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"Tahrir," My Revolution

Two years ago, Egyptians took to the streets to demand “bread, freedom, and social justice.” The first demonstrations, which took place on 25 January 2011, rapidly turned into massive protests against Hosni Mubarak and an eighteen-day uprising that led to the Egyptian dictator’s resignation on 11 February. Two ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Paolo Gerbaudo, Tweets and the Streets: Social Media and Contemporary Activism

Paolo Gerbaudo, Tweets and the Streets: Social Media and Contemporary Activism. London and New York: Pluto Books, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Paolo Gerbaudo (PG): I have been involved in progressive social movements in Italy and the UK for the last twelve years, some times as a ...  Read More »

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The Human Rights Situation in Egypt: An Interview with Aida Seif El-Dawla

Aida Seif El-Dawla is a psychiatrist, long time Egyptian human rights activist, and Executive Director of the al-Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence. Since 1993, the Nadeem Center has worked both to rehabilitate victims of state torture while also helping to mobilize different societal sectors ...  Read More »

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“I Have The Picture!” Egypt’s Photographic Heritage between Neoliberalism and Digital Reproduction (Part II)

The Arab Image Foundation (AIF)—a private archiving initiative founded by a group of artists and collectors in 1997, and run through foreign and local grants—appears on the surface like the very antithesis of the Library of Alexandria in Egypt (discussed in Part I of this article). While based in Beirut, the AIF holds ...  Read More »

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Qatar Leaks: The Business of Foreign Policy

[This report has been placed on hold until further corroboration emerges]  Read More »

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QIZ: Egyptian Jeans Under the Patronage of the Muslim Brotherhood

Two weeks ago, an official Egyptian delegation visited Washington to negotiate expanding the Qualifying Industrial Zone (QIZ) agreement with Israel and the US, which sees designated geographic areas in Egypt given duty free status in collaboration with Israel. They also met to discuss reducing the Israeli component ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (January 21)

[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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EIPR Analysis: Overturning of Mubarak and Adli Conviction Expected Outcome of a Flawed Trial

[The following press release and report were issued by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights on 13 January 2013.] The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) said that the Court of Cassation’s ruling today to overturn the conviction of ousted president Mubarak and his interior minister Habib al-Adli was ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Nicola Pratt, The Gender Logics of Resistance to the "War on Terror"

Nicola Pratt, "The Gender Logics of Resistance to the 'War on Terror': Constructing Sex-Gender Difference Through the Erasure of Patriarchy in the Middle East." Third World Quarterly 33:10 (2012). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this article? Nicola Pratt (NP): This article is based on fieldwork ...  Read More »

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سراويل الكويز برعاية الإخوان

فى الأسبوع الماضي زار وفد مصري رسمي واشنطن للتفاوض مع إسرائيل والولايات المتحدة على توسيع إتفاق الكويز وتقليل نسبة المكون الإسرائيلى فى صادراته المصرية لأمريكا. في نفس الوقت تقريباً، كان نشطاء فلسطينيون يضعون اللمسات الأخيرة لخطة إنشاء أول قرية فلسطينية على أراضٍ خصصتها إسرائيل اغتصاباً للمستوطنات، قبل أن يقيموها ...  Read More »

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الكويز وصندوق النقد ومصالح واشنطن

من الوهلة الأولى قد لا يبدو أن هناك علاقة بين قرض صندوق النقد الدولي المنتظر وبين تعديل إتفاقية المناطق الصناعية المؤهلة، المعروفة اختصاراً بإسم (الكويز)، والموقعة بين مصر وإسرائيل والولايات المتحدة. إلا أن تزامن حدثين مهمين خلال الأسبوع المنتهي يسهل من الربط بينهما، ووضعهما جنباً إلى جنب فى صورة أكبر لهيكل علاقات لم ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (January 14)

[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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Ordering the Disorderly? Street Vendors and the Developmentalist State

When President Mohamed Morsi issued his highly controversial extra-constitutional decree on 20 November, which he later partially annulled under mass public protest, he promised to use the extraordinary legislative powers it afforded him only within very limited boundaries. When he actually used these powers, he did ...  Read More »

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عن الإسلام والأسلمة حسب الطلب وأنواع الدين

يقول الإسلاميون إن نجاح البلاد لا يمكن إلا بمرجعية الدين الإسلامي. وهمْ يستدعون الدين كلما تطلب الصراع السياسي ذلك، مثلما استدعوا جمعة الشريعة أخيراً قبل الاستفتاء رغم أنهم - (الإخوان تحديداً) - سكتوا عن قصة الشريعة منذ مليونية قندهار في يوليو 2011. ورغم إنه في الحقيقة لم يتهدد الشريعة ممثلة في المادة الثانية التي ...  Read More »

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الرئيس مرسي وعدم القدرة على الخروج من بوتقة السمع والطاعة

الإنجاز الكبير بالنسبة للمرحلة الانتقالية للثورة المصرية ليس في كونها جاءت برئيس منتخب يمثل الإخوان المسلمين، وإنما كان الانتصار لحرية الإختيار، التى جعلت الكفة تكاد تكون متساوية بين المرشحين. ولم ترجح كفة الرئيس مرسي إلا قليلاً. وهو، ما ظهر تأثيره بفاعلية مؤخراً، في ثقافة الرفض لسياساته التي تكللت بمظاهرات ...  Read More »

