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Sons of Beaches: How Alexandria's Ideological Battles Shape Egypt

A Salafist Muslim intellectual, overlooking an Alexandrian beach last summer, tells me over coffee: “The cosmopolitanism of our city [Alexandria] may look like it has died, but the skeletal structure of cosmopolitanism is still there. It is this structure that underpins the spread and acceptance of ideas, including ...  Read More »

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Call for Applicants: Building Knowledge in Media Policy for Arab Countries in Transition (Cairo, 12-21 March 2013)

Building Knowledge in Media Policy for Arab Countries in Transition 12 - 21 March 2013 American University of Cairo The School of Global Affairs and Public Policy’s Executive Education at the American University in Cairo, announces the third round of its program entitled "Building Knowledge in Media ...  Read More »

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Egypt’s Anti-Freedom Constitution: The Borhami Video

“This constitution imposes complete restrictions that have never before been imposed by any Egyptian constitution” and it “places restrictions on freedom of thought, expression, and creativity.” These are the words of Sheikh Yasser Borhami, a leading member of the Constituent Assembly. He was explaining Article 10 of ...  Read More »

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اقتصاد مصر بين المُفْلِسين والمُفَلِّسين

هذه المرة تجيء نذر إفلاس مصر من كل صوب وحدب. بدأ الأمر بتصريحات من وزير الصناعة والتجارة عن صعود متوقع فى عجز الموازنة ربما يؤدي «إلى عدم القدرة على سداد الرواتب إذا لم يتم التعامل معه». ثم يقول الأمين العام لجبهة الإنقاذ المعارضة محمد البرادعي بالنص وهو يدعو الرئيس لوقف الاستفتاء على الدستور وإعادة تشكيل الجمعية ...  Read More »

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A New Judicial Moment in Egypt

The paradox is stark. Vice President Mahmoud Mekky, Justice Minister Ahmed Mekky and Constituent Assembly Chief Hossam al-Gheriany — three icons of the Independence Current in the judiciary — are in the executive authority’s camp in the current constitutional crisis. Meanwhile, others who are considered part of the ...  Read More »

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Egypt’s Constitutional Referendum Results

Based on numbers reported by Egyptian media outlets, below is a summary of the constitutional referendum vote results broken down by governorate. What do these numbers tell us? In two stages of voting, average turnout across governorates was 30%, with Egyptians abroad participation being the most notable ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (December 24)

[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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ملف من الأرشيف: أحمد فؤاد نجم

[”ملف من الأرشيف“ هي سلسة تقوم ”جدلية“ بنشرها بالعربية والإنجليزية بالتعاون مع جريدة ”السفير“ اللبنانية. الملفات ستكون لشخصيات أيقونية تركت أثراً عميقاً في الحقل السياسي والثقافي في العالم العربي.]       الإسم: أحمد فؤاد الشهرة: نجم إسم الأب: محمد عزت إسم الأم: هانم مرسي تاريخ الولادة: ...  Read More »

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Farewell, Samer Soliman

“Today I lost part of my life. Farewell, Samer,” scholar Amr Abdel Rahman wrote of his longtime friend Samer Soliman, who family, friends, students, and readers lost Sunday after his battle with cancer.  Soliman’s death at a critical juncture in the history of Egypt, a nation he lived of and for, has shaken ...  Read More »

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Samer Soliman, Prominent Academic and Activist, Dies at Forty-Four

Egyptian academic, activist, and author Samer Soliman has died after a battle with terminal illness. He was forty-four years old. Soliman was a founding member of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party and the Egyptians Against Religious Discrimination Movement. He was also professor of political economy at the ...  Read More »

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Egypt's Draft Constitution in Focus: Torture

[The following video is part of a series of clips produced by the Mosireen collective to promote greater awareness around the draft constitution currently under consideration in national referendum in Egypt. The full series can be accessed by clicking here.] "We cannot tolerate a regime that ...  Read More »

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Jadaliyya Page on Egypt's Constitutional Referendum

