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Bassem Sabry

Bassem Sabry on Social Media in Egypt

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[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, North Africa, and South Asia.] Jadaliyya (J): What do you think are the most gratifying aspects of Tweeting and Twitter? Bassem Sabry (BS): At the risk of sounding cliche, the most remarkable thing about Twitter is the ability to just engage directly with the entire world, especially within your field of ...

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Mursi, Shafiq or Boycott: A Voters Guide to Egypt's Presidential Runoff

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Egyptians return to the polls on Saturday for the runoff round of voting in the country's first post-revolution presidential election. Ahram Online has collated all the arguments for and against both candidates – the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Mursi and Mubarak's last premier Ahmed Shafiq – as well as the arguments for and against boycotting the election. Mohamed Mursi Engineering professor, former MP until 2005 and head of the Muslim Brotherhood parliamentary bloc at ...

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Egypt's Liberals and the Elections

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While it is important to understand what advantages Islamists had in the elections, it is also important to understand where liberal and secular forces failed. “Panicked” does not even begin to describe the feelings of many of Egypt’s more liberal and secular citizens. The results of the first and second rounds of the nation’s first apparently free parliamentary elections have been nothing but cause for serious existential introspection for the country’s entire liberal ...

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