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Press Release: Announcing the Website of Watch/Raqeb -- An Arab Regional Project on Information Access

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 [The following press release was issued on 22 October 2014 by Watch/Raqeb] -Watch/Raqeb- is pleased to announce the launch of its website www.watchinfo.org. Led by a community of youth from several Arab countries, including Egypt, Palestine, and Saudi Arabia, -Watch/Raqeb- is a multi-layered effort to offer Arab citizens a nuanced perspective on how international politics are playing out in the Middle East. It seeks to enhance and nuance public knowledge and to support greater popular participation in deliberating future and existing policies in Arab countries.  Guiding the project’s mission is strong belief in Arab citizens’ right to knowledge ...

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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 the current regime in Egypt with its predecessors by tracing al-Sisi's performance of power and presidential authority. And Laila Shereen Sakr will discuss the emergence ...

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Hassan Khan in Conversation with Mohamed Abdelkarim

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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, Training and Environmental Research (CLUSTER), and was held at four shopfronts on the Kodak Passageway in downtown Cairo. The shops  were re-designed to host 21 works ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (October 13)

[13 May 2011, anti-sectarianism protest calling for Egyptian unity. The poster on the right in Arabic reads:

[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 conflict in Libya.  Resolution of Israel-Palestine Conflict 'Duty to Next Generation', Says al-Sisi at Gaza Aid Conference Ahram Online reports on Egyptian President ...

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Can Arabs Be Human Rights Defenders?

[10 October 2009, portrait of Andrei Sakharov by Dmitry Vrubel. East Side gallery, Berlin, Germany. Photo by Ana Raquel S. Hernandes via Flickr]

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 rights and fundamental freedoms.  Belghouate, who raps as “El Haked” or “The Angry,” is an activist in the Moroccan 20 February pro-democracy movement. He has been ...

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Alaa Abd El Hamid: Visual Lab Rats

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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 civilization might have developed this shape had it persisted.

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Egypt Media Roundup (October 6)

[4 May 2012, protest at the Ministry of Defense that led to detaining 250 protesters. Photo by Gigi Ibrahim 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.]  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 Source of Inequity Mai El-Sadany posits, “The country’s failure to ensure that all Egyptian citizens have the same opportunities and institutional support to establish ...

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Maha Maamoun: Lingering in Vicinity

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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 address the form and function of images that are found in mainstream culture. Her work acts as a lens through which audiences might see familiar images in novel and ...

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (September 2014)

[Photo by Sarah Carr 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].  Ahmed Douma: Two Poems Elliot Colla translates two poems written by imprisoned activist ...

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Ahmed Douma: Two Poems

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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 is now at risk, an Egyptian judged recently sentenced him to three years in prison.  Forgotten in all this is that Ahmed Douma is also a poet with an original ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (September 22)

[19 June 2011, a protest in solidarity with journalist Rasha Azab who was summoned by the military for questioning following a piece she wrote about military violations against protestors and military trials of civilians. The Arabic reads:

[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 deal. US Promises Delivery of Apaches Ahead of al-Sisi’s Visit Mada Masr reports the United States’ plans to deliver ten Apache helicopters to Egypt as part of its ...

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

[Mahienour El-Masry. Photo courtesy of Mohamed Hossny via Mahienour El-Masry's Facebook page.]

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, the court reduced her two-year sentence to six months and a fifty thousand Egyptian pound fine. On 25 August, Massry started a hunger strike in solidarity with Alaa ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (October 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.]  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 ...

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Hydrogen Senior Project Exhibition

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: ...

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

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 ...

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Hashem L Kelesh

 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 ...

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Remembering Those Who Were Slain

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 ...

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On the Sakharov Prize

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 ...

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Samir Nabil (Object Obscure)

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 ...

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

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 ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (September 29)

[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 ...

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

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 ...

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Mehdi Haddab

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 ...

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Muhammad Abduh: 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: Muhammad Abduh son of Hussein Khair-Allah Date of Birth: 1849 Place of Birth: Born to a prominent rural family in the village ...

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