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Egypt Media Roundup (August 24)

[Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt. Photo from 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.]  Anti-Terrorism Law Egypt arrests three under terror law for spreading IS ideology The three had two laptops containing IS videos, according to police officials. Sisi ratifies controversial anti-terrorism law Ostensibly billed to fight Islamist militants, the law gives the courts and security forces new powers to use against suspects implicated ...

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New Texts Out Now: Beth Baron, The Orphan Scandal: Christian Missionaries and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood

[Cover of Beth Baron,

Beth Baron, The Orphan Scandal: Christian Missionaries and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Beth Baron (BB): This book had a modest beginning as a history of orphans and orphan care in Egypt. Orphans have been largely ignored in historical accounts, yet having often lived on the margins, have a great deal to tell us about family and society. For a variety of reasons, Christian missionaries came to have a near monopoly on orphan care in Egypt, and so my search for sources led me to missionary archives. There, in the missionary archives, I came across the story of Turkiyya ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (August 17)

[Protesters marching to mark two years since the Rabea al-Adaweya square massacre. Photo from the official Facebook page of the Freedom and Justice Party.]

[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.]   Rabea Al-Adawiya Massacre Two-Year Mark  Rights groups criticize Egypt over 2013 bloody crackdown International rights groups said the Egyptian government has failed to hold officials accountable for the August 2013 deadly crackdown against Muslim Brotherhood supporters. One group called for a U.N. inquiry. Egypt rejects HRW call for ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (August 10)

[Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi with foreign dignitaries at the opening ceremony of the

[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.]  Political Rights Eight lawyers sentenced to life for assaulting judge The clash occurred in 2013 after the judge had engaged in a verbal altercation with a lawyer. Jamaa Islamiya urges pro-Morsi coalition to run for parliament A source at Jamaa al-Islamiya said the group is thinking about withdrawing from the Muslim Brotherhood-led alliance and ...

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Studio Visit: Hany Rashed's 'Bulldozer'

Late last year, we visited Cairo-based artist Hany Rashed in his studio in Al-Haram neighborhood. He was still developing his new project, titled "Bulldozer" and allowed us to watch him work on one of the paintings in the series. "Bulldozer" as Rashed explains is a development to his two most recent exhibitions "Asa7by" and "Toys", but it's also different in how he started drawing more freehand. The last few paintings in the series, which he worked on after returning from the 2015 Bologna Art Fair follow a different approach and are based on photography. Most of the paintings made on plastic sheets were exhibited at Mashrabia ...

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Sinai: War in a Distant Province

[Aftermath of the assassination of Anwar al-Sadat in October 1981. Photo from Wikimedia commons]

The July 1 battle in which the Egyptian Armed Forces regained control of a small border town from the self-proclaimed Sinai Province of the Islamic State (formerly known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis or Supporters of Jerusalem) has heightened fear, anger, and above all self-congratulation among both the government’s supporters and its critics. Days after still unknown assailants had assassinated the country’s Prosecutor General by means of a car bomb, IS fighters attacked a series of checkpoints in the northern Sinai peninsula and appeared briefly to have taken control of Shaykh Zuwayed near the border with Gaza and Israel. The attack occurred more or less on the ...

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New Texts Out Now: Raymond Hinnebusch, From Arab Spring to Arab Winter: Explaining the Limits of Post-Uprising Democratization

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Raymond Hinnebusch, editor, From Arab Spring to Arab Winter: Explaining the Limits of Post-Uprising Democratization, special issue of Democratization 22.2 (2015). Jadaliyya (J): What made you put this special issue together? Raymond Hinnebusch (RH): We felt that the debate over who had been vindicated by the uprising between democratization theorists and post-democratization/authoritarian resilience advocates had been exhausted. The main initial problematic of the Arab Uprising was how to translate mass protest into democratization and ultimately democratic consolidation; yet, despite the fact that democracy was the main shared demand of the protestors who spearheaded ...