As debate over Egypt’s draft constitution proceeds, the editors would like to bring to your attention a page compiling Jadaliyya’s coverage of the lead-up to the constitutional referendum, as well as the political battles that have shaped the context in which the referendum is being convened. A few highlights from ...  Read More »

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من القاهرة الجميلة - الجزء الرابع

 "!جيييكه! جيييكه! جيييكه" في يوم صدامات قصر الإتحادية، نبضَ زفيرُ المدينة وشهيقها أكثر من مرةٍ، خلال الليلة الدامية، على هدير ذاك الهتاف الهادئ الهامس بالكاد: "جيييكه! جيييكه! جيييكه!" كان ذاك هدير همس جماعي من مجموعةٍ من شباب المتظاهرين، ممن هم بين سن السادسة عشرة والثامنة ...  Read More »

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Say “Yes” to the Revolution

Dear Mom and Dad, I hear you are going to vote “yes” on the draft constitution. But because I know you well, and I know you only stand up for what is right, I would like to tell you a short story and make a small request. The story took place on the eve of Hosni Mubarak's stepping down, when there were millions of ...  Read More »

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The Severed Branches of Local Government

Sometime in the middle of last March, while I was still living in Cairo, I was working at my desk when I heard a noisy argument outside my window. The street in Zamalek where I lived was home to about a dozen little shops, along with a small café and a cafeteria, and I had long since learned to tune out the shouts and ...  Read More »

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Egypt's Draft Constitution in Focus: Freedom of Expression

[The following video is part of a series of clips produced by the Mosireen collective to promote greater awareness around the draft constitution currently under consideration in national referendum in Egypt. The full series can be accessed by clicking here.] This clip comes in response to a government ...  Read More »

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قولوا نعم للعيش والحرية والعدالة الاجتماعية

أمي ... أبي ...  بعد السلام والتحية، لقد علمت أنكما ستصوتان على مسودة الدستور بالموافقة ولأني أعلم أنكما لا تقفان إلا مع الحق أحببت أن أقص عليكما قصة قصيرة وأن أطلب منكما طلباً بسيطاً: القصة حدثت في ليلة التنحي، عندما كنا نحتشد بالملايين في ميدان التحرير والشوارع المحيطة به. دخلت الميدان من شارع محمد محمود، ...  Read More »

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Egypt’s Draft Constitution in Focus – The Role of the Army [Video]

[The following video is part of a series of clips produced by the Mosireen collective to promote greater awareness around the draft constitution currently under consideration in national referendum in Egypt. The full series can be accessed by clicking here.] Political researcher Ibrahim El Houdaiby and Hossam Bahgat, ...  Read More »

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The Battle for Sinai

Half a million people live in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, bordering Israel and the Gaza Strip. For decades, they have been governed by a strong security paradigm and the Camp David accords with Israel – underwritten by billions of dollars in US military aid. The true test of the evolving Egyptian relationship with the ...  Read More »

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Morsi's Democracy Devoid of Press and Media Freedoms

“No one will touch media freedoms. There will be no pens broken, no opinions prevented, no channels or newspapers shut down in my era.” This confident claim was uttered by Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi soon after his election, and at the time was met with doubt, as no action had yet been taken to prove its credibility. Today ...  Read More »

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Egypt’s Draft Constitution in Focus: Labor Rights [Video]

[The following video is part of a series of clips produced by the Mosireen collective to promote greater awareness around the draft constitution currently under consideration in national referendum in Egypt. The full series can be accessed by clicking here.] In response to a government-sponsored campaign to promote ...  Read More »

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الطائفة الشرطية وحكومة الرئيس مرسي: تحالف يقوم على رؤية أمنوقراطية للدولة

عادت القوات المسلحة للظهور على الساحة السياسية، ولم يكن ظهورها هذه المرة فقط للإدلاء بالبيانات التي تحاول شرح أسباب اصرار بعض ضباط القوات الجوية على إيقاظ سكان المدن من النوم مبكراً عن طريق التحليق المنخفض بالمقاتلات فوق الأحياء السكنية، أو تبرير آخر انتهاك تورط فيه أفراد الجيش (على غرار البيان الذي تلاه المتحدث ...  Read More »

