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Regional and International Relations
Foreign Ministry: Egypt Won`t be Part of US Alliance Against ISIS
Mada Masr reports on Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry’s press conference on his country’s stance on the coalition to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Egypt`s Options in Dealing with the Libyan Crisis (Part I)
In a two-part article, Nader Bakkar writes on Egypt’s options to secure its borders with Libya as the crisis grows. Click here for (Part II).
Conflating Hamas and Palestine in the Egyptian Media
Basil El-Dabh analyzes Egypt’s mainstream media narratives on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Electoral Coalitions Gear up for Uncertain Parliamentary Elections
Adham Youssef writes on the dynamics of forming political party coalitions along with their presumed objectives in order to guarantee majority seats in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Sisi’s New Suez Canal
William Barnes reacts to al-Sisi’s announcement of building a parallel channel to the existing Suez Canal.
The Welfare State in Egypt, 1995- 2005: A Comparative Approach
Ahmed Ezz El-Din analyzes Egypt’s main welfare schemes and social safety nets.
Cairo Partially Lifts Energy Subsidies: Deepening the Crisis or a Step Towards a Solution?
The Policy Analysis Unit at the Arab Center for Research Policy Studies release a study on the policy impact of subsidy reforms that came into effect on 1 July 2014.
Rule of Law and Human Rights
The Unconstitutionality of the Media “Council”
Mona Nader sheds light on the constitutional issues of the “National Media Council.” This article is published in Arabic.
How Egypt`s Protest Law Brought Down the Revolution
Mohannad Sabry offers an in-depth analysis of military trials, the ramifications of the Protest Law, and the imprisonment of activists and revolutionaries following Morsi’s ouster.
The On-going Campaign to Restrict Egypt’s Public Space
Sarah El-Sirgany writes on the restrictions of a monthly permit issued by the Ministry of Interior that allows journalists in Egypt to film on the streets.
Memorandum to the President from the CIHRS on the Constitution, Law, and the Emancipation of Civil Society
The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) issues a memorandum for President Abdelfattah al-Sisi expressing its concern on restricting civil rights groups. This memorandum is translated and published in Arabic.
Reports and Opinions
Protest in Support of Hunger-Striking Political Prisoners
Aswat Masriya reports on activists’ solidarity protest with political prisoners who have started hunger strikes.
Promoting Transparency: Unleashing Growth Across the Board
Omar Khedr argues the proliferation of social media has created greater transparency in both public and private sectors.
Water Shortage Shrivels Dreams of the Good Life in New Cairo
Isabel Esterman writes on the difficulties water scarcity is causing for residents of New Cairo and how this issue might impact development projects.
Will Egyptians Restore their Sense of Security?
Marwa Al-A’sar reflects on the deterioration of security in Egypt following the January 25 Revolution.
Seven MB Leaders Asked to Leave Qatar
Mada Masr reports on Qatar’s shifting stance towards Muslim Brotherhood leaders who saught refuge there since the removal of Morsi on 3 June 2013 and the targetting of their organization.
هكذا ودّعوا «سيف»
Omar Said writes an obituary on the late human rights lawyer Ahmed Saif el-Islam.
حرب الجامعات المصريّة على السياسة... هل ينهي الحراك الطلابيّ؟
Reham Mugbil says, “The decision to ban student movements affiliated with political parties at universities in Egypt was met with support, as they prevent clashes on campus, and criticized because the decision is deemed illegal.” This article is translated and published in English.
في تعليقها على قانون التظاهر، المبادرة المصرية للحقوق الشخصية تطالب بالإلغاء الفوري للقانون وتدعو المحاكم لعدم تطبيق أحكامه
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) publishes a study entitled: “A Law of Silence” that reflects on the protest law and demands its immediate repeal. Summary is translated and published in English.
هل يموت جوعاً ليُحيي الوطن؟
Nasr Abdelrahman analyzes the sociopolitical dynamics of establishing a nation-state.
لما تقابل سيادته ابقى خد معاك محامي
Alaa Abdelfattah ِcomments on the deputy general’s inaction on the Shura Council protest case.
لا تسجنوا الأمل
Dalia Abdelhamid writes on human rights activist Yara Salam who has been detained since 12 June 2014 for protesting against the Protest Law.
الإضراب عن الطعام: حرية الموت لا موت الحرية
Omar Said writes on political detainees around the world who used hunger strikes as a means to pressure authorities to meet their demands while in prison.
الحكومة المصريّة تحلّ أزمة انقطاع الكهرباء بالجور على مخزون مياه بحيرة ناصر
Walaa Hussein argues discharging Nile water to resolve power cuts in Egypt might lead to drought. This article is translated and published in English.
الترسيم الجديد للمحافظات: قبائل تخاف الفقر والتشتّت وأخرى تصفّي حسابات تاريخيّة
Ahmed Fouad says, “President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi`s decision to redraw provincial boundaries is worrying Arab tribes in remote and impoverished areas, where they fear diminishing revenue and development from the central government.” This article is translated and published in English.
الزيادة السكانيّة عدوّ التّنمية الاقتصاديّة في مصر
Enas Hamid argues population increase is becoming a hindrance to economic development.
عن رأسمالية مشوهة ورأسماليين مستتبعين
Amr Hamzawy analyzes the development of business elites’ relation with the status quo in the Arab states.
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