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Egypt Media Roundup (October 20)

[Cairo University. Photo by Faris Knight 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: Rebranding Sisi John Bell writes, “al-Sisi has skilfully repositioned himself as a strategic pillar in the Middle East—how long can he keep it up?” What’s Happening with Suspended Military Aid for Egypt? Part I Amy Hawthorne argues the United States’ military aid suspension to Egypt did not lead to ...

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Hydrogen Senior Project Exhibition

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May 2014 Sharjah Art Gallery, American University in Cairo, Cairo "Hydrogen" is the 2014 senior student exhibition of the American University in Cairo's Visual Cultures Program. The exhibition presents seventeen projects produced throughout the year and is curated by Visual Artist and AUC Professor Shady Elnoshokaty. The theme for this year's exhibition is Hydrogen, a basic element whose transformative capacities make it the substance of the most destructive weapon humankind has created: the hydrogen bomb. But it is also a source of life—water, electricity and engine power—that materially sustain the world. It is in this sense that hydrogen intersects with ...

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Egypt’s Conservative Nationalism: Discourse and Praxis of the New Regime

[Posters on sale saluting Egypt's presidential generals--Nasser, Sadat, and al-Sisi. Photo by Sharif Kouddous]

Egypt has been witnessing a tidal wave of conservative nationalism since June 30 and particularly as the new regime of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi takes hold. Conservative nationalism cuts across regime discourse on local politics, the economy, and foreign relations. The usage of the term discourse here goes beyond mere rhetoric that may refer to the employment of empty words and slogans in a way divorced from actual political practice. Conversely, discourse is an analytical tool that intimately links rhetoric with practice. It depicts how the new military-backed regime constitutes itself vis-à-vis its supporters as well as its rivals and how it perceives itself, both ...

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Hashem L Kelesh

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 Egyptian visual artist and musician, Hashem L Kelesh's online presence is even stronger than in the real world. He studied art history and musical composition online, on his own. And he continues to do so, substituting for Egypt's archaic formal art education programs.  From his flat in suburban Cairo, Kelesh has also been drawing, painting, making music and posting it all online. When it came to his street art, he handed out his stencil designs for others to spray on the city walls.  His inspirations come from online interactions, and he posts the work on his Facebook page, Tumblr blog and SoundCloud. The feedback he gets from his ...

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Remembering Those Who Were Slain

[28 October 2011, protesters march to Maspero demanding justice for those who were killed on 9 October 2011 by the security forces. Protesters wearing shirts in Arabic that read:

Thousands of Coptic Christians marched down the streets of Cairo demanding equal citizenship. The chants were loud, the slogans rhymed, and the resolve was unwavering. The date: first week of October 2011; the cause: a series of incidents of sectarian violence against the Christians of Egypt. As a sign of rejection of the status quo, a number of symbolic and peaceful demonstrations were scheduled in different parts of Egypt during that time. In Cairo, the plan was to camp in front of a landmark of Egypt’s main propaganda outlet: the National Media Broadcasting Center (Maspero). The burning and orchestrated destruction of the Marinab Coptic Church in the southern city of ...

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On the Sakharov Prize

[Sculpture of Soviet nuclear physicist and human rights activist Dr. Andrei Dmitievich Sakharov. Photo by David via Flickr.]

It was with joy that I received the news of my nomination for the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the same joy any act of solidarity inspires. Since my release from prison in Egypt on bail, with my fate still bound to the Special Terrorism Courts and the draconian Protest Law, I have been facing constant harassment from official and unofficial representatives of the regime. New trumped-up criminal charges pop up every few days. A horde of political talk show hosts on supposedly independent TV stations discusses old and out-of-context tweets, twisting my words and assigning sinister implications to them. There is an insistent tarnish campaign meant to prepare the ...

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Samir Nabil (Object Obscure)

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February 2014 Alexandria, Egypt Object Obscure is a music project/band fronted by Alexandrian musician and sound engineer Samir Nabil. His music is guitar-based, utilizing live looping and other sound layering and manipulating techniques, using various guitar effect pedals, while maintaining a strong melodic content. Nabil started his music career by composing Indie music and pop and moved on to instrumental. In addition to the tracks he publishes on his soundcloud, Nabil occasionally performs live, particularly his project ‘Set of Experiences’, where he plays in sync with selected videos by Alexandrian filmmakers Islam Kamal, Emad Maher, Abdallah Sharkas and ...

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New Texts Out Now: Abdullah Al-Arian, Answering the Call: Popular Islamic Activism in Sadat’s Egypt

[Cover of Abdullah Al-Arian,

Abdullah Al-Arian, Answering the Call: Popular Islamic Activism in Sadat’s Egypt. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Abdullah Al-Arian (AA): I began the intellectual journey toward this book over a decade ago. As an undergraduate student, I witnessed how the events of 11 September 2001 rapidly deteriorated the tenor of the discourse within the United States on the relationship between Islam and society in the Arab world. The alarmist trend that warned of an impending clash between “Islam” and “the West” was amplified during the War on Terror, resulting in a tendency to conflate all expressions of Islamic ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (September 29)

[United States Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and President Abdelfattah al-Sisi to discuss a possible ceasefire between Israeli and Hamas forces on 22 July 2014. Photo courtesy of the US State Department 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’s Foreign Policy of Isolation Ahmed Naje examines Egypt’s foreign policies that are leading to its regional and global isolation.          ISIS Airstrikes: How to Rehabilitate Dictators and Destroy the Revolution Maged Mandour says, “The American intervention ...

