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New Texts Out Now: Don Karl and Basma Hamdy, Walls of Freedom: Street Art of the Egyptian Revolution

[Cover of Don Karl and Basma Hamdy,

Don Karl and Basma Hamdy, editors, Walls of Freedom: Street Art of the Egyptian Revolution. Berlin: From Here to Fame Publishing, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Don Karl and Basma Hamdy (DK & BH): Our main goal in creating the book was for preservation and documentation of the explosive street art of the revolution. But as the project developed, we felt it was not enough to just present photos of the street art, because in this case contextualizing it became important to understanding it. We wanted to expose the transformation of citizens into artists and artists into activists, but also to shed light on the larger framework of the revolution. ...

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Kareem Lotfy and Andeel: New Folder (2)

Egyptian artist Kareem Lotfy and cartoonist Andeel were prompted by Nile Sunset Annex in Cairo to collaborate remotely and put together a show of extremely large drawings, video art, sculpture, and online/offline presences. The exhibition presents presents a cynical take on “the magic of the ordinary,” mixing craftsmanship and intuition. The artists describe this show as "not an artistic struggle, and at some point it almost got itself called 'Incest.' Thank God it didn’t".

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الإنتاج الموسيقي المستقل والبديل في العالم العربي. محادثة ل"الوضع" بين هدى عصفور، خيام اللامي و كندة حسن

في هذه الفقرة الخاصة التي تقدمها هدى عصفور، تُطلع كندة حسن المستمعين على تجربتها في مؤسسة إي كي ٣. وتركز هدى وضيفاها على عدة فنانين من العالم العربي  وتستعلم من خيام اللامي عن  شركة نوى الناشئة لتسويق الأعمال الموسيقية. تتضمن المقابلة التالية جزأين، بحيث يمكنكم أن تنقروا عليهما بشكل منفصل. بوسعكم أن تقرأوا أيضاً النص العربي المدوّن المرافق. ويمكن العثور على الموسيقا من الفقرة تحت نص المقابلة. خيام اللامي ولد خيام اللامي في دمشق، سوريا، ١٩٨١ لوالدين عراقيين. بدأ العزف على الكمان في سن الثامنة، لكن بعد أن انتقلت أسرته إلى لندن في ١٩٩٠ انتقل اهتمامه إلى الطبول والغيتار الكهربائي وأسس عدداً من فرق الروك. لم يكتشف آلة العود حتى ٢٠٠٤ وبدأ ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (March 9)

[Photo by Dennis Jarvis via Flickr]

[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.]  Regional and International Relations Egypt, Russia to Hold Naval Exercise: Russian State Media Menan Khater writes, “Report comes as Defense Minister Sobki meets his counterpart in Russia to discuss military cooperation in “fighting terrorism.” For Hamas, Egypt is Now the New “Israel” Nervana Mahmoud reflects on an Egyptian court’s designation ...

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Nada Baraka's Fractals

Fractals is the first solo exhibition by Egyptian painter Nada Baraka. It was hosted in January 2015 by Mashrabia Gallery in Cairo. Experimenting with a range of materials, Baraka takes inspiration from science-fiction novels and internet images, and morphs them spontaneously in her paintings to examine the representation of the human body. Baraka (b. 1990) is a painter, based in Cairo. She completed a masters degree in fine art at Central Saint Martins, London in 2014. She also completed a bachelors in Fine Arts and Communication Media Art at The American University in Cairo in 2011. Baraka has since participated in several group exhibitions in different countries.

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Minyan Village Mourns: A Photographic Essay

Galliny, uncle of Gerges Samir, 20, and Malak Ibrahim, 25.

