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Egypt Media Roundup (September 18)

[Three Rafale fighter jets bearing the Egyptian flag. Photo from the official Facebook page of the Spokesman of the Egyptian Army.]

[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.]  Political Rights High commissioner for human rights: Egypt uses state of emergency to systematically restrict civil society Egypt has used the state of emergency imposed in April 2017 to systematically silence civil society and close civic space, under the guise of countering terrorism, said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (September 11)

[Egyptian and American paratroopers conduct joint training exercises. Photo from 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.]  Political Rights UN committee calls torture in Egypt a systemic practice The UN Committee Against Torture describes abuse of human rights in Egypt as routine practice in an annual report presented to the UN General Assembly. The report revealed the results of a five-year investigation launched in 2012 following complaints submitted by ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (September 4)

[Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II laying the foundation stone of the new diocese headquarters at Caringbah, Sydney on 30 August, 2017. Photo from the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Sydney & Affiliated Regions Facebook page.]

[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.]  Political Rights UN Human Rights Council statement slams Egypt website blocks Two UN officials issued a joint statement expressing their “grave concern” over the Egyptian government’s decision to block access to websites on Egyptian internet service providers, in what is the first public comment on the issue by one of the international ...

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New Texts Out Now: Tamir Moustafa, الصراع على السلطة الدستورية: دور المحكمة الدستورية العليا في السياسة المصرية

Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? TM: Research for this book began in 1997, when I was a Ph.D. student studying in Cairo.  I was fascinated by the fact that the Egyptian courts had become such an important forum for opposition activists to contest the results of the 1995 Maglis al-Shaab elections.  The newspapers were filled every day with coverage of cases that exposed election fraud and manipulation.  I was at a loss for understanding why an entrenched, authoritarian regime would allow the courts to even hear such cases.  And, at the time, there was very little research on the functions, dynamics, and politics of courts in ...

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George Wassouf: the People's Champ

[Album cover: Shei Ghareeb (Something Strange) by George Wassouf. Release date: 1993. Image by Moe Ali Nayel.]

Whenever memories take me back to the time when the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990) had just ended, one sound always echoes along the scenes: it is the special voice of that one singer who will always function as an anchor pinning down that particular slice of my remembrance of the past. Born in 1961 Kafroun, a Syrian village located in the countryside of Homs, George Wassouf came from a modest family. At the age of sixteen, he moved to Lebanon on his own and managed to find the space to shine as the star singer from within the Lebanese music scene. However, the young singer’s move to Beirut in search of his artistic path was far from a story of easy victories and ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (August 14)

[German submarine handover ceremony in Kiel on 8 August, 2017. Photo from the official Facebook page of the Spokesperson of the Egyptian Armed Forces.]

[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.]  Political Rights Sisi attempts to reassure Warraq island residents During a meeting with Warraq island residents at his office on Tuesday, head of the Armed Forces’ Engineering Authority Kamel al-Wazeer said there are no plans to evict them, Mosaad Hamed, according to one of the residents attending the meeting. Why is Egypt’s El-Sisi Scared of a ...

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تجديد الخطاب الديني كمناسبة أخرى لاستدعاء الوطني وصعود الشعبوي

على أثر تفجير كنيستي المرقسية في الإسكندرية وطنطا وتبني ولاية سيناء لهما في أبريل 2017، تصاعدت الاتهامات حول مسؤولية الأزهر عن هذه الأحداث، بدرجة أو بأخرى، نظرا لانتشار الأفكار المتطرفة التي تتبناها التيارات الجهادية، والإدعاء باستنادها لنفس التراث الفقهي والعقائدي للأزهر فيما يتعلق بالعلاقة مع المجتمع وغير المسلمين من المسيحيين، والذي انتهي باستقطاب أفراد وجماعات للعنف والقتال ضد المجتمع والمختلف. ومن ثم نكوص الأزهر عن القيام بمسؤوليته التاريخية والمجتمعية نحو تجديد الخطاب الديني في سبيل تحقيق السلام المجتمعي وإجهاض أي احتقان محتمل بين المسلمين والأقباط في إطار الحاضنة المصرية المجتمعية. تمثل قضية تجديد الخطاب الديني وجها لصراع أوسع بين الدولة والأزهر حول علاقة ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (July 24)

[President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed attend the opening of a new military base in north-west Egypt on July 22 ahead of Egypt's Revolution Day celebrations. Photo from the official Facebook page of the Egyptian Presidency.]