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New Texts Out Now: Laurie A. Brand, Official Stories: Politics and National Narratives in Egypt and Algeria

[Cover of Laurie A. Brand,

Laurie A. Brand, Official Stories: Politics and National Narratives in Egypt and Algeria. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Laurie Brand (LB): Although I am a political scientist by training, I have a long-standing interest in language study and in the use and misuse of language. While I was working on my previous book on the relationship between sending states and their expatriates (Citizens Abroad: States and their Expatriates in the Middle East and North Africa, published in 2006), I was struck by how differently emigrants from Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, and Lebanon were referred to in official documents. In some ...

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Mehdi Haddab

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April 2014 Falaki Theater, Cairo Mehdi Haddab is an Algerian French musician, and a pioneer of the electric oud (lute). Over the years, he’s played a major role in developing and adapting the instrument to different music genres. Haddab is known in the West as “Jimi Hendrix of the electric oud” for his masterful performances. He founded several band including Ikova, DuOud and Speed Caravan and has collaborated with prominent musicians, including Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones. In April, Haddab visited Cairo and performed with a group of Egyptian musicians, including Ahmed Saleh, Abdullah Miniawy and Mohamed Sami as part of the “Free Voices” concerts in D-CAF ...

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Muhammad Abduh: A Profile from the Archives

[Public intellectual Muhammad Abduh]

[”A Profile from the Archives“  is a series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. This profile was originally published in Arabic and was translated by Mazen Hakeem.] Name: Muhammad Abduh son of Hussein Khair-Allah Date of Birth: 1849 Place of Birth: Born to a prominent rural family in the village of Mahellet Nasr, Beheira Governorate, in the Nile Delta region of Upper Egypt, during a time when farmers suffered from heavy taxes and unjust laws imposed upon them by ...

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LA Event: Spotlight on Egypt (23 October 2014)

On Thursday, October 23, 12-2pm at 450 Tudor Center at the University of Southern California, USC's Middle East Studies' Program (MESP) is hosting a panel discussion on "Spotlight on Egypt."  UC Santa Barbara Professor Paul Amar will examine President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi's Egypt by looking at the new means of control embedded in recently emergent regional, socio-spatial, and geopolitical patterns. UC Santa Barbara Professor Sherene Seikaly will examine the continuities and ruptures of ...

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Hassan Khan in Conversation with Mohamed Abdelkarim

April-May 2014 Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF), Cairo For his first major solo show in Egypt in over ten years, Medrar.TV invited artist and filmmaker Mohamed Abdelkarim to discuss with Hassan Khan the exhibition and development of his practice over the past two decades. Khan is among the major Egyptian contemporary artists, writers  and musicians and was jury head at the 54th Venice Biennale. The exhibition was curated by Beth Stryker of the Cairo Lab for Urban Studies, ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (October 13)

[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 Libya: A Fatal Embrace? Karim Mezran analyzes the political biases undermining Egyptian-Libyan efforts to help deescalate the ...

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Can Arabs Be Human Rights Defenders?

In September the Confederal Group of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL), a caucus of fifty-two members of the European parliament from nineteen political delegations and fourteen countries, nominated Mouad Belghouate, Ala Yaacoubi, and Alaa Abdel Fattah to receive the Sakharov Prize. The award, named after the late Soviet physicist and human rights activist Andrei Sakharov, was established by the European Parliament in 1988 to honor individuals and groups who strive to defend human ...

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Alaa Abd El Hamid: Visual Lab Rats

June - July 2014 Medrar for Contemporary Art, Cairo Cairo-based sculptor Alaa Abd El Hamid attempts to incorporate viewers into his latest exhibition. Through a series of mirrored objects, placed around the gallery space, a photograph and a laser show, he hopes they would reflect on their relation to their surrounding and one another. The shape of the pyramid is a recurring motif in the exhibition as Abd El Hamid notes in this video interview. The artist wished to explore how the ancient Egyptian ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (October 6)

[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.]  State Tightens Grip on Mosques for Eid al-Adha Mada Masr reports on authorities’ restrictions on oppositional clerics during Eid al-Adha. Houses of Worship in Egypt: An Enduring ...

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Maha Maamoun: Lingering in Vicinity

February - March 2014 Gypsum Gallery, Cairo Maha Maamoun's solo exhibition at Gypsum Gallery brings together two works she produced within the span of ten years. Cairoscapes (2003) is a series of large-scale horizontal photographs and Shooting Stars Remind me of Eavesdroppers (2013) is Maamoun’s most recent single-channel video. Seen together, the two works propose aesthetic, formal, and conceptual threads that run through Maamoun’s practice. Maamoun’s videos and photographs often ...

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (September 2014)

  [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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Ahmed Douma: Two Poems

Introduction by Elliott Colla: Like hundreds of other prisoners of conscience now languishing in Sisi's prisons, Ahmed Douma has a long background in activism. One of the founders of Kefaya and the April 6 Youth Movement, Douma was incarcerated eighteen times under Mubarak and SCAF and twice again during Morsi’s brief year of rule. Most recently, Douma was arrested in December 2013 for violating the country's harsh anti-protest laws. Though his health has deteriorated to the point that his life ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (September 22)

[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 Russia, Egypt Seal Preliminary Arms Deal Worth $3.5 Billion: Agency Reuters reports on the recent news of a preliminary Russian-Egyptian arms ...

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Court Suspends Mahienour El-Massry's Sentence, Orders Release

An Alexandria court suspended the sentence handed down to leftist activist Mahienour El-Massry on Sunday, ordering her release. A request for the suspension was filed at the Misdemeanors Court on Thursday, which scheduled a review for Sunday. Massry was jailed last May after an appeals court affirmed a two-year sentence against her and eight others for breaking the Protest Law by demonstrating outside a court that was trying two policemen accused of killing Khaled Saeed. Last July however, ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (September 15)

[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 Foreign Ministry: Egypt Won't be Part of US Alliance Against ISIS Mada Masr reports on Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry’s press conference on ...

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