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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 egypt@jadaliyya.com 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
 D-CAF
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 Media Roundup (May 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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Our Man, Sisi

For the next two days, some Egyptians will take to the streets to perform yet another hollow electoral rendition of national will. They will “choose” between Egypt’s present ruler and soon to be president, former Field Marshall Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and his unconvincing opponent, Hamdeen Sabahi. Some will take to the ...  Read More »

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International Petition to Egyptian NHCR and Regime: Stop the Death of Abdallah Al Shamy and Mohamed Sultan - Transfer and Release Them Now

[The following petition is being circulated internationally both to raise awareness and solicit signatures. Click here to view the signatories and add your name to the petition.] To the Egyptian Human Rights Council: Transfer Abdallah El Shamy (Al Jazeera Journalist) and Mohamed Sultan (son of Muslim preacher) to ...  Read More »

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Mahmoud Khaled: Painter on a Study Trip

Mahmoud Khaled: Painter on a Study Trip April - May 2014 Gypsum Gallery, Cairo   In his latest solo exhibition at Gypsum Gallery, Alexandrian artist Mahmoud Khaled presents a selection of photography, sculpture, painting, text, video, and installation works inspired by an eponymous nineteenth-century ...  Read More »

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عن أحمد وعبدالله ومحمد وماهينور وإسلام

طيب ليه؟  الناس اللى ماسكة مقاليد الحكم فى البلد لا يقل عمر أى فرد منهم عن ستين سنة. تعتقدوا ربنا هيطول فى عمرهم قد إيه؟ وماذا سيحدث لهذا البلد حين يصبحوا غير قادرين أو غير موجودين أساسا؟ لماذا هذا التجريف لكل ما هو جميل ونبيل فينا؟ لماذا يخلقون ويكرسون جوا وأوضاعا تدفع الناس دفعا إلى الشراسة والبلاهة والابتذال ...  Read More »

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Joint Statement: Verdict Against Mahienour El-Massry Must be Renunciated, The Protest and Public Assembly Law Needs to be Revised

[The following statement was issued by the below signatories on 21 May 2014 and published by Nazra for Feminist Studies.]   Confirmation of the Verdict against Mahienour El-Massry: A New Episode in the Series of Incarcerating Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs)…The Verdict Must be Renunciated and the ...  Read More »

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Two-Year Sentences Upheld For Nine Activists in Alexandria

Despite feeling optimistic about the fate of her case, Alexandrian activist Mahienour al-Massry was taken into custody after an appeals court affirmed a two-year sentence against her and eight others for breaking the Protest Law. “She was quite optimistic, and I was hoping this would be resolved myself. She said she ...  Read More »

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Quick Thoughts: Hesham Sallam on the Egyptian Presidential Election

  [On 26-27 May 2014, Egypt will hold its second presidential election since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak in January 2011. Contesting the poll are Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, the military strongman who engineered the coup that deposed the Muslim Brotherhood in July 2013, and Hamdeen Sabbahi, leader of the Popular ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (May 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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Job Opening: Egypt Researcher at Human Rights Watch (Regionally-Based)

FULL-TIME JOB VACANCY RESEARCHER ON EGYPT Middle East and North Africa Division (TBD but MENA Office preferred) Application Deadline: May 23, 2014 Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a Researcher to monitor the human rights situation in Egypt. This position will report to the Director of the Middle East and ...  Read More »

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Egypt - One Court, One Month: 1212 Death Sentences

[The following briefing was published by the Alkarama Foundation on 29 April 2014] Within a month, the Al Minya Criminal Court handed down in two separate verdicts 1212 death sentences following blatantly unfair and speedy trials in relation to the demonstrations that happened on 14 August 2013. In the first case, 37 ...  Read More »

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The General’s New Suit

His announcement on 26 March 2014 was a long awaited formality. Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s decision to run in this year’s presidential election was no surprise to observers who, after the 3 July ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi, anticipated that the highly popular figure would seek the country’s top ...  Read More »

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Forms that Matter: Six Exercises in Art Making

Mahmoud Khaled: Painter on a Study Trip  Gypsum Gallery, Cairo, Egypt 1 April - 6 May, 2014    Gypsum Gallery in Cairo opened only about a year ago in a leafy corner of the city’s Belle Époque neighborhood Zamalek. The Gallery has become a real presence in the local art scene rather quickly. With ...  Read More »

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لماذا لن أقاطع الانتخابات وسأنتخب الإصلاحي حمدين صباحي

منذ أصدر الاشتراكيون الثوريون بيانهم يدعون فيه إلى التصويت لحمدين صباحي في مواجهة قائد الثورة المضادة، قرأت العديد من الاعتراضات وناقشت بعضها وزادتني كلها اقتناعا على اقتناع بضرورة التصويت لحمدين. سأحاول فيما يلي أن أشرح لماذا من شأن موقف المقاطعة أن يقوي الثورة المضادة، يقوي السيسي، ويقوي دولة مبارك. على عكس أصحاب ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (May 12)

 [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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Egypt: How Not to Support the Undeserving and Discriminate Against the Poor

[The following report was authored by Yahiya Shawkat and published by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights on 10 April 2014]   EIPR Policy Recommendations on New Income Conditions for the Social Housing Project   Introduction On 16 January 2014, the Egyptian cabinet issued new conditions for ...  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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Democratic Alliance for Egypt
Egyptian Bloc
Islamist Bloc (Alliance for Egypt)
Revolution Continues Alliance

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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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