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Egypt Media Roundup (March 10)

[25 May 2012, vendors selling second hand televisions, Old Cairo, Egypt. Image originally posted to Flickr by alhussainy.] [25 May 2012, vendors selling second hand televisions, Old Cairo, Egypt. Image originally posted to Flickr by alhussainy.]

[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 by Sunday night of every week.]

The Needle and the Gun
Ellis Goldberg reflects on Egypt’s public health tragedies following the recent announcement on discovering a cure for Hepatitis C and AIDS.

Port Said Rape Case Raises Questions about Child Law
Leyla Doss presents the shortcomings of Egypt’s Child Law.

Medical Staff and Workers Escalate Strike Action
Jano Charbel argues that doctors and workers strike on Saturday is “an escalation of unprecedented industrial action.”

Behind the Resignation of Beblawi’s Government
Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies presents a paper that analyzes and contextualizes the reasons behind al-Bablawi’s resignation.

So How Is The Economy?
Mohamed Fouad focuses on the economic status in Egypt, and offers some solutions for economical reform.

What Would People Say? The Obsession with Public Image in Egypt
Amro Ali says, “Egypt’s own written traditions scream against the excessive “what would people say?” syndrome, as it compromises one’s integrity and leads to actions that are not reflective of an individual’s true self.”

Iran and the Arab Spring: Then and Now
Hanif Zarrabi-Kashani reflects on Iran’s reaction to Arab states that witnessed revolutionary movements. 

Celebrating #InternationalWomensDay2014 in #Egypt : Release The Women Detainees
Zeinobia’s blog entry focuses on female political activists in Egypt and elsewhere in the Arab world.

The Insecurity of a Security State: What Can Hannah Arendt Tell Us about Egypt?
Amro Ali reflects on state violence through applying Hannah Arendt’s views on the state and revolutionary change. 

Egypt Faces Drinking Water Shortage because of Nile Pollution
Walaa Hussein says, “The growing Egyptian population is straining the country’s drinking water supply, which mainly comes from the Nile.”

Egypt-Iran Relations Stuck in Neutral
Ali Hashem writes on the uncertainty of Egypt-Iran relations.

A Sisi Presidency Will Not Work
Mahmoud Salem argues, “Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will not be able to make the kind of political or economic deal which will move Egypt toward political or economic stability.”

Africa Has Cured AIDS Many Times Before
Mostafa Hussein writes on previous similar announcements on finding a cure for lethal diseases in African countries. 

Ukraine is Egypt – Well, Not Really
H.A. Hellyer counters normative comparisons between the dynamics of the Egyptian and Ukrainian uprisings.  

Egypt and Gaza
Nervana Mahmoud argues that state’s hostility towards HAMAS will exacerbate tensions at Rafah border. 

The Future of the Two Little Girls
Rana Allam argues that neither state laws nor police can save and protect children from abuse.

‘Let Them Eat Cake’, Part Two
Iris Boutros argues, “The leadership responsible for the country’s food security is not only out of touch with realities and struggles of the poor, but also with the solutions available to reduce the country’s risks and vulnerabilities in guaranteeing food security.”

What Did Bouazizi Want?
Hussain Abdul-Hussain poses a hypothetical question on how Bouaziz, had he survived, would perceive the developments of the Arab uprisings. 

He Who Has Lost Something Does Not Give It
Passant Rabie writes on police officers’ protests and strikes.

Minute Particles Floating in the Subconscious of the city
Laura Cugusi reviews Haytham el-Warday’s book “Kayfa takhtafy” (How to Disappear).

I, Me, Mine
Abdel-Rahman Hussein comments on the massive attention al-Sisi gets in regards to running for the presidency.

The Promise of a New Housing Minister and the Policies Egyptians Deserve
Yahia Shawkat writes on newly appointed Housing Minister, Mostafa Madbuly, and lists four prominent housing challenges he faces.

Alaa Abd el-Fattah reflects on state’s oppression through a metaphorical piece comparing the implicit actions of an autistic child with the undertones of approving and legitimizing the new constitution.     

New Govt Announces Aim to Limit Labor Unrest
Jano Charbel comments on the appointment of Nahed al-Ashry as Minister of Manpower in the new government.

Hypocrisy Abounds
Timothy E. Kaldas argues that as long as political actors solely seek to achieve their short-term interests, real democratic change in Egypt will remain unattainable.


In Arabic:

فوبيا النقابات
Amr Khafaga sheds light on syndicate-state relations in which he argues that authoritarian regimes aim to control syndicates to ensure stability to their rule.     

ظروف استقالة حكومة الببلاوي ومعانيها
Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies presents a paper that analyzes and contextualizes the reasons behind al-Bablawi’s resignation.                          

لحظة ليكودية كاشفة
Fahmy Huwaidy reflects on the state’s rhetoric on the Palestinian cause and its contradictory oppressive practices against pro-Palestinian activists.   

استعادة شىء من التمدن إلى السياسة والإعلام
Amr Hamzawy argues that resorting objectivity to media and politics is impossible unless Egyptians are willing to embark on rigorous and long process of social, institutional, and elitist change.   

صراع الأجنحة" يهدّد بانقسام حركة تمرّد المصريّة"
Reham Mokbel writes on the radical shifts Tamarod (Rebel) movement has gone through following the ouster of Mohamed Morsi.

ماذا بعد المشير رئيساً؟
Sharif Muhyi el-Din lists possible political, security, and social ramifications over the announcement of al-Sisi’s presidential bid.

مصر تتطلع لوساطة خليجية في مواجهة بناء سد النهضة الإثيوبي
Aya Aman talks with an Egyptian official who reveals that Egypt is seeking help from Saudi Arabia to pressure Ethiopia into a compromise over the Renaissance Dam.  

هالة شكر الله: أرفض التمييز ضدّ المرأة وضدّ أي إنسان
Enas Hamed interviews Hala Shukrallah, leader of Dostour political party.

التعذيب في زمن الثورة
Khalil al-Anany argues that torture and abuse of political prisoners are becoming normative and acceptable practices in the eyes of the public.


Recently on Jadaliyya Egypt:

لماذا لم يثر الصعيد؟ محاولة أولية للفهم ودعوة للنقاش
Ahmad Mohamed Abu Zaid revisits the question of the absence of revolutionary movements in Upper Egypt.

عن السيد الجديد والمرأة المصرية
Ali El Raggal comments on the publicized texts that praise the Armed Forces and al-Sisi.   

Les quartiers populaires et les printemps arabes: Elements pour une approche renouvelee
Eric Denis offers some thoughts and a brief summary of a conference based on a volume edited by Pierre-Arnaud Barthel and Sylvy Jaglin on informal neighborhoods and urban action in the Arab world. 

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