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"A Glance" by Youssef Idris

A Glance By Youssef Idris It was strange for a small girl like her, in simplicity and innocence, to ask a grown man like me, someone she didn’t know, to adjust what she was carrying. What she carried was truly complicated: on her head settled a tray of roasted potatoes, and balanced on top of that rested a wide pan ...  Read More »

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A Reflection on Violence and Democracy

On the morning of 30 June, BBC reporter Aleem Maqbool reports from Cairo, “what is today going to be remembered for? What is the 30th June going to be remembered for? Is it going to be the turning point in Egyptian politics or is it going to be remembered for violence?” But what if violence constitutes an ...  Read More »

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حاميها حراميها

قامت ثورة 25 يناير حسب علمي يوم عيد الشرطة، قامت لإسقاط "نظام يوليو" بعقليته الأمنية وهواجسه العسكرية بعد خمس وخمسين سنة من حكم الطوارئ. قامت ضد إعلام كاذب ينقل فيه تليفزيون الدولة الرسمي غير ما يحدث على أرض الواقع. قامت ضد محليات فاسدة، ومحافظ ورئيس حي وعمدة لا يختارهم أهل المكان، تلقي بهم السلطة المركزية ...  Read More »

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The Lead-Up to Egypt Army's Monday Statement: A Timeline

What prompted the armed forces' forty-eight-hour ultimatum on Monday, and what will come next? Ahram Online provides a brief timeline culled from reports by informed sources from both sides Tuesday, 25 June: A group of activists and opposition figures notify the minister of defense that momentum for planned 30 June ...  Read More »

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Morsi Refuses to Make Concessions

In a televised speech, President Mohamed Morsi stressed that there is no alternative to electoral legitimacy, amidst growing protests rejecting his rule and demanding his ouster since 30 June. He added that he rejects any attempt by any party to overthrow his legitimacy.   Morsi gave no alternative to the ...  Read More »

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A Host of Roadmaps: Opposition, Islamists & Army Propose Ways out of Egypt Crisis

Opposition coalitions, Islamist alliances and Egypt's armed forces – among others – all offer 'roadmaps' aimed at ending country's precarious political standoff A number of roadmaps and initiatives were proposed over the last few days as a way out of the current crisis in Egypt, several of which came following ...  Read More »

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Protests Turn Violent in Cairo

Violence erupted at a protest in support of President Mohamed Morsi Tuesday afternoon near Cairo University when a group of Morsi opponents approached it, chanting against the president, eyewitnesses said. The protest was held in the wake of nationwide calls for Morsi to resign. A resident of nearby Bayn al-Sarayat ...  Read More »

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Down with Military Rule…Again?

Millions of Egyptians are continuing to take to the streets. They are calling on President Mohamed Morsi to resign and to hold early presidential elections. At the same time many express concern about the army’s 1 July statement and the potential for a return to military rule at the hands of the Supreme Council of ...  Read More »

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HRW Urges Security to Prevent Violence

Human Rights Watch called on Egypt’s authorities to fulfill their responsibilities in protecting citizens from violent attacks, irrespective of their political affiliations. In a statement published Tuesday, the rights watchdog said twenty-four people died and hundreds were injured since protests broke out across the ...  Read More »

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Court Reinstates Former Prosecutor General

The Egyptian Court of Cassation ruled the sacking of former Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud and his replacement by Talaat Abdallah by President Mohamed Morsi illegal, state-run news agency MENA reported Tuesday.  State-owned daily newspaper Al-Ahram quoted judicial sources as saying Judge ...  Read More »

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Opposition Groups Welcome Military Statement

The National Salvation Front on Monday described the military statement that set a deadline for a political response to nationwide protests as “reflective of all the meanings, guarantees and proof ... asserting that the military can never abandon its duty to protect the people, their history and their ...  Read More »

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Anti-Military Revolutionaries Take Part in Protests

As military choppers hovered over the squares of Cairo, where protesters have congregated since 30 June to demand the departure of President Mohamed Morsi, the crowds cheered, pointing their green laser lights at them. ‪“The army and the people are one hand,” they chanted. The chant alienated some protesters, who had ...  Read More »

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Sectarianism and Counter-Revolution in Egypt: Not a Family Affair

One week before 30 June, the day of mass protest against president Mohamed Morsi, a new convulsion of violence targeted one of Egypt’s most marginal groups, and left many in shock. On 23 June, a mob of Sunni Egyptians, incited by the Salafist imam of their local mosque, lynched four Shi‘i Egyptians in the Giza village ...  Read More »

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That a Revolution, As Yet Undefeated, May Succeed

The political alliance that currently rules Egypt, that is, the Muslim Brotherhood, old regime remnants, and some businessmen, agrees with the opposing members of the dissolved NDP on one fundamental matter: June 30 is a counter-revolution. It is directed against the January 25 Revolution. The former view the affair ...  Read More »

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Press Release by Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment/Assault on Sexual Assaults during 30 June Demonstrations (Video)

[The following press release was issued by Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment/Assault (OpAntiSH) on 2 July 2013.] Press Release: Mob Sexual Assaults Reported to OpAntiSH during June 30th Demonstrations Hit Catastrophic Skies Mob sexual assaults reported to OpAntiSH during June 30th demonstrations hit catastrophic ...  Read More »

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يوم اختفى الإخوان من شوارع مصر

