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Hossam El-Hamalawy حسام الحملاوي


Remembering Ali Shaath: A Beautiful Mind

[Ali Shaath. Image by Marwa Seoudi.]

1984 might have Orwellian connotations to many, but for me, it was the year when my life took a completely different and dramatic turn. Anyone who grew up in the 1980s remembers the buzz around those new mysterious machines called “computers.” From sci-fi movies and magazine features to “experts” talking on the two miserable Egyptian state television channels we were stuck with, the “future of mankind” seemed to rest on that electronic device. Very few of us knew anything ...

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تكنولوجيا الاتصالات والتنظيم الثوري في القرن الحادي والعشرين

[مصدر الصورة موقع الاشتراكيون الثوريون]

لا يعني إيمان أفراد بنفس الهدف أو الفكرة السياسية أنهم يشكلون كيانا. ما يقيم الكيان أو يدمره هو مدى تناغم حركة أولئك الأفراد، مدى قدرتهم على تنسيق المواقف، مدى سرعتهم على الحشد والتعبئة، أي قدرتهم على الاتصال السريع بينهم لوحدة الفعل. عندما يتناول تراثنا الماركسي عملية بناء الحزب السياسي نجد الإستعارات والتشبيهات من قاموس العسكرية لا تنتهي وهذا ليس مستغربا. الحزب الثوري كالجيش. الفارق الوحيد هو أن قيادات الحزب وغالبية "ضباطه" ينتخبون من "الجنود" ...

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Hossam El-Hamalawy on Social Media and Protests in Egypt

[Image of Hossam El-Hamalawy.]

[This post is part of an ongoing Profile of a Contemporary Conduit series on Jadaliyya that seeks to highlight distinct voices primarily in and from the Middle East and North Africa.] Jadaliyya (J): What do you think are the most gratifying aspects of Tweeting, and Twitter? Hossam El-Hamalawy (HH): The ability to deliver news updates about dissent to a large audience of people and media organizations instantly. J: What are some of the ...

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What is to be Done: The Website as an Organizer #RevSoc

[A brick factory worker in Meit Ghamr has his mobile phone hanging from his turban during the work shift. Photo by Mohamed Ali Eddin, from]

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 provide content on an organized basis for publication, for comrades to continue to act as correspondents for the site, and to extend this correspondence with ...

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Morsi, SCAF, and the Revolutionary Left

[Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Image from Wikipedia.]

As soon as the news broke last Sunday that Mohamed Morsi was officially declared Egypt’s first elected civilian president, I could hear loud happy chants and cheers in my street. The janitors in my neighborhood gathered around the corner in their galabiyas, jumping up and down, in the same fashion I usually see them when the Egyptian national football team scores a goal in some match. Their children, in bare feet, were running up and down the street, chasing posh cars that ...

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The Troubled Revolutionary Path in Egypt: A Return to the Basics

[Egyptian presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq addresses his supporters during an election rally in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, June 14, 2012. Judges appointed by Hosni Mubarak dissolved the Islamist-dominated parliament on Thursday and ruled that Mubarak's former prime minister can stand in the presidential runoff this weekend, derailing Egypt's transition to democracy and setting the stage for the military and remnants of the old regime to stay in power. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)]

While many in Egypt are mourning the “death of the revolution” and the ensuing “military coup,” it is time to highlight, or re-highlight some points: 1- To talk about a military coup in June 2012 is to assume that Egypt was run by a civilian government since the toppling of Mubarak, which is completely farcical. The coup, more or less, has been in effect since 11 February 2011, when revolutionaries managed to overthrow Mubarak, and he was replaced by his handpicked army ...

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Tahrir Protests Continue (Photos and Video)

[Talaat Harb Square. Image by Hossam El-Hamalawy.]

Hundreds of thousands took part Tuesday in protests across Egypt, calling for a "political isolation" law to be implemented against General Ahmad Shafiq and remnants of the old regime. Protesters in Tahrir Square and elsewhere demanded the retrial of Hosni Mubarak, his sons, and the police leaders in front of revolutionary courts. [Protesters denouncing Shafiq in Talaat Harb Street. Image by Hossam El-Hamalawy.] [Talaat Harb Square. Image by Hossam ...

