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Regional and International Relations
How to Get Egypt’s Generals Back on Our Side
Steven Cook argues that in order to reassure Egyptian generals that the United States is an ally of Egypt, Washington should increase military aid.
Kuwait Parliament Chief Recommends Military Alliance with Egypt
“Kuwait’s parliament speaker suggested a Gulf-Egyptian military alliance to combat terrorism in the region as Egypt’s president arrived at the oil-rich kingdom on Monday.”
Moroccan Diplomats Play Down TV Report about Egypt`s `Coup`
Following Moroccan state television description of the 30 June events as a military coup—creating tensions between the two states—Ahram Online reports on the ramifications of the media statement on the relations between Morocco and Egypt.
Foreign Ministry: Situation for Egyptians Kidnapped in Libya is Complex
Mada Masr reports.
Egypt Considers Providing Transport Home for Libyan-Based Copts after Kidnappings
After twenty Egyptian Copts were abducted in Libya, the Egyptian government is looking into providing planes to bring back the kidnapped victims. Click here to read a follow up report on freeing thirteen of the twenty kidnapped Copts in Libya.
Human Rights and Legal Institutions
Jailing Democracy Activists Increases Anger Ahead of Parliamentary Elections
Khaled Dawoud reflects on the ramifications of the prison sentence against activists on the participation of revolutionaries’ in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Man Sentenced to Three Years for Contempt of Religion
Mada Masr reports a man arrested for posting “anti-religious” remarks on his Facebook page is sentenced to three years in prison and a thousand Egyptian pounds fine.
The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) Demands the Solidification of Regulations for the Use of Forces by Policemen
The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights releases a statement on the police’s use of force.
Mass Trial for Al-Fatah Mosque Clashes Postponed to February
“494 are accused of attempted murder, thuggery and destroying public property, trial includes high ranking Muslim Brotherhood members.”
Update: Presidential Decree Invoked for Al Jazeera’s Peter Greste
Daily Egypt News reports based on the Peter Greste and Mohamed Fahmy’s official twitter accounts.
Over 100 Deaths by Abuse in Egyptian Prisons in 2014: Report
Emir Nader writes on El Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence report in which it has found that over a hundred deaths resulted from torture and mistreatment in Egyptian prison facilities in 2014.
Sisi’s Visit to Coptic Cathedral Cements Alliance with Egypt’s Christian Minority
Khaled Dawoud writes on the impact al-Sisi’s visit has to the cathedral on relations with the Coptic community.
The Prior Coptic Revolution
Sherif Azer writes, “Copts are not cowards or quietists ... they were the first people in the country to revolt against injustice, at a time when it was almost impossible to imagine such violent resistance against the regime.”
The Christian Exodus from the Sinai
Muhamed Sabry sheds light on the conditions Christians live under in northern Sinai following the January 25 Revolution.
Egypt`s Copts Coalition Submits Sectarian Strife Law to Pope Tawadros
Egypt Independent reports.
Reports and Opinions
Article 11: Feminists Negotiating Power in Egypt
Hoda al-Sadda writes, “Faced with unequal power relations at the negotiating table and authoritarian consolidation, a member of the fifty-committee explores how feminist voices achieved leverage when drafting the 2014 Egyptian Constitution to include article 11.”
Sisi Invites Egypt`s Political Parties for Dialogue Monday
Gamal Essam al-Din writes, “Egypt`s President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has finally taken the step of inviting the country`s political parties for a meeting Monday, following similar meetings with other sectors of society.”
Parliament Elections Slated for March, Bringing Jumbled Transitional Roadmap to a Close
Mada Masr details the parliamentary elections process—set to begin on March 22.
Subsidy Removal Will `Break the Backs of Cotton Farmers`
Isabel Esterman and Jano Charbel write on the government’s decision to remove subsidies on cotton farmers.
Former Aide to Ousted Egyptian President Morsi Released from Jail
Ahram Online reports.
Egypt Court Sets 21 April for Verdict in Morsi Murder Trial
Ahram Online reports, “The Ittihadiya palace trial will conclude in April, with Mohamed Morsi eligible for the death penalty if convicted.”
