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(a(version)s) interviews: Mohamed Abdelkarim and Rough Americana

It was October of 2011: sixty-seven years after one of the first compositions involving sampled sound, a haunting mutation of Egyptian zaar music, was created in Cairo by Halim El Dabh.1 I was holed up in a soundproof studio in Ashkal Alwan, between the echoes of the sea bouncing off the mountains above Beirut, beyond ...  Read More »

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دستور الثورة..الوصاية مستمرة

     القراءة الأولية لمسودة باب الحقوق والحريات فى الدستور الجديد تظهر أن القيود الثلاثة المفروضة على حريات الأفراد والجماعات المشكلة لقوام هذه الأمة والتي نشأت فى خضم عملية بناء الدولة الحديثة عبر زمنيّ الاستعمار والتحرر الوطني مازالت حاضرة فى ذهن كتّاب دستور الثورة. نعني بهذه القيود أشكال ثلاثة ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (September 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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Egyptian Workers and the Revolution: An Interview with Kamal Abu-Eita

The following interview was conducted on 14 September 2012 with Kamal Abu-Eita, General Secretary of the Egyptian Federation of Independent Trade Unions (EFITU) and the head of the Real Estate Tax Authority Union, which was founded in 2008 as Egypt’s first independent union. In the first part of the interview, ...  Read More »

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Labor Strikes in Egypt; Iran Tribunal in London

For the past week, the world's attention has been focused on the protests in front of US embassies in Muslim majority countries. There has been special attention devoted to the protests in front of the American embassy in Cairo. However, Egyptians were gearing up for a different kinds of protest! Egyptian ...  Read More »

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Call for Applicants: Training Module on Building Knowledge in Media Policy for Arab Countries (Cairo, 27 Nov. - 6 Dec., 2012)

The School of Global Affairs and Public Policy’s Executive Education at the American University in Cairo, announces the second round of its program entitled "Building Knowledge in Media Policy for Arab Countries in Transition" from November 27 to December 6, 2012. The training will be delivered in Arabic ...  Read More »

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On the Arab Uprisings, Canada Sticks Its Head in the Sand

Once upon a time, American tourists travelling in the Middle East were known to sew maple leaves onto their backpacks in the hope that masquerading as Canadians might stave off harangues about U.S. foreign policy. These days, they would be well advised to stick to Old Glory. At least the current president of the ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (September 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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Whose Innocence?: Thoughts on Copts, Muslims, and a World Gone (Temporally) Mad

Note: The author posted the following addendum on 18 September 2012: I want to be very clear that I neither see the 'Innocence of Muslims' video as expressing a general Coptic view (if there is one) nor do I perceive the recent riots/ protests ostensibly in response to the film by Muslims to be indiciative of a ...  Read More »

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انتفاضة الدفاع عن الرسول بين لوع جماعة الإخوان ومقاومة الاستعمار

 لا يسع من يتابع تطورات الأحداث المترتبة على الفيلم المسيء للرسول في مصر والعالم العربي إلا أن يشعر بحسرة شديدة على ما آلت إليه أحوالنا، بعدما كشفته عبثية الأحداث من تدني مستوى الوعي المهيمن في البلاد ومحدودية قدرات القائمين على الأمور فيها. وقد استفاض الكثير من الزملاء في تحليل ردود الأفعال على هذا الحدث بالفعل. ...  Read More »

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Of Stupid Men and Smart Machines

It is too early to know the definitive story of what led to Tuesday’s protests at the US embassy in Cairo and the brazen attack on the US consulate in Benghazi later that night that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. As protests threaten to spread, what emerges through the dense ...  Read More »

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Democracy Now! Interview with Islamic Scholar Tariq Ramadan on the Growing Mideast Protests and "Islam & the Arab Awakening"

As anti-U.S. protests spread across the Middle East, we’re joined by Tariq Ramadan, professor of contemporary Islamic studies at Oxford University and visiting professor at the Faculty of Islamic Studies in Qatar. Ramadan is considered one of the most prominent Muslim intellectuals in Europe and was named by Time ...  Read More »

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Activism in the Coptic Diaspora: A Brief Introduction

With the breach of the US Embassy’s walls in Cairo and the killing of US officials in Benghazi, the attention of the international media has returned again to the aftermath of the Egyptian and Libyan uprisings. In the former case, much of the media focus has settled upon Coptic Christians, and specifically Copts in ...  Read More »

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September 11th, Islamophobia, and the ‘Persecution Industry'

In one of the last pieces he published at Salon before moving to The Guardian, the American columnist Glenn Greenwald mounted a devastating critique of what he labeled, in the article’s title, “The Sham ‘Terrorism Expert’ Industry.” In his inimitable style, Greenwald proceeded to discuss the work of several so-called ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (September 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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Islamists Took Over Years Ago

