[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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday night of every week.]
Regional and International Relations
Al-Sisi, Ethiopia’s PM Agree on Further Renaissance Dam Coordination
Daily News Egypt reports.
Egyptian Court Declares Hamas` Al-Qassam Brigades a `Terrorist Group`
Ahram Online reports that Hamas rejects the court verdict.
North Sinai Violence Ongoing as Death Toll Continues to Rise
Mada Masr reports on twenty-nine killed in a series of attacks in North Sinai.
Egypt Apache Helicopters Raid Sinai after Deadly Attacks
Middle East Eye reports on military operations in Sinai following Thursday’s deadly attack, in which at least thirty people were killed.
Sisi Forms New Military Entity to Combat Terrorism in Egypt`s Sinai
The counter-terrorism entity is to be led by Osama Roshdy, who has been promoted to lieutenant general.
Egyptian Military Says It Will Intensify Offensive against Terrorism
Ahram Online reports, “A series of deadly militant attacks in North Sinai on Thursday have killed at least thirty people.” Click here to read a report on Ansar Bait al-Maqdis claiming responsibility for the attack.
Sisi: Sinking Sinai
Amr Khalifa writes, “If a shaken public–and rest assured, based on many indications, the public is both shaken and angry–is to trust that its leaders have a rational, well-constructed plan there must be both transparency and accountability.”
Human Rights and Legal Institutions
Extrajudicial Killing of Demonstrators and Rights Defenders, Witnesses Accused of Disturbing Public Security and Journalists Threatened with Death
Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies releases a statement on the anniversary of the January 25 Revolution.
119 Prisoners Granted Amnesty, 193 Released Under Supervision: MOI
Mada Masr reports.
Egypt Deports Jailed Al Jazeera Journalist Peter Greste
Al Jazeera reports that journalist Peter Grete has been released after spending 400 days in jail, while his colleagues Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed remain imprisoned.
Final Verdict in Morsi Espionage Trial due 16 May
Al-Sayed Gamal al-Din reports.
Women`s Rally Against Activist`s Death in Downtown Cairo Ends Peacefully
The death of Shaimaa al-Sabbagh has sparked outrage among Egyptians: Mada Masr reports.
Rights Groups Condemn Violations on Revolution Anniversary
Mada Masr reports.
Five International Organizations Approved to Monitor Egypt Elections
Reports and Opinions
The Significance of Shaimaa’s Death
Wael Eskandar reflects on the implications of Shaimaa al-Sabbagh’s death.
The War of Leaked Recordings
Khaled Dawoud writes on leaked recordings of two senior Brotherhood members Mohamed al-Biltagi and Azza al-Garf, voicing criticism of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.
Al-Qaradawi and Qutb Books Withdrawn from Cairo Intl Book Fair: Ministry Denies Interference
Mohamed Saad writes, “Four years after leading Friday prayers in Tahrir Square after the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, visitors to the Cairo International Book Fair ask that cleric Youssef al-Qaradawi`s books be removed from display.”
January 25: A Weekend of Violence
EgyptSource compiles a report on the violence that took place in Egypt on the days leading up to the fourth anniversary of the January 25 Revolution.
Egypt`s Revolution: Understanding What Went Wrong in Four Years
Amr Hamzawy explains the underlying reasons that prevented the January 25 Revolution from helping Egypt transition into a successful democratic system.
MB Decries North Sinai Attacks in English, But in Arabic, Prepares for Jihad
Mada Masr reports.
A Generational Battle among Brothers
Mostafa Hashem writes, “Youth members are now assuming a more active role in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, pushing the group to escalate its call for revolutionary action against President Sisi.” This article is published in Arabic.
A Closer Look at Egyptian Kidnappings in Libya
Ishak Ibrahim reports on the developments regarding kidnapped Egyptian Copts in Libya and offers several recommendations to the Egyptian government.
The Shared Identity of Tahrir: Four Years On
Sally Touma reflects on the death of Shaimaa al-Sabbagh by arguing that it could restore unity among Egyptians in efforts to establish real social change.
"الخارجية" تتواصل مع فرنسا لوقف بث قنوات فضائية لـ "الإخوان"
Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has reportedly been in touch with France to request a ban on “Brotherhood” satellite channels being broadcast from French satellites.
السيسي: معدلات الإنتاج جيدة ومصر عادت إلى وضعها
Al-Sisi comments on Egypt’s production rates.
بعد إجرام العريش.. هنا مسئولياتنا الوطنية
Amr Hamzawy sheds light on the executive authority and civil society’s responsibility toward terrorism following the attack that killed thirty people in Sinai on Thursday.
عن مغالطات النظام وحلفائه
Ahmed Abd Rabbo lists seven misconceptions that the regime and its allies publicize in order to absolve the government of responsibility.
رسالة من والدة الصحفي المسجون محمد فهمي للرئيس عبد الفتاح السيسي
Wafaa Abd al-Hamid Basouni, mother of imprisoned Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy, writes a plea to President al-Sisi for her son’s release. This letter is also published in English.
الفريق عسكر.. رجب المهام الصعبة (بروفايل)
Al-Shurouk releases a brief biography of lieutenant general Osama Roshdy Askar who has been appointed by President al-Sisi to lead a new counter-terrorism entity.
بعد أربع سنوات.. لا بديل عم التوافق الوطني
Ziad Bahaa’ al-Din calls for national reconciliation four years after the January 25 Revolution, in light of the persistent unrest in the country.
حمدين صباحي يكتب لـ "الشروق" عن: دماء شيماء وشهداء سيناء التقل جزاء من يشهر السلاح.. ودماء الجنود وأصحاب الرأي سواء
Hamdin Sabbahi reflects on the death of Shaimaa al-Sabbagh and the attack on Sinai on Thursday.
عودة عمال التراحيل للعمل في صناعة الموت
Fatima Ramadan sheds light on labor conditions for cement factory workers.
رفض نقض دومة وماهر وعادل.. وتضارب حول معتقلي ذكرى الثورة
Omar Said reports on the court’s rejection of the appeal cases of youth activists Ahmed Douma, Ahmed Maher, and Mohamed Adel.
في ذكرى الثورة الرابعة... أهالي سيناء من الحلم بالجