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Egypt Media Roundup (November 17)

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[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 Oil Reserves in the Mediterranean Open New Front between Cairo and Ankara Al-Akhbar reports on the increased tensions between Cairo and Ankara following the trilateral summit between Greece, Cyprus, and Egypt.  UAE Adds Dozens of Groups to New 'Terrorist' List Tom Finn writes on the United Arab Emirates ...

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Next to Here

Young Photographers from North Africa and the Middle East  September - November 2014 Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo This exhibition presents 18 photographic works by young documentary photographers from North Africa and the Middle East. The works originated in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates. They were produced through 10 photography workshops in MENA organized by the Goethe-Institut and its local partners in 2013 and 2014  Next to Here is a selection from a total of 74 photographic works. It offers visual narratives about the world right at the doorstep. These ...

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Hadtha Jam

December 2013 Cairo   Hadtha is an improvisational music project by Hashem L Kelesh (Dijit), Aly Talibab, Mohamed Adel and Abdallah Miniawy. Medrar.TV attended one of the first jamming sessions by the four musicians in Hashem L Kelesh's studio in Cairo.

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (October 2014)

[27 January 2012, march from Giza to Tahrir Sqaure. Photo by Gigi Ibrahim 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]. 14منظمة حقوقية مستقلة تنتقد توسيع اختصاصات القضاء العسكري  Jadaliyya’s Reports Page ...

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Interruption

September - October 2014 Townhouse Gallery, Cairo Interruption is the sixth iteration of “The Pick” - a bi-annual exhibition dedicated to the work of art students as well as recent graduates. Curator Shehab Awad attempts this year to move away from conventional labels given to artists such as “young” or “emerging” and present a fully curated show around the theme of procrastination and interruptions. Six artists - Amna Badawy, Nouran Sherif, Muhammad Taymour, Reem El-Maghraby, Shadwa Ali and Tuqa El-Harouny - were invited to take part.

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قل انتهاكات الحقوق الاقتصادية ولا تقل جرائم الفساد

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كنتُ قد حضرتُ ورشةَ عمل مؤخراً في كيب تاون في جنوب أفريقيا، وهي المدينة التي قضى فيها مانديلا سنوات سجنه السبع وعشرين، قبل أن يُطلق سراحه عام 1990 ليقود مفاوضات مع نظام الفصل العنصري (الأبارتايد) حتى يصبح أول رئيس أسود لجنوب أفريقيا عام 1994، لينتهي بعدها نظام الفصل العنصري في جنوب أفريقيا. لكن برغم انتهاء نظام الفصل العنصري رسمياً وقانونياً، ما زالت التركيبة الاجتماعية والاقتصادية للمجتمع الجنوب الأفريقي كما كانت قبل سقوط النظام، ويعتقد كثير من المهتمين بالشأن العام في جنوب أفريقيا أن الديمقراطية الوليدة في خطر بسبب التوتر الاجتماعي ما بين الفئات ذات الأصل الأوروبي، التي تشكل أغلبية الطبقة الوسطى والطبقات الغنية والأوفر حظاً، والمواطنين السود و"الملونين" الذين ...

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Analog Sound

Rami Abadir, Mostafa El Sayed and Islam Shabana August 2014 Medrar for Contemporary Art, Cairo In Analog sound, musicians Rami Abadir and Mostafa El Sayed perform a live improvisational jam. The mixture of analog synthesizers, drum machines, and sampling of repetitive patterns creates music dynamics with more focus on textures and timbres leading to a unique heavy and abrasive sound. Islam Shabana VJed for the music night as well.  

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Egypt Media Roundup (October 27)

[Photo by Lilian Wagdy 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: USAID Tamped Down Internal Criticism over Egypt Work: Report Reuters reports that the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) inspector general has heavily edited a twenty-one page document criticizing the agency’s work in Egypt, cutting it to just nine pages.   Carter Center Under ...

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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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Maspero II: The Sequel

March 2014 Darb 1718, Cairo In 2011, artist Ali Abdel Mohsen invited a selection of artists to reflect on Egyptian State Television in an exhibition titled ‘Maspero’. Egyptian State Television sent out its first broadcast on 21 July 1960. This was the first step in what would become "a long history of shockingly bad programming, hilariously outdated policies, and of course, relentless propaganda," wrote Abdel Mohsen at the time. During the 18 days of protests, the devastating effects of ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (November 10)

[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, Gulf Arab Allies Eye Anti-Militant Alliance Hamza Hidawy writes on the regional dynamics that led Saudi Arabia, the United Arab ...

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لغز وادي الهول

[هذا هو الفصل الثالث من كتابي الجديد: اللغز والمفتاح في النقوش السينائية المبكرة ورقم دير علا. وهو يغامر بتقديم قراءة مختلفة جدا لنقشي وادي الهول في مصر، اللذين هما من أقدم نموذج من الأبجدية السامية الأولى، أم أبجديات المنطقة والعالم. النقشان يعودان إلى حوالي القرن التاسع عشر قبل الميلاد، وقد عثرعليهما في الصحراء الغربية في مصر، وكتبهما في ما يفترض عمال أو جنود ساميون في الجيش المصري. أعلن عن اكتشاف النقسين عام 1999. لكنهما اكتشفا في الواقع عام 1994. ومنذ اكتشافهما تحولا إلى أشهر نقشين من نقوش هذه ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (November 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.]  Regional and International Relations Egypt, Ethiopia Discuss Forming Joint Industrial Zone in Addis Ababa: Minister Following the recent agreements made on the disputed ...

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Symposium Report: 'Researching the Middle East and North Africa after 2011: Challenges, Queries, and Questions'

The Middle East Studies Graduate Forum at Rutgers University hosted “Researching the Middle East after 2011: Challenges, Queries, and Questions” on 17 October 2014. The day-long collaborative, interdisciplinary symposium brought twenty scholars from eleven universities together to discuss producing innovative scholarship about the Middle East and North Africa despite social, civil, and political unrest. Many countries in the region have become unstable or untenable research sites, archives are closed, ...

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14 منظمة حقوقية مستقلة تنتقد توسيع اختصاصات القضاء العسكري

بيان صحفي مشترك تعرب المنظمات الموقعة على هذا البيان عن قلقها البالغ إزاء قانون تأمين وحماية المنشآت العامة والحيوية، والذي صدر هذا الأسبوع وجعل عددًا هائلًا من المنشآت العامة في حكم المنشآت العسكرية، مما يترتب عليه توسيع مجال اختصاص القضاء العسكري على نحو يعرض حق المواطنين في محاكمات عادلة للخطر، ويفاقم من أزمة منظومة العدالة التي تشهدها مصر حاليًا. وتطالب المنظمات الموقعة السيد رئيس الجمهورية بسحب هذا القرار بالقانون في أسرع وقت. وكان الرئيس عبد الفتاح السيسي قد أصدر في 27 أكتوبر قرارًا بالقانون رقم ...

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Sarah Samy

September - October 2014 Nile Sunset Annex, Cairo Sarah Samy (b. 1992) is an artist from Alexandria, Egypt. She often explores technical glitches, and works with computers, making digital paintings and drawings, GIFs and websites. For her first solo show at Nile Sunset Annex, Samy presents five sculptural and installation works.

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

 [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 ...

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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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