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Gay Hanging in Iran: Atrocities and Impersonations

[Image shown 17 July 2015 on Gay Star News ]

Everybody on earth knows that a deal on Iran’s nuclear program was announced in mid-July. Everybody also knows that this apparent step toward peace launched a new stage in an old war: of propaganda.Proponents praise the possibility of a historic opening. Opponents—who include Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the Republican Party—warn of disaster. Both sides want to expand their constituencies. In Western countries, gay communities—small but politically influential—are more and more the target for just this courtship and recruitment. The right-wing pundit Amir Taheri greeted the nuclear deal with a storm of tweets and screeds condemning it. One ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (July 13)

[Egyptian police. Photo by James Black 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 U.S. Wants Drones in North Africa to Combat Islamic State in Libya Adam Entous reports on United States talks with Egypt and Tunisia to establish drone base on their soil to increase surveillance on the Islamic State in Libya. Italian FM to Visit Egypt on Monday after Consulate Attack to Talk ...

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (June 2015)

[14 August 2013, supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi confront police at Mostafa Mahmoud Square in Cairo. Photo by Diariocritico de Venezuela via Flickr]

   [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 post@jadaliyya.com [click “Submissions” on the main page for more information] Seeing Egyptians: Hany Rashed from "Toys" to "Bulldozer" Margot ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (July 6)

[A View of Sinai from southern Israel. Photo by David Katz 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 Why Did Sisi Back out of African Union Summit? Mohamed Saide writes, “Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi canceling his participation in the African Union Summit in Johannesburg has raised questions about relations between Egypt and South Africa.”  Statement Attributable to the Spokesman for the ...

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المال ليس كل شيء: إعادة النظر في الاقتصاد العسكري في مصر

[الرئيس عبد الفتاح السيسي في تجمع عسكري في ديسمبر/ كانون الاول 2014. المصدر: صفحة الفيسبوك الرسمية للمتحدث الرسمي للقوات المسلحة المصرية]

شهدت مصر توسّعاً واضحاً في النشاط الاقتصادي للجيش في أعقاب إطاحة القوات المسلحة المصرية بالرئيس الإخواني محمد مرسي في يوليو 2013،  والذي تلاه ترجمة سيطرة  الجيش على المشهد السياسي إلى صعود عبد الفتاح السيسي إلى مقعد الرئاسة في يونيو 2014. وقد حدا هذا بالكثير من المتابعين إلى اعتبار أن الجيش بصدد استخدام نفوذه السياسي المتزايد لجنى المزيد من المكاسب والمزايا الاقتصادية، وهو الأمر الذي درجت عليه المؤسسة العسكرية في العهود السابقة.  لطالما كان الجيش  لاعباً رئيساً في الاقتصاد المصري، غير أنه، وخلافاً للوصف النمطي للجنرالات على أنهم يستغلّون نفوذ الجيش السياسي لزيادة الموارد الاقتصادية الخاضعة لهم ولتغذية شبكات المحسوبية والزبونية داخل المؤسسة فإن ...

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المجاري في مائة عام: تتبع آثار شبكة الصرف الصحي التاريخية لمدينة القاهرة

مرت بهدوء متوقع في مارس الماضي مئوية مشروع أثر كثيراً على حياة القاهريين، ألا وهو مشروع الصرف الصحي لمدينة القاهرة، والذي تم افتتاحة في 22 مارس 1915. يتتبع هذا المقال المصور شبكة مجاري القاهرة ويلقي الضوء على تاريخها كما يتجول بصرياً بين بقاياها التي ترجع إلى عام 1915. يكشف المشروع الذي خططه وأشرف على تنفيذه المهندس الإنجليزي تشارلز كاركيت جيمس عن عدد من الإشكاليات الهامة لفهم تاريخ القاهرة في عصر الاحتلال البريطاني الرسمي (1882-1923)، فمن ناحية كان إنشاء شبكة الصرف الصحي ضرورة ملحة للحد من تأثير أوبئة ...

