[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.]
Taxing Times for Egypt’s Middle Class
Youssef Beshay argues, “proper taxation for the middle class not only aims to balance the budget, but also promotes a more cohesive society.”
Crowd-funding the Canal?
Isabel Esterman and Amira Salah-Ahmed write on the financing plan of the Suez Canal development project. This article was translated and published in Arabic.
Adjusting Commuting Habits
Passant Rabie writes on the impact of lifting fuel subsidies on Egyptians` commuting habits. This article is translated and published in Arabic.
al-Sisi’s Economic Roadmap
Robert Mason argues, “There is much to be done within Egypt to address its economic depression, which will rely on building public and international investor confidence. The scale of the economic task facing al-Sisi is daunting.”
Rule of Law and Human Rights:
Over 240 Days into the Imprisonment of Al Jazeera Journalists: One More Step toward One-Voice Media in Egypt?
Kareem Farid reflects on the ramifications of the authorities’ restriction of journalistic freedoms in Egypt.
Strangers in the Crowd
Vivienne Mathies-Boon reflects on the situation of revolutionaries and activists in light of the reemergence of Egypt’s authoritarian military regime following the coup.
Human Rights Watch on Rabaa: Words Are Not Loud Enough
Wael Eskandar argues that while the Human Rights Watch report may hold the Egyptian regime responsible for the Rabaa massacre, the state continues to justify the killing.
Thousands of Egyptians Evicted Without Compensation for Suez Project
Patrick Kingsley and Manu Abdo report “1500 homes have been destroyed and 5000 are under threat” to make way for the Suez Canal project.
Egypt’s Banning of Ultras Constitutes Effort to Outlaw Legitimate Opposition
James M. Dosey focuses on the ramifications of the Egyptian football authorities’ ban of ultras.
Egyptians and “Others:” No Room for Opposition in Today’s Egypt
Sara Khorshid analyzes the sociopolitical landscape in Egypt, which hinders any form of viable democratization despite the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Escalating Reprisals against Human Rights Defenders
Moataz El Fegiery sheds light on human rights conditions in Egypt.
Reports and Opinions:
Hunger Strikes: Egypt’s Last Vestige of Dissent
Khaled Dawoud reacts to activists’ commencement of hunger strikes in prison.
Lessons from the Presidential Elections: Egypt’s Media and the Upcoming Parliamentary Campaign
Mohamed Selim writes on the expectations of the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Remembering the Rabaa Massacre
Daniel Wickham comments on the United States’ stance on the violations of Egypt’s military-backed regime.
Egypt Charges Mohamed Morsi Over Alleged Qatar Leaks
Kevin Rawlinson says, “Ousted president accused of endangering national security by handing state secrets and sensitive papers to Gulf state.”
The MB, AQ, ISIS and Al-Azhar’s Crisis
Mohamed Selim analyzes the causes that led to the rise of radical Islamists following the Arab uprisings in 2011.
How does al-Sisi Expand the Scope of his Supporters?
Farid Zahran writes on al-Sisi’s political maneuverings to consolidate power.
ضحايا الفساد وانتهاكات حقوق الإنسان هم الورثة الشرعيون لأموالنا المنهوبة بعد استردادها
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights releases a research paper entitled: “How to Utilize Our Looted Assets: Best Polities for Managing Recovered Assets.” Summary and research paper is translated and published in English.
لمن المنابر اليوم؟ تحليل سياسة الدولة في إدارة المساجد
Amr Ezzat issues a research paper via the EIPR questioning the state’s policies administering the country’s mosques.
مظاليم وراء القضبان
Fahmy Huwaidy writes on the security forces’ detention of students on university campuses.
يوميات داخل قفص زجاجي
Alaa Abd El-Fattah argues the chances of issuing a general presidential amnesty to release political prisoners is more likely than enacting parliamentary bills reforming the 2014 constitution.
!من يوميات سائح حسن النية سيئ الحظ
Bilal Fadl writes a short piece on a tourist visiting Cairo, his perspective on the constant power cuts, and how locals justify the current conditions in the city.
السباق المذهل" بين بنما والسويس"
Mohamed Jad sheds light on Maersk Line`s announcement of the world`s biggest shipping container company switching its shipment route from the Panama Canal to the Suez Canal.
الأمن الفكري» في المدارس: تنظيم أم رقابة؟»
Omar Saeed sheds light on the modifications in school curricula.
المبادرة المصريّة لنزع سلاح ميليشيات ليبيا في انتظار الظهير الدوليّ
Walaa Hussain writes on Egypt’s regional and international initiatives to disarm militias in Libya in order to support and help stabilize the country. This article is translated and published in English.
خلية عرب شركس": المحاكمة العسكرية شبه السرية لأنصار بيت المقدس"
Hossam Bahgat investigates the covert trials of Ansar Bait al-Maqdes. This article was translated and published in English.
ما الذى يشغل الغرب؟.. تمرين بسيط بدلًا من نظريات المؤامرة
Amr Hamzawy reviews the most prominent international and economic issues that concern the West.
Recently on Jadaliyya Egypt
Roundtable Introduction: New Media, New Politics? Revolutions in Theory and Practice
Miriyam Aouragh and Adel Iskandar introduce several principles on researching the Internet and its role in galvanizing revolutionary movements.
The Built-In Obsolescence of the Facebook Leader
Paolo Gerbaudo writes on the role that leadership on social media networks plays in revolutionary movements.
Activism on the Move: Mediating Protest Space in Egypt with Mobile Technology
Kira Allmann says that the mobility of this handheld technology “gives activists and protesters unprecedented ability to traverse and transgress in physical and virtual space, and it imbues the technology with new, revolutionary significance.”
Keynote Address: Some Reflections on the Role of Media in Egypt’s January 25th Revolution
Walter Armbrust delves into the situational and historic dynamics that undergirded the media practices surrounding the January 25 revolution in Egypt.
Special Address: Digital Media and the Freedom Struggle
Jillian York addresses the most prominent conditions that resulted in popular upheavals in the region along with highlighting the role of new media in supporting revolutionary movements in light of governments’ clampdown on freedoms.
The Meme-ing of Revolution: Creativity, Folklore, and the Dislocation of Power in Egypt
Adel Iskandar analyzes the political and cultural significance of memes in reflecting the popular dissident sentiments among Egypt’s youth.
The Iron Way
Ahmed Ashraf photographs Egyptian commuters inside Cairo`s train system.
Revolutionary Street Art: Complicating the Discourse
Hannah Elansary highlights the public`s opinion on "Revolutionary Street Art" rather than focusing on its political and revolutionary meaning.