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Egypt Media Roundup (May 8)

[President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi meeting with Kuwaiti Emir Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah on Sunday, 7 May, 2017. Photo from the Official Facebook page of the Egyptian Presidency.] [President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi meeting with Kuwaiti Emir Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah on Sunday, 7 May, 2017. Photo from the Official Facebook page of the Egyptian Presidency.]

[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.] 

Political Rights

Women workers must receive annual pay increases during unpaid maternity leave: Egypt's constitutional court Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court ruled on Saturday that women who take extended unpaid maternity leave should still receive full annual pay increases

Internet Revolution Egypt Facebook admin released on bail Ahmed Abdel Naby, an administrator of the Internet Revolution Egypt Facebook page who was arrested on Friday in Alexandria after the page published documents detailing former government discussions to block and surveil VoIP services that allow users to make voice and video calls on the internet, was released on 1,000 LE bail on Saturday.

The rise and fall of Karmoz: How a local journalism platform tried to escape Egypt’s center Mohamad Hamama examines the beginning and end of Karmoz.

Video: Civil society organizations are battling the state for survival: Mohamed Zaree Head of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies’ Cairo office Mohamed Zaree is the only Egyptian among three nominees for the 2017 Martin Ennals Award.

Sisi and the judges: Game over? Sisi has ratified the chief judicial appointments law, despite resistance from judges and a few members of Parliament.

Egyptian parliament committee approves draft law limiting the issuing of fatwas to licensed clerics Egypt's parliament took a step on Thursday to combat fatwas by radical Islamist clerics, with parliament's religious affairs committee approving a draft law that limits the issuing of fatwas to licensed preachers.

Cairo court cancels release order on bail for Brotherhood businessman Hassan Malek A Cairo Criminal Court accepted on Saturday the appeal by prosecution against a court order to release the leading Brotherhood figure Hassan Malek and two others on bail pending investigation on charges of harming the economy, and renewed their detention for forty-five days.

Judge detained after shooting man to death in Cairo's Nasr City An Egyptian prosecution ordered on Wednesday the four-day detention pending investigations of a judge who shot a man to death in Cairo's Nasr City district on Tuesday. 

Cabinet allocates lands to displaced North Sinai citizens Citizens displaced from their homes in North Sinai have been allocated two plots of land in Arish and Bir al-Abd. In a Thursday statement the Cabinet announced that the land will be made available for citizens the authorities forcibly displaced from the border cities of Sheikh Zuwayed and Rafah.

Cabinet increases property value required to qualify for residency to US$100,000 Cabinet has amended the regulations allowing non-Egyptians to apply for residency permits on the basis of their property in Egypt. Previously, property worth 50,000 USD was required to apply for a one-year residence permit, on Wednesday this was upped to 100,000 USD. The changes followed a parliamentary committee’s approval of a bill granting Egyptian citizenship to foreign investors.

Egypt says leaked video allegedly showing extrajudicial killings in Sinai is 'fake' Egypt’s Foreign Ministry said on Sunday that the leaked video footage, which is claimed to be from a military operation in North Sinai and shows individuals wearing Egyptian Armed Forces uniforms executing unarmed men, is "fake."


Labor Day 2017: Cooperation under another name What does the cooperation Sisi called for in his Labor Day address mean amid a marked deterioration in labor conditions?

Egypt to receive 2nd tranche of IMF loan by June: El-Garhy Minister of Finance Amr al-Garhy said that Egypt would receive the second tranche of the International Monetary Fund’s loan by the second half of June, worth 1.25 billion USD. The total amount of the loan is twelve billion USD.

Fuel subsidy bill this fiscal year will exceed EGP 110bn: El Molla The petroleum product subsidy bill exceeded 110 billion LE because of the high price of Brent oil of well over forty USD per barrel, which was the estimated price in the budget, and the flotation of the pound.

Foreign Relations

'Security of the Gulf states is security of Egypt,' Sisi tells Kuwait ruler President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi told Kuwait's emir Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah in a meeting on Sunday that the security of the Gulf states is also the security of Egypt, stressing that Egypt will not allow threats to the stability and security of its "brother countries in the Gulf.”

Sisi discusses Arab efforts to resolve regional crises with Abu Dhabi crown prince Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi discussed on Wednesday with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan the importance of intensifying Arab and international efforts to achieve political resolutions to the region’s various civil conflicts, Egyptian presidency spokesman Alaa Youssef said in a statement.

Cairo slams UN rights chief for 'disgraceful' claim that Egypt's security measures 'facilitate radicalization' The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein said on Monday that the security measures of Egyptian authorities were fostering radicalization, in remarks Cairo has slammed as "irresponsible" and "disgraceful.”