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Year Three

Two years after Muhammad Bouazzizi’s self-immolation sparked a wave of uprisings in the Arab world, the region remains in turmoil. In what has become a lengthy process of fundamental transformation, there is little indication of when, how or on what basis stability will again be achieved. Given the transitional ...  Read More »

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الأقباط وصراع السلطة على الأحوال الشخصية

حين قام الرئيس حسني مبارك بتعديل الدستور عام 2007، عاد إلى السطح الموضوع الذي طالما أثار جدلا واسعاً وهو وضع الشريعة في القانون المصري. ومن ضمن أكثر المشاركات في النقاش الذي تلى هذه التعديلات مفاجأة كان ما أدلى به البابا شنودة الثالث. ففي موقف يتناقض جذرياً مع مواقفه السابقة التي اتخذها في السبعينات إبان صراعه مع ...  Read More »

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الواقع يرفض بديلكم الوحيد

 “هذا هو البديل الوحيد”، كم مرة سمعنا هذه الجملة منذ يناير ٢٠١١. ربما تكون مرة أو مرات مصحوبة بالأسف لأن الظروف لا تسمح بأكثر من ذلك ولأن الضرورة تفرض ما هو صعب: ليس أمامنا سوى توقيع قرض الصندوق، حتى وإن كان مشروطاً وإلا الإفلاس، يجب وقف الإضرابات العمالية وإلا انهارت البلد، لا يمكننا تطهير جهاز الدولة لأنه لا ...  Read More »

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A Faraway Neighbor

For those of us who have grown up Arab, Palestine is a constant presence. From childhood to adulthood, we hear about the Palestinian cause, from the news, from friends and family, from parents and grandparents, from school, from songs. Palestine is close to our hearts, while its reality is so far away. The land ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (December 17)

[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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Remembering Emad Effat

It was exactly a year ago that Nashwa Abdel-Tawab, in a beige veil, red jacket and black long dress, was on the screens of every news channel across the country and the Arab world. Nashwa Abel-Tawab is the spouse of Emad Effat, a Muslim cleric who broke the walls of the all-but-state-controlled oldest Muslim ...  Read More »

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China Central Television Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Hesham Sallam on Egyptian Constitutional Referendum

In this interview with CCTV America  that aired on 16 December 2012, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Hesham Sallam argues that there is more to the conflict over Egypt's constitution than a spat between Islamists and secularists over the religious nature of the state and role of religion in public life. This is a battle ...  Read More »

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Morsi's Sins beyond the Constitution

  Many observers narrate the latest crisis in Egypt as a conflict over a contentious Islamist-backed constitution that was drafted in a non-inclusive process, resulting in mass demonstrations by opponents and supporters of President Mohamed Morsi. From a bird’s-eye view, the constitution-drafting process and the ...  Read More »

New Pages On Jadaliyya

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

Jadaliyya Features

Egypt Map and Stats

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Population(July 2016 est.): 94,666,993
GDP($US trillions, 2016 est.)$1.105 
Unemployment: 13.1% (2016 est.); Youth Unemployment (ages 15-24): 34.3% (2013 est.)
Internet Users (/million, 2015)31.767 (35.9%)
Exchange Rate(2016 est.)$342.8 billion 
GDP Growth Rate(2016 est.)2.51% 
Military Expenditures(2015): 1.73% of GDP 
Health Expenditures (/GDP, 2014)5.6% 
Population Growth Rate (2016 est.):  2.51%
Age Structure (2016 est.)0-14 years: 33.21%; 15-24 years: 19.24%; 25-54 years: 37.47%; 55-64 years: 5.91%; 65 years and over: 4.17% 
Literacy (2016 est.): 73.8% 
Religious Demographics: Muslim (mostly Sunni) 90%; Coptic 9%; other Christian 1%

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