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New CLUSTER Publications: Learning from Cairo and Archiving the City in Flux

CLUSTER (Cairo Lab for Urban Studies, Training and Environmental Research) aims at establishing a critical space for urban discourse. CLUSTER engages critical theorization while being grounded in professional practice, negotiating the blurred boundaries between formal/institutional regulations and everyday urban ...  Read More »

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Revolution on Ice

Sonallah Ibrahim. al-Jalid [Ice]. Cairo: Dar al-Thaqafa al-Jadida, 2011. Following the protests and coup of last summer, many of Egypt’s leading literary figures defected to the ranks of the army. As soldiers raised their guns against protesters in the streets, Leftist and liberal intellectuals cheered them on from ...  Read More »

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The 24th Youth Salon: Crossing into the Future

The 24th Youth Salon - Crossing into the future 15 December 2013 - 14 January 2014 Palace of Arts, Cairo   Egypt's Culture Ministry has organized the Youth Salon since 1989, a juried exhibition that is open to young artists. Among those at the forefront of contemporary Egyptian art today, several first ...  Read More »

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The Promise of the Wall: Reflections on Desire and Gated Communities in Cairo

“Gated communities,” which started to emerge in the US in the 1980s, have quickly spread around the world and became “a global commodity and cultural icon eagerly consumed by urban elites world-wide” (Genis 2007: 771). Since the mid 1990s, dozens of these communities have spread around Cairo. Most of these ...  Read More »

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هل تصح مقارنة قانون التظاهر المصري بقوانين الغرب؟

انتشرتْ في الفترة السابقة تصريحاتٌ من إعلاميين وقانونيين وساسة راضين عن أداء السلطة الحالية، بأن قانون الاجتماعات العامة والمواكب والتظاهرات، الصادر حديثاً برقم 107 لسنة 2013، هو قانون مشابه تماماً لقوانين الدول "الديمقراطية"، وقد تردد ذكر تشريعات فرنسا وإنجلترا والولايات المتحدة الأمريكية تحديداً في هذا ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (December 30)

[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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Another Promise To Be Fulfilled

The light is different in Zeinhom. The narrow street, arching trees, and gentle slope of one of Cairo’s only hills combine to soften the bright, direct light that casts the city in her familiar monochrome. The light comes at you at an angle. Maybe it is the hill. Or maybe it is because I only go to Zeinhom early in ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (December 23)

[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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Negm Mat

On 3 December, the Egyptian poet Ahmed Fouad Negm died in Cairo at the age of 84. With his passing, the world lost a literary giant whose words have inspired poets, activists and intellectuals in Egypt and the Arab world since 1967. His colloquial verse was alchemy—turning the melody of everyday speech into protest ...  Read More »

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Sheikh Imam Remembers Negm

1962 was the definitive turning point in my life. That was the year I met Ahmed Fouad Negm, the year my entire life changed course, the year Negm and I began our journey together, the journey that made us who we are. Negm had just gotten out of prison. Back in 1959, he’d gone in on forgery charges, if I remember ...  Read More »

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Solidarity Statement in Response to the Raid and Arrests Against the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights

[The following statement was issued on 19 December 2013 by the undersigned group of organizations in response to the the recent raid on the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR).] In an unprecedented escalation, the Egyptian security forces, in the early hours of the morning, raided the headquarters ...  Read More »

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سلام على علي شعث

في عام 1994، ساق علي شعث ومعه ثلاثة من أصدقائه، سعيد القدرة ومصطفى حرارة ومجد الخالدي من القاهرة إلى فلسطين. كانت تلك زيارة علي الأولى إلى الأرض التي شكلته من بعيد. كانت لحظة أمل وامكانية، وتلك هي اللحظات التي كان علي يعيش من أجلها. كان الرجال الأربعة أول من دخل غزة بعد المراحل المبدئية لاتفاقيات أريحا – أوسلو. في ذلك ...  Read More »

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Brain Damage: An Exhibition by Kalb Balady

Brain Damage An Exhibition by Kalb Balady 16 Novemeber - 15 December Darb 1718, Cairo    Brain Damage is the first public exhibition by the Kalb Balady (Stray Dog) collective. Through the exhibition, eight upcoming visual and street artists from Egypt responded to the issue of poor education and its ...  Read More »

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Remembering Ali Shaath

In 1994, Ali Shaath and three of his colleagues, Sa’id al-Qidra, Mustafa Harara, and Majd al-Khalidi drove from Cairo to Palestine. It would be Ali’s first visit to the land that shaped him from a distance. It was a moment of hope and possibility. These were the moments Ali lived for.  The four men were the ...  Read More »

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أحمد فؤاد نجم

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (November 2013)

[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 16)

[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 Media Roundup (December 9)

[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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Outlawing The January 25 Revolution (VIDEO)

