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من اجل مجتمع مدني فاعل في مصر: مقابلة للوضع بين لينا عطا الله وجاسر عبد الرازق

نشرت جريدة الأهرام إعلاناً في تموز\يوليو 2014 من وزارة التضامن الاجتماعي يتضمن تهديداً لجميع منظمات المجتمع المدني مضمونه تقنين وضعها طبقاً لقانون الجمعيات الأهلية، أو مواجهة التحرك القانوني ضدها والإغلاق. وجاء هذا التهديد في سياق من التضييق المستمر على الحريات ومختلف أنواع المعارضة للنظام. تلاه حملة مستمرة من التشويه للمنظمات الحقوقية التي يمثل عملها تحدياً للدولة وانتهاكها للحقوق. وفي كانون الأول\ديسمبر2014، قررت المبادرة المصرية للحقوق الشخصية، وهي من أهم المنظمات الحقوقية في مصر، تقنين أوضاعها وفقاً لمتطلبات النظام. وفيما توقع البعض أن هذا التوجه يمثل تهديداً لإمكانية استمرارالمبادرة٬ يحدثنا جاسر عبد الرازق في هذا اللقاء عن كون هذا التوجه نوعاً من أنواع ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (April 13)

[Cairo, Egypt. Photo by zolakoma 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 Condemns Turkey’s Comments on Latest Death Sentences to Brotherhood Leaders Aswat Masriya reports.   More Egyptians Return from Libya, Yemen “Twenty-five Egyptians returned from Yemen, and 189 from Libya on Sunday.” Egypt and Yemen Fifty-Three Years Later Yasmin Farouk analyzes the reasons behind ...

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (March 2015)

[11 February 2011, Tahrir Square, Cairo. Photo by Rami Raoof 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] New Texts Out Now: Don Karl and Basma Hamdy, Walls of Freedom: Street Art of the Egyptian ...

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'A Micro History of World Economics, Danced' in Cairo

Although it takes the world’s economic crisis as its theme, "A (Micro) History of World Economics, Danced" is a performance about people, explains French director and choreographer Pascal Rambert. The performance is a collection of personal stories written in real time by fifty volunteer performers from each city the show tours, and is interspersed with a script developed by Rambert and a philosopher friend. Rambert came to Cairo to put on the show for the fourth edition of the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF). He worked with Egyptian students, workers, children and old people for 20 consecutive days to prepare them for the live show which ...

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What Brings them There? Reflections on the Persisting Symbolism of Tahrir Square

Cairo’s Tahrir Square presents a riddle. This irregular expanse of land and surrounding building surfaces has acquired a central symbolic place in Egyptians’ collective memory, demonstrated by its recurrent use for decades as the primary site for voicing people’s grievances and proclamations. To its romantics and its detractors, what happens in or around Tahrir Square remains crucial as an index to some perceived collectivity. Despite being a twentieth-century addition to a city with a much longer history, and despite the presence of older squares with central locations and considerable sizes (including Maydan Ramsis and Maydan Abdin), Maydan al-Tahrir now sits ...

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New Texts Out Now: Don Karl and Basma Hamdy, Walls of Freedom: Street Art of the Egyptian Revolution

[Cover of Don Karl and Basma Hamdy,

Don Karl and Basma Hamdy, editors, Walls of Freedom: Street Art of the Egyptian Revolution. Berlin: From Here to Fame Publishing, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Don Karl and Basma Hamdy (DK & BH): Our main goal in creating the book was for preservation and documentation of the explosive street art of the revolution. But as the project developed, we felt it was not enough to just present photos of the street art, because in this case contextualizing it became important to understanding it. We wanted to expose the transformation of citizens into artists and artists into activists, but also to shed light on the larger framework of the revolution. ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (March 23)

[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.]  Regional and International Relations Over 32,800 Egyptians Return from Libya through Border Crossing-Security Official 32,800 Egyptians crossed the Saloum border since mid-February evacuations from Libya. Egypt to Nominate Aboul-Gheit for Arab League Top Post: Newspaper Ahram Online reports “Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, former Egyptian foreign minister, ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (March 16)

[10 July 2011, Egypt workers against privatization. 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.]  Regional and International Relations Turkey Absent from Economic Summit after Strained Diplomacy with Egypt Aya Nader writes, “Relations between Egypt and Turkey had witnessed a minor improvement following the partial reconciliation between Qatar and Egypt.” In the Shadow of An Empire Maged Mandour writes, “The reasons for the involvement of the ...

