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Egypt Media Roundup (July 21)

[13 May 2011, thousands rally in Tahrir Square in Cairo to demonstrate solidarity with the Palestinian people. Photo courtesy of Hossam El-Hamalaway 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 and the Gaza Ceasefires Joel Gulhane argues that the political context of the 2012 Egyptian initiative for establishing a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas is “drastically different” than the current ceasefire proposal. Egypt's Half-Hearted Gaza Initiative Khalid Dawoud argues: “Egypt, through its contacts ...

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رد مصر على الهجوم الإسرائيلي على غزة: مقابلة مع حسام الحملاوي

[مقتطف من الفيديو أدناه]

أناقش في هذه المقابلة (انظر الفيديو في الأسفل) مع حسام الحملاوي رد حكومة السيسي على الهجوم الإسرائيلي على غزة كوظيفة للسياسة المصرية المحلية، بالإضافة إلى التغير الشجاع في الخطاب حول فلسطين، خاصة حول حماس. يبدأ بمعالجة كيف واصل السيسي لعب الدور الذي لعبه الرئيس السابق حسني مبارك حيال فلسطين؛ باستثناء أن السيسي تجاوزه بأضعاف مضاعفة. ومهما كان ما فعله مبارك لتخفيف معاناة الفلسطينيين، خاصة في غزة، قليلاً، فإن ما فعله السيسي في هذا الصدد أقل بكثير. يشير حسام إلى إغلاق حدود غزة المثير للريبة من قبل مصر في الأوقات الأكثر حرجاً. وحتى في الأوقات الأكثر كارثية، كمثل الهجوم الحالي على غزة، لم تكن هناك أية اعتبارات أو استثناءات. يعالج حسام أيضاً الشيطنة واسعة الانتشار وغير ...

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كم نكبة عاشها فلسطينيو سيناء؟ الجزء الثاني

[لوحة للفنان الفلسطيني محمد نصر الله]

تناول الجزء الأول من المقال سؤال الشك في معنى (ال) التعريف المقترنة بالحديث عن نكبة 1948، طارحاً استبدالها بالترقيم، ومجادلاً بأن نكبة 1977 - 1979، أو ما يمكن تسميتها نكبة "كامب ديفيد"، لا تقل في حجم تأثيرها على الحقوق الفلسطينية التاريخية ومسار القضية السياسي والاستراتيجي عن النكبة الأولى. وفي الجزء الثاني، أخصُّ فلسطينيّي سيناء بنكبة ثالثة في 2007، ونكبة رابعة في 2013. وعلى الرغم من إدراكي أن استخدام تعبير "نكبة" في هذا السياق قد يوجه له الانتقاد باستهلاكه محلياً في أوضاعٍ وقضايا تخص العدد والنسبة الأصغر من اللاجئين الفلسطينيين في دول الطوق، إلا أني أحاول اختبار دلالته الاصطلاحية في توصيف تجلياته المحلية في سيناء، كمؤشر على التدهور الكبير في القضية ...

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From the Elections to the Protest Law: Signs of Egypt's Future

[Illustrated by Khalid Albaih via Flickr.]

Whatever uncertainty as to what Egypt’s future holds after the recent inauguration of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as president can now be set aside as we examine the regime’s most recent behavior. Presidential elections and the crackdown on dissent extending to journalists and human rights defenders suggest a far more oppressive future for the country. Past signs indicated the current trajectory, and the June 2014 election to crown the military’s candidate as president of Egypt were purely ceremonial. Sisi was in the driver’s seat from the start. Not only was he Minister of Defense and Commander-in-Chief of the army, he was also the front man executing the military takeover, ...

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Three Travelling Plaques Become Four in Mohamed Mahmoud Street

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This article should be read as the continuation of a series I wrote for Jadaliyya on art and the Egyptian revolution, the most recent of which was posted on 25 January 2013 and entitled “The Dramaturgy of a Street Corner”. For the past three years, graffiti in Egypt has drawn a record level of attention from the international media. If one performs a Google search using the keywords “graffiti Egypt”, about 10,900,000 results appear. If one searches for the same keywords on youtube, there are 396,000 results. The immediate impression one gets, not only from the Internet, but also when following the cultural scene in Cairo, is that since January 2011 nothing has become ...

