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Rules of Engagement: Documentary Filmmaking According to Tahani Rached

Tahani Rached’s latest documentary film, Nafass Tawil (Deep, Long Breath), premiered in September at the American University in Cairo as part of the International Summer Academy’s Aesthetics and Politics: Counter-Narratives, New Publics, and the Role of Dissent in the Arab World, a research program organized by the ...  Read More »

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Egyptian Protesters and Imprisoned Iranian Hunger Striker: Interviews with Mona El Ghobashy, Hesham Sallam and Hadi Ghaemi

Egyptians are revolting once again but this time against an elected President: Mohammed Morsi, who just passed a series of presidential decrees giving him near-dictatorial powers. Almost two years after the fall of Hosni Mubarak, Egypt remains mired in major political struggles between the remnants of Hosni Mubarak's ...  Read More »

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من القاهرة الجميلة - الجزء الأول

أما عن القاهرة الجميلة؛ فيأبى قمرها السكون، ويظل يبعثُ لحاله، منذ عدة ليال، بصغار الميدان، لكسر صفاء عواء الكلاب في مدى المدينة الليلي الواسع. يملأ هؤلاء الصغار الشارع بالألوان؛ انتهى عصر اللون الزيتي والرمادي والبناطيل القماش. وفي الشارع الواحد؛ قد تجد عزاءاً فاخراً في مسجد عمر مكرم لميتٍ مات على سريره، زغاريط أمسية ...  Read More »

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Egypt: A Year of Abuses Against Detained Children

[The following report was issued by Human Rights Watch on 20 November 2012.]  Egyptian police and military officers have arrested and detained over 300 children during protests in Cairo over the past year, in some cases beating or torturing them, Human Rights Watch said today. Frequently, these children were ...  Read More »

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Cairo Event -- Why Middle East Studies? A Discussion of the State of the Field (5 December)

Why Middle East Studies? A Discussion of the State of the Field 5 December 2012, 6-8pm Oriental Hall AUC Tahrir Square For arguably well over a century, Middle East studies has witnessed broad structural and intellectual shifts. What is the status of Middle East studies today? What are the stakes of the ...  Read More »

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Dispatch from Mohamed Mahmoud Street: Egyptian Revolts

“We are not thugs, and we are not criminals.” It is the sentence that every single protester in Mohamed Mahmoud Street used as they began to tell me about the protests that began on 19 November. That day is significant. It is the first anniversary of the “Mohamed Mahmoud Events,” when families and friends of those ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (November 26)

[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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The President and the Fatal Trilateral Logic of US, Egyptian and Israeli Relations

In 2007, Mohammed Morsi, then chairman of the Brotherhood’s political department and member of the Executive Bureau, complained of the inability of Washington to match its rhetoric on promoting democracy in Egypt. He said that Israel had no interest in a democratic Egypt as it “would do more to support the ...  Read More »

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تفكيك أمننة المجتمع

ألقت الثورة المصرية الكثير من زجاجات المولتوف الحارقة على خطوط المواجهات بين قوات الأمن والثوار على مدار أكثر من عامين- أشتدت فيهما المواجهات تارة وهدأت تارة أخرى. فالصراع على نمط السلطة وتجلياتها في أشكال الممارسة ما يزال قائماً حتى هذه اللحظة. والقطيعة مع النظام السابق صارت تتمحور حول تلك النقطة، وهى مفترق الطرق بين ...  Read More »

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Bassem Youssef's The Show: Mohamed Mahmoud Street (Video with English Subtitles)

This week, Egyptians marked one year since the loss, community, and resilience of the “Battle of Mohamed Mahmoud Street.” In doing so, they faced fresh rounds of US-made tear gas from Egyptian security forces. At times, this tear gas was used against protestors calling for justice and accountability for those ...  Read More »

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Democracy, Democracy, But The Courts Can’t Touch Me

Through the release of a controversial set of executive decrees, President Mohamed Morsi has granted himself unheralded powers—powers normally reserved for dictators, not democratic leaders. The raft of decrees effectively renders him as “above the law,” meaning that the jurisdiction of Egypt’s courts no longer ...  Read More »

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Joint Statement by Twenty-Two Egyptian Rights Organizations on Morsi Declaration

[The following joint statement was issued by twenty-two Egyptian rights organizations in response to the recent constitutional decleration by Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. The statement was originally published on 24 Novemeber 2012 by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies.] The undersigned rights ...  Read More »

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تيار استقلال القضاء: من مواجهة مبارك إلى تقاسم كعكة السلطة مع الإخوان

 بعد فوز الرئيس محمد مرسي بالانتخابات الرئاسية شهدت قيادات تيار الاستقلال صعوداً كبيراً، سواء في مؤسسة الرئاسة أو على صعيد الجمعية التأسيسية أو مؤسسات رقابية وقضائية، حيث احتل المستشار محمود مكي منصب نائب رئيس الجمهورية، وعين شقيقه المستشار أحمد مكي، وزيرا للعدل، وأصبح المستشار هشام جنينة رئيسا للجهاز المركزي ...  Read More »

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Revolution Protection Law May Fail To Live Up To Its Name

After passing a controversial constitutional declaration late Thursday giving himself expansive powers, President Mohamed Morsy later went on to articulate the details of the Revolution Protection Law introduced in the declaration.  Meant to uphold revolutionary demands, the law failed to quell the anger of ...  Read More »

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Thousands Fill Tahrir on Friday to Protest Morsi's New 'Dictatorial Powers'

By Friday night, the number of the protesters, who began arriving in Tahrir Square for "Eyes of Freedom" Friday throughout the morning, had reached tens of thousands after rallies from Talaat Harb Street, Shubra, Sayyida Zeinab, and Mustafa Mahmoud Square in Giza reached Tahrir. While many protesters had ...  Read More »