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Hussein Sherbini: Electro Chaabi

“Electro Chaabi” is Hussein Sherbini's debut album. He released it in May 2015 at Vent, a music venue in Cairo. The album title is no more than a "publicity stunt," as Sherbini explains in this interview with Cairo-based critic Rami Abadir. The sound is very different from the increasingly popular genre, but also from Sherbini's earlier work. In this interview, Sherbini discusses how he experiments and "chases" different sound ideas to build his music tracks. From announcements at ...

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Two Years Later: Who Is to Blame for Rabea?

Two years after the bloody dispersal of the Rabea al-Adaweya protest camp that claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people in August 2013, the Egyptian state insists on one culprit for the violence: the Muslim Brotherhood. On Tuesday, Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie and a number of unnamed leaders in the outlawed organization were referred to criminal court on charges of organizing an armed protest camp, illegally possessing weapons, blocking roads, limiting people’s freedom of movement, ...

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New Texts Out Now: Maha El Said, Lena Meari, and Nicola Pratt, Rethinking Gender in Revolutions and Resistance

Maha El Said, Lena Meari, and Nicola Pratt, editors, Rethinking Gender in Revolutions and Resistance: Lessons from the Arab World. London: Zed Books, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this book? Maha El Said, Lena Meari, and Nicola Pratt (MES/LM/NP): The book emerged initially out of a three-year project between the University of Warwick Centre for the Study of Women and Gender and Birzeit University Institute of Women’s Studies, funded by the British Academy, and entitled ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (August 3)

 [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.]  Foreign Policy What can the US do for Egypt? Amr Adly reflects on US-Egyptian relations in light of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Egypt. Egypt, Saudi sign ...

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A Shift in Turkey's Foreign Policy? An Interview with Osman Shahin

Last week, Turkey joined the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), after the group carried out a suicide bombing in the town of Suruç close to the Syrian border, killing thirty-two young socialist activists and students, and injuring many more. Following that horrific tragedy, the Turkish government came under pressure to stop the free movement of ISIS fighters and operatives over the Syrian border. Despite the bombing of a few ISIS targets, most of Turkey’s firepower has been ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (July 27)

[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.]  Political Rights Egyptian rights group condemns displacement of five families in Minya by security forces The Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms has condemned security ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (July 20)

[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.]  Domestic Security Egypt's Islamic State affiliate claims rocket attack on naval boat The Islamic State's Egypt affiliate claimed responsibility for Thursday's missile attack on a ...

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Alexandria Again and Forever

Outside the Middle East, the name of the Egyptian city Alexandria evokes images of the city’s lighthouse, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world or the ancient library of Alexandria. Both are symbolic of a golden age of culture and knowledge. Beyond these historical artifacts, the West has usually perceived the port city as an oasis of religious, cultural and political tolerance—a veritable, yet disappearing cosmopolitan sanctuary. Today’s English-language mass media frequently revives similar ...

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Arab Film on Israeli Television: An Interview with Eyal Sagui Bizawe

Eyal Sagui Bizawe is an Egyptian-Israeli artist who with Sara Tsifroni co-directed the recently released documentary “Arab Film”. It tells the story of the social and cultural phenomenon of the weekly Arabic-language movie that was for decades shown on Israeli television every Friday evening. In an age where the only television stations were public terrestrial broadcasters transmitting for only a few hours a day, the Israeli state did not issue its first broadcast license until 1966 and transmission ...

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Against Terror, No Way Forward Without Respect for Human Rights

[The following is the text of a presentation given by Bahey Eldin Hassan, Director of Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) during the EU Parliament Human Rights Subcommittee Session of 28 May 2015 in Brussels] Last week the student union at Ain Shams University’s School of Engineering issued a statement announcing their resignation in protest at the killing of Islam Atito, one of their peers, by security forces. The Interior Ministry had just claimed Islam was suspected of having ...

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The Land of Fear and Oppression

Kazeboon revisits Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi's Egypt two years after the 3 July military coup. The video below serves as a collage of footage highlighting what sort of state Egypt has become under Sisi. Archival footage traces Sisi's rise to power and his broken promises, including his pledge not to run for the office of the president. The video brings to focus how Egypt under Sisi has faced increased press censorship, repression, and politicization of the judiciary. Torture and abusive practice have ...

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