[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.]  Political Rights Police arrested 10 Warraq Island residents, demolished 30 buildings on Sunday Police forces arrested ten Warraq Island residents on Sunday in connection to clashes that took place earlier the same day when security forces attempted to implement 700 demolition orders for buildings that “encroach on state lands,” according ...

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أيام بلا تاريخ: الجزء الثاني

[غرافيتي قرب ميدان التحرير في القاهرة. تصوير سنان أنطون]

 رغم طابع الزمن الحلزوني الذي يبدد أحيانًا الحدود الفاصلة بين الماضي والحاضر في عالم شُيد على النظم الحدودية، يمر الزمن ووقته في عقولنا وعلومنا على نحوٍ مستقيم لا يعرف الإلتواء. في أوقاتٍ يسير الزمن ببطء ممل حتى يشعر المرء بثقل خطواته الهابطة على الأرواح كالمطارق. وفي أوقاتٍ آخرى يركض الزمن هاربًا من الأيدي العديدة الممدودة التي تحاول يائسةً أن تمسك بأعناق اللحظة المتسربة دائمًا. في كلتا الحالتين يسير الوقت آبيًا أن يخضع لإرادة أحد إلا نفسه. حتى وإن تشابهت الأحداث أحيانًا، يكفينا أن ننظر في وجهي "الطويل" و"القصير" اليوم كي نعرف أن شباب الستينيات لم يعد شبابًا. مر أكثر من خمسين عامٍاً على الوجهين المحتدين كالحجارة في سيارة الترحيلات، والنقاش الذي ...

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حقوق المثليين والمثليات محكّ لحقوق الإنسان

[اسطنبول 2008]

[كتبتُ المقال أدناه في إطار سلسلة المقالات القصيرة التي بدأت أكتبها منذ مدة لجريدة «القدس العربي» وتصدر كل يوم أربعاء. غير أن الجريدة اعتذرت عن نشره، وهي المرة الثانية التي يحدث لها أن تعتذر عن نشر أحد مقالاتي. جاء المقال تعليقاً على أحداث القمع التي وقعت في إسطنبول يوم الأحد في 25 حزيران/يونيو الماضي. وهو تعليق سريع بحكم حدود هذا النوع من الكتابة، دفعني إليه ليس الحدث بذاته فحسب بل أيضاً سكوت الصحافة العربية عنه. ولم يتناول المقال بالطبع جملة أمور متصلة، من تحليل الانزلاق السلطوي في تركيا (الذي كتبت عنه مراراً، هنا على سبيل المثال) إلى الاضطهاد الجنسي بوجه عام في منطقتنا العربية والقضية المحورية في تحديد مستقبلها، ألا وهي القضية النسائية. ويجدر في هذا الصدد ...

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Full Circles: Hamas Goes to Cairo

Hamas supporters out on parade. Credit to openDemocracy on Creative Commons.

During the past week, a Hamas delegation paid an official visit to Egypt, which these days is news in and of itself. During its time in Cairo, the delegation also met with former Fatah warlord Muhammad Dahlan, which is even bigger news. The Hamas delegation was led by Yahya Sinwar. A leader of Hamas’s Martyr Izz-al-Din Qassam Brigades – who served more than twenty years in Israel’s prisons until released in a 2011 exchange – Sinwar was recently elected to lead the movement in the occupied Gaza Strip, its main power base. Soon thereafter, a further round of internal elections choosing a successor to Hamas Politburo chief Khalid Mashal produced former Palestinian ...

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Lost and Found: The Yasser Alwan Photography Collection at Akkasah

[Courtesy The Yasser Alwan Collection/Akkasah, Center for Photography at New York University Abu Dhabi.]

[In this two-part essay we present a selection of captivating photographs from roughly the first half of the 20th century in Egypt, collected by Yasser Alwan and held by the photography center Akkasah at NYUAD. The essays by Akkasah director Shamoon Zamir and Alwan provide valuable context and insights into how to understand this particular collection. The first selection of photographs, with Zamir's essay, highlights the collection's poignant snapshot photographs, while the second group with Alwan's essay showcases a range of studio portraits. - Editor] How, and why, did the Yasser Alwan Collection of old studio and family photographs, gathered from around ...

