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Militants Kill Twenty-Five Egyptian Policemen in Sinai

Egyptian police conscripts were attacked and killed on Sunday near the Egypt-Israeli border in the Sinai Peninsula. At least twenty-five Egyptian policemen were killed when suspected militants ambushed a personnel carrier near Rafah-the crossing on the Israeli-Egypt border. Egypt's interior ministry and state ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (August 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 by Sunday night of every ...  Read More »

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Everything Was Possible

I sit, for the twelfth hour now, alone and struggling for what to do. For the first time since I got on a plane for Egypt on 29 January 2011, I am at a loss. Worse days than today lie ahead of us. We thought we could change the world. We know now that that feeling was not unique to us that every revolutionary moment ...  Read More »

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Grieving Families Face Logistical Nightmare at Morgue

A day after the bloody dispersal of two Islamist sit-ins by security forces left hundreds dead, the Al-Iman Mosque in Nasr City had been converted into a makeshift morgue, where ice and fans were used to cool the bodies of the slain protesters. Amid the chaos, grieving families there and at the Zeinhom morgue ...  Read More »

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Sisi Vows to Stand Firm in the Face of Violence

Defense Minister General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Sunday that the Armed Forces will stand firm in the face of violence, while calling on the Muslim Brotherhood to reevaluate their positions. “Whoever thought that Egypt and Egyptians will kneel down under the weight of violence needs to reconsider,” Sisi said during ...  Read More »

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From Citizen To Problem: The New Coptic Tokenism

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry released a statement this past Thursday that was entirely without precedent, and yet it received practically no media attention amidst the political turmoil the country is currently experiencing. According to the statement, “Beyond overlooking the violent and dangerous reality of the ...  Read More »

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240 Brotherhood Members Detained in Ramses Clashes

The West Cairo Prosecution ordered the detention of 240 members of the Muslim Brotherhood for fifteen days, pending investigation into clashes that raged in Ramses Square on Friday. The detainees are accused of murder and attempted murder and using arms against residents and security forces, as well as  halting ...  Read More »

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Excluding the Exclusionary: Does the Muslim Brotherhood Have A Say in Its Future?

As a direct result of relying on outmoded dogmas, the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood backed the movement into a lose/lose corner. On one hand, steadfastly refusing to end its sit-ins led to a bloody defeat and possibly further alienation from mainstream Egyptian opinion on the other, even if the movement’s ...  Read More »

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An Account of the Ramses Violence

The protest at Ramses Square was large and exuberant. A group of young men bounced up and down in a circle to the rhythm of a tabla—ultras style—promising to give the Interior Ministry hell. A middle-aged woman reassured someone on the phone that she was not the only woman at the protest, and that it was calm. At this ...  Read More »

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Sectarian Violence Sweeps Over Egypt

On Wednesday 14 August, police forces brutally cleared out two Cairene sit-ins supporting ousted President Mohamed Morsi, which resulted in well over six hundred deaths. Violence swept over the whole country at a brisk pace, and scores of churches came under attack nationwide. Churches, bible societies, Christian ...  Read More »

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The Revenge of the Police State

While the ongoing violence in Egypt has contributed to a state of confusion and polarization, one thing is certain: The biggest threat facing Egypt remains the return of the police state. More specifically, the threat concerns, not only the reconstitution of a police state, which never really left since Hosni ...  Read More »

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Cabinet Proposes Brotherhood Dissolution

Media advisor to the Cabinet Sherif Shawky said Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi and Minister of Social Solidarity Ahmed al-Boraie are looking into dissolving the Muslim Brotherhood within a legal framework. In a press conference Saturday, Shawky said Beblawi had made the proposal to Borai, and are both currently ...  Read More »

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Egyptian Human Rights Groups Condemn Violence By State, Brotherhood

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights released a statement Thursday condemning the use of excessive force by the security forces dispersing sit-ins by Muslim Brotherhood supporters around Rabea al-Adaweya Mosque and at Nahda Square on Wednesday. It also condemned the Brotherhood for inciting sectarian violence ...  Read More »

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First-Hand Account of Rabea Dispersal

We reached the Rabea al-Adaweya sit-in at seven am on Wednesday, about an hour after the police and Armed Forces launched their coordinated attack to disperse the six-week long demonstration. South of Nasr Street, tens of Muslim Brotherhood protesters gathered in front of a military cordon ...  Read More »

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Egypt's 'Friday of Rage' Clashes Leave Dozens Dead

Friday saw further protests and violence across the country, with dozens of deaths in Cairo alone. Egypt witnessed another day of bloody clashes on Friday as protests led by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi quickly developed into violent clashes with security forces, leaving dozens dead and hundreds ...  Read More »

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Death Toll Climbs as Clashes Continue

The Ministry of Interior is instructed to "deal with Muslim Brotherhood members" after the curfew, Sherif Shawky, media advisor to the Cabinet told Al-Hayat television channel.  "We are facing terrorism but we want to calm down the people. Forces are present," Shawky added. Meanwhile, as ...  Read More »

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Violence Erupts At Several Brotherhood Marches

