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ElBaradei’s Gandhi Moment?

When Mohamed ElBaradei entered Tahrir square on 27 November 2012, he was greeted with chants of, “Oh ElBaradei, Egypt’s Gandhi.” Since the days of the January 25 Revolution, comparisons with Gandhi have followed ElBaradei and entered the popular imagination. ElBaradei himself claims this comparison is not merited and ...  Read More »

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The State of Egypt Today: Political Protests and Freedom of Press

On 22 November, thousands of protesters took to the streets when President Mohammad Morsi unilaterally granted himself sweeping powers to govern Egypt. He later rescinded some provisions of his decree but forced through a draft constitution and set a deadline for a popular referendum to enshrine it. Where is Egypt's ...  Read More »

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من القاهرة الجميلة - الجزء الثالث

شمس القاهرة تبرق في صباحها هذه الأيام، باعتيادٍ لا يماشي دخول فصل الشتاء . . . كأنها تعري ظلال الأركان كلها، وتتروى وتطيل في بريقها، في انتظار رؤى عيون أهلها، فمن غير عيونهم، لن تحقُّ المعجزة.يصخب أهلها كعادتهم عند الغضب تحت تلك الشمس، ثم لسببٍ غير معلوم، يسكنون ويقصد كلٌ منهم بيته، يحمل أثقال المدينة على قسمات وجهه ...  Read More »

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ملف من الأرشيف: الشيخ إمام

 [”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: إمام محمد الشهرة: عيسى إسم الأب: أحمد تاريخ الولادة: 1918 تاريخ ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (December 10)

[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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Brothers in the Hood: Egypt’s Soft Powers and the Arab World

A Jordanian Islamist recently expressed his disappointment: “Egyptians are not giving President Mohammed Morsi a chance!” I responded, “Would you be this forgiving had Hamdeen Sabahi, a secular Nasserist, issued a decree that gave himself exceptional powers?” Silence. Irrespective of Morsi “rescinding” those powers, ...  Read More »

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Morsi Past the Point of No Return

The events of 5 December 2012 mark an important shift in Egyptian politics in light of the violence that pitted Muslim Brotherhood members and partisans of President Mohamed Morsi against protesters opposed to the president’s recent moves to centralize power and allow the Brotherhood to dictate the terms of Egypt’s ...  Read More »

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Al-Masry Al-Youm Goes Inside the Brotherhood's Torture Chambers

Al-Masry Al-Youm spent three hours Wednesday night in a Muslim Brotherhood torture chamber at the presidential palace. The central chamber was located at the gate of the palace in front of Omar bin Abdel Aziz Mosque on Merghany Street. The chamber was cordoned by iron barriers and Central Security Forces, who only ...  Read More »

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Twenty-One Egyptian Rights Organizations Urge Egyptian President to Prevent Civil War

[The following statement was released by a group of Egyptian rights organizations on 6 December 2012.] The undersigned Egyptian human rights organizations express their grave concern regarding the recent developments that are rapidly pushing Egypt toward the brink of civil war, the first signs of which were seen in ...  Read More »

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Violent Clashes at Cairo’s Roxy Square and Beyond, Up Close in Photo and Video

When I set out to the Itihadiyya Presidential Palace in Heliopolis, Cairo, I wanted to capture some footage of the Muslim Brotherhood's pro-Mohamed Morsi sit-in and the clashes that were reported earlier in the evening, with five deaths and more than three hundred injuries confirmed. At that time, I was uncomfortably ...  Read More »

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The Muslim Brotherhood's Militias in Action: A Firsthand Account

The recent clashes at the Itihadiyya presidential palace leave little room for confusion. A day prior to these events, people took to the streets in Egypt’s largest cities to denounce the manner in which the Muslim Brotherhood-controlled presidency has been running the country. On Wednesday 5 December, everything ...  Read More »

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Tahrir at Midnight: Protesting the Constitutional Decree

Photos by Bassam Haddad. Text by Ziad Abu-Rish and Bassam Haddad. [If the images do not show below, click here] After midnight, in the early hours of Wednesday 5 December 2012, I (Bassam) headed to Tahrir Square, which continued to be a flash point of contentious politics and opposition to the Egyptian president's ...  Read More »

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عن دولة ملوك الطوائف في مصر

أثار إشتباك قوات الشرطة والجيش حول قسم ثاني القاهرة الجديدة في 19 نوفمبر 2012 ضحك المتابعين، على ما وصلت إليه حال الدولة المصرية الحديثة. حيث تتعارك مؤسستاها للعنف "المشروع" فيما بينهما في سباق محموم حول من يمتلك قدرة أكبر من الأخرى لإنتهاك قوانين الدولة، التي يسهرون على حمايتها كما تفترض ...  Read More »

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الدستور والصراع الاجتماعي السياسي بعد الثورة في مصر

 يعكس الصراع حول الدستور المصري تناقضات وتقاطعات المصالح بين القوى السياسية والاجتماعية الفاعلة في المشهد المصري وما تعبر عنه من فكر سياسي وأيديولوجي تجسد في الخلاف حول توقيت ومضمون الدستور وأحكامه. وقد بدأت الأزمة بالإعلان الدستوري الذي أصدره الرئيس محمد مرسي في الثاني والعشرين من نوفمبر 2012 والذي أقال فيه ...  Read More »

