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Egypt Media Roundup (October 24)

[US-Egyptian activist Aya Hijazi. Photo from Aswat Masriya.] [US-Egyptian activist Aya Hijazi. Photo from Aswat Masriya.]

[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 egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] 

Political Rights

Egypt ranks last in region for rule of law: World Justice Project index Egypt ranked last in the Middle East and North Africa and 110 globally in the Rule of Law Index prepared by the World Justice Project, released on Wednesday.

Social media campaign calls for release of Aya Hijazi after 900 days in prison without trial A number of activists and rights groups launched a social media campaign on Monday, calling for the release of Aya Hijazi who has been in pre-trial detention for 900 days.

Democratic parties boycott Sisi’s National Youth Conference Several democratic parties have declared a boycott of the first National Youth Conference organized by the presidential office, which will be held in Sharm al-Sheikh on 25 October.

Baseera poll: 14% decline in Sisi’s popularity due to price increases President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s approval rating has fallen by fourteen percent according to a poll conducted by Baseera, the Egyptian Center for Public Opinion Research.

2 dead in crossfire as 6 inmates escape from Ismailia prison A police officer and a civilian died in the crossfire as six inmates escaped from Mostaqbal Prison in Ismailia on Thursday night, according to the Ministry of Interior. 

Three police officers detained for 'negligence' in Ismailiya prison break Ismailiya prosecution has ordered on Sunday the detention of three police officers for four days pending investigations over a prison break in the governorate last week.

5 jailed Alexandria Shipyard workers released on bail, as trial adjourned to November 15 A military court delayed the issuing of a verdict in the trial of twenty-six Alexandria Shipyard Company workers on Tuesday for the fifth time, adjourning court proceedings until 15 November.

Cassation Court upholds 20-year sentence for Morsi The Court of Cassation Court rejected an appeal against a twenty-year jail sentence for former President Mohamed Morsi and several other Muslim Brotherhood members on Saturday.

Egyptian court acquits 13 minors over Red Sea islands protests An Egyptian court has acquitted on Sunday thirteen minors who were arrested during protests against the Egyptian-Saudi maritime border demarcation agreement in April.

Egyptian high court reverses 14 death sentences against Islamists Egypt's highest court on Wednesday quashed death sentences imposed on fourteen Islamists over an attack on a police station in protest at the military's overthrow in 2013 of then-President Mohamed Morsi.

Nubians may turn to international courts to guarantee return to their lands While there seemed to be an opening in the 2014 Constitution for Nubians to claim the right to their historical lands in southern Egypt, presidential decisions since then have left Nubian activists feeling hopeless and prompted them to make the controversial decision to turn to international courts for help.

Egypt’s parliament approves illegal migration law Egypt’s parliament has approved on Monday a law that aims to combat illegal migration, with a majority of 402 votes.

Egyptian MP Bakry says Cabinet reshuffle expected within days Egyptian Member of Parliament Mostafa Bakry said on Sunday that a ministerial reshuffle is expected to take place in "the coming few days.”

Economy

Egypt’s poor bear the brunt of VAT: EIPR Egypt’s poorest citizens spend almost twice as much on Value Added Tax as a percentage of their incomes as its richest, a report by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights revealed on Monday.

Amid economic crisis Egyptians sell their jewelry, gold traders return stockpiles Gold wholesalers pack the winding alleyways around Hussein Mosque and Islamic Cairo’s Khan al-Khalili, from where they sell or export gold bars to people seeking liquid investment.

Shelves go bare in Egypt as soaring sugar prices catch government off guard At supermarkets across the country sugar has all but vanished, prompting media talk of a crisis and pushing the state to rapidly increase imports despite an acute dollar shortage and soaring global prices of the sweetener.

Egypt c.bank allocates $1.8 bln to build 6-month strategic goods stock - minister Egypt's central bank has allocated 1.8 billion USD to ensure six months of reserves in all strategic goods, Supply Minister Mohamed Ali al-Sheikh said on Wednesday, after widespread sugar shortages prompted talk of an impending food crisis.

Egypt studies subsidy increase to alleviate 'burden' of economic reform - minister Egypt's Supply Minister Mohamed Ali al-Sheikh said on Wednesday that the government is studying the prospect of increasing subsidies allocated for individuals on the smart card system due to possible economic hardships.

Egypt chases own energy sources as government struggle to meet demand Egypt will boost production of natural gas to five billion cubic feet per day in the 2017-2018 fiscal year as the giant Zohr field comes online, but will still also ramp up gas imports to feed a spike in consumption, Oil Minister Tarek al-Molla said.

Foreign Relations

Syria's intelligence chief visits Cairo in wake of Egyptian-Saudi tensions Syria's National Security Bureau Chief Ali Mamlouk visited Cairo to coordinate with Egypt in the fight against terrorism.