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Anti-Shafiq Protest in Tahrir

[Tahrir Square. Photo by Hossam El-Hamalawy.]

Hundreds of protesters marched on Tahrir today, calling for the execution of presidential candidate General Ahmad Shafiq, Mubarak's former prime minister and head of the air force. The demonstrators accused the ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces of rigging the vote in the first round of elections.  [Abu Mustafa, father of one of the martyrs who fell on Egypt's Friday of Anger, 28 January 2011, taking part in protests in Tahrir Square. Image by Hossam El-Hamalawy]

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Egypt's Working Class and the Question of Organization

[Public transport workers on strike. Image by Hossam el-Hamalawy.]

“Who is the labor candidate in this presidential election?” This is a question I have been asked frequently in the past few days. My answer is “no one.”  Despite the presence of left wing candidates in the race, including labor lawyer Khaled Ali, who by all accounts is the most experienced in labor organizing among his counterparts (even when he repeatedly denies the accusation of being a “socialist,” and advocates a “strong private sector” working hand in hand with a ...

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The MOD Sit-in: Sometimes with the Islamists, Never with the State...

[Protesters marching on the Egyptian Parliament to protest the Abbassiya crackdown. Image by Hossam el-Hamalawy.]

During the Monday march in solidarity with the Abbassiya detainees, a young comrade I know from Cairo University, a medical student who was among the field hospital doctors during the MOD sit-in, approached me, and told me the story of a Salafi woman in niqab, who kept on kissing the Revolutionary Socialists red flag during the sit-in, while shouting: “Forgive me I didn’t know about you before!” I replied back with the story of another comrade, who was entering the MOD ...

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Egyptian Parliamentary Protests in Pictures

[Protesters marching on the Egyptian Parliament to protest the Abbaseya crackdown. Image by Hossam el-Hamalawy.]

Thousands marched on the Egyptian parliament Monday, denouncing the army's crackdown on revolutionaries in front of the Ministry of Defense in Abbassiya. A week long sit-in conducted largely by Salafis and leftists was subject to repeated attacks by armed thugs, and was finally suspended by force on Friday, with hundreds detained, tortured, and referred to military ...

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The Friday of Reaction and Bigotry

[Image by Hossam Hamalawy]

What was originally announced as a “Friday of Unity” was anything but that. You can call it, the Friday of Disunity, The Friday of Bigotry and Reaction, the Friday of Religious Fanaticism. For weeks, the Islamist forces, without exception, have been denouncing the Tahrir sit-in, spreading all sorts of cheap, filthy, sensationalist lies against the largely secular protesters, amid agitation by SCAF also, that already incited Abbassiya residents against marchers on 23 ...

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Anti-SCAF (Army) March Attacked in Egypt

[Image by Hossam Hamalawy]

The planned 23 July march on the Supreme Council of Armed Forces headquarters in Heliopolis started from Tahrir sometime close to 5pm. The march was initially around five thousand strong, but soon swelled to more than 20,000 protesters. I am giving here the most conservative estimate; some friends think the numbers went up to 50,000. Where did those people come from? They were ordinary people in the streets or residents we passed through their neighborhoods. And it is ...

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The Workers, Middle Class, Military Junta, and the Permanent Revolution

[Image from unknown archive]

Since yesterday, and actually earlier, middle class activists have been urging Egyptians to suspend the protests and return to work, in the name of patriotism, singing some of the most ridiculous lullabies about "let's build new Egypt," "Le'ts work harder than even before," ect . . . In case you didn't know, actually Egyptians are among the hardest working people around the globe already. Those activists want us to trust Mubarak’s generals ...

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Hossam El-Hamalawy حسام الحملاوي


Hossam El-Hamalawi is an Egyptian journalist and activist who maintains the popular site