Between agony and happiness, the village of Al-Aour in the Egyptian governorate of Minya received the news that thirteen of its sons were among the twenty-one Egyptian Christians recently beheaded by the Islamic State (IS) organization in Libya. Women and children’s screams echoed through the village. On 3 January 2015 around 2 a.m. in the coastal Libyan city of Sirte, masked gunmen knocked on the door of a dormitory of Egyptian workers. "We came for the Christians. Stay away," they said, according to Milad Ibrahim, who witnessed the abduction of his two cousins behind closed doors in an adjacent dormitory.  The twenty-one victims were workers who had ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (February 23)

[Photo by Gigi Ibrahim via Wikimedia Commons]

[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.]  Regional and International Relations Egypt and France Sign Rafale Jet Fighters Deal In a nationally televized ceremony, Egypt and France finalized a deal in which Cairo purchased twenty-four French Rafale jets.   Egyptian President Calls for Unified Arab Force to Combat Islamists “Al-Sisi addresses the nation a week after Egyptian warplanes ...

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Islam Kamal: Filmmaker from Alexandria

Alexandrian filmmaker Islam Kamal studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Alexandria University, before enrolling in several film workshop organized by the Goethe Institut and Jesuits Cultural Center. He worked as DoP in several films in addition to filming and directing his own films and video art works. In this interview with Medrar.TV, Kamal explains his approaches to filmmaking using several examples of his work, including 'Hayat' and 'Local Copy'. He also discusses alternative ways for reaching broader audiences such as screening films in local coffee shops and NGOs. Amira El Masry translated the interview to English.

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A Compound in Common: The Case of “Little Duweiqa,” Haram City

[Empty homes in Haram City. Photo Nicholas Simcik Arese]

While the eyes of the world focused on the intermittent occupations of Cairo’s Tahrir Square, in the four years since the Egyptian uprising of 2011, a different kind of social action has persisted at the city’s periphery. On 13 August 2010 and in February 2011, during the eighteen days leading to Hosni Mubarak’s fall, a group of 231 resettled slum dweller families from the impoverished Duweiqa district of Cairo abandoned their allocated twenty three square-meter homes to squat liveable ones in Haram City, a budget gated-community marketed by developers and development practitioners as a new best-practice “cooperative” public-private partnerships for low-income housing. ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (February 16)

[Cairo, Egypt. Photo by ideacreamanuelaPps via Flickr]

[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.]  Regional and International Relations Update: Egyptian Airstrikes Significant, but More Action Needed: Analyst Mada Masr reports on Egyptian-Libyan coordinated airstrikes targeting the Islamic State in Libya. UPDATED: World Leaders Condemn IS Killing of Egyptian Copts in Libya  “Global leaders speak out, demand action after Islamic State ...

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Rami Abadir and Mostafa El-Sayed: On 'Shawakish' Album

In early 2014, Cairo based musicians Rami Abadir and Mostafa El Sayed decided to jam together. They had known one another for a few years and shared a passion for using synthesizers and analog technologies in their music production. The result of this improvisation session was different from the music they played individually. So they decided to push it further and start performing live, while continuing to develop it. Almost a year later, they launched ‘Shawakish’ (Hammers), their first album together at Rawabet Theater in Downtown Cairo. Medrar.TV invited Abdel-Rahman Hussein, a musician, journalist and co-founder of the Arabic-language sound hosting website Dandin ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (February 9)

[Photo by Sarah Carr via Flickr]

[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.]  Regional and International Relations French Defense Minister Confirms Rafale Talks with Egypt: TV Jean-Yves le Drian, French Defense Minister, confirms that “advanced” talks are underway with Egypt over the purchase of twenty-four Rafale jets and a Fremme frigate from a French defense firm. The deal is estimated at 5 billion euros, i.e. from 5.7 ...

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New Vision for 13th Festival of Young Creators

The French Institute in Cairo has been organizing an annual festival since 2003 to support the work of emerging theater groups in Egypt. This year, the institute developed its vision to accommodate and better serve the needs of the local scene. As Cultural Project Manager Noemi Kahn, explains in this interview, the festival has expanded its out of competition section to show works by established artists alongside early career ones. It has also invited an independent selection committee to assess all ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (March 16)

[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.]  Regional and International Relations Turkey Absent from Economic Summit after Strained Diplomacy with Egypt Aya Nader writes, “Relations between Egypt and Turkey had witnessed a ...