Several satellite screens showed images of the Muslim Brotherhood march on the May Fifteen Bridge, west of Cairo, shooting gunfire, on Friday afternoon. The violence started as Egypt braces for a nationwide protest on Friday, dubbed "the Friday of Wrath" by the Muslim Brotherhood, two days following the ...  Read More »

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Lina Attalah on 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): Slightly over a month ago, Egypt Independent was shut down by its corporate ...  Read More »

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تمارين لمكافحة فقدان الذاكرة الإرادي أثناء التزام الكنبة

[ كتبت هذا المقال قبل عملية فض اعتصامات رابعة والنهضة بيومين، لكن تأخر نشره لأسباب مختلفة، ولأن الوقت مبكر لاستيعاب وكتابة تحليل مترابط لما حدث، وما يمكن أن يترتب عليه، أعيد نشر المقال المتأخر - اللا متأخر حقيقة - مع تعليق في الخاتمة.]       (1) يحب البعض ممارسة الأمنيزيا "فقدان ...  Read More »

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Press Release: Non-Peaceful Assembly Does Not Justify Collective Punishment

[The following press release was issued by the below listed signatories via the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) on 15 August 2013.]   Press Release: Non-Peaceful Assembly Does Not Justify Collective Punishment - Rights Groups Condemn Lethal Violence Against Those in Sit-in and Terrorist Acts ...  Read More »

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Massacre in Cairo: Sharif Abdel Kouddous, Lina Attalah, and Chris Toensing on Democracy Now!

At least 525 people were killed in Egypt on Wednesday when security forces cracked down on two protest camps filled with supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi. The Muslim Brotherhood says the actual death toll tops 2,000, and has called new rallies for today. The Egyptian military has defended the crackdown ...  Read More »

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Churches Torched Across Egypt in Anti-Coptic Violence by Morsi Loyalists

Violence by Morsi supporters leaves dozens of Christian churches, Coptic-owned businesses and properties burnt; fears grow among Egypt's Christian minority of widespread sectarian strife. Churches across Egypt came under frenzied attack Thursday as the country became convulsed in violent turmoil after security forces ...  Read More »

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Statement from the Egyptian Revolutionary Socialists on the Massacre in Cairo

[The following statement was originally issued in Arabic by the Egyptian Revolutonary Socialists on 14 August 2013. It was subsequently published in English on Socialist Worker.] Down with Military Rule! Down with al-Sisi, the Leader of the Counter-Revolution! The bloody dissolution of the sit-ins ...  Read More »

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Brotherhood Remains Defiant As Death Toll Rises

The Muslim Brotherhood announced on Thursday that it would stay in the streets to protest yesterday’s forcible dispersal of two pro-Morsi sit-ins, which escalated into nationwide chaos that claimed at least 525 lives, according to the Health Ministry. The Brotherhood issued a statement announcing two mass funeral ...  Read More »

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عودة المومياء ... The Mummy Returns

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الوطن على شفا هاوية

وقع المحظور وانطلقت شرارة الحرب الأهلية، وقتل المصريون مصريين آخرين حتى غرق الفضاء المصري في بحر من الدم، ولايزال الوقت مبكراً لمعرفة عدد الضحايا ولكننا رأينا جثث العشرات منهم على الأرض وشاهدنا صور من تفحم منهم، وما نعرفه أن يوم أمس الأربعاء 14 أغسطس كان يوماً أسود في تاريخ المصريين، ما نعرفه أيضاً أنه عندما تسيل ...  Read More »

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بيان الإشتراكيين الثوريين حول أحداث مصر الأخيرة

يسقط حكم العسكر.. يسقط السيسي قائد الثورة المضادة لا يمكن اعتبار الفض الدموي لاعتصامات النهضة ورابعة العدوية سوى مذابح مدبرة لا تستهدف فقط تصفية الإخوان المسلمين بل جزء من مخطط لتصفية الثورة المصرية وإعادة نظام مبارك ودولته البوليسية العسكرية. لم يدافع الاشتراكيون الثوريون يوماً عن نظام مرسي والإخوان المسلمين. ...  Read More »

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The Brotherhood After 30 June: An Interview with the FJP’s Abdel Mawgoud al-Dardery

Abdel Mawgoud al-Dardery describes himself as “an academician by profession and a politician by necessity.” He received his doctorate in cultural studies from the University of Pittsburg in 2000. He wrote his dissertation on the historical conflict between Eurocentrism and Islamism. Soon after returning to Egypt, he ...  Read More »

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New Pro-Morsi Sit-Ins Grow in Maadi and Mohandiseen

After the violent dispersal of the Rabea al-Adaweya and Nahda sit-ins this morning, hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters are finding new protest zones throughout Cairo, most notably in front of Mostafa Mahmoud Square in Mohandiseen and Midan Suares in Maadi. According to a Mada Masr reporter near Midan ...  Read More »

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Churches Attacked in Upper Egypt, Clashes in Governorates

In reaction to the forced dispersal of the Rabea al-Adaweya and Nahda sit-ins, hundreds of supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi attempted to storm the governorate building in Aswan, state news agency MENA reported. Protesters surrounded the building and attacked it with rocks, after which they blocked a ...  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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