سيذكر التاريخ إن الإخوان المسلمين عاشوا ثمانين عاماً ونيف يحلمون بالوصول للسلطة كبوابة محلية لـ "أستاذية العالم" والانتشار في الكون والمجرات، لكنهم في عام واحد من وصولهم إليها كانوا بالكاد يتحسسون موطىء قدم لهم في شوارع مصر، متاورين في ميدان واحد، بعد أن فاضت بالغاضبين المتوعدين.     (1) عن 30 ...  Read More »

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Kahireli Yoldaslar grubundan mektup

Kahireli Yoldaşlar grubundan mektup: Rio ve Taksim’den gelen gazın kokusunu Tahrir’den alıyoruz [Bu metin Kahireli Yoldaşlar tarafından yakın zamanda yayımlanan bir bildirinin çevirisidir. Metnin İngilizcesi'ne buradan ulaşılabilir.] Yanı başında mücadele ettiğimiz sizlere: 30 Haziran, 25 ve 28 Ocak 2011’de ...  Read More »

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Military Statement was Not Checked by Morsi: Presidency

Presidency releases statement stressing President Morsi still up for dialogue with political forces; will only accept democratic means to achieve reconciliation The Egyptian presidency revealed late Monday that an earlier statement by the armed forces was not checked by President Mohamed Morsi before its ...  Read More »

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Political Ultimatums

Egypt's Armed Forces released a statement midday Monday that spurred a flurry of divergent reactions from supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi, a day after rallies drew millions to the streets calling on him to step down.  Protesters camped at Rabaa al-Adawiya in Nasr City ...  Read More »

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مصر: الثورة والتمرد

مصر على مفتَرق طرق، ليست هي المرة الاولى التي يتم فيها تكرار هذه المقولة ولكن يبدو أنها ستتكرر كثيراً حتى يتم حسم الأمر في مصر وتستعيد ثورة 25 يناير وهجها وقدرتها وديناميكيتها وتبتعد عن حكاية "الصندوق هو الحكم". الثورة التي قامت في مصر كانت كافية لأن تُغير كل شيء هناك، الناس والمجتمع والقوى السياسية وأنماط ...  Read More »

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كي تنتصر ثورة لم تنهزم بعد

يتفق التحالف السياسي الذي يحكم مصر حالياً، بين الإخوان المسلمين وفلول جهاز الدولة التابع للنظام القديم وبعض رجال أعماله، مع فلول الوطني المحلول المنافسين لهذا التحالف على شيء أساسي: 30 يونيو ثورة جديدة مضادة لثورة يناير. الطرف الأول يقدمها كانقلاب على ثورة يناير على أساس أن معارضة حكمه من معارضتها. أما الطرف ...  Read More »

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The Political Consequences of Mr. Morsi

The week, before demonstrations planned for 30 June demanding President Morsi step down and new elections be held, has been one of unsettling violence. There is an increasing sense of foreboding that the political situation is spinning out of control. It is clearer to many what Egypt is not, (Turkey, Brazil, Tunisia, ...  Read More »

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Introducing Mada Masr

We did not spend a long time savoring what it means to be unemployed. After our dramatic layoffs prompted by the sudden scaling down of Egypt Independent, a paper we worked for and developed to become a leading source of news on Egypt, we went to the beach. There, besides eating, swimming, playing cards, and staring ...  Read More »

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No Apologies

Egypt at the moment feels like a series of battles and struggles, separated by geography but all ultimately linked together, hurtling towards some unknown destiny.  People are dying and politicians are floundering, however this post is about one fight: the one against sexual assault. The fight to free ...  Read More »

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Army is the Only Answer, Say MOD Protesters

Protesters calling for President Mohamed Morsi’s resignation descended on the Ministry of Defense on Sunday afternoon, in what is their most direct appeal for military intervention yet. A man in an army uniform and another in police clothes where hoisted onto protesters’ shoulders, who chanted “the army and the ...  Read More »

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Ministers Resign in Objection to Regime's Handling of Protests

Local media reported on Monday a series of senior resignations in opposition to the regime's management of the current crisis. The state-run Al-Ahram paper reported that State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Hatem Bagato has submitted his resignation to the cabinet earlier today.  Al-Ahram reported that ...  Read More »

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Armed Forces Warns of Intervention in Forty-Eight Hours

The Armed Forces warned political forces of intervening if they do not reach a solution to the ongoing stalemate in Egypt, a statement aired on television and posted on the official military Facebook page said today.  ‪The statement came in response to nationwide protests Sunday, when millions took to the ...  Read More »

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Jadaliyya Coverage of Egypt on 30 June 2013

For almost all Egyptians, 30 June 2013 was a day of celebration. Yet, while partisans of the Muslim Brotherhood were celebrating the one-year anniversary of Mohamed Morsi’s presidency, the twenty-two million Egyptians who signed on to the Tamarod Campaign petition--calling for early president election--were ...  Read More »

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Obsessed with Turkish Models in Egypt

Shortly after the outbreak of Turkey’s Gezi Park protests, Egyptian public forums were flooded with a variety of expressions that drew parallels between the respective situations in each of the two countries. The trend reinforced the international media’s initial characterization of protests in Turkey as the ...  Read More »

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Tamarod: Egypt's Revolution Hones its Skills

Since Mubarak's dramatic toppling on 11 February 2011, Egypt has been center stage in most discussions, theoretical and methodological, on the role of social media in political communication and dissent. There is no shortage of treatments on the topic from the popular press to scholarly writings. In just two years, ...  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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