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Human Trafficking in the Sinai: Refugees Between Life and Death

[The following report was published by Tilburg University and Europe External Policy Advisors on 26 September 2012.] Human Trafficking in the Sinai: Refugees Between Life and Death Summary  This report describes the horrific situation of trafficking of refugees in the Sinai Desert, a crisis that started ...  Read More »

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الجبهة القومية ترفض انقلاب مرسي على الثورة وتدعو للنزول إلى التحرير بقوة

في وقت لا يزال يجري فيه بطش الشرطة بالمتظاهرين في شارع محمد محمود بأوامر وزير داخلية مرسي، إذ بخروج مرسي علينا بإعلان دستوري جديد، هو في الواقع ليس إلا انقلابا على الثورة من جهة، وعلى الشرعية "القانونية" التي استند إليها أصلاً لمجيئه للسلطة.  فتحت عملية تغليف بائسة وفارغة المعنى- إعادة التحقيق في قضايا ...  Read More »

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Egypt Political Forces Call for Mass 'Eyes of Freedom' Rally Friday

President Mohamed Morsi's Thursday constitutional declaration has prompted Egyptian political forces that had been planning to commemorate last year's Mohamed Mahmoud clashes with mass protests on Friday to fine-tune their demands. Over thirty political groups had planned to take part in Friday's protests – dubbed ...  Read More »

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The President's New Powers

President Mohamed Morsy has often celebrated the fact that he has seldom used his legislative powers, using that fact as an index of his care not to abuse his expansive authorities. Those powers were acquired by the president in August after he canceled a constitutional addendum drafted in June by his predecessors, ...  Read More »

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Morsy and the "Nationalization" of the Revolution: Some Initial Reflections

  President Mohamed Morsy’s recent decisions to prop up presidential powers and shield the constituent assembly from legal challenges, among other controversial steps, have raised the question of where Egyptian politics is heading today. At first glance these developments seem to hold the promise of vengeance ...  Read More »

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Eyewitness from Gaza: Historic Convoy Breaks the Siege

Five minutes after a Gaza-bound convoy of 330 Egyptian activists arrived at the Rafah border crossing, the bombing started. Even on the Egyptian side the ground shook. A grey circle of cloud signalling the presence of an Israeli rocket rose above the terminal. The booms only ignited the activists' chants, who ...  Read More »

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الثورة بصفة شخصية

تحت ضوء عمدان الإنارة البرتقالي، امتلأ الميدان بالهتافات. هتافاتٍ متفرقة على كل ناصية؛ كان الشهر السادس من العام 2012، في الفترة بين الجولتين الأولى والثانية من الانتخابات الرئاسية، وكانت الثورة في حالة ارتعاشٍ. بينما لعبت السياسة لعبتها وراء الأبواب المغلقة. كان الميدان ممتلئاً بعددٍ كبير من المتظاهرين، ولكنه خلا من ...  Read More »

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الجبهة القومية للعدالة والديمقراطية تحمل "مرسي" مسؤولية أحداث "محمد محمود" وتدعوكم للمشاركة في جمعة عيون الحرية

  تتابع الجبهة القومية للعدالة والديمقراطية ما يحدث في محيط شارع محمد محمود والقصر العيني الآن بكل حسرة. فكل تفاصيل الأحداث الجارية تؤكد أن شيئاً لم يتغير منذ أحداث محمد محمود المهيبة في عام 2011. الشرطة لازالت تبطش بالمتظاهرين، والمطالب كما هي لم تتغير لأن النظام لا يعمل على تحقيق أي مطلب من مطالب الثورة. يتم ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (November 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 egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every ...  Read More »

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Mohamed Mahmoud Clashes, One Year on: "A Battle for Dignity"

Since the eruption of last year's January 25 Revolution, Egyptians have lived through anxious nights filled with fear and violence. But nothing has been more painful than the four days of clashes in November of last year on Cairo's now-iconic Mohamed Mahmoud Street. "The battle of Mohamed Mahmoud was not over ...  Read More »

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Out of Sight, but Not out of Mind: Mohamed Mahmoud Remembered

On 19 November 2011, all hell broke loose in Mohamed Mahmoud Street, which juts east from Tahrir Square. Security forces brutally dispersed a sit-in of about two hundred relatives of those injured or killed during the revolution earlier that year, along with their supporters, to demand greater state support. As the ...  Read More »

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Assiut, Qursaya, Mohamed Mahmoud: Making the Connections

Mourning has seemed the order of the day in Egypt this week. Just as Egyptians prepared to remember and mourn the protesters who lost their lives at this time last year in the Battle of Mohamed Mahmoud, a train collision in Assiut killed fifty-one children, devastating the country. At first glance, the deaths at ...  Read More »

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The Politics of Trains

Amidst Israel’s ongoing “surgical” brutality in the Gaza Strip and authoritarianism’s slow, stubborn, yet very bloody demise in Syria, further tragegy and horror was delivered yesterday from an unexpected source. At 7:00 on the morning of 17 November, a speeding train passing through Egypt’s Manfalut district of the ...  Read More »

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Egyptian Doctors' Strike and the Quest for Bread, Freedom, and Social Justice

A small yet significant meeting takes place directly across the street from the Cairo central union office for healthcare professionals. It is a meeting of the strikers’ central committee for the Doctors Syndicate, in which the General Secretary Amr Bakr personally describes the divisions within the syndicate as an ...  Read More »

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Imagining Tahrir

I. Egyptians saw themselves for the first time through their own eyes in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in January and February 2011, and reveled in that encounter. Participating in and recording that experience was to become part of the consciousness of a community that was ready to move heaven and earth to restructure ...  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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