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Egypt Media Roundup (November 12)

[Protests in downtown Cairo. Image originally posted to Flickr by Zeinab Mohamed.] [Protests in downtown Cairo. Image originally posted to Flickr by Zeinab Mohamed.]

[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.]    

“Who calls shots at Egypt's presidential palace, analysts ask”
Recent cancellation of plans to close businesses at 10pm shows that presidency faces challenges implementing its decisions.

“Egypt's prosecutor General not under investigation”
Prosecutor General denies allegations posted on the Muslim Brotherhood’s website that he was question by the Supreme Judicial Council

“Investigations launched into alleged terror cell leader”
Prosecution investigates man who allegedly has links to Ayman al-Zawahiri.

“Public prosecutor returns church land plot seized by Salafis”
Egyptian authorities return property to the Coptic Church in Shoubra El-Kheima after Salafis build mosque on it.

“Massive Friday protest in Egypt to demand implementing Islamic law”
The Muslim Brothers and members of the Salafi Al-Nour Party refuse to join the protest.

“Calm in Al-Arish after deployment of the army and security forces”
Army sends reinforcements after two violent incidents only days apart shake North Sinai.

“Vigil held for Copts”
Christians and Muslims hold a vigil after headquarters of the Coptic Church in Shobra El-Kheima stormed.

“Road blockages overwhelm governorates Tuesday”
Truck divers’ strike and protests against police violence block roads across the country.

“The Parallels Between the US and Egyptian Presidential Elections End Here”
Sarah El-Sirgany analyzes different responses in Egypt to the recent US presidential elections.

“Missing teenager found showing signs of torture”
A boy who suffered torture and rape at the hands of police in August was abducted after threatening to reveal the names of the policemen who abused him.

“Kafr Al-Sheikh governor in the doghouse”
Protesters ask for Kafr Al-Sheikh governor’s resignation after a police dog incident left three people injured during a demonstration against the hiring of Muslim Brothers in the governorate administration.

“Visit the Pyramids while you can !!”
Zenobia talks about a radical sheikh who says Ancient Egyptian monuments, like the Pyramids and the Sphinx, have to be destroyed.

“Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Why the Revolution Continues
Ami J. Abou-Bakr says the political victories of the Muslim Brotherhood need to be put into context in order to see that they lack overwhelming support in Egyptian society.

“Massive Rally for Shariah Law Divides Egypt’s Islamists”
Led by al-Gamaa al-Islamiya, the “Implementing Shariah” demonstration gathers a few thousand supporters but shows lack of unity among the conservatives in Egypt.

“Brute force: Inside the Central Security Forces”
A lengthy piece exploring the inner workings of one of Egypt’s notorious repressive apparatuses.


In Arabic:

“هل المرأة إنسان؟!”
Alaa Al-Aswany says sexual harassment is widespread in Egypt because the Egyptian woman has been dehumanized.

“مصادر أمنية: حملة موسعة لهدم الأنفاق بين مصر وغزة خلال أيام”
Egyptian army to destroy tunnels between Gaza and Egypt.

“بالصور..آيات قرآنية على الجرافيتى و"ماسبيرو" يعترضون”
Tension rises as participants in the demonstration calling for implementation of Sharia paint Quranic verses over graffiti in Mohamed Mahmoud St.

“مدير أمن شمال سيناء: نحارب «أشباحًا» وشخصيات لا نعرفها.. والوضع الأمني يتحسن”
The head of security for North Sinai says that troops are fighting an unknown enemy.

“استدعاء السيسي والعيسوى ووجدى للشهادة فى قضية «فرم مستندات أمن الدولة»”
The court calls the head of the army along with other top generals for a hearing in connection with the case against former State Security officials ordering the destruction of documents.

“مائة يوم من التعذيب”
Khalid Fahmy recalls the events surrounding the death of torture victim Essam Ata and points out that torture is still an accepted practice in police departments in Egypt.

“غلاة العلمانيَّة.. وتعطيل الدستور”
Khalid Al-Sharif accuses Egyptian secularists of being extreme and trying to impose their views on the Egyptian people.


Recent Jadaliyya articles on Egypt:

الأمة المصرية حين تفقد لغتها : لغة الرب أم لغة المستعمر؟
A book review of the translation of Niloofar Haeri’s book Sacred Language, Ordinary People: Dilemmas of Culture and Politics in Egypt.

The Scared Islamists And Their Frightened Majority
Mohamed Waked says the word “civil” has acquired a variety of meanings in Egyptian political vernacular which do not necessarily reflect political realities of the forces which are branded with it.

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