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عن التفجير والأزمة الطائفية: محاولة للفهم وأخرى للهدم

إن حادث كنيسة القديسين –وتداعياته- كان بكل المقاييس خاطفاً للعقول ونقطة تحول خطيرة في المجتمع وحدود الجنون والشطط الطائفي. فلقد كان التفجير بمثابة التفتيت في اللحم المهلهل والتكسير في العظام المهشمة. ومع انفجار الشظايا، لم تُشق فقط أجساد الضحايا، وإنما شق أيضاً الشارع المصري المنقسم على ذاته. ومع اندلاع النيران اندلع ...  Read More »

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Announcing the New Issue of Middle East Report Winter 2012

EGYPT: THE UPRISING TWO YEARS ON On January 25, 2011, spirited bands of protesters joined hands in the epochal popular revolt that would unseat Husni Mubarak, Egypt’s dictator of 30 years. Where is the country headed, with a new civilian government (for now) at the helm? The winter 2012 issue of Middle East ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (January 7)

[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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Call for Papers: Political Slogans in a Changing Arab World (April 2013, Cairo)

Workshop: Political Slogans in a Changing Arab World April 2013 Cairo, Egypt The Orient-Institut in Beirut is organizing a workshop on political slogans and the question of how political and social change is reflected in the recent development of political slogans in Egypt and the Arab world. The workshop observes ...  Read More »

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على من يستند حُكم الإخوان؟

حظى الرئيس محمد مرسي بتأييد ١٣ مليون و٢٠٠ ألف مصري في جولة الانتخابات الرئاسية الثانية، بعد أن كان قد حصل على أصوات ٥ ملايين و٧٦٤ ألفاً، كان هو خيارهم الأول في الجولة الأولى. يميل البعض لتفسير توسع مؤيديه، الذي سمح له بالوصول للحكم وهو القيادي الإخواني بعد ٨٠ سنة من تأسيس الجماعة، على أسس متعددة مشروعة للغاية، ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Marwan M. Kraidy, The Revolutionary Body Politic

Marwan M. Kraidy, “The Revolutionary Body Politic: Preliminary Thoughts on a Neglected Medium in the Arab Uprisings.” Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication 5.1 (2012). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this article? Marwan Kraidy (MK): I received an invitation from the editors to write an essay with a ...  Read More »

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (December 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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The Naked Bodies of Alia

Just as we started thinking that Alia al-Mahdy’s nude portrait was a thing of the past, new images surfaced on the web. On 20 December 2012, FEMEN—a Ukrainian women’s movement known for its controversial nude protest actions—posted photos of Alia and two FEMEN members posing naked in front of the Egyptian embassy in ...  Read More »

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Revolution’s Cost

He told me to get off at the last kiosk on the highway that connects East with West Cairo. After the driver dropped me off, there was no one to be seen in the area. I walked down the concrete stairs by the side of the road. The stairs led me into the pit of this neighborhood named after a village that never was. There ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (December 31)

[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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Labor Representation in Post-Mubarak Egypt: An Interview with the Late Samer Soliman

[The following is the audio and transcript of an interview conducted by Julia Simon with the late Samer Soliman in September 2011. The interview discusses the state workers’ organization and associational freedom in post-Mubarak Egypt. Soliman was Professor of Political Science at American University in Cairo (AUC), ...  Read More »

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Sons of Beaches: How Alexandria's Ideological Battles Shape Egypt

A Salafist Muslim intellectual, overlooking an Alexandrian beach last summer, tells me over coffee: “The cosmopolitanism of our city [Alexandria] may look like it has died, but the skeletal structure of cosmopolitanism is still there. It is this structure that underpins the spread and acceptance of ideas, including ...  Read More »

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Call for Applicants: Building Knowledge in Media Policy for Arab Countries in Transition (Cairo, 12-21 March 2013)

Building Knowledge in Media Policy for Arab Countries in Transition 12 - 21 March 2013 American University of Cairo The School of Global Affairs and Public Policy’s Executive Education at the American University in Cairo, announces the third round of its program entitled "Building Knowledge in Media ...  Read More »

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Egypt’s Anti-Freedom Constitution: The Borhami Video

“This constitution imposes complete restrictions that have never before been imposed by any Egyptian constitution” and it “places restrictions on freedom of thought, expression, and creativity.” These are the words of Sheikh Yasser Borhami, a leading member of the Constituent Assembly. He was explaining Article 10 of ...  Read More »

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اقتصاد مصر بين المُفْلِسين والمُفَلِّسين

هذه المرة تجيء نذر إفلاس مصر من كل صوب وحدب. بدأ الأمر بتصريحات من وزير الصناعة والتجارة عن صعود متوقع فى عجز الموازنة ربما يؤدي «إلى عدم القدرة على سداد الرواتب إذا لم يتم التعامل معه». ثم يقول الأمين العام لجبهة الإنقاذ المعارضة محمد البرادعي بالنص وهو يدعو الرئيس لوقف الاستفتاء على الدستور وإعادة تشكيل الجمعية ...  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
Egyptian Bloc
Islamist Bloc (Alliance for Egypt)
Revolution Continues Alliance

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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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