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Hassan Al-Banna: A Profile from the Archives

[”A Profile from the Archives“ is a series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. This profile was ...  Read More »

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Experimenting and Exploring: Student Photography from Cairo

Photographs by German University in Cairo 2013 Photography Students, text by Yasser Alwan. After a semester-long introduction to photography, first-year Applied Arts students at the German University in Cairo had three weeks to formulate, carry out, and edit a photography project of their choice. Some of the ...  Read More »

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Press Release: Sentencing Activists for Fifteen Years in Absentia Confirms Our Concerns

[The following press released was issued on 12 June 2014 by the below list of groups and published on by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR)]   Joint Press Release: Sentencing Activists for 15 years in Absentia Confirms Our Concerns Regarding the Right to Free and Fair Trials and the Independence ...  Read More »

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Legal Issues In The Shura Council Case

Here are five legal issues in the case of the Shura Council protest. Alaa Abd El Fattah is among the twenty-five defendants, who were sentenced on Wednesday to fifteen years in absentia, in addition to five years under surveillance and a 100,000 Egyptian pound fine: 1. Police arrested Alaa Abd El Fattah on 28 ...  Read More »

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Abd El Fattah, Shura Council Defendants Sentenced To Fifteen Years In Absentia

Cairo Criminal Court sentenced activist Alaa Abd El Fattah and twenty-four others to fifteen years jail in absentia, a 100,000 Egyptian pound fine and five years' surveillance on Wednesday, in a trial known as the Shura Council case, raising severe concerns among lawyers and family members. Abd El Fattah ...  Read More »

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On Revolutions and Defeated Revolutionary Movements: A Reply to Brecht De Smet

I thank Becht De Smet for replying to my critique of his “Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Egypt.”  Theoretical debates seeking to evaluate the applicability of general social science concepts to Middle East studies are all too rare.  Engaging in them de-exceptionalizes the region and may help make it ...  Read More »

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We Shall Continue

Mahienour al-Massry, imprisoned on charges based on the Protest Law, writes from her prison cell: Khaled Said's anniversary has passed without reviving his memory, while at the same time one of Mubarak's men has been inaugurated to rule the state, a man who says he will deliver the martyrs' rights. Nonetheless, he is ...  Read More »

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Press Release: Egyptian Leader Faces Rights Crisis

[The following press release was issued on 10 June 2014 by Human Rights Watch (HRW).] (Beirut) – President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi takes office in Egypt in the midst of a human rights crisis as dire as in any period in the country’s modern history, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. The new ...  Read More »

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تقرير حول أداء وسائل الإعلام خلال الانتخابات الرئاسية 2014

أصدر مركز القاهرة لدراسات حقوق الإنسان صباح اليوم السبت 7 يونيو 2014 تقريره المرحلي الثاني حول التغطية الإعلامية لفترات الاقتراع في الانتخابات الرئاسية 2014 . التقرير الذي يتكون من أربعة مباحث في 26 صفحة تقريبًا، يرصد ويقيم التغطية الإعلامية لــ15 وسيلة إعلامية (مرئية– مكتوبة – مسموعة) خلال المراحل الثلاث الأخيرة ...  Read More »

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الاعتداءات الجنسية والاغتصاب في ميدان التحرير

  الاعتداءات الجنسية والاغتصاب في ميدان التحرير أثناء الاحتفال بحلف يمين الرئيس دليل على عدم كفاية التعديلات القانونية الأخيرة للتصدي لتلك الجرائم وقوع على الأقل 9 حالات اعتداءات جنسية واغتصابات بالآلات الحادة والأصابع الأسبوع الجاري. تابع الموقعون التعديلات القانونية الأخيرة في قانون العقوبات المرتبطة بجرائم ...  Read More »

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Egypt’s Nile Blues

Ethiopia is forging ahead with the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Blue Nile, which it began more than three years ago, despite Egypt’s protests.  Unlike Egypt, Sudan has not raised objections to the dam, reckoning that it could gain from the project by purchasing electricity, ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (June 9)

[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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1 كم نكبة عاشها فلسطينيو سيناء؟

‫يبدو أن (ال) التعريف قد فقدت معناها في العلاقات المصرية الفلسطينية، فلم نعد نعرف على وجه الدقة مَن هو "الــــــ" عدو، ومَن "الـــــ" صديق، وضاع "تعريف" النصر والهزيمة، والنكسة والنكبة، والدولة والنظام والحكومة، والأمن والاستخبارات. كنت أظن أن المعنى اللغوي للنكبة لا ينطبق اصطلاحاً إلا ...  Read More »

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May Ziada: A Profile from the Archives

[”A Profile from the Archives“  is a series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. This profile was originally ...  Read More »

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'Mind the Gap: Bridging Knowledge and Practices of Activism' at the Fourth Arab Bloggers Meeting

Since the political movements known as the Arab Uprisings erupted in late 2010, some of them leading to the toppling of a handful of long-lived authoritarian regimes in the area, the influence of networked communication technologies on social change and activism has taken center stage in an animated debate spanning ...  Read More »

