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Egypt Media Roundup (December 17)

[The first round of the referendum in Cairo on December 15th. Image originally posted to Flickr by Zeinab Mohamed.] [The first round of the referendum in Cairo on December 15th. 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.]  

“Egypt's constitutional referendum: First round results”
The results of the first ten governorates that voted on the constitutional referendum.

“Analysis of Round 1 of December 2012 Constitutional Referendum”
Based on results from the previous two elections, round two of the constitutional referendum is less favorable for a “No” vote.

“Brotherhood defends referendum vote from reports of irregularities”
The Muslim Brotherhood responds to accusations of the opposition and human rights NGOs of an “unfair” first round of the constitutional referendum.

“Egypt votes on constitution”
The governorates of Cairo, Alexandria, Daqahleya, Qaliubiya, Sharqeya, Assiut, Sohag, Aswan, North and South Sinai vote in the first round of the referendum.                  

“Supreme Constitutional Court besieged again”
Islamist supporters prevent head of the Constitutional Court to enter the building, but FJP and Salafist Front Party deny having their members at the protest.

“Absent judges, attempts to direct voters among reported irregularities”
The Judges’ Club receives hundreds of complaints about voting violations during the first round of the constitutional referendum.

“Egypt's constitution poll to be held in two phases”
A presidential decree orders the constitutional referendum to be held in two phases on 15 and 22 December.

“Egypt's Judges Club to refrain from supervising constitutional poll”
After refusal of majority of judges to supervise the referendum, the Judges’ Club announces its decision formally.

“State Council Judges' Club to oversee referendum with preconditions”
Egyptian Administrative State Council's Judges Club agrees to oversee the referendum if ongoing sit-in by supporters of President Mohamed Morsi in front of the High Constitutional Court stops.

“Attorney general releases damning account of protest detentions”
Prosecutor General reverses decision to remove a prosecutor from the investigations of the Presidential Palace clashes.

“Egypt prosecutor orders probe in opposition leaders’ ‘treason’ case”
The Prosecutor General starts investigation into a lawsuit against Amr Moussa, Mohammed ElBaradei, and Hamdeen Sabbahi for high treason.

“Conflicting narratives emerge on new prosecutor general's past”
Some speculate that the new Prosecutor General might have been involved in court cases against protesters in Bahrain.

“In another blow to Morsy, court does not recognize prosecutor general”
The Azbakiya Misdemeanor Court refuses to accept a court case referred to by the new Prosecutor General.

“Islamists escalate media city sit-in”
Pro-Morsi protests in front of the media city continue into the fourth day as the sit-in consolidates.

“Remembering Emad Effat”
Murdered preacher’s wife, Nashwa Abdel-Tawab, still mourns her husband.

“The Brothers and the Gulf”
Sultan Al Qassemi writes about the Muslim Brotherhood and the foreign policy split between Qatar on one hand and the UAE and Saudi Arabia on the other.

“To protect the revolution, overcome the false secular-Islamist divide”
Hamid Dabashi says President Morsi’s constitutional declaration follows the example of the Iranian clerics in attempting to hijack the revolution.

“Presidential spokesperson blames tax debacle on political tension”
Yasser Ali explains Mohamed Morsi’s reversal of his own decision to raise taxes on certain commodities with his desire to hold a public discussion about it.

“Military arrest powers was called for by SEC: Morsi spokesman”
According to presidential spokesman, the Supreme Electoral Commission called for the military to be given special powers of arrest for the period of the referendum.

“Egypt: Between a Rock and a Hard Place”
Richard Falk observes how attitudes and hopes of Egyptians have changed radically over the span of the past two years.


In Arabic:

“المتحدث باسم الحكومة الإسرائيلية يكذب بوابة «الحرية والعدالة»”
The spokesman of the Israeli government denies reports by the FJP website that he said Israel is dissatisfied with the result of the first round.

مصطفى النجار: معركتنا هي الوصول لقرى مصر قبل المرحلة الثانية للاستفتاء
Mostafa Al-Naggar criticizes the call to protest against the referendum and says the time before the second referendum has to be used to raise awareness in the villages.

“محمد بديع.. سنسجنك.. هذا ليس تهديدًا.. هذا وعد”
Ahmed Samir criticizes the Muslim Brotherhood’s response to the killing of protesters in front of the Presidential Palace.

“دستور بير السلّم”
Hamdi Qandil goes over the problematic articles of the draft constitution.

“أعضاء النيابة العامة يدعون إلى تعليق العمل لأجل غير مسمى حتى تنحي النائب العام”
Members of the General Prosecution decide to suspend work until the new Prosecutor General is removed.

“الحـــــــــــــوار الوطنـــــــى فى قطار الإسگندرية”
Girgis Fakry hops on the train to Alexandria to hear passengers’ thoughts on the constitutional referendum.

“تأجيل طعن العادلي على سجنه 12 عاما بتهمة غسيل الأموال”
The Cassation Court postpones its decision on Habib Al-Adly’s appeal of his twelve-year prison sentence for graft.

“الجنح تعاقب ألبير صابر المتهم بازدراء الأديان بالسجن 3 سنوات”
Alber Saber, charged with contempt of religion, is sentenced to three years in prison.

Recent Jadaliyya articles on Egypt:

China Central Television Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Hesham Sallam on Egyptian Constitutional Referendum
Jadaliyya’s Hesham Sallam says the current fight in the Egyptian society is not about the nature of the state, but about fulfilling the January 25 Revolution goals.

Morsi's Sins beyond the Constitution
Dina Amer interviews Egyptians from different walks of life about the constitution and concludes there is a general sense of alienation among them from politics.

ElBaradei’s Gandhi Moment?
Linda Herrera, Magdy Alabady, and Adel Iskandar compare Mohamed ElBaradei to Ghandi and elaborate on the former’s limitations as an opposition leader in Egypt.

The State of Egypt Today: Political Protests and Freedom of Press
An interview with Adel Iskander about the way recent events are affecting freedom of expression in Egypt.

من القاهرة الجميلة - الجزء الثالث
The third part of Amro Eletrebi’s piece on his experience during protests in Cairo.

ملف من الأرشيف: الشيخ إمام
From Jadaliyya’s new initiative with Lebanese newspaper “Al-Safir,” a profile of Egypt’s famous composer and singer Sheikh Imam.

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