): At the risk ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (April 15)

[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 recommendatiobs for inclusion in each week's roundup to egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every ...  Read More »

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كيف يمكن أن نفهم الألتراس؟

كان الحكم الذي أصدرته محكمة الجنايات في التاسع من مارس ضد المتهمين في تخطيط وتنفيذ مجزرة بورسعيد ضد مجموعة ألتراس أهلاوي في مباراة الأهلي والمصري التي اقيمت في الأول من فبراير من العام الماضي 2012 وما تلاه من أحداث عنف من جانب بعض المنتمين إلى المجموعة، فرصة ذهبية للإعلام – وليس فقط الرياضي- للظهور علينا بوجهه القبيح ...  Read More »

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A Subject of Time: A Review of "Dust: Egypt’s Lost Architecture"

Dust: Egypt’s Lost Architecture (Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2012) is a book of photographs by Xenia Nikolskaya about Egypt’s decaying colonial architecture. (A limited mock-up can be viewed here.) These are buildings in a pre-mortem state, or verging onto it; that is to say, buildings in a state of limbo. Nobody knows how ...  Read More »

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التحول الديمقراطي والمصير المجهول لمصر

أفرز الربيع العربي أوضاعاً لم يسبق أن واجهتها الدول العربية. من انتهاء حكم مبارك ووضعه في السجن ومقتل العقيد القذافي وخروج لعلي عبد الله صالح على غير ما أراد والآن سوريا تواجه الخطر الأكبر فمن مطلب التحول الديمقراطي، ربما تتجه نحو التقسيم بعد الحرب الأهلية الدامية.  لقد أصبح من الشائع الحديث عن التحولات ...  Read More »

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Imperialist Liberalism and the Egyptian Revolution

In the following lines, I level four criticisms against what I term the imperialist liberal trend of thought and how it deals with the January 25 Revolution. By “imperialist liberalism,” I mean that loose US-European academic tradition, whose defense of liberalism, especially of representative democracy and ...  Read More »

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FIDH Condemns Crackdown on Freedom of Expression in Egypt

[The following statement was issued by the International Federation for Human Rights on 3 April 2013.] FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights) deplores the increasing crackdown against freedom of expression in Egypt and is alarmed to recall that if under the thirty year rule of former president Hosni ...  Read More »

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قطري حبيبي": ملهاة الإخوان ومأساة الناصرية"

بعد انتخابه ديموقراطياً، بدأ محمد مرسي عهده متكئاً على بنية قمعية إعلامية، قانونية، قضائية، وعسكرية. لكنّ هذه الممارسات السلطوية القديمة/ الجديدة ما لبثت أن أثارت سلسلة من ردود الفعل النقدية ضمن مجموعة متنامية من الناشطين والفنانين والصحافيين والمدونين الذين ساهموا في أعمال دورية لا تزال تتحدى وتفضح النظام السياسي. ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: David McMurray and Amanda Ufheil-Somers, The Arab Revolts

David McMurray and Amanda Ufheil-Somers, editors, The Arab Revolts: Dispatches on Militant Democracy in the Middle East. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013. Published in association with Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP). Jadaliyya (J): What made you compile this volume? David McMurray ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Esam Al-Amin, The Arab Awakening Unveiled

Esam Al-Amin, The Arab Awakening Unveiled: Understanding Transformations and Revolutions in the Middle East. Washington, DC: American Educational Trust, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book, and how would you describe it? Esam Al-Amin (EA): The Arab Awakening Unveiled: Understanding Transformations ...  Read More »

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Has Citizenship Got a Future in Egypt?

The sectarian spectacle that dominated so much Egyptian television coverage – at least that of the private networks – on Sunday, was unprecedented in modern Egyptian history. Even at the lowest points of modern Coptic-Muslim relations, the Coptic Cathedral and Patriarchal headquarters have not experienced the sort of ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (April 8)

[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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Two Saints and a Sinner

The name Ahmad Lutfi Ibrahim does not, for most people, evoke any particular memories. It would hardly surprise me if a few friends thought I had meant to type Ahmad Lutfi Al-Sayyid, the renowned and sometimes reviled leader of the Egyptian Constitutional party of nearly eighty years ago. And yet there he ...  Read More »

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The Necessity of Revolutionary Violence in Egypt

“All politics is a struggle for power; the ultimate kind of power is violence.” - C. Wright Mills Violence is related to notions of justice. In Egypt there are two forms of justice that we have been fighting for since 25 January 2011: social and retributive. Their absence has been compounded by the ongoing ...  Read More »

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Call for Applications: Varieties of Democracy Workshop (8 - 21 September 2013, Cairo)

2013 Workshop Fellows: Varieties of Democracy 8 - 21 September 2013 Cairo, Egypt  The American Political Science Association (APSA) and the American University in Cairo (AUC) are pleased to announce a call for applications from individuals who would like to participate in a workshop on ...  Read More »

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أحمد الواصل عن "الخروج من المعبد" أو الهدم طريق الغناء العربي

