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Sisi: Morsi Turned Down Chance to Hold Referendum

In the days leading up to his ouster, former President Mohamed Morsi turned down an offer to hold a referendum, giving the people to chance to decide whether he should stay in power, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi claimed on Sunday. In a meeting with other military leaders, the defense ...  Read More »

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More Brotherhood Leaders Arrested, Assets Frozen

The Public Prosecution has ordered the detention of Mahdi Akef, former supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, for four days pending investigation under suspicion of insulting the judiciary, the state news agency MENA reported on Sunday. The prosecutor also ordered the release of Saad al-Katatny, speaker of the ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (July 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 recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to by Sunday night of every ...  Read More »

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No Jasmine Tea for the Square

Who exactly is making politics in Egypt these days? There are so many possible answers to the question. One perspective, which is both new and not so new, views politics as the purview of only the very highest circles of power. It only hears politics in the opinions of political elites and the embassies of major ...  Read More »

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Egypt's Economic Challenges: An Interview with Amr Adly

  With Egypt mired in a revolutionary turmoil, the economic issues have yet to be addressed by any of the major political players in Egypt today! Whether an avowed dictatorship, a transitional military council, or a duly elected government, regime after regime have failed and collapsed in Egypt over the past ...  Read More »

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Revolution? Coup d’état? The Certain Thing Is We Broke the Boxocracy

Remember the guy who owns the sugarcane juice store from my previous article? He did not come out on 30 June to demonstrate. He did not protest even though he blew off the Muslim Brotherhood supporter who tried to engage him. The Brother told him, “It is important to organize, dive into the elections.” He just ...  Read More »

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Rebels Beware of the Bears that Hug Your Generals

The young people of Egypt led the January 25 revolution, and the army inherited it first, then the army jointly with the Muslim Brothers. And now under the rubric of Tamarod (Rebel), they have spearheaded again the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi, which they could only — or opted to — do through the army and ...  Read More »

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Egypt's Media Blunders

The unfolding political tumult in Egypt over the past ten days has not only captured headlines worldwide, it has taken its toll on journalism and reporting as well. While much of the international media turned their attention away from the country over the past year and assumed democracy was marching along, trouble ...  Read More »

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ثورة؟ انقلاب؟... الأكيد: كسّرنا الصندوقراطية

صاحب محل عصير القصب، الذي تعرفت عليه في الفقرة الأخيرة من مقالي «عصير الصندوقراطية»، لم يتظاهر يوم 30 يونيو، ورغم أن رده على الشاب الإخواني الذي طالبه بـ«التنظم وخوض الانتخابات» كان «ثانية واحدة هاروح أتنظم وأجي لك». إلا أنه لم «يتنظم» ولكنه «تحرّك». صباح يوم 30 يونيو وضع أمام المحل علم مصر، ولصق ورقة صغيرة كتب ...  Read More »

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Protesters Head to Egypt Defense Ministry to Demand Morsi's Reinstatement

Pro-Morsi demonstrators in Cairo set out for defense ministry headquarters Friday night to demand reinstatement of Egypt's ousted president. Speakers at Nasr City's Rabaa Al-Adawiya Mosque, where a massive sit-in by supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is being held, announced that a peaceful march ...  Read More »

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Thousands Break Fast in Tahrir Square to Celebrate Morsi Ouster

Ramadan breakfast in Tahrir Square celebrates 'third wave of revolution,' upholds demand for President Morsi's removal. Several thousands gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday for a communal Ramadan breakfast to show their support for the 3 June ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi. Under the ...  Read More »

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In the Interim: The Constitutional Declaration Retains Some Contentious Articles

For at least four months, Egypt’s legal framework will be the Constitutional Declaration issued by Interim President Adly Mansour on 8 July. The thirty-three-article declaration has been designed to provide a basic constitutional backbone until a committee reviews the 2012 Constitution, makes amendments, and puts the ...  Read More »

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Rising Up Against Sexual Violence: An Interview with Yasmin El-Rifae of Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment

According to HarassMap, since 30 June, there have been 173 cases of mob sexual assaults reported at protests in Tahrir Square and in front of the Presidential Palace. The esclation of sexual assaults against women has led to a number of campaigns working to raise awareness and combating what they describe as an ...  Read More »

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Is The Egyptian Revolution Aborted? Interview With Hossam El-Hamalawy

[I conducted this interview with Hossam El-Hamalawy despite a bad internet connection! Please find both the video and the edited English transcription below.] Hossam El-Hamalawy starts by rejecting the "coup vs. revolution" debate, and addresses briefly the short and long history of the military's ...  Read More »

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Al-Manial’s Tragedy in Photos

Hundreds of people, including supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi and residents of Cairo's al-Manial district, clashed for hours on al-Gamaa bridge on the night of 5 July 2013, using rocks, sticks, and guns. The chaotic scene started around 10 p.m., as Morsi's supporters were returning from a march nearby ...  Read More »

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Kurdish Translation of Statement by Comrades from Cairo: 'We Can Smell the Tear Gas from Rio and Taksim to Tahrir'

[This statement was originally published in English here. It was translated into Kurdish by Xelef Botan.] Nameyek ji Hevalên ji Qahîre: em bêhna gaz a ku ji Rio û Taksîm’ê tê li Tehrîrê distînin [Ev nivîsar, wergera danezana ku demekî nêzik de ji alîyê Hevalên ji Qahîre ve hatîye weşandî ye. Hun dikarin Ingilîzîya ...  Read More »