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Video Channeling: Mai Elwakil in Conversation with Daniella Rose King

[Since its inception Medrar TV has spotlighted events throughout the Arab World, including Malak Helmy's interactive show

Medrar.TV is a Cairo-based YouTube channel presenting digital content that documents contemporary visual art, sound and music events, exhibitions, talks, performances, and interviews across Egypt and the Arabic-speaking world. In the interview that follows, Medrar.TV's co-founder and writer Mai Elwakil talks about the beginnings of Medrar.TV, the technological changes made to accommodate broader audiences, and the founders' vision for enabling critical discussions and access to a plethora of contemporary cultural production. From its early documentary-style videos of Indicated by Signs, Cairene curator and now gallerist Aleya Hamza's book launch at the Goethe ...

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Layer of Green: Eleven Photographic Works

[Ahmed Hamed chose to find the layer of green at Al Tawfiqiya Market. Image courtesy of Medrar TV.]

Layer of Green Eleven Photographic Works March - April 2014 Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo   “Layer of Green” is the outcome of a photography workshop organized by Goethe-Institut Kairo and CIC- PhotoSchool in November 2013. The theme is a highly adaptable layer that reflects a notion of green within social, political, economic, and cultural contexts. In their works, the photographers addressed this greenness in agriculture and greenhouses, in traffic; recreation; consumerism; still life; life and death; as well as more subtle features and aspects found around the city. The workshop was led by Egyptian artist Rana ElNemr and German artist Jens ...

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Reporting Egypt: From Passion to Purpose

[Photo courtesy of Ahmad Hammoud via Flickr.]

Throughout the last year, my main challenge as a journalist has been to get myself to take the news seriously. But at times, when the absurdities became too tragic to laugh at, the bigger challenge was to deal with injustice on a daily basis, especially as it kept hitting increasingly close to home. As journalists, we have been constantly alternating throughout the last year between being at the heart of laughable charades and unspeakable tragedies, and it has taken its toll. It is not as easy to care about the details of the story when it has become crystal clear that the events are driven by the will of the powerful few and have little to do with any law or ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (June 30)

[1 August 2011, army beats a protester. Image originally posted to Flickr by Nora Shalaby.]

[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.] Egypt’s Secret Prison: ‘Disappeared’ Face Torture in Azouli Military Jail Partick Kingsley “interviews former detainees reveal up to four hundred Egyptians being held without judicial oversight amid wider crackdown on human rights.” Blog: The "Court" Lina Attalah writes on the court session of twenty-three detainees who are charged with ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (28 June)

[Iraqi Army on a patrol in Mosul, 2008. Image by Jason Robertson.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.]  Palestine-Israel Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli Jails Stage Hunger Strike After Inmate Dies, Harriet Sherwood Palestinian security prisoners have announced a three-day hunger strike following the death of inmate Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh. Palestinians Shot Dead by Israeli Fire in West Bank, BBC News Soldiers ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (June 23)

[1 July 2011, protesters demanding open, just, and transparent trials post 25 January 2011. The poster in Arabic reads: “Interior Ministry has remained unchanged, made up of gangs of thugs.” Image originally posted to Flickr by Nora Shalaby.]

[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.]   “Why Do Women Want to be Men?” and Other Patriarchal Norms Nadia Elboubkri argues, “Women do not need a social revolution, but rather social evolution to change the conversation for good—to change the question from ‘Why do women want to be men?’ to ‘Why aren’t we all treated equally?’” Politicized Bodies, Invisible Women Nesreen Salem analyzes ...

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Sheikh Imam: A Profile from the Archives

[Sheikh Imam]

[”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: Imam Muhammad Last Name: Issa Father’s Name: Ahmed Date of Birth: 1918 Date of Death: 1995 Nationality: Egyptian Place of Birth: Abu Al-Nanomros Category: Artist Profession: Composer – singer     [Sheikh Imam and Ahmed Fouad Negm] Sheikh Imam ...