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Imperial Consequences of Things: An Interview with Alan Mikhail

[Ottoman Egypt and Its Animals. Ahmed ibn Hemdem Süheyli, Tarih-i Mısır ül-Cedid, Süleymaniye Kütüphanesi, Hüsrev Paşa 353/2, 121]

In this interview, Alan Mikhail discusses his own work on the environmental history of the Ottoman Empire, the wider intervention of environmental history, and the challenge of interdisciplinarity. The interview was initially conducted in person at the 2013 Middle East Studies Association (MESA) conference and elaborated electronically over the course of 2014. Alan Mikhail, Professor of History at Yale University, is a historian of the early modern Muslim world, the Ottoman Empire, and Egypt. He is the author of The Animal in Ottoman Egypt (Oxford University Press, 2014) and Nature and Empire in Ottoman Egypt: An Environmental ...

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (February 2015)

[Photo by AK Rockefeller 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] Who Are the People? A Conversation on the Assemblages and the Archives of the People Sherene ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (March 2)

[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.]  Regional and International Relations Sisi: Weapons Deal to be Financed by French Govt. The 5.2 billion Euros weapons deal between Egypt and France to be partially financed by France in a 3.2 billion Euros loan.  Sisi’s Upcoming Visit to Saudi Arabia: Mission Possible? Dina Ezzat writes, “On Sunday, Egypt's president will work to consolidate ...

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Burj el Imam: Music by Sharif Sehnaoui, Raed Yassin and Alan Bishop

Beirut-based musicians Sharif Sehnaoui and Raed Yassin came together with Alan Bishop for a special performance of their upcoming "Burj el Imam" album at 100Copies Music Space in Cairo, Egypt. The album is a collaboration between Sehnaoui and Yassin known as 'A Trio' and Bishop, and is produced by Annihaya Records. Sehnaoui is a free improvising guitarist. He plays electric and acoustic guitars, with (or without) extended and prepared techniques, focusing on expanding the intrinsic possibilities of these instruments without the use of effects or electronics. He also founded the Irtijal music festival in Lebanon in 2001, and has been managing it since, in ...

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عن ما بعد الثورة وقبلها: مقابلة للوضع بين سنان أنطون وبلال فضل

في هذه المقابلة يلقي الكاتب المعارض والمشهور بلال فضل الضوء على الطريقة التي أسهم بها المفكرون والمنشقون في الخطاب الثوري والخطاب المضاد للثورة.تتضمن المقابلة أدناه خمسة أجزاء تستطيعون أن تنقروا على كل منها بشكل منفصل.    بلال فضل بلال فضل كاتب مصري ولد في القاهرة عام 1973. سبق و أن عمل محررا وكاتبا في كبريات الصحف المصرية والعربية. كتب عشرات السيناريوهات لمسلسلات وأفلام مصرية و لديه العديد من الكتب آخرها "فتح بطن التاريخ" (دار الشروق 2014).

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Performing 'An Iliad' in Cairo

Like 'The Iliad', 'An Iliad' is a story about the glory and horror of war. Homer focused on the last few weeks of The Trojan War in his epic work, and director Lisa Peterson and actor Denis O'hare did the same in their theatrical adaptation. A major goal for them was to actively engage contemporary audiences with the work. So for three years, they met and read different parts of the text to one another before discussing and expressing the events in their own words. Over time, a script was formed that ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (April 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.]  Regional and International Relations Yemen FM Urges 'Quick Arab Intervention’ against Houthi Militants Suez Canal Authority Chairperson Mohab Mamish does not ...

