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Ahmad Shokr

Back to the Table, Egypt and the IMF

[IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde met with Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi at the presidential palace in Cairo on August 22, 2012. Image originally posted to Flickr by Amr Abdallah.]

Negotiations between the Egyptian government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have resumed. On Wednesday, the IMF’s managing director, Christine Lagarde, met President Mohamed Morsy and Prime Minister Hesham Qandil in Cairo to discuss a possible 4.8 billion dollar budget support loan, which the government hopes to secure before the end of the year. For the new government and its creditor-to-be, completing the deal would herald a new phase in the transition, where ...

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And The Winner Is...

[Celebrations begin as Mohamed Morsy wins the Egyptian presidential elections. Image originally posted to Flickr by Johnathan Rashad.]

Many observers have declared that last week marked the death of Egypt’s democratic transition. First, there was the dissolution of an elected Parliament, ordered by a court and enforced by the army. Then, an arbitrary military decree gave the ruling generals control over the new constitution and restricted the powers of the next president. With this “coup by judicial means” casting a dark shadow over the fate of Egyptian politics, one wonders how much the presidential ...

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This is Not 1954

[Anti-SCAF graffiti in Cairo. Image by Gigi Ibrahim. From Wikimedia Commons.]

  Over the past few days, the demons of history have weighed down on public discussions about the country’s state of affairs and the looming conflicts over the constitution and the presidential elections. The recent quarrel between the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces and the Muslim Brotherhood, triggered by their disagreement over the future of the cabinet and possibly even the presidential race, has elicited fears of a showdown between the army and Egypt’s oldest ...

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Was 11 February a Failure?

[Protestors in Tahrir square. Image from unknown archive.]

Anyone who read Egypt’s state-run newspapers on Sunday morning would have come away with the unambiguous message that Egyptians responded to calls for a national strike over the weekend with their best asset: industriousness.  “And the strike fails,”  read the headline of Al-Ahram’s top story, which lauded Egyptians for their apparent refusal to participate in school and work stoppages on the one-year anniversary of Hosni Mubarak’s departure. Another state ...

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Ahmad Shokr

Ahmad Shokr is an editor at Al-Masry Al-Youm English Edition and a Ph.D. candidate in History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University.