Egypt welcomes agreement to create safe zones in Syria Egypt's Foreign Ministry welcomed on Thursday the newly reached agreement between Russia, Turkey and Iran on setting up four safe zones in Syria in an attempt to reduce violence in the war-torn country.

Egypt to open Rafah crossing into Gaza for three days Egypt will open its border crossing with Gaza for three days starting Saturday.

French investigators say no trace of explosives on Egyptair victims: Le Figaro French investigators have found no traces of explosives on the bodies of French victims of Egypt Air flight MS 804 that crashed into the Mediterranean last year en route from Paris to Cairo, a newspaper reported on Friday.

Domestic Security

IS interview hints at new Egypt branch outside Sinai The most recent issue of Al-Nabaa, the Islamic State’s weekly online publication, includes an interview with someone alleged to be the leader of the Caliphate Soldiers in Egypt. This may suggest a new Egypt-based branch of the organization, independent of its Sinai-affiliate Province of Sinai, has been established.

Two men suspected of involvement in Tanta bombing killed in shootout with police: Ministry Egyptian police have killed in a shootout two men suspected of involvement in a recent deadly attack on security forces in Egypt's Nile Delta city of Tanta, the Ministry of Interior said on Saturday.

Three policemen killed in drive-by shooting near Cairo's Nasr City Armed gunmen opened fire on a police patrol in Cairo on Monday night, killing three policemen and wounding five in a drive-by shooting, Egypt's Interior Ministry said on Tuesday.

Update: Militant group Hassm claims responsibility for attack on Nasr City checkpoint The armed militant organization Hassm has claimed responsibility for a drive-by shooting in Nasr City on Monday which killed two commissioned police officers and one enlisted officer stationed at a checkpoint.

From Jadaliyya Egypt

Art and Liberty: Redefining the Canon or the Next Record Sales? In October 2016, two exhibitions were inaugurated in Cairo and Paris respectively, commemorating an Egyptian surrealist art and literature group, Art et Liberté. 


تحقيقات خلية تفجير الكنيستين تكشف: المخطط الرئيسى كان يعتمد على السيارات المفخخة  The Supreme State Security Prosecution held its third investigation session of three defendants over the provision of financial and material support for the bombers of the twin Churches attacks in Alexandria and Tanta.

أرشيف شهر أبريل 2017  El Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence and Torture published April 2017 report describing human rights violations by the state during the past month.

اضطهاد الأقباط: دعوة للنقاش من أجل المواجهة الطائفية: تأملات وتفسيرات ومراجعات  It is necessary to understand the enduring crisis of sectarianism in Egypt from socio-psychological. 

تعديلات القوانين: تسريع التقاضي أم تغيير بيئته؟  The recently approved amendments to accelerate litigation proceedings to combat terrorism will likely fail to achieve justice, experts say.

ورقة تحليلية: عن غياب الاستحقاق الدستوري للنساء وحقهن في التواجد داخل الهيئات والجهات القضائية المصرية في عام المرأة  Nazra for Feminist Studies released analytical paper on discrimination against women in Egypt’s male-dominated legal system.

»الجنايات تواصل محاكمة 67 متهمًا في «اغتيال النائب العام  Cairo Criminal Court commenced Tuesday hearing of sixty-seven defendants accused of assassinating Egypt’s public prosecutor Hisham Barakat.

بينهم "نظيف" و"محلب" و"إسماعيل".. لماذا وردت أسماء 6 رؤساء للحكومة في قضايا فساد؟  Despite reform initiatives aimed at fighting corruption, successive governments have been led by corrupt officials.

المركزي»: 4.6 مليارات دولار تحويلات المصريين بالخارج خلال 3 أشهر« Remittance inflows from Egyptians working abroad increased by 10.9 percent during the first quarter of 2017, Egypt’s Central Bank announced.

انتخابات 2018 والأحلام الخطيرة: أفكار عن المعركة المقبلة The political parties and public policy battle will be decisive for the coming presidential elections in 2018.

عمّال خلف القضبان: قوى مهدرة وفرص للإصلاح Egyptian working prisoners receive low wages, making of the prison labor an exploitative industry.

كم تستغرق مصر لسداد ديونها؟.. خبراء اقتصاد يجيبون Economists analyze the state’s measures to pay off the debt and address the economic crisis in Egypt. 

نقابة الأطباء ترفض محاوﻻت اﻻستيلاء على أرض العباسية للصحة النفسية.. والعاملين ينظمون وقفة احتجاجية غدا Doctors’ syndicate expressed solidarity with Abbasiya Mental Health Hospital workers to organize a protest on Sunday against the state attempts to seize the hospital land and some of its surrounding area.

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