This new video from the Mosireen collective discusses and condemns the inclusion of military trials for civilians in Egypt’s draft constitution, due to be put to a referendum in January 2014. The video highlights the police’s violent response to a protest organized by the “No to Military Trials” campaign in Cairo on ...  Read More »

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العدد السادس من مجلة بدايات

  صدر العدد السادس من مجلة ”بدايات“، وهي مجلة ثقافية فصلية أُطلقتْ استجابة للتحولات التاريخية التي نتجت عن الثورات العربية. كتب فوّاز طرابلسي، رئيس تحرير المجلة،  افتتاحية العدد حول سوريا و”تحقيقاً عن تحقيق في مجزرة موصوفة“. أما المحور الأول ”من باب أولى“ فتناول موضوعات متعلقة بمجتمعات ودول كالبحرين وإيران ...  Read More »

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Devastation Is Upon Us

They say that before you drown a calm fills you. A subtle euphoria loosens your last grip on life. Today, two futures lie ahead of us: one known and one unknown. Today, twenty-seven people sit in jail. Alaa Abd El Fattah, Mohamed Al-Rifae, Mohamed Hosny, Taimour, Mamdouh Gamal, Abdalla Zekky, Dr. Yehia and his ...  Read More »

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Conference: Contested Space and Urban Identities in Beirut, Cairo, and Tehran (Beirut, 12-14 December 2013)

Divercities aims to look at urban governance, its agents, agendas and options, through contested space and conflicting urban concepts, identity claims and social environments. Situated at the core of social and political fractions, contested spaces reveal insights into the dynamics of diverse societies and urban ...  Read More »

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هل تحتاج الثورة إلى قانون للتظاهر؟

لم يسبق في تاريخ الثورات أن احتاجت ثورة إلى قانون للتظاهر¡ ناهيك عن كون هذا القانون يتطلب ترخيصاً للتظاهر من وزارة داخلية النظام القديم عينه الذي قامت الثورة من أجل إزالته. وهذا ما حصل في مصر الأسبوع الماضي. لذا ينشأ السؤال: هل هي ثورة؟ أو: هل ما زالت ثورة؟ وإذا كانت ثورة، بمعايير الثورات السابقة، ينبغي أن تحقق ...  Read More »

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Sonbol in Sinai: A Narrative of Territorialization

In 1987 Egyptian public television aired the soap opera Sonbol Ba‘d al-Milyon (Sonbol After the Million), a burlesque soap opera of sorts starring the comedian Mohamed Sobhy. It came as a sequel to a popular first part titled The Million Pound Journey, in which Sonbol, the series’ main character, rises up the social ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (December 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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Violence Against Copts in Egypt

The Egyptian Orthodox Christian community—the Copts—has been the target of violence and discrimination since the 1970s and especially following the revolution that overthrew Hosni Mubarak. The Egyptian state has done little to remedy the situation and has at times enabled the conflict between Muslims and Christians. ...  Read More »

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Statement by Comrades from Cairo: We Don't Need Permission to Protest

[The following statement was recently released by Comrades from Cairo] We Don't Need Permission to Protest To You at Whose Side We Struggle: On 26 November 2013, we saw the first implementation of a new Egyptian law effectively banning any and all protest not approved and regulated by the Ministry of Interior. This ...  Read More »

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العدالة الاجتماعية والعمران في مصر

[ضمن سلسلة ”كتب“ التي تعنى بالإصدارات الجديدة.  تنشر ”جدلية“ مقابلة ومقاطع من كتاب ”العدالة الإجتماعية والعمران“ وهو إصدار جديد لفريق ”مبادرة الحق في السكن“ عن وزارة الإسكان الظل. تتصدر مقاطع الكتاب مقابلة مع الباحث يحيى شوكت، وهو عضو فريق ”مبادرة الحق في السكن“، تتناول أبرز النقاط التي جاءت في ...  Read More »

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Prominent Egyptian Activist Alaa Abd El Fattah Arrested; Whereabouts Unknown

At around 10:00 p.m. on 28 November 2013, police forces stormed the home of activist Alaa Abd El Fattah. They had no search warrant. When his wife Manal demanded to see it they were both beaten up. Police personnel took their computers and their telephones. Their two-year old son, Khaled, was asleep in the next ...  Read More »

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السيسي كواجهة لن تملأ شقوق السُلطة

ما يطرحه هذا المقال، في ابتسار، هو أن الجيش لا يحكم مصر فعلياً، ولا يريد الحكم، وربما – ببعض التخرُّصِ – يمكن أن نقول إنه لا يستطيع الحكم. إنه يريد رتق فراغ السلطة بأسرع ما يمكن وحسب، ولو على حساب دفنِ أسئلة الثورة في االسياسة، وبخاصة في الاقتصاد والاجتماع، مُجدداً. وهو يقدم في الجزء الثاني منه، فيما يحاول التقديم، ...  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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