From the Editors
[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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday night of every week.]
“Democracy from within: FJP elections and the influence of the Brotherhood”
The Muslim Brotherhood’s elections, lauded as a demonstration of democratic practices within, might already be prearranged.
“Egypt's 'Accountability Friday' turns up the heat on Brotherhood rule”
Clashes erupt after supporters of the president attack and demolish an anti-Morsi stage on Tahrir Square; the Muslim Brotherhood denies reports that its members were involved.
“Protests spread through governorates”
Protests across the country voice different demands, including the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly, the retrial for the suspects in the Camel Battle case, and accountability for the president’s actions.
“A politicized justice”
Analysts say the prosecution is to blame for the disappointing outcome of Camel Battle, as others criticize President Mohamed Morsi’s decision to fire the prosecutor general.
“Egyptian Judges' Club backs 'sacked' prosecutor general”
Judges say the president is infringing upon judicial independence.
“Morsi politely 'asks' defiant prosecutor-general to stay on”
After a stand-off between the president and the prosecutor-general, the latter is allowed to retain his position.
“EIPR accuses Meit Ghamr chief of pressuring victims’ families”
Residents of Delta town Meit Ghamr struggle to bring to justice officers responsible for killing civilians.
“Free Egypt Party to merge with Al-Dostor”
Free Egypt Party, headed by former MP Amr Hamzawy, joins Mohamed ElBaradei’s El-Dostor, as the liberals prepare for the upcoming parliamentary elections.
“Egypt constitution: The good, the bad and the ugly”
Activists praise the constitutional draft for guaranteeing freedom of expression and protest, but criticize it for not banning torture and human trafficking and infringing on women’s rights.
“Egypt: Fix Draft Constitution to Protect Key Rights”
Human Rights Watch criticizes the draft constitution for failing to address issues of women’s and children’s rights, freedom of speech and religion, torture and human trafficking.
“Within the Islamist movement who is moderate…and who is extremist?”
Farid Zahran writes about the different Islamist groups he met in prison and the different approaches they have to implementing Sharia.
“Morsy grants all “revolutionary prisoners” amnesty”
The president grants amnesty to people arrested between 25 January and 30 June in circumstances related to the revolution.
“Rise in number of US Copts”
Number of Coptic asylum seekers to the US doubles, as Christians face uncertainties in Egypt.
“Thousands of Egyptians march on Maspero to mark first anniversary of military crackdown”
Muslims and Christians march together to commemorate the death of 27 Copts during clashes with the military last year.
“Remembering the Maspero Massacre”
Wael Eskander shares his thoughts on the Maspero events of October 9, 2011.
“What 2011 meant for Egypt’s Copts”
Sara Naguib chronicles the incidents of violence against Christians throughout 2011.
“Egypt's Morsi Gets Marks for Speed, Not Style in Foreign Policy”
Former ambassador to Washington, Nabil Fahmy, comments on the president’s successes and failures in foreign policy during his first 100 days in power.
“And the Egyptian revolution seriously does not need those hooligans”
Zenobia talks about a recent attack by self-professed anarchists on two Central Security trucks.
A short film by Suraya Hagagy and Ahmed Yusri on women’s issues in Egypt. [English subititles]
“«الإخوان» ردًا على وزير خارجية الإمارات: نُقدس قوانين الدولة التي نعيش فيها”
Tensions between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Emirati authorities continue.
“دار الخدمات النقابية والعمالية تعلن مشاركتها في مليونية غدا... وتؤكد أن مرسى يسير على نهج مبارك”
Organization for Syndicate and Labor Services calls for the cancellation of the trade union law of 1976 which limits the freedoms of trade unions in Egypt.
“«من الميدان إلى الفاتيكان».. مسرحية هزلية من أربعة فصول”
Amr Ezzat comments on the recent scandal with the president firing the prosecutor-general.
“«تاريخ ازدهار وانهيار النخبة القانونية المصرية» «1ــ4»”
Amr Shalqani talks about the events of March 1954, when protests attacked the National Council in Giza, arguing that Gamal Abd El-Nasser was targeting the independence of the judiciary.
“عندما تكلم الرئيس”
Emad El-Din Adeeb annalyzes President Mohamed Morsi’s speech on the anniversary of the 1973 War.
“النائب العام يكلّف "أمن الدولة العليا" بالتحقيق في بلاغات ضد الرئيس والمرشد والشاطر”
The prosecutor general commissions State Security to investigate cases against the president, the Murshid, and Khairat El-Shater.
“مستشار الرئيس: قانون العفو الشامل عن معتقلي الثورة يشمل العسكريين”
Mohamed Fouad Gadallah says the president’s amnesty of revolutionary prisoners extends to members of the military as well.
“إبراهيم عيسى يكتب: المحاكم الثورية تفتح باب الجحيم”
Ibrahim Eissa argues against the formation of revolutionary courts to try does guilty of killing protesters.
“«6 أكتوبر»: الرصاصة في جيب مَن؟”
Ahmed Tagi criticizes history of the 1973 War in Egypt is clouded in myth.
Recent Jadaliyya articles on Egypt:
An Overview of the Egyptian Legal System and Legal Research
A short overview of Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab’s new book on Egypt’s legal system.
New Texts Out Now: Myriam Ababsa, Baudouin Dupret, and Eric Denis, Popular Housing and Urban Land Tenure in the Middle East
An interview with the authors of a new book on urban development.
Text of Manal El-Tibi's Resignation Letter to Egypt's Constituent Assembly
Human rights activist Manal El-Tibi justifies her resignation with the incapacity of the constitution to provide freedom and equality for all citizens, but favoring one particular interest group.
Martyrdom at Maspero: Searching for meaning
Paul Sedra tries to explain what happened on 9-10 October 2011, arguing that it was not simply a pogrom.
Justice Denied: Egypt's Maspero Massacre One Year On
Ekram Ibrahim writes that justice still eludes the families of the killed during the Maspero Massacre; so far only three soldiers and no officers have been sentenced to short-term prison terms.
A Firsthand Account: Marching From Shubra to Deaths at Maspero
Sarah Carr’s witness account of the events of October 9, 2011.
Egypt’s Withering Paternalism and the Future of Its Political Economy
Amr Adly says the ruling party has three options to cope with social conflict which the collapsed paternalistic authoritarian system set up by Gamal Abd El-Nasser can no longer mange.
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