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Zeinab Abul-Magd

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US Military Aid to Egypt Lost Value

[Egypt air force fighter jets fly over the crowds in Cairo, 5 July 2013, two days after removing Mohamed Morsi from power. Image originally posted to Flicker by Darla Hueske]

In 1986, Egypt’s Minister of Defense Field Marshall Abd al-Halim Abu Ghazala, complained that the 1.3 billion dollars of US military aid were no longer enough, and pledged to ask US officials for a raise of a several hundred million dollars. Egypt had started to receive this annual amount of security aid seven years earlier, after signing the 1979 peace treaty with Israel, and Abu Ghazala explained that global prices of arms increased ever since.[i] In the 1980s, Abu Ghazala ...

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L’armee et l’economie en Egypte

[Members of Egypt’s armed forces display canned tomatoes, roasted onions, and other foods that the military factories manufacture. Image by David Degner.]

[This article was originally written by Zeinab Abul-Magd and published by Jadaliyya in Arabic and English. It was translated/published in French by Globalism and  Égypte-Solidarité .]   Des entreprises appartenant à l’armée produisent pâtes, eau minérale, bonbonnes de gaz, ou encore gèrent des stations-service, des complexes touristiques…Toute information à ce sujet devrait-elle être classée "secret défense" ? Et débattre ...

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Bulgarian Translation of Jadaliyya's 'The Army and the Economy in Egypt'

[Members of Egypt’s armed forces display canned tomatoes, roasted onions, and other foods that the military factories manufacture. Image by David Degner.]

[This article was originally written by Zeinab Abul-Magd and published by Jadaliyya in Arabic and English. It was translated/published in Bulgarian by Itidar.] Армията и икономиката на Египет  Трябва ли проблемите с макарони (една от основните храни на египтяните, бел. пр.) „Куин”, минерална вода „Сафи”, бутилки пропан-бутан и бензиностанциите „Уатания” да се считат военни тайни, чийто разискване се равнява на държавна измяна? По този начин ...

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The Army and the Economy in Egypt

[Members of Egypt’s armed forces display canned tomatoes, roasted onions, and other foods that the military factories manufacture. Image by David Degner.]

[This is a translation of a Jadaliyya article that was originally published in Arabic. Click here to access the Arabic version.] Should the production of pasta, mineral water, butane gas cylinders, and gas station services qualify as classified military secrets? And does discussing these enterprises in public pass as a crime of high treason? The leaders of the Egyptian Armed Forces believe the answer is “yes.”  Until this very day, the role of the military ...

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الجيش والاقتصاد في بر مصر

[Members of Egypt’s armed forces display canned tomatoes, roasted onions, and other foods that the military factories manufacture. Image by David Degner.]

[Click here to read this article in English]  هل الحديث في أمور مكرونة كوين ومياه صافي وأنابيب البوتاجاز وبنزينة وطنية أسرار حربية يُعد هتكها من أمور الخيانة العظمى؟ هذا ما تعتقده قيادات القوات المسلحة المصرية يُعد الحديث عن المؤسسة العسكرية والاقتصاد أحد تابوهات السياسة المصرية، حيث ظلت القوات المسلحة حريصة على الاحتفاظ به كشأن خفي عن العامة والخاصة على السواء في الثلاثين سنة الأخيرة. تمتلك القوات المسلحة المصرية ويدير لواءاتها وعقدائها بأنفسهم - برغم ...

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Bio

Zeinab Abul-Magd

 

Zeinab Abul-Magd is assistant professor of history and political economy at Oberlin College and the American University of Cairo.