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Imperial Consequences of Things: An Interview with Alan Mikhail

In this interview, Alan Mikhail discusses his own work on the environmental history of the Ottoman Empire, the wider intervention of environmental history, and the challenge of interdisciplinarity. The interview was initially conducted in person at the 2013 Middle East Studies Association (MESA) conference and elaborated electronically over the course of 2014. Alan Mikhail, Professor of History at Yale University, is a historian of the early modern Muslim world, the Ottoman Empire, and Egypt. ...

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (February 2015)

  [This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on Egypt. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of Egypt-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that Jadaliyya strives for, but the views are solely the ones of their authors. If you are interested in contributing to Jadaliyya, send us your post with your bio and a release form to ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (March 2)

[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.]  Regional and International Relations Sisi: Weapons Deal to be Financed by French Govt. The 5.2 billion Euros weapons deal between Egypt and France to be partially financed by ...

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Burj el Imam: Music by Sharif Sehnaoui, Raed Yassin and Alan Bishop

Beirut-based musicians Sharif Sehnaoui and Raed Yassin came together with Alan Bishop for a special performance of their upcoming "Burj el Imam" album at 100Copies Music Space in Cairo, Egypt. The album is a collaboration between Sehnaoui and Yassin known as 'A Trio' and Bishop, and is produced by Annihaya Records. Sehnaoui is a free improvising guitarist. He plays electric and acoustic guitars, with (or without) extended and prepared techniques, focusing on expanding the intrinsic ...

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Sacrificing Humans

In recent months, to general horror, the Islamic State (in Iraq and Syria) has carried out many beheadings and one immolation.  So, too, have others loosely or closely affiliated with it, most recently of twenty-one Egyptian Christians in Libya.  These events have provoked significant debate and widespread condemnation on many levels.  Some have argued that there is nothing Islamic in these actions despite the claim by the perpetrators that theirs is the Islamic State.  Others have ...

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Khaled Galal Eldeen: A Rolling Stone Gather No Moss

A rolling stone gathers no moss is the first solo show by Khaled Galal Eldeen in Cairo. Paper collages, printed sheets of silk, GIFs and an animation video offer different states of visual flatness, reflecting the mixed reality of objects made after the internet. Galal Eldeen developed the work over the past four years, using found images to create soft, hypnotic patterned surfaces  Khaled Galal Eldeen holds a BFA and MFA from Alexandria University, where he currently works as a teaching ...

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Quick Thoughts: Paul Sedra on the IS Massacre of Egyptian Copts in Libya

Among the most important points to make about these horrific murders relates to context. I would argue this event cannot and should not be placed within the context of domestic Egyptian politics or of Muslim-Christian relations in Egypt. Without question, Egypt has a persistent problem with sectarianism and violence against Egypt’s Coptic community. But these latest sectarian murders represent an effort by the Islamic State (IS) movement to advance its transnational agenda rather than an Egyptian one. ...

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Cairo Downtown Passages Redesign

The Cairo Laboratory for Urban Studies and Environmental Research (CLUSTER) has been exploring the network of Cairo’s downtown passages for almost three years. as CLUSTER co-founder Omar Nagati explains that they see the passageways as an 'in-between' space that allows for unique possibilities for the development and revitalization of the city center. Their interest also stems from hopes to engage the public more with existing arts and culture spaces, as curator and CLUSTER co-founder Beth ...

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Who Are the People? A Conversation on the Assemblages and the Archives of the People

Scholars of the Middle East have grappled for several decades with what seemed to be the death of “formal” or “official” politics in their attempt to explain the seemingly impenetrable force of authoritarianism and the pacification of Arab politics. Some work reified older understandings of the idea of agency and the centrality of state institutions. Others broke new ground on the idea of the individual, critically deconstructing the seemingly self-evident meaning and universal values of “freedom” and ...

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At Least Twenty-Two Dead in Clashes between Zamalek Football Fans and Police

At least twenty-two died and many more were injured on Sunday evening during clashes between Zamalek’s hardcore football fans, the Ultras White Knights, and police forces at the Air Force stadium in New Cairo, according to the official Facebook page for the Ultras White Knights. The page listed the names and ages of the deceased, most of whom were between seventeen and twenty-three years old. The clashes erupted when a number of football fans attempted to get into the ...

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