[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.]
The Police and The People: One Hand, For Now
Nour Yousef argues that the absence of security is one of the main reasons Egyptians are nostalgic about Mubarak’s era.
The People Want – But Do They Have a Chance?
Rana Nessim interviews Gilbert Achcar author of the book The People Want.
Lessons from a Lost Revolution: Egypt’s Fate Still Hangs in the Balance
H. A. Hellyer reflects on the evolvements following the January 25 Revolution.
How Did Thirty-Seven Prisoners Come to Die at Cairo Prison Abu Zaabal?
Patrick Kingsley talks to Abu Zaabal Prison survivors who were trapped in the back of a van and allegedly gassed.
Journalism Is Not Terrorism
Egypt Solidarity Initiative sheds light on the protests that took place in London on Friday demanding the release of journalists in Egypt.
Football, Religion and Politics in Egypt
Leila Zaki “analyses the intricate relationships between football, religion and politics in the settling of political scores in post-revolutionary Egypt.”
Trade or Aid?: Egypt-Turkey Economic Ties in Context
Andrew Leber analyzes the political ramifications of Egypt and Turkey’s economic trade agreements along with Gulf States’ aid following Morsi’s ouster.
The Egyptian Media’s Non-Campaigning Campaign For Sisi
Mohamed Elmeshad writes on the media’s publicity tactics of al-Sisi.
Governance in the Arab World: History on the Run
Francesc Badia analyzes current underlying shifts and dynamics in the Arab world in order to make sense of the complex reality of the region.
Future of Egypt’s Coal Imports Still Topic of Heated Debate
Isabel Esterman sheds light on the debate evolving around increasing coal imports into Egypt as a result of severe power shortage and economic crisis.
Finding a Free Space
Mai Shams El-Din writes on new media outlets that challenge mainstream media’s falsified rhetoric.
Egypt in Three Years: State vs. Journalists
Mai Shams El-Din offers “a brief timeline of high profile violations of press freedoms.”
What an El Sisi Presidency Would Mean For Egypt’s Relations with the Gulf States
Sooud Al-Qassemi argues that al-Sisi’s presidency will guarantee a trustworthy regional ally for Gulf States.
Egypt Syndicates Withdraw Financial Aid to Revolution Victims
Tim Rollins says, “Egypt`s professional syndicates are being cleansed of pro-Muslim Brotherhood boards and no longer delivering payments to those who were injured or lost family members in the revolution.”
Egyptian Security Forces Abuse Female Detainees
Enas Hamed says, “Young women, including students and mothers, are victims of physical and psychological abuse after being arrested and jailed by Egyptian security forces.”
A Return to the 1990s?
Nadine Marroushi and Passant Rabie analyze the differences between militant attacks in the 1980s and 1990s in Sinai and now.
Taming Tahrir (Part 2): Re-Appropriating Al-Midan and Co-opting Memory
Marwa Fikry argues, “By replacing the cement block with gates, the regime is not only curtailing the infrastructure of protest and dissent, but it is also destroying many of the meanings that Tahrir stood for: freedom, justice, and citizens’ reclamation of public space.”
Sister Revolution and Its Shadow Twin, Counter-Revolution
Amr Osman says, “From the start, the revolution was not supported by a significant part of the Egyptian society, a fact that does not seem to have sunk in with anyone except the old regime.”
A Constitution Not Worth Its Ink
Rana Allam analyzes the contradictory practices of Egyptian authorities compared to the articles in the 2014 constitution that are concerned with, but not limited to, freedom of belief and religion, and freedom of press and speech.
Preventing Terror is a Job For All
Dr. H.A. Hellyer reflects on the attack that targeted a tourist bus in Sinai.
Egypt’s New Dictator Was Made in the USA
Gregg Carlstorm writes a comprehensive profile of Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi while setting in perspective social and economic woes he might face as president of Egypt.
Why Sisi Won’t Bring Stability
Moritz Mihatsch argues that should al-Sisi become president he will have to deal with economic, social, and political issues simultaneously, therefore, he will not be able to bring stability as is it presumed.
How to Discredit Your Democratic Opponents in Egypt
Stephen Zunes argues, “The Egyptian military regime is pushing conspiracy theories to discredit their democratic, non-violent opponents. Aiming at several birds with one stone, with respect to their US backers, they are trying to have it both ways at once. Democracy and non-violence will fight back.”
`Foloul` Loses its Punch in Egypt
Reham Mokbel says, “The term foloul, or "remnant," was once widely used by the revolutionaries against anyone associated with the Hosni Mubarak regime, but the complexity of Egypt’s political situation has cost the term its effectiveness.”
Leadership and Spin
Mahmoud Salem writes on the impact social media has on the image of leadership.
“Let Them Eat Cake”
Iris Boutros writes on the failures of Egypt’s food subsidy program.
Falling Short: Egypt`s New Minimum Wage, The Haves and Have Nots
Jano Charbel analyzes the ramifications of the newly set minimum wage on employees across all sectors in the country in relation to inflation.
الثورة صنعها الفقراء وفاز بها النبلاء
Abd el-Mune’em Omara argues that the poor made the January 25 Revolution possible, but it was later pertained to the upper classes of society.
لغز سيادة الوزراء
Amr Khafaga argues that the 2014 constitution granted greater executive power to the parliament compared to the president, however, the public’s attention is fully focused on the presidential elections.
Ayman al-Sayyad reflects on the Ukrainian uprising in relation to the Egyptian uprising and its aftermath.
من صاحب السيادة؟
Fahmy Huwady questions who possesses sovereignty in Egypt.
!ولماذا فُك أسر الجهاديين؟
Akram Ismael responds to Hossam Bahjat’s article Who Let the Jihadis Out?
Amr Khafaga argues that if the state continues to politically marginalize the people of Egypt instability will persist.
محمد سيف الدولة: الشروط الأمريكية لحكم مصر
Mohamed Saif al-Dawla analyzes the conditions the United States has set for governing Egypt in relation to the peace treaty with Israel.
Amr Hamzawy reflects on the media’s distorted portrayal of events in Egypt.
!أشرف موسى: روسيا وتغيير البوصلة
Ashraf Musa argues political analysts should not rush into assertive conclusions that Egypt’s turn to Russia will sever relations with the United States.
Amr Khafaga reflects on the corruptive practices Egyptians experience on day-to-day bases.
فى حضرة أساطير المرحلة وأوهامها
Fahmi Huwaidy writes on the exaggerations of the media’s discourse in describing the political situation in Egypt.
نقد مصطلح الإسلام السياسى
Nader Bakkar expresses his reservations on using the term Political Islam.
السيسي قد يغرق في مستنقع أزمة الطاقة في مصر
Magi Feek writes on the energy crisis al-Sisi will have to face should he run for office and win the presidential elections.
أسئلة اقتصادية وجودية
Omar al-Shunaity presents fundamental questions on how to fix Egypt’s economy through listing six leading actors who have a direct impact on the economic sphere.
تصويباً للنقاش: «حكم العسكر» بين السلطة والطبقة
Ward Kasouha analyzes the rise of the military rule in Egypt, its interdependence with business elites, and how that impacted middle and lower classes.
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Letter Concerning Charges Against Amr Hamzawy
Committee on Academic Freedom (MESA) releases an open letter to Egypt’s minister of Justice, Adel Abd al-Hameed, to object and protest the chargers leveled against Dr. Amr Hamzawy.
في وصف جمهورية السيسي
Mahmoud Salah imagines how the state of Egypt would function under al-Sisi’s reign.