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Millions Will Boycott Egypt`s Elections
Mohannad Sabry says, “Sisi expects a comfortable win, while a boycott campaign may hurt Sabahi`s chances.”
Third Eye Blind: The State of the Egyptian Media
Mohamed Selim argues, “A new media culture that embraces truth, objectivity, and integrity instead of sensationalism, fabrication, and hyperbole will set the tone for an Egypt in dire need of consolidating democratic principles.”
Egypt’s Presidential Elections Start to Liven Up, A Little Bit
Scott Williamson argues that despite al-Sisi’s predicted win in the upcoming presidential elections, this election may be more meaningful than expected.
Russia and the West: From Ukraine to the High Dam
Ahmed El-Sayed Al-Naggar argues, “The tension between the West and Russia over Ukraine, alongside other matters, once played out in Egypt, where Soviet funding proved decisive in building of one of the twentieth century`s greatest infrastructure achievements.”
Egypt 2014: Debunking the Neo-Nasserist Myth
Amr Hamzawy argues “the myth of neo-Nasserism… is used to justify authoritarianism.”
Fifty Years on Diverting the River #Nile and the Displacement of #Nubia
Zeinobia focuses on the ramifications of Nasser’s Nile river diversion on Nubians in Egypt.
I Will Pinch Your Ass and Grab Your Boobs, and You Cannot Talk about It: The BuSSy Monologues in Egypt
Sondos Shabayek says, “Every time someone goes on stage to share something that others label as taboo, they challenge the mental barriers of society, and pave the way for a place where openly talking about our issues is no longer considered a crime or a sin.”
How Democracy Could Return to Egypt
Scott Williamson predicts possible outcomes of Egypt’s transition based on a comparative analysis on Egypt, Pakistan, Chile, South Korea, and Argentina.
Egypt`s Cold Realism on Syria
Geoffrey Aronson writes on Egypt’s stance on Syria, in which he argues that Egypt’s domestic politics is overshadowing the conflict in Syria.
El-Sisi’s Interview from the Perspective of Strategy
Nader Bakkar says, “Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi needs to provide the people with a clear strategy for his four-year presidential term.”
Editor’s letter: Europe and Those Arabs (2): The Good Muslim Citizen
Maher Mamoud highlights the setbacks of the pervasive rhetoric on Muslims and Arabs in Europe.
Coptic Christians and Political Activism before 25 January
Farid Zahran sheds light on the political history of state-Copts relations since 1952, and explains the rise of Coptic activism in the final years of Mubarak’s rule.
Sisi: A Campaign or Not?
Mai Shams El-Din writes on her and Mada Masr’s attempts to reach out to al-Sisi’s campaign spokespersons.
Why Should Fair Trials for MB Suspects be Important to Egyptian Christians?
Ishak Ibrahim argues Egyptian Christians should not consider verdicts against Muslim Brotherhood supporters as just.
Egypt: The State Seeks the Sufi Path
Ahmed Suleiman argues that the Egyptian state is using Sufism as one of the alternatives to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Between Sabbahi and the Boycott
Ammar Nouh argues that the Egyptian “democratic bloc” should participate in the political process to “prepare its constituencies for future electoral races.”
A Civil Coptic Movement Struggles in a Polarized Egypt
Leyla Doss says, “The Maspero Youth Union faces both external pressures and internal fracturing in the context of a polarized Egypt.”
In a League of His Own: Sisi’s Loving Embrace
Rasheed Hammouda and Mohamed Ibrahim analyze the ideological differences between Hosni Mubarak and Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
جريمة الحكومات المتعاقبة
Amr Khafaga sheds light on the mismanagement of the public sector in Egypt.
محمد السيد الطناوي: انقلاب الإخوان
Mohamed al-Sayyid al-Tantawi argues that based on the last three official statements released by the Muslim Brotherhood the group is shifting its stance eleven months after Morsi’s ouster.
السيسى يكذب التسريبات السيادية
Fahmi Huwaidy offers an excerpt of Reuters’ interview with al-Sisi.
منظمات حقوقية تطالب وزارة الداخلية بالإفصاح عن مكان الصحفي عبد الله الشامي، وتندد بحجزه تعسفيًا لمدة 9 أشهر دون محاكمة
Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) condemns arbitrary imprisonment of al-Jazeerah journalist; Abdullah al-Shammy.
هل بالفعل تريدون ذات المقايضات السلطوية والظواهر السلبية؟
Arm Hamzawy highlights the process of emergence and practices of authoritarianism in Egypt since the 1950s.
Ayman al-Sayyad writes on the political schisms in Egypt’s society following the 25 January and 30 June uprisings.
الاحتجاج ليس مرضًا
Mustafa al-Najjar critiques Egyptian media’s problematic perspective on the youth’s protests and demonstrations.
نبيل فهمي لـ"المونيتور": مصر لا تسعى إلى الصدام مع إثيوبيا
Al-Monitor’s Ayah Aman interviews Egypt’s Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy.
هل يستغل رموز "الحزب الوطني" السيسي والإخوان للعودة إلى الحياة السياسيّة؟
Ahemd Fouad says, “Members of the disbanded National Democratic Party in Egypt are seeking to run in the upcoming parliamentary elections, despite a court ruling prohibiting their participation.”
صوتك لحمدين يعتمد على رؤيتك للثورة
Fadi George argues that voting for Hamdeen Sabbahi ensures the persistence of the revolutionary movement that resulted from the January 25 Revolution.
أن تطلب منهم وقف الإضرابات
Shahir George writes on the state’s persistent discrimination against workers, and its ramifications on the democratic transition in Egypt.
الجيش يتغزل بالطاقة الشمسية
Isabel Esterman writes on the military’s ‘fascination’ with solar energy.
المرأة القانونية: العنف الجنسي بقيادة دولة القانون
Bahaa Ezz al-Arab argues society, the state, and its laws encourage sexual harassment against women.
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Jadaliyya’s Reports Page releases Alkarama Foundation’s briefing on Egyptian court’s ruling against Muslim Brotherhood supporters and officials.
The General’s New Suit
Mona Oraby sheds light on al-Sisi’s campaign slogans and how they are used against his opponents.
Forms that Matter: Six Exercises in Art Making
Angela Harutyunyan writes on Mahmoud Khaled’s exhibition titled “Painter on a Study Trip.”
Egypt: How Not to Support the Undeserving and Discriminate Against the Poor
Jadaliyya Reports Page releases Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights’ policy recommendations on “New income conditions for the social housing projection.”
لماذا لن أقاطع الانتخابات وسأنتخب الإصلاحي حمدين صباحي
Wassim Wajdi explains why revolutionary socialists have endorsed Sabbahi as a presidential candidate against al-Sisi.