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آخر أيّام المدينة - الجزء الاول

"آخر أيّام المدينة" أو "الحضارة في آخر أيامها" كما قال "آخر الرجال المحترمين" بدأ حضور "المدينة" في السينما المصريّة يأخذ شكلًا مميزًا خلال السبعينيات كنتيجة للفترة الساداتيّة التي وُعدت ووعَدت بـ"الانفتاح" كثمن للتطبيع مع دولة الاحتلال الإسرائيلي، ومن بعدها الفترة المباركيّة على نفس النهج، مع التركيز على سياسات الدولة القُطريّة والخصخصة. فكان هذا التناول الفني ظاهرة مصاحبة للتحوّلات السياسية والاجتماعية والاقتصادية والثقافية والدينية في مصر. لعّل ...

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Egypt’s Power Game: Why Cairo is Boosting its Military Power

Recent spending patterns in Egypt pose a dilemma. While experiencing the worst economic crisis in decades, which involves a dwindling of resources, a sharp currency devaluation and an acute shortage of foreign exchange, levels of military spending in Egypt have dramatically increased. How can the two trends be reconciled? Why would a cash-strapped government spend massively on guns when its population of 90 million needs more bread and jobs and services? This peculiar pattern began to take shape as soon ...

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تامر مصطفى: الصراع على السلطة الدستورية: دور المحكمة الدستورية العليا في السياسة المصرية

    جدلية: ما الذي دفعك إلى تأليف هذا الكتاب؟     تامر مصطفى: بدأ البحث من أجل تأليف هذا الكتاب سنة 1997 حين كنت طالب دكتوراه في القاهرة. ولقد سحرتني حقيقة أن المحاكم المصرية كانت منتدى مهماً للناشطين المعارضين كي يطعنوا في صحة نتائج انتخابات مجلس الشعب في 1995. وكانت الصحف تمتلئ يومياً بتغطية للقضايا التي فضحت الغش والتلاعب بالانتخابات. وكنت مشوشاً حيال فهم لماذا يسمح نظام استبدادي متأصّل للمحاكم حتى أن تستمع لقضايا كهذه. وفي الوقت نفسه هناك القليل من الأبحاث حول وظائف ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (August 28)

[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.]  Political Rights 2 rights lawyers released following interrogation in case against civil society organizations Rights lawyer Malek Adly was released after being investigated in ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (August 21)

[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.]  Political Rights Fear and oblivion before the violent Rabea dispersal, celebration and denial afterward A journalist sifts through her interviews in and around the bloody dispersal ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (August 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.]  Political Rights State Council rejects United Group lawsuit contesting state prohibition on work with NGOs A lawsuit submitted by the United Group law firm contesting the Egyptian ...

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صدر حديثا: الصراع على السلطة الدستورية: دور المحكمة الدستورية العليا في السياسة المصرية

  نُشر هذا الكتاب للمرة الأولى في العام 2007 باللغة الإنجليزية بقلم الدكتور تامر مصطفى، أستاذ الدراسات الدولية في جامعة سايمون فريزر في كندا، وهو يقدم تحليلًا مفصلًا لتقاطع القانون والسياسة في مصر، مع تركيز خاص على المحكمة الدستورية العليا.   بالنسبة إلى العديد من القراء اليوم، قد تكون المحكمة الدستورية العليا معروفة أكثر للدور الذي لعبته في توجيه النتائج السياسية بعد سقوط الرئيس المصري السابق حسني مبارك في العام 2011، مع الأحكام المثيرة للجدل بإبطال مجلس الشعب ومجلس الشورى والجمعية ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (July 17)

[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.]  Political Rights 80 Wadi al-Natrun prisoners join hunger strike protesting maltreatment More than eighty political prisoners in Wadi al-Natrun Prison’s maximum security facility, ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (July 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.]  Political Rights Egyptian authorities questioning labour activist Kamal Khalil The Egyptian prosecution is questioning prominent leftist and labor activist Kamal Khalil on charges ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (June 26)

[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.]  Political Rights Sisi to ratify Tiran and Sanafir agreement within days: Source President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will move to ratify the Tiran and Sanafir islands agreement in a ...

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Traces, Fragments, Scraps: Collecting Cairo’s Discarded Images

[In this two-part essay we present a selection of captivating photographs from roughly the first half of the 20th century in Egypt, collected by Yasser Alwan and held by the photography center Akkasah at NYUAD. The essays by Akkasah director Shamoon Zamir and Alwan provide valuable context and insights into how to understand this particular collection. The first selection of photographs, with Zamir's essay, highlights the collection's poignant snapshot photographs, while the second group with Alwan's ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (June 19)

[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.]  Political Rights 5 websites offering VPN services added to list of blocked sites in Egypt Egyptian authorities banned access to five more websites on Monday, bringing the total ...

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