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Mahienour El-Masry’s Sentence Reduced to Six Months

An Alexandria court reduced a two-year sentence handed down to leftist activist Mahienour al-Massry to six months and a fifty-thousand Egyptian pound fine for protesting last year outside a court trying two policemen accused of killing Khaled Saeed. Massry was jailed last May after an appeals court affirmed a two-year sentence against her and eight others for breaking the Protest Law. The activists were protesting in front of the Alexandria Criminal Court in early December during the retrial of police ...

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Egypt's Response To The Israeli Assault On Gaza: An Interview With Hossam El-Hamalawy

In this interview (video below), I discuss with Hossam El-Hamalawy al-Sisi's government response to the Israeli assault on Gaza as a function of local Egyptian politics and the bold shift in the discourse on Palestine, Hamas specifically. He starts by addressing how al-Sisi continues to play the role that former President Mubarak did on Palestine, except “on steroids.” Whatever little Mubarak did to alleviate the suffering of Palestinians, particularly in Gaza, al-Sisi exceeded. Hossam refers to the ...

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The Violence of Climate Change in Egypt

In the midst of the revolutionary battles of recent years, it is easy not to notice that climate change is fundamentally changing the Middle East and North Africa we live in. This gradual transformation, much of it already inevitable, threatens to displace millions, if not tens of millions, and change the region beyond recognition. Business as usual will allow elite classes to profit from the devastation of the majority–but a just future is possible, if we fight for it. The early arrival of summer ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (July 14)

[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: The Middle East - Who Cares? Dan Smith calls for providing alternative regional and international policies toward the Middle East. Egyptian ...

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Women As Fair Game in the Public Sphere: A Critical Introduction for Understanding Sexual Violence and Methods of Resistance

Ever since sexual violence has become a daily reality for Egyptian women, the subject no longer requires a long introduction. In the past few years, every Egyptian woman has become vulnerable to varying levels of abuse in the street. The threats range from stalking, verbal harassment, and physical assault, to—in some cases—mass sexual assault. The spectacle of mass sexual assaults in Tahrir Square deservedly earned comment in the media and took on political weight due to the location and circumstances ...

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Call for Contributions: Translation and the Many Languages of Resistance, Cairo, March 2015

Translation and the Many Languages of Resistance Call for Papers Cairo, 6-8 March 2015 Deadline: 15 September 2014 Funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, UK Organized by Mona Baker, Yasmin El Rifae, and Mada Masr Call for Contributions Keep Reading »

Egypt Media Roundup (July 7)

[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.] First Anniversary of Morsi’s Ouster: One Year Later: Key Events since Morsi's Ouster EgyptSource releases a timeline highlighting the most salient events that took place in Egypt since ...

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (June 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 Fouad Negm: A Profile from the Archives

[”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: Ahmed Fouad Last Name: Negm Father’s Name: Muhammad Izzat Mother’s Name: Hanem Morsi Date of Birth: 1929 Place of Birth: Kfoor ...

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Activist Mahienour al-Massry Wins Intl Human Rights Award

Convicted human rights advocate and lawyer Mahienour al-Massry has been awarded the Ludovic Trarieux Human Rights Prize for the year 2014, AFP reported on Thursday. The international award is given to a lawyer, regardless of nationality or Bar, who, by his/her work has illustrated their activity or suffering, or for the defense of human rights, protecting the supremacy of law, or supporting the struggle against racism and intolerance in any form, according to the award’s official website. Massry ...

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Run Mahienour Run

The distant shouts of a female voice rang louder and louder in my ear: “A complete revolution or nothing at all!” I turned around and caught my first glimpse of a young woman of average height, who was outsized by her vocal powers. I was taken aback, impressed, and snapped an image there and then of Mahienour el-Massry—or Mahie, as she is known amongst her circles. [Photo courtesy of Amro Ali.] That day was Friday 27 May 2011, in a protest march through Alexandria’s Port Said Street on the Second ...

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Cairo Demo Against Protest Law Dispersed by Police

Protesters were attacked on their march to the presidential palace by unknown groups of men. A protest on Saturday in Cairo against a controversial law regulating demonstrations was dispersed after groups of people threw rocks and glass bottles at the protesters. Police forces subsequently deployed teargas to disperse the crowds. According to Freedom for the Brave, a campaign calling for the freedom of political prisoners, a number of protesters were arrested, including Sana Seif, sister of jailed ...

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