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We Completely Agree: Egyptian Television Media in the Era of Al-Sisi

If there was any doubt about who the presidential frontrunner would be in Egypt's May 2014 elections, the Egyptian media made sure to strongly suggest that then-Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was the only choice. No matter how prominent the other possible presidential candidates were, each was unceremoniously sidelined, discounted, or even ridiculed. Most soon withdrew their names from contention.  Owing to the media’s unwavering support for al-Sisi, the scene was set for a return to a ...

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Boris Brejcha at D-CAF

The Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF) opened its 2015 music program with a bustling concert at Schehrazade Nightclub, featuring Egyptian Mahraganat band El Dakhlaweya and German DJ Boris Brejcha. Brejcha is a favorite in today’s club scene. He plays high-tech minimal music, a combination of minimal and electro, that is playful and has endless variations. Its main features are a pumping bass foundation, driving percussion elements, crazy sound effects, melodies and unexpected turns in the ...

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New Vision for 13th Festival of Young Creators

The French Institute in Cairo has been organizing an annual festival since 2003 to support the work of emerging theater groups in Egypt. This year, the institute developed its vision to accommodate and better serve the needs of the local scene. As Cultural Project Manager Noemi Kahn explains in this interview, the festival has expanded its out of competition section to show works by established artists alongside early career ones. It has also invited an independent selection committee to assess all ...

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Kareem Lotfy and Andeel: New Folder (2)

Egyptian artist Kareem Lotfy and cartoonist Andeel were prompted by Nile Sunset Annex in Cairo to collaborate remotely and put together a show of extremely large drawings, video art, sculpture, and online/offline presences. The exhibition presents presents a cynical take on “the magic of the ordinary,” mixing craftsmanship and intuition. The artists describe this show as "not an artistic struggle, and at some point it almost got itself called 'Incest.' Thank God it didn’t".

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الإنتاج الموسيقي المستقل والبديل في العالم العربي. محادثة ل"الوضع" بين هدى عصفور، خيام اللامي و كندة حسن

في هذه الفقرة الخاصة التي تقدمها هدى عصفور، تُطلع كندة حسن المستمعين على تجربتها في مؤسسة إي كي ٣. وتركز هدى وضيفاها على عدة فنانين من العالم العربي  وتستعلم من خيام اللامي عن  شركة نوى الناشئة لتسويق الأعمال الموسيقية. تتضمن المقابلة التالية جزأين، بحيث يمكنكم أن تنقروا عليهما بشكل منفصل. بوسعكم أن تقرأوا أيضاً النص العربي المدوّن المرافق. ويمكن العثور على الموسيقا من الفقرة تحت نص المقابلة. خيام اللامي ولد خيام اللامي في دمشق، سوريا، ١٩٨١ لوالدين عراقيين. بدأ العزف على الكمان ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (March 9)

[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, Russia to Hold Naval Exercise: Russian State Media Menan Khater writes, “Report comes as Defense Minister Sobki meets his counterpart ...

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Nada Baraka's Fractals

Fractals is the first solo exhibition by Egyptian painter Nada Baraka. It was hosted in January 2015 by Mashrabia Gallery in Cairo. Experimenting with a range of materials, Baraka takes inspiration from science-fiction novels and internet images, and morphs them spontaneously in her paintings to examine the representation of the human body. Baraka (b. 1990) is a painter, based in Cairo. She completed a masters degree in fine art at Central Saint Martins, London in 2014. She also completed a bachelors ...

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Minyan Village Mourns: A Photographic Essay

Between agony and happiness, the village of Al-Aour in the Egyptian governorate of Minya received the news that thirteen of its sons were among the twenty-one Egyptian Christians recently beheaded by the Islamic State (IS) organization in Libya. Women and children’s screams echoed through the village. On 3 January 2015 around 2 a.m. in the coastal Libyan city of Sirte, masked gunmen knocked on the door of a dormitory of Egyptian workers. "We came for the Christians. Stay away," they said, ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (February 23)

[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 France Sign Rafale Jet Fighters Deal In a nationally televized ceremony, Egypt and France finalized a deal in which Cairo purchased ...

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