[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.]
On Hype and Hypocrisy
Mohamed Selim argues lack of “veracity and sensibility” in Egypt’s media contributes to the numerous problems the country is facing.
Before Talking Tourism, Egypt Needs to Put Its House in Order
Isabel Esterman argues that commercials and PR campaigns to lure tourists to Egypt are not going to revitalize the tourism industry if the government does not stop promoting its “xenophobic rhetoric, work on protect[ing] its most vulnerable citizens, and clean up its human rights record.”
Counting The Dead
Ursula Lindsey and Jahd Khalil comment on National Council on Human Right’s fact-finding report on Rabea al-Adaweya’s dispersal on 14 August 2013.
In Nasser`s Shadow
Maged Mandour argues, “Nasserism is based on two main pillars, Arab nationalism and Arab socialism. Both have been considered to be progressive, anti-imperialist ideologies aimed at ridding the Arab world of its backwardness. But the revival of the Nasserist legacy has been selective at best, aimed at reinforcing a ‘false consciousness.’”
Egypt Under Sisi
Seif Khirfan reports on supporters of al-Sisi, and the reactions of revolutionaries. (VIDEO)
Egypt, An Escape From Reality
Hazem Saghieh says, “The spread of absurd conspiracy thinking reveals a hard truth about Egypt`s condition.”
Culture in the Age of Sisi: The Continued Propaganda of Illusions
Ahmed Naje argues that the media and cultural propaganda along with aid from Gulf States are no guarantees for long-term stability for the current regime.
Presidential Election Law Raises Serious Concerns
Ryan Suto analyzes the ramifications of the newly approved presidential election law.
Egypt Caught Between Russia and Saudi Arabia
Mahmoud Salem says, “Egypt struggles to find a way to leverage its ties with both Russia and Saudi Arabia to its own advantage.”
The Three Phases of Egypt’s Popular Protests
Nervana Mahmoud says, “The trends of Egypt’s crowd politics since Tahrir Square can also be seen in Ukraine, Syria and Libya.”
‘Citizen-Oriented` Policies Needed, Doctor-Activist Says
Dina Ezzat interviews Amr El-Shoura, a medical doctor and health rights activist.
Student Corner: The Underlying Tension between Egypt and Israel
Nour Bakr writes on the Israel, Egypt, and the United States’ relations in light of the increased militant activity in the Sinai Peninsula.
EIPR Report Reveals $10 Billion Lost in Corrupt Gas Contracts, As Daily Blackouts Spread
Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) releases a report that shows significant loses in gas revenues during Mubarak’s reign.
In Search of An Energy Vision
Isabel Bottoms says, “The government’s choice of energy infrastructure to invest in, and its timeline for doing so, sheds light on its preferred development pathway and philosophy, and its short term political agenda versus its long term desire to aid Egypt’s stable transition and equal access to energy for all citizens.”
Egypt`s Political Deadlock Extends to the Gulf
Mai Shams El-Din writes on Egypt’s influence on Gulf States’ fallout.
Can a Flailing Tourism Industry Lure Green Travelers?
Isabel Esterman sheds light on the shortcomings of the tourism industry’s efforts to promote “green tourism.”
Alaa Abd El Fattah writes on political prisoners and the state’s denial of having detained any.
On the Lives and Afterlives of Literary Texts
Laura Gribbon recaps Sinan Antoon’s lecture at the American University in Cairo.
The Final Stop
Passant Rabie sheds light on the inefficacy of Cairo’s tramline through which she focuses on the state’s public-private partnership projects on urban development.
Tom Rollins writes on the significance and ramifications of workers’ strike on the Egyptian uprising.
The Military War on Alcohol
Wael Eskandar argues, “Politics is controlled by the security apparatus, and security forces are motivated by business interests, and are linked by family ties and loyalties; thus no real reform will be possible until these chains are broken.”
Who Needs a Constitution?
Sara Abou Bakr comments on the presidential decision banning electoral appeals on decisions made by Supreme Electoral Commission (SEC).
Egypt Working Toward Energy Mix, Not Coal Imports, Claims Iskandar
Amira Salah-Ahmed reports on the Egypt’s plans toward finding alternatives for energy sources.
What’s in the Presidential Contest for Democrats?
Dina Hussein recaps discussions of a roundtable consisted of party members and political commentators hosted by Mada Masr.
Cold: A Silent Killer in Egypt
Mika Minio-Paluello argues, “Climate change hurts the poor the most and although some climate-related disasters enter public consciousness easily, such as hurricanes, floods, and droughts, the creeping silent cold is neither appealing in photographs, nor considered newsworthy; hence we don’t notice its victims.”
Arrested Protesters Forgotten in Egypt`s Detention Cells
Mariam Rizk writes on political prisoners who remain in detention “with no sign of trial or release.”
محمد عبد الحكم دياب: على هامش رغبة الإمارات العربية في استضافة قوات مصرية
Mohamed Abdel Hakam Diyab writes on the regional shifts following the Arab uprisings with focusing on Egyptian-Gulf states’ relations.
راتب المشير السيسي
Tamer Abu Arab argues that the military-backed regime’s advocacy for austerity is to avoid imposing taxes on business elites.
ميشيل فوكو.. والفاشية التى بداخلنا
Amr Hamzawy writes on fascism in light of Michael Foucault’s definition of the term.
جهود مصريّة-ليبيّة في مواجهة الجهاديّين على الحدود بين البلدَين
Ayah Aman analyzes Egyptian-Libyan relations in light of Egypt’s accusations that militants are illegally crossing Egypt’s borders through Libya.
إعادة التأهيل والصفقات والخداع... وسائل تعيد إخوان مصر إلى الحياة السياسيّة
Ahmed Faud analyzes the failure of reconciliatory efforts between the Muslim Brotherhood and the military-backed regime.
العمالة المصريّة في قطر وراء التلكؤ في قرار قطع العلاقات
Walaa Hussein says, “Egypt is hesitating to join the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and cut ties with Qatar, because the government fears the repercussions such a step would have for the many Egyptians working in Qatar.”
انتحار النخبة: قصة حزينة معادة
Mohamed Alaa El-Din focuses on the contradiction of elites’ promotion of universal democratic values and their practices.
المواقع المستقلة: الحرية البديلة
Mai Shams El-Din argues that although Egypt has been witnessing influx in independent news and analytical websites, but they face numerous challenges.
"الأقباط تحت حكم العسكر: وقائع عام ونصف من جرائم "المرحلة الانتقالية
Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) publishes a report on the status of Coptic Christians in Egypt following Morsi’s ouster.
الخطف وفرض الجزية على أقباط الصعيد
Isaac Ibrahim argues the security forces’ negligence to protect Copts in Upper Egypt increases sectarian violence.
العدل أساس الأمن
Fahmy Huwaidy argues that as long as Egypt does not implement real justice, security will remain unattainable.
Amr Khafaga writes on the newly approved presidential election law.
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Jadaliyya’s Reports Page releases an interview with historian Toby C. Jones in which he responds to and clarifies Gulf States’ tensions and its relation to Egypt.
هل ثار الصعيد؟ محاولة للفهم ودعوة لاستكمال النقاش
Sakr Al-Nour responds to Ahmed Mohamed Abu Zaid’s article on the absence of revolutionary movement in Upper Egypt.
MEETING POINTS 7: Ten Thousand Wiles and a Hundred Thousand Tricks
Medrar TV meets with Youth Arab Theater Fund Director, Tarek Abou El Fatouh, who offers general overview of the Meeting Points festival.