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Opponents, Supporters of Egypt's Morsi Plan Rival Friday Demos in Cairo

Supporters of ousted president plan mass Friday protests to demand his reinstatement as supporters of Egypt's new transitional government gear up to celebrate his ouster. Supporters and opponents of ousted president Mohamed Morsi are both planning major events on Friday. Pro-Morsi protesters camped out en masse in ...  Read More »

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الجموع: تحولات عالمية وميلاد من نوع آخر

 يرى الكثيرون أن المجتمعات في عصر العولمة تصبح أقلّ هرميةً وهيراركية، وأكثر أفقية. وقد تبدو هذه المقولة بعيدةً للبعض عن مواضيع مثل المقاومة والتغيير، ودور الأحزاب ومستقبلها في عالمنا العربي، وخاصةً في مصر. إلا أنها مقولة تعطي مدلولاً واسعاً حول الأنساق التنظيمية الجديدة، وكيفية تشكّلها وأنماط تفاعلها. مما يعني أن ...  Read More »

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ملف من الأرشيف: حسن البنا

[”ملف من الأرشيف“ هي سلسة تقوم ”جدلية“ بنشرها بالعربية والإنجليزية بالتعاون مع جريدة ”السفير“ اللبنانية. الملفات لشخصيات أيقونية تركت أثراً عميقاً في الحقل السياسي والثقافي في العالم العربي.] الإسم: حسن الشهرة: البنا اسم الأب: أحمد عبد ...  Read More »

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New PM Starts Talks to Form Cabinet

Newly appointed Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi began procedures late Wednesday night to form his cabinet, even as deposed President Mohamed Morsi’s supporters vowed to stage more protests calling for the reinstatement of the Muslim Brotherhood government. Beblawi, an economist and former finance minister, told ...  Read More »

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Is the Egyptian Revolution Dead?

The short answer is “No.” A longer answer follows. What happened in Egypt between 30 June and 3 July was not a coup against an elected government. It was another attempt by the generals to co-opt Egypt’s January 25 Revolution. The situation’s complexity and its globally and ideologically charged nature makes it hard ...  Read More »

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Selective Memories

I am neither a supporter of Mohammed Morsi nor of the Egyptian military. To place oneself in either camp is to assert an allegiance to hierarchy, patriarchy, capitalism, secrecy and violence. The military and the Brotherhood are not two poles that encompass Egyptian society; they are two elitist organizations with ...  Read More »

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Where the Nile Flows into the Rubicon

Never in recent history have officials, commentators, and even political activists spent so much time parsing the meaning of a handful of words—notably, “coup”, “revolution”, and “democratic legitimacy.” The quality of magical thinking inherent in much of the discussion is striking. It is most striking when Western ...  Read More »

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Midwife for a Pregnant Egypt

On the face of it, 30 June was a "coup": the army intervened to remove an elected president, annul the constitution, and oversee an interim government to undertake new elections for president and parliament, and draft a new constitution. But what if this is what the majority of people in a country want? Is ...  Read More »

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The June Rebellion in Egypt

Despite two and a half years of revolutionary experience, the rebels of June had no plan for the day after Morsi, just as they had no plan after Mubarak. One activist eloquently conveyed to me a typical attitude: he joined the 30 June protests because he believed in harakat al-shari’, the dynamism of the street, which ...  Read More »

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Feminism(s), Secularism, and Religions: Encounter Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Maya Mikdashi and Other Scholars/Activsts

The following episode of Encounter (hosted by David Rutlege) features interviews with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Maya Mikdashi, as well as Leila Ahmed, Ellen Armour, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Lisa Isherwood, and Ratna Osman--all of whom are feminist professors and/or activists. In "Beyond the Boundaries," they ...  Read More »

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Has the Ouster of President Morsi Preserved the Path to Democracy or Ended It? A Panel Discussion on Egypt

On 30 June, over 14 million Egyptians took to the street demanding that President Morsi step down and on 3 July, the Egyptian military forced him out and suspended the constitution. Morsi supporters call it a coup; his opponents call it revolution 2.0 – but what kind of revolution is it? Will the military return ...  Read More »

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Rights Groups Condemn Excessive Force Against Morsi Supporters

Human rights organizations have condemned the use of excessive force by the military and security forces against supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi. Fifty-one men died as a result of gunshot wound and hundreds were injured on Monday at the Republican Guards headquarters. Morsi supporters say that soldiers ...  Read More »

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HRW Criticizes New Immigration Policy

Human Rights Watch (HRW) criticized today Egypt’s change in immigration policy regarding Syrian refugees entering the country. On 8 July and without prior warning the Egyptian government introduced a new entry policy for Syrian nationals requiring them to obtain a visa and security clearance before arriving in ...  Read More »

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Prosecution Orders Arrest of Leading Brotherhood Members

Arrest warrants are issued for Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badei and other Islamist figures on charges of inciting deadly violence at Republican Guard protests. Egypt's general prosecution issues arrest warrants on Wednesday for the Muslim Brotherhood's Supreme Guide Mohamed Badei and nine Islamist figures, ...  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: 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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