Twenty years ago, the French academic Olivier Roy published the book for which he is best known, “L’échec de l’Islam politique”, translated into English as The Failure of Political Islam. The title may sound comical today in the midst of the political upheaval we are witnessing, but, at the time of publication, one ...  Read More »

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (August 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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What is to be Done: The Website as an Organizer #RevSoc

The Revolutionary Socialists Movement launched its new website on 7 August. The site represents a qualitative change in our propaganda work, but it also presents some major challenges to the membership of the movement as a whole and not only to the comrades in the media committee alone. It is a necessity to ...  Read More »

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التحضّر والانتفاضات العربية: وسط القاهرة وسقوط مبارك

إذا كان القرن العشرين في أوروبا قرناً حضَرياً، فإنّ القرن الـ 21 يشير إلى مرحلة انتقالية عالمية نحو حقبة حضرية. ففي العام 2008، وللمرة الأولى في التاريخ، تجاوز عدد سكان المناطق الحضرية وشبه الحضرية عدد السكان الريفيين. ينتقل مليون شخص أسبوعياً للسكن في مناطق مدينية. التحضُّر السريع يجعل أجزاء العالم أقرب إلى بعضها، في ...  Read More »

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Beware of Small Cities

The physical spaces of the Arab uprisings emerged as powerful political tools in the course of the revolts for both protesters and regimes. Protestors in streets and squares affirmed that power also exists in real exchanges, in real places between real people. Tahrir Square experienced a metamorphosis from a denied ...  Read More »

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E-Militias of the Muslim Brotherhood: How to Upload Ideology on Facebook

During the presidential runoffs in June 2012, a meme circulated on Facebook. It depicts the image of Hassan al-Banna, who founded the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928. It reads, “By the way, I’m not from the Brotherhood. I disagree with them on a lot of issues but I respect them.” The quote is signed, Hassan al-Banna. The ...  Read More »

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Amal Kenawy (1974-2012)

On 19 August, leading Egyptian artist Amal Kenawy died from a battle with advanced leukemia. Globally recognized for a staggering body of work that explores the relationship of the individual to the incorporeal and physical nature of reality, Kenawy was respected among her colleagues for effortlessly combining video, ...  Read More »

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دليل المعترض على حجج المقترض

 على مدى الأسبوعين الماضيين استمر التعتيم على عدد هائل من الأسئلة المحورية فيما يتعلق بالقرض الذي تسعى حكومة الرئيس مرسي للحصول عليه من صندوق النقد الدولي. مازلنا لا نعلم لماذا تم رفع القيمة المطلوبة بـ١٠ مليارات جنيه كاملة. ومازال البرنامج الاقتصادي الذي سيطرح على مفاوضي الصندوق مجهولاً. واكتفى مجلس الوزراء ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (September 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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The Tragedy of Books in Egypt

Looking at Egypt, historian Khaled Fahmy affords a harrowing insight into the status of that most indispensable of commodities: the book. In recent weeks I encountered two incidents that made me feel extremely sorrowful about the situation of books, reading, and indeed culture, in Egypt. The first happened in New ...  Read More »

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The Future of Media in Egypt: An Interview with Hisham Kassem

Hisham Kassem is one of the most respected publishers and democracy advocates in Egypt. He spoke with Linda Herrera (Co-Editor of Jadaliyya's On Media and Reporting page) and AbdelRahman Mansour (activist and new media journalist) about why he left his position as publisher at Al-Masry al-Youm, on media ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Jason Brownlee, Democracy Prevention: The Politics of the US-Egyptian Alliance

Jason Brownlee, Democracy Prevention: The Politics of the US-Egyptian Alliance. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Jason Brownlee (JB): I had a series of experiences in 2009 that got me thinking about the intersection of US foreign policy and human ...  Read More »

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لا لقرض الصندوق... لا للاستدانة باسم الشعب

فتح عينك ...الدين من جيبك تزور بعثة صندوق النقد الدولي حالياً مصر لإعادة التفاوض حول قرض جديد تنوي الحكومة الجديدة الحصول عليه. كانت حكومة الجنزوري قد شرعت في التفاوض على قرض قيمته ٣،٢ مليار دولار.  وقد شاركت الحملة المصرية البرلمان وعدد من الحركات السياسية في المطالبة بوقف التفاوض مع الحكومة غير المنتخبة. اما ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (August 27)

[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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Egyptian Government Attempts to Suppress the Media

[The following article was issued by the Committee to Protect Journalists on 16 August 2012.]  President Mohamed Morsi's government and allies are pushing back against critical news coverage, suppressing critical journalists and state-run newspapers, putting a journalist on trial, and attacking three journalists ...  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   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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