[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 email@example.com by Sunday night of every week.]
A Benevolent Dictator Would Consider Human Rights for Respectful Citizens: Hammouda
Daily News Egypt interviews Ahmed Ezz’s lawyer.
‘I was So Incredibly Scared’
“Dutch journalist Rena Netjes speaks to Daily News Egypt about charges, consular assistance, and her departure from Egypt.”
Neither Democracy, Nor Fascism? (Part 1)
Karim Medhat Ennarah argues that although social circumstances that led to the rise of fascism in some European countries between the two world wars are not replicable in the case of Egypt, but Egypt’s political system “might have some classical fascist features or tendencies today.”
The Nasser Restoration
Mohamed Fouad argues that the aftermath of the 30 June uprising/coup has fortified “the status quo through a hint of self imposed ultra-nationalism.”
From Nationalism to Resistance and Back Again
Sarah Carr offers a brief historical comparison between nationalist songs released in the 1950s and 1960s and now.
Journalists Become the Story in Egypt
Sahdi Rahimi writes, “International and social media coverage may have resulted in improved prison conditions for detained journalists.”
Egyptian Government Introduces Unified Friday Prayer Guidelines
Ahmed Fouad writes, “In an effort to root out Muslim Brotherhood influence from Egypt’s 150,000 mosques, the Egyptian Ministry of Religious Endowments is imposing a unified Friday sermon for mosques throughout Egypt.”
Saving #VillaAghion , Saving #Alexandria
Zeinobia’s blog entry focuses on demolition project of Alexandrian Landmark Villa Aghion, which prompted culture and heritage activists in Alexandria to protest the destruction of the remarkable village.
In Egypt, Every Voice Is To Be Silenced
Islam Abdel-Rahman argues, “The battle in Egypt is now no longer about an ousted elected president or a counter-revolution taking place. As if this were not enough, it is about fundamental human rights being violated publically and systematically by a military regime.”
The Life of a Muslim Sister
Nour Youssef writes on Nadia’s life, who identifies herself as an affiliate of the Muslim Sisterhood.
Egypt Filmmaker Arrested, Beaten as Crackdown Persists
Tom Rollins writes on the arrest and abuse of Hossam al-Meneai, an Egyptian filmmaker.
Threats, Assaults and Arrests … the Perils of Reporting From Egypt
Patrick Kingsley argues, “Indictment of British al-Jazeera correspondents symptomatic of multifaceted campaign against journalists.”
Bassem Youssef Back on the Waves, but Not on Everyone’s Wavelength
Mada Masr reviews Bassem Youssef’s comeback episode of his show el-Bernameg (The Show), which is now aired on MBC Masr.
Egyptians Resist Through Art
Enas Hamed sheds light on Egyptians’ expressive art that reflects political restrictions they face in the country.
Timothy E. Kaldas sheds light on community activism in relation to the national political system, in which he employs Zamalek local community as a case study to present his argument.
US Working Group Gives Wrong Advice on Egypt
Wael Nawara comments on the open letter Carnegie’s Working Group on Egypt had released to President Barak Obama “warning him against pursuing policies toward Egypt that will “exacerbate persistent instability” in that country.”
The Past and Future of the Bomb-Damaged Manuscript Museum
Elena Chardakliyska writes on the manuscripts collected in the same building of the Museum of Islamic Art, damaged in the aftermath of the blast that targeted Cairo Security Directorate on 24 January 2014.
Where Are They Now?
Jano Charbel writes on the present status presidential candidates of the 2012 presidential elections after the 30 June uprising/coup.
Egyptian Editors Organize to Confront Media Crisis
Aidan White says, “The military-backed government has sought to enroll journalists as foot-soldiers in its battle against the ousted Muslim Brotherhood. But when editors met this week in Cairo, a collective spirit stirred.”
Lexicon of a Revolution`s Insults
Andeel lists labels and expressions invented after the January 25 Revolution.
I’m Not a Journalist – But the Least I Can Do is Salute Them
H. A. Hellyer reflects on the hardships journalists face on a daily bases.
Lessons From a Disillusioned Revolutionary
Maged Mandour lists eight lessons revolutionaries should learn from following the 25 January uprising.
Rana Allam responds to the arrest of al-Jazeera journalists, in which she points that the act is a direct violation of Article 55 in the newly approved constitution.
سماء سليمان: انتخابات الرئاسة المصرية.. وتحديات الرئيس القادم
Samaa Sulaiman argues that the future president of Egypt will face a similar fate of his predecessor unless he aims to implement a comprehensive plan to avoid leading the country into chaos.
الأقباط وانتخابات الرئاسة القادمة
Sulaimn Shafiq focuses on Copts’ perspective following the 30 June uprising/coup.
عن أسطورة الصراع بين القاهرة وواشنطن
Fahmi Huwaidy argues that the United States’ relation with Egypt is based on two fundamental aspects; the first is military cooperation, the second is the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty, which are unlikely to discontinue anytime soon.
Amr Hamzawy sheds light on Khalid al-Sayyed’s wife’s testimony on his arrest by the Egyptian authorities on 28 January 2014.
ويسألونك عن الأحزاب
Amr Khafaga focuses on ideological affiliations of Egyptian political parties, and the elitist direction most parties took in the political sphere.
البحث عن تعليم بديل
Farida Maqar writes on the historical evolvement of education in Egypt, and focuses on alternative educational methods that can be utilized within the system.
من يملأ الفراغ السياسى؟
Abdallah al-Sinawy reflects on the future of weak political parties in Egypt following presidential and parliamentary elections.
يرونه بعيدا.. ونراه بعيدا
Bilal Alaa analyzes the difficulty of attaining the demands of the January 25 Revolution in light of the complex political and social spheres in the country.
أولويات المرحلة.. وكل مرحلة
Shaher Ayad focuses on Egyptian authorities’ oppression of political parties and movements.
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Letter Concerning Indictment of Dr. Emad Shahin
Committee on Academic Freedom (MESA) releases an open letter to express its concerns and protest against the Egyptian authorities’ indictment of Emad Shahin.
الأنظمة التسلطية لا تسقط طوعا
Khalil al-Anani argues that in order to make sense of the reemergence of the military-backed regime in Egypt, we should analyze the sociological dynamics of revolutionary movements and revolutions, and how they apply to the case of Egypt.
References: Artists Activating the Archive
Medrar TV reports on References an exhibition that presents four artistic projects developed over a year of research. (VIDEO)