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Uncle Morsy

The past two weeks, since Morsy announced his Hitler powers, have been the bleakest since the revolution began. The day after Morsy’s Constitutional Declaration, the attorney general held an emergency meeting and opponents of the decree gathered outside the high court, where they were attacked by mystery ...  Read More »

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من القاهرة الجميلة الجزء الثاني

ويمتلئ قلب المدينة مرةً أخرى بألف ألف عَالم، يتشاركون العطفات والدوائر؛ سيدات مجتمعٍ راقٍ، بشعورهن المُنعّمة المصبوغة باللون الأشقر الداكن، يتسابقن على شراء الذرة المشوية من نواصي الميدان المتفرقة، فلا يطرق بائعوها عادةً تلك الأحياء الراقية التي تنحصر فيها وفقط عوالم تلك الشقراوات المُسنّات. ويهتفن برقةٍ أن ...  Read More »

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Those Who Have Tahrir Square Have the Revolution: Egyptians Between Squares

And if you see a Muslim Brotherhood member Coming to the Square, His Mom’s night will be dark And he will leave the square unhappy (Wlaw shufti ikwan gayyilna el meedan  Leilit ummo soda w hayirga3e za3elan). Rami Issam sang his new song –  the Ikhwani [Muslim Brotherhood] creature has no place in my ...  Read More »

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Opposition Set to March on Presidential Palace Against Morsi Decrees

Egyptian opposition parties and revolutionary groups will organise a march to the presidential palace in Heliopolis on Tuesday afternoon to protest the draft constitution, which will be put to national referendum on 15 December. The call was initiated by the National Salvation Front, a recently-formed umbrella group ...  Read More »

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (November 2012)

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 (December 3)

[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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Copts and the Power over Personal Status

When President Mubarak introduced amendments to the 1971 Constitution in the year 2007, the always contested issue of the status of sharia in Egyptian law reemerged in public discourse. Among the most unexpected contributions to the debate that ensued was that made by the Coptic Orthodox Patriarch, the late Pope ...  Read More »

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The Draft Constitution: Some Controversial Stipulations

  After long hours of article-by-article voting on the Egyptian constitution by the Constituent Assembly, the draft was passed on early Friday. The current draft has been submitted to President Mohamed Morsy, who in turn will put it up for a referendum, the conditions of which remain unknown in the wake of ...  Read More »

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November Culture

Jadaliyya's November culture bouquet arrived on the last day of November. Culture Page co-editor Maymanah Farhat reviews a recent exhibit by the Lebanese-American artist Etel Adnan. Mai Serhan reviews Tahani Rached's latest documentary. Ghad Mourad translates poems by the Lebanese poet Wadih Saadeh. Sinan Antoon and ...  Read More »

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Egypt: New Constitution Mixed on Support of Rights

[The following statement was issued by Human Rights Watch on 30 November 2012.] The final draft of a constitution approved on 29 November 2012 by Egypt’s 100-member constituent assembly protects some rights but undermines others. The constitution, approved in the midst of a political standoff between the president ...  Read More »

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The Strong Egypt Party, the Constitutional Decree, and Gaza: An Interview with Abdel Moneim Abul Futuh

Abdel Moneim Abul Futuh was a leading candidate in the 2012 Egyptian presidential election held last May, garnering approximately seventeen percent of votes cast in the first round (compared to approximately twenty-four percent and twenty-three percent for the two eventual run-off candidates—Mohamed Morsi and Ahmed ...  Read More »

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Update: Thousands Converge on Tahrir for Opposition Protests

Tens of thousands gathered Friday in Tahrir Square, the birthplace of the 25 January revolution that ousted President Hosni Mubarak last February. They chanted slogans against President Mohamed Morsy, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Constituent Assembly. All marches from different parts of Cairo converged in the ...  Read More »

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Social Justice and the Draft Constitution

The political economic system that the revolution rose up against was not successfully eliminated because it is built on an alliance between political despotism and unreserved capitalism, monopoly and association. This has resulted in a marriage between power, money and mounds of brazen corruption that we have yet ...  Read More »

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Morsi and his Adversaries

  With November nearly at an end, it seems like an eternity ago that Israel and Gaza were engaged in intense, if unequal fighting. Yet it was only two weeks ago that Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi spent intense hours on the telephone with US President Barak Obama to craft a truce. Not long after the two men ...  Read More »

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Call for Papers -- New Media, New Politics? (post-) Revolutions in Theory and Practice? (London, 26 April 2013)

New Media, New Politics?(post-) Revolutions in Theory and Practice Friday, 26 April, 2013 University of Westminster, London, UK It has been two years since the world witnessed millions of Arabs march, strike and fight to remove their repressive regimes. As the Arab popular struggles coincided with a deepening ...  Read More »

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الحياة الحزبية في مصر بعد الثورة ... بين الإنطلاق والتعثر

أخرجت ثورة 25 من يناير 2011 الحياة السياسية في مصر من حالة الإنسداد والجفاف، التي ألمّت بها طيلة العقود الماضية، وفتحت أبواب المشاركة السياسية أمام ملايين المصريين، لتدخل مصر مرحلة التحول الديمقراطي، التي تنتقل بموجبها من النظام السلطوي اللاديمقراطي، إلى النظام التعددي الديمقراطي، القائم على المشاركة، والمنافسة ...  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: eew@jadaliyya.com. For a listing of EEW’s team members please click here.

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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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