'No conflict with Saudi over UN vote on Syria': Egypt FM Egypt's foreign minister Sameh Shoukry said on Saturday during a press conference with his Spanish counterpart in Cairo that there is no conflict between Egypt and Saudi Arabia over Egypt’s vote in a UN resolution on the Syrian civil conflict.

Egypt says Syrian govt approves endeavour to help people in Aleppo Egypt received the Syrian government's approval of its endeavor to "alleviate the suffering of the people of Aleppo", the foreign ministry said on Thursday.

US delegation arrives in Cairo to promote economic ties with Egypt A business delegation from the US headed by Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State Ambassador David Thorne arrived to Cairo on Sunday to promote US-Egypt economic ties, said the US embassy.

Domestic Security

Senior military officer shot dead near Cairo Brigadier General Adel Ragaie, a senior officer in the Armed Forces, has been shot dead in front of his house in Obour City, thirty-five kilometers north-east of Cairo.

Egypt's Sisi calls for vigilance as attacks on security personnel mount Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called for maximum vigilance and securing vital institutions as attacks on security personnel mount.

Two policemen killed, one injured in North Sinai explosion Two policemen were killed and one was injured in an explosion in North Sinai, the Ministry of Interior announced on Friday.

Three Egyptian soldiers killed during air, ground raids on Sinai militants: Army Egypt's army said three of its personnel were killed and two wounded during air and ground operations against militants in the restive North Sinai region on Sunday.

One solider, 19 militants killed in 3rd day of military operations in north Sinai: Egypt Army Egypt's army said one solider and nineteen militants were killed in the third day of its recent air and ground operation against insurgents in in the restive North Sinai region.

Two soldiers, 6 militants killed in fourth day of fresh Sinai operation: Army Two Egyptian military personnel and six militants were killed in the restive North Sinai region, the army said, in the fourth day of a fresh operation by Egypt's air and ground forces to strike insurgents based there.

Arabic

دراسة حقوقية عن القضاء المصري: أداة للقمع The International Commission of Jurists releases a new report condemning the violations committed by Egypt’s judicial system.

عائلة "عطيتو".. ضحايا الإخفاء القسري و"التصفية" خارج إطار القانون  The Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights files a lawsuit against the regime for allegedly misleading the investigation of the disappearance of three young Egyptians.

الاختفاء القسري.. مصير مجهول للضحايا وجحيم للأهالي (تحقيق)  More than 1000 enforced disappearance cases have been reported amid the interior ministry denial and negligence of the phenomena.

«جنايات القاهرة» تستأنف محاكمة «العادلي» و12 آخرين Cairo’s Criminal Court continues the trial of former interior minister Habib al-Adly and twelve other former interior ministry officials over squandering public money.

تغيير مناهج الأزهر الشريف ... تطويع لحسابات سياسية؟ In response to Sisi’s call for a “renewal of religious discourse,” Al-Azhar modifies its curriculum to counter terrorism and extremism.

القاهرة تستقبل أول زيارة علنية لمسؤول أمني سوري.. ورسالة محتملة للسعودية Syria’s security official visit to Egypt within the framework of “strengthening cooperation to counter terrorism” reveals the importance of relations between the two countries vis-à-vis the current situation in Syria.

مصر | تقرير «مفزع» على مكتب السيسي  The report examines the decline in Sisi’s popularity following the deterioration of the economic crisis and reflects on the possibility of mass protests.

المتحدث العسكري: استشهاد مقاتل ومقتل 19 تكفيريًا بسيناء Military spokesman confirms the killing of nineteen armed fighters in Sinai.

عمّال مصر تحت الهجوم: استنساخ لأدوات قديمة The Egyptian government has been implementing the same old legal and security restrictions on labor and syndicate movements amid growing worries of probable popular protests.

رسّامو الكاريكاتير في مصر: ما يصحّش كده Raseef 22 discusses the question of the freedom of expression in Sisi’s regime through the experience of a number of Egyptian caricaturists.

عندما يستثمر جمال مبارك…أو كيف تحول كل دولار إلى 12 ألف دولار Mada Masr investigates one of Gamal Mubarak’s corrupt investments.

القاهرة متمسكة بقرض صندوق النقد The finance minister indicates that Egypt will receive a loan from the International Monetary Fund in order to implement economic reforms.

حبس 17 شخصا بتهمة الدعوة لتظاهرات 11 نوفمبر Seventeen Muslim Brotherhood members have been detained for fifteen days. They face a number of accusations, including “joining illegal group” and “calling for mass protests against the regime.”

السيناوية بين الطوارئ والإرهاب Following Sisi’s decision, Egypt extends emergency laws in North Sinai for three months.

القروض والمساعدات.. عقبات تواجه الاستقلال السياسي The article discusses the relation between political and economic independence.

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