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تزامنٌ شيّق برغم الاختلاف

تزامن مشهدا الانتخابات المصرية والسورية، رغم الاختلاف الجذري بين البلدين. وفي المشهدين، تكرّرت مشاهد الاحتفال في الشارع، رغم الاختلاف الجذري بين البلدين. وإذ اتفق معارضو المشهدين على وسمهما بصيغة «عودة الديكتاتور»، ترى الناخبين في المشهدين قد اتفقوا أيضاً على تحديد هدف واضح للصيغة التي انتخبوها: العودة إلى البيت في ...  Read More »

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“Down with this Classist Society”: A Letter from Mahienour El-Masry

[The following is an English translation of a letter circulating in social media by Egyptian activist Mahienour El-Masry, who is currently serving a two-year prison sentence for allegedly organizing an unauthorized protest during the Khalid Said murder retrial. The letter was translated ...  Read More »

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مينا: أجساد موشومة

(قراءة نقدية في رواية "مينا" للكاتبة اللبنانية/المصرية: سحر مندور– دار الآداب اللبنانية – بيروت – 2013) تبدأ الرواية بسؤال السرد النسوي الذي يجعل من الجسد والسلطة وتداعياتهما مركزًا ديناميًا للسرد، باعتبارهما منطلقًا نقديًا لكل الأبنية السلطوية الذكورية ومرجعياتها الثقافية، سؤال يؤسس للحفر في اليومي من ...  Read More »

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Counting Votes in Egypt and Practicing Return in Palestine: Interviews with Hossam El-Hamalawy and Samera Esmeir

Despite massive pro-military media propaganda in Egypt, and threats of large fines against those who did not vote, the election commission had to extend the voting for a third day in an attempt to draw more people to polling booths. As predicted, ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was declared president of Egypt ...  Read More »

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Egyptian Investment Law Axing Proxy Litigation Harmful to Citizen Rights

Days before its resignation on 24 February 2014, the Beblawi cabinet announced its intention to amend Egypt's investment law. The change would limit the right to challenge sales contracts of public sector companies concluded between the government and investors, by limiting that right [of challenging these contracts ...  Read More »

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Theory and its Consequences: A Reply to Joel Beinin

In a piece on Jadaliyya, labor historian and scholar of the Egyptian revolution Joel Beinin engages critically with my article entitled “Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Egypt.” Beinin takes issue with two lines of argument developed in the text. The first is my rejection of a “consequentialist” perspective ...  Read More »

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (May 2014)

[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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Egypt Media Roundup (June 2)

[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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المراجعات الاقتصادية الكبرى.. الاختراع الاقتصادي الأخطر في القرن العشرين: الناتج المحلي الاجمالي

في قلب الأزمة الاقتصادية اليونانية، التي هددت حقا البلاد بالافلاس، حولت سلطات الإدعاء رئيس الجهاز الإحصائي الرسمي في البلاد آندرياس جيورجيو للمحاكمة في مطلع عام 2013 وتم فتح تحقيق برلماني. أما التهمة فكانت أنه عدل نسبة عجز الموازنة من الناتج المحلي الإجمالي بعد أن أعلن أن حسابات الناتج المحلي الإجمالي لليونان كان ...  Read More »

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Port Said in the Evening, Port Said in the Morning

On Sunday, 1 May, 2005, on the eve of Sham al-Nessim, five decidedly non-mainstream musical groups celebrated the age-old Egyptian holiday before an audience of nearly five hundred people. Most of the audience members were from the cities along the Suez Canal and Cairo. State media was conspicuously absent; there was ...  Read More »

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Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival: "La voix est libre"

La voix est libre
April 2014 
Falaki Theater, Cairo, Egypt

   French artist Blaise Merlin started “La voix est livre” (The throat is clear) as a trans-disciplinary arts festival in Paris in 2005. The idea behind the project was to bring together artists and art forms that seldom mix in contemporary ...  Read More »

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Sisi Mania in Photos

Expressions of support for former army chief and the presumed presidential election winner Abdel Fattah al-Sisi have reached new heights during the lead-up to the 26-28 May 2014 vote. His name and image can be found on billboards all over the buildings, posters plastered on the walls coffee shops, and photos on ...  Read More »

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السيسي رجلنا

على مدار اليومين المقبلين سينزل بعض المصريين إلى الشوارع في تعبير انتخابي فارغ عن الإرادة الوطنية. سوف "يختارون" بين حاكم مصر الحالي ورئيسها المقبل، المشير السابق عبد الفتاح السيسي، ومنافسه غير المقنع، حمدين صباحي. بعضهم سينزل إلى الشوارع ليصوّت لـ "بشرة خير": السيسي ولا أحد غيره. وفي ظل ...  Read More »

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Egypt: Dozens of Disappeared Civilians Face Ongoing Torture at Military Prison

[The following reports was issued by Amnesty International on 22 May 2014] Dozens of civilians have been subjected to enforced disappearance and held for months in secret detention at an Egyptian military camp, where they are subjected to torture and other ill-treatment to make them confess to crimes, according to ...  Read More »

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الخطر القادم من حمدين صباحي

"الخطر" القادم من حمدين صباحي مهما كانت نسبة الأصوات التي سيحصل عليها حمدين صباحي في الانتخابات الرئاسية في مصر،  فإنه سيشكل "خطراً" على النظام القائم ما بعد الانتخابات، ذلك أنه مرشح لقيادة المعارضة المفتتة حالياً، والتي تفتقر إلى قيادة موحدة. هذا إذا لم يكن هناك مسعى لتدارك هذه الإمكانية من ...  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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