Egypt`s Top Prosecutor Accepts Grounds for Appeal in Mubarak`s Trial
“Grounds for the appeal include deficiencies in causation and reasoning and mistakes in applying and interpreting the law, among others.”
Egypt in TV: Of Revolution and Conspiracy
Nour Youssef writes on several media figures’ description of the January 25 Revolution.
New Egyptian Trial Targets Homosexuals
Tamer al-Ghobashy argues, “Rights groups say it is part of a larger crackdown on gay men.”
Egyptian Copts’ Problems Should Not be Swept Under the Rug
H.A. Hellyer writes on the difficulties and sensitivities on writing on minority groups.
President al-Sisi`s Men?
Dina Ezzat writes, “President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is doing his best to manage personnel quietly as the country prepares for a new parliament, and changes within its cabinet and governors.”
Socialists and Liberals Added to Government Brotherhood Asset-Freezing List
Egypt Independent reports, “Revolutionary socialists members and Haytham Mohamedein and Hesham Fouad, as well as April 6th Youth Movement leader Amr Ali and Youth for Justice and Freedom member Khaled al-Sayyed” among the individuals whose assets are frozen by the Justice Ministry. Click here to read a report on activists’ reaction on the government’s move.
Families Relocated from Informal Housing to Satellite Cities after Two-Ton Rock Slide
Mada Masr reports.
الخطوط الفاصلة بين طلب المواطنة والمساواة وبين تبرير السلطوية
Amr Hamzawy writes on citizenship and equality between majority and minority groups in the Egyptian state.
رائحة قانون الطوارئ
Fahmy Huwaidy reflects on the government’s freezing assets of 112 Egyptians.
«قبل يوم من إصدار الحكم.. قراءة في ملف قضية «حمام البحر
Omar Said analyzes the case file against twenty-six Egyptians charged with debauchery.
إغلاق قناة "الجزيرة مباشر مصر" ضربة قاصمة لجماعة الإخوان المسلمين
Amr Abdelaty writes, “The suspension of Al Jazeera’s Mubasher Misr TV station in the wake of Qatar’s rapprochement with the Egyptian government has cost the Muslim Brotherhood its main media arm in the country.” This article is published in English.
تداعيات انخفاض أسعار النّفط على الإقتصاد المصريّ
Rami Galal writes, “As the price of oil continues to decline, Egypt stands to both gain and lose: It will save in petroleum subsidies while the job market for Egyptian oil workers in the Gulf, a significant source of remittances, will decline.” This article is published in English.
هل بدأت حرب تكسير العظام ضدّ قضاة "الإخوان"؟
Reham Mokbel writes, “To rid the Egyptian judiciary system of any opposition party, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi issued three presidential decrees forcing Muslim Brotherhood judges to retire.”
عندما يصبح الولاء للوطن تهمة تستحق قطع العيش
Fatima Ramadan writes on state-private sector relations by reflecting on the impact that alliance has on the discriminate conditions against the labor movement.
ارتياح شعبيّ وتحفّظ رسميّ وحقوقيّ على وقف احتفال اليهود بمولد "أبو حصيرة" في مصر
Aya Aman writes, “Egyptians are pleased with a court decision to ban the festival celebrating the birth of Rabbi Abu Hasira because, they say, security for it turned their village into a "military barracks." Click here to read the article in English.
البابا تواضروس: زيارة الرئيس أسعدت المصريين
محلب فى الكاتدرائية يحذر من قوى الشر
Pope Tawadros says al-Sisi’s visit to the cathedral made Egyptians happy.
التقرير الأسبوعي لانتهاكات الجامعات: منع الطلاب من أداء الامتحانات داخل الحبس، والقبض على طالب لارتدائه “شال فلسطيني”
Association of Freedom of Thought and Expression releases a weekly report on the government’s violations against students.
هيثم محمدين: النائب العام قرر التحفظ على أموالي «غير الموجودة أصلًا» ضمن الإخوان
Alaa Sa’ad reports on Haytham Mohamedein’s reaction to the government’s freezing of his assets.
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