["كتب" هي سلسلة تستضيف "جدلية" فيها الكتاب في حوار حول أعمالهم الجديدة، نرفقه بمقاطع من الكتاب.] أحمد الواصل عن "الخروج من المعبد" أو الهدم طريق الغناء العربي: محاولة لقراءة الهوية والذاكرة العربية والمسكوت عنه  مشروع قادم ... أن يكون الغناء العربي بمدارسه ومراكزه، واتجاهاته وروزه ...  Read More »

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LA Event -- Return of the Brothers: Student Activism and Islamic Politics in 1970s Egypt (10 April 2013)

Return of the Brothers: Student Activism and Islamic Politics in 1970s Egypt Co-sponsored by the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, the UCLA Department of History, and the Arab Studies Institute (ASI). 10 April 2013, 4:30 pm 10383 Bunche Hall, UCLA Los Angeles, California  This talk examines the ...  Read More »

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (March 2013)

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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Symposium: The Political Economy of the New Egyptian Republic (6 April 2013, Cairo)

Cairo Papers in Social Science Annual Symposium: The Political Economy of the New Egyptian Republic 6 April 2013, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Cairo, Egypt  Program 9:00-9:30a.m. -- Coffee 9:30-9:45a.m. -- Opening Remarks 9:45-10:30a.m. -- Keynote:  What Happens to a Dream Deferred? ...  Read More »

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قراءة في كتاب: هوامش على دفتر الثورة

“هوامش على دفتر الثورة” للكاتب أحمد بلال، الصادر عن وزارة الثقافة -الهيئة العامة لقصور الثقافة/ القاهرة- مصر، 2012. أحمد بلال من مؤسسي اتحاد الشباب الاشتراكي المصري وعضو حزب التجمع وانتخب في  شهر آذار الماضي، كعضو مكتب سياسي في التجمع، كما أنه يعمل كصحفي متخصص في الشأن الاسرائيلي في صحيفة المصري ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (April 1)

[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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Port Said in Revolt

Tears in the eyes, bullets on the ground, and blood on the pavements - as injustice prevails. That is Port Said. The city has witnessed unrest again in March in response to an Egyptian court ruling that sentenced twenty-one Port Said residents to death for alleged involvement in killings that happened during a 1 ...  Read More »

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البناء المعرفي للسياسات الإعلامية في البلدان العربية أثناء المرحلة الانتقالية

تقوم برامج تدريب القيادات العليا بكلية الشؤون الدولية والسياسات العامة بالجامعة الأمريكية بالقاهرة، بتنظيم برامج تدريبية وندوات لنقاش الاحتياجات الراهنة في مصر والمنطقة. وقد قدمت عدة برامج عن الإصلاح الإعلامي، بما في ذلك، دور وسائل الإعلام في تغطية العملية الانتخابية؛ الإعلام والانتخابات؛ برنامج BRIDGE للإعلام ...  Read More »

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The Impact of World Bank Policy and Programmes on the Built Environment in Egypt

[The following report was issued by the Egyptian Iniative for Personal Rights on 20 March 2013.]  Despite billions of Egyptian pounds in infrastructure investment both from national and international sources, Egypt's cities, towns and villages continue to grow and function in much the same way they have over the ...  Read More »

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Spring of Fury in Egypt

In recent days President Mohamed Morsi and his government have drastically eroded what little hope observers had for Egypt's troubled political transition. The president's aggressive tone in public speeches has coincided with the escalation of violent "thuggery" under the aegis of an unreformed Ministry of ...  Read More »

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Samera Esmeir in Coversation with Adalah's Suhad Bishara, Marking Land Day in Palestine; and Lina Attalah on the Future of Egypt Independent Newspaper

30 March marks Land Day in Palestine. On the latest edition of Voices of the Middle East and North Africa, Professor Samera Esmeir speaks with Suhad Bishara, Director of the Land and Planning Rights Unit of Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, about Israel's contemporary land policies. Egypt ...  Read More »

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The Mirage of Foreign Investment

Almost all political forces are waiting for it: the Muslim Brotherhood, ElBaradei, Amr Moussa. All economic plans seek it and are built on it. In fact, politics itself is tailored for the sake of foreign investment: reconciling with figures from the former regime to boost the confidence of foreign investors; mega ...  Read More »

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الأطر النظرية لفهم النماذج التنموية في مراحل ما بعد الثورات

عندما سأل أحد الأِشخاص "ماو تسي تونج" يومًا عن رأيه في الثورة الفرنسية، فكان رده "إن من المبكر الحكم عليها". ويذكرنا هذا بأن الحكم على حَدَثٍ في التاريخ بأنه كان ثورة من عدمه ليس جدلا أكاديميًّا أو نظريًّا بقدر ما هو جزء من الظاهرة التاريخية ذاتها محل التشكل في زمن كتابة هذه السطور. ورصد وتسجيل ...  Read More »

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The Urban Subalterns and the Non-Movements of the Arab Uprisings: An Interview with Asef Bayat

This interview was conducted with Asef Bayat via electronic correspondence. In it, Bayat discusses the inside-out character of neoliberal cities in the Arab world and its influence on the recent wave of protests known collectives as the Arab uprisings. In addition, Bayat elaborates on the notion of urban subalterns, ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (March 25)

[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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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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