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Morsy and the "Nationalization" of the Revolution: Some Initial Reflections

  President Mohamed Morsy’s recent decisions to prop up presidential powers and shield the constituent assembly from legal challenges, among other controversial steps, have raised the question of where Egyptian politics is heading today. At first glance these developments seem to hold the promise of vengeance ...  Read More »

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Eyewitness from Gaza: Historic Convoy Breaks the Siege

Five minutes after a Gaza-bound convoy of 330 Egyptian activists arrived at the Rafah border crossing, the bombing started. Even on the Egyptian side the ground shook. A grey circle of cloud signalling the presence of an Israeli rocket rose above the terminal. The booms only ignited the activists' chants, who ...  Read More »

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الثورة بصفة شخصية

تحت ضوء عمدان الإنارة البرتقالي، امتلأ الميدان بالهتافات. هتافاتٍ متفرقة على كل ناصية؛ كان الشهر السادس من العام 2012، في الفترة بين الجولتين الأولى والثانية من الانتخابات الرئاسية، وكانت الثورة في حالة ارتعاشٍ. بينما لعبت السياسة لعبتها وراء الأبواب المغلقة. كان الميدان ممتلئاً بعددٍ كبير من المتظاهرين، ولكنه خلا من ...  Read More »

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الجبهة القومية للعدالة والديمقراطية تحمل "مرسي" مسؤولية أحداث "محمد محمود" وتدعوكم للمشاركة في جمعة عيون الحرية

  تتابع الجبهة القومية للعدالة والديمقراطية ما يحدث في محيط شارع محمد محمود والقصر العيني الآن بكل حسرة. فكل تفاصيل الأحداث الجارية تؤكد أن شيئاً لم يتغير منذ أحداث محمد محمود المهيبة في عام 2011. الشرطة لازالت تبطش بالمتظاهرين، والمطالب كما هي لم تتغير لأن النظام لا يعمل على تحقيق أي مطلب من مطالب الثورة. يتم ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (November 19)

[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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Mohamed Mahmoud Clashes, One Year on: "A Battle for Dignity"

Since the eruption of last year's January 25 Revolution, Egyptians have lived through anxious nights filled with fear and violence. But nothing has been more painful than the four days of clashes in November of last year on Cairo's now-iconic Mohamed Mahmoud Street. "The battle of Mohamed Mahmoud was not over ...  Read More »

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Out of Sight, but Not out of Mind: Mohamed Mahmoud Remembered

On 19 November 2011, all hell broke loose in Mohamed Mahmoud Street, which juts east from Tahrir Square. Security forces brutally dispersed a sit-in of about two hundred relatives of those injured or killed during the revolution earlier that year, along with their supporters, to demand greater state support. As the ...  Read More »

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Assiut, Qursaya, Mohamed Mahmoud: Making the Connections

Mourning has seemed the order of the day in Egypt this week. Just as Egyptians prepared to remember and mourn the protesters who lost their lives at this time last year in the Battle of Mohamed Mahmoud, a train collision in Assiut killed fifty-one children, devastating the country. At first glance, the deaths at ...  Read More »

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The Politics of Trains

Amidst Israel’s ongoing “surgical” brutality in the Gaza Strip and authoritarianism’s slow, stubborn, yet very bloody demise in Syria, further tragegy and horror was delivered yesterday from an unexpected source. At 7:00 on the morning of 17 November, a speeding train passing through Egypt’s Manfalut district of the ...  Read More »

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Egyptian Doctors' Strike and the Quest for Bread, Freedom, and Social Justice

A small yet significant meeting takes place directly across the street from the Cairo central union office for healthcare professionals. It is a meeting of the strikers’ central committee for the Doctors Syndicate, in which the General Secretary Amr Bakr personally describes the divisions within the syndicate as an ...  Read More »

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Imagining Tahrir

I. Egyptians saw themselves for the first time through their own eyes in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in January and February 2011, and reveled in that encounter. Participating in and recording that experience was to become part of the consciousness of a community that was ready to move heaven and earth to restructure ...  Read More »

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

Egypt has no sole institution devoted to the preservation and study of its one hundred fifty-year-old photographic history. Instead, photographs lurk in multiple private and institutional collections across the country. Plagued by decades of decreasing budgets, institutional neglect, and excessive gate-keeping, ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (November 12)

[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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Letter to IMF From Egyptian Parties, NGOs, Syndicates and Political Movements

[The following letter was issued on 11 November 2012 in light of the ongoing negotiations between the government of Egypt and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). It was issued by various organizations, political parties, movements, and syndicates to express their disapproval of this process.] Dr. Hisham ...  Read More »

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (October 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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الأمة المصرية حين تفقد لغتها : لغة الرب أم لغة المستعمر؟

"اللغة توفر الحرية والقيد، والفهم وسوء الفهم معاً" نيلوفر حائري يتحكم في استخدام اللغة وتقنينها ثالوث الأمة والدين والدولة. وفي مصر تدرس الباحثة الأمريكية نيلوفر حائري (ذات أصل إيراني) الوضع اللغوي العامي وعلاقته بالأبنية الاجتماعية والثقافية والسياسية خلال فترتين (1987-1988 و1995-1996) في ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (November 5)

[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 Scared Islamists And Their Frightened Majority

To those unfamiliar with the “civil”/religious debate in Egypt, the term “civil” was recently dubbed to mark an assembly of disparate, sometimes conflicting, ideologies and positions that stand for the creation of what has come to be known as a “civil state.” This “civil state” is in turn commonly imagined as ...  Read More »

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Reflections on Egypt's Draft Constitution

Constitutions define and set out relationships between the primary institutions of the state. They also suggest some of the compromises and agreements between powerful political forces that have been necessary to create these institutions and it gives us some hints about what the drafters think political life ...  Read More »

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Year of the Ostrich: SCAF's Media Experiment

In April of 1954, less than two years after the military ousted Farouk’s monarchy, it became apparent that the men in uniform would not be relinquishing power in Egypt. The “Free Officers” coup d’etat paved the way for the constitution of the Revolutionary Command Council (RCC), a supra-legal body with executive, ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Linda Herrera, Youth and Citizenship in the Digital Age: A View from Egypt

Linda Herrera, “Youth and Citizenship in the Digital Age: A View from Egypt.” Harvard Educational Review (Fall 2012). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this article? Linda Herrera (LH): Schools once served as temples of citizenship education, but this is no longer the case. I came to the realization of the ...  Read More »

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Statement by Comrades from Cairo: We Refuse Economic Bondage -- Stop the Loans

[The following statement was released by Comrades from Cairo on 31 October 2012] Dear friends, In the coming period we will again be facing a familiar enemy that many of you have and continue to battle. International Financial Institutions (IFIs) like the IMF have long had a hand in plundering the Egyptian economy ...  Read More »

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Studying Social Streams: Cultural Analytics in Arabic

One of the challenges of studying technology is learning how to deconstruct the tools from the political ideologies held by those who develop them. As Timothy Mitchell explains in his book Colonising Egypt, the practice of science and systems of ordering national standards are modern projects that enable governments ...  Read More »

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Civil Society in Revolt: From the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street

As Occupy Wall Street (OWS) celebrates its first anniversary and Arab revolts continue to unfold, it seems a propitious time to ask why the Arab Spring has been such an inspiration for the global left. What was so novel in the occupation of Tahrir square? Do these uprisings signal a new form of political mobilization ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (October 29)

[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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نظرة داخل البيت السلفي

معلوم أن المحن تٌوحد ضد الخطر المشترك أما وقت الرخاء فيظهر فيه الخلاف بين المصالح أو الأيدلوجيات أو الأولويات وحتى على مستوى التيار الواحد أو الأحزاب الكبرى التي تتأسس في ظروف استثنائية عقب الثورات أو الاحتلال تجد الاجتماع بسبب الظرف الاستثنائي ومع مرور الوقت يحدث انفصال بين الأجنحة المختلفة التي سرعان ما تنفك عن ...  Read More »

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Egypt’s Constituent Assembly: Contempt and Counterrevolution

The constitution has taken center stage this week in Egypt’s fraught political transition. On Tuesday, Cairo’s Administrative Court referred the matter of the Constituent Assembly’s legality to the Supreme Constitutional Court, and the SCC is not expected to rule on the matter for at least two months. Advocates for ...  Read More »

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مقطع من رواية التماسيح

ومع أننا ظللنا نتعامل بطريقة عادية... يخطر لي الآن أن مساحة وجودنا المتقلصة تلك – الأماكن التي ضاقت علينا في التسعينيات – هي نفسها أماكن التظاهر التي تحاصرنا فيها قوات الأمن إذا خرجنا، ولا يكفي ألف وخمسمئة شهيد أو أكثر وعام كامل لجعلها تتسع... في المساء أفكر في مون من حيث تصلني أخبار الأحداث وأضحك من أن الاحتجاجات ...  Read More »

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Currency Crisis in Iran; Copts in Egypt

It is no secret that the lives of ordinary Iranians, the wage earners and the poor, have been adversely affected in recent months by the soaring prices of staple goods. The country is now facing a currency crisis, as the Rial has plunged by nearly 60 percent over the past three months. Popular disaffection with the ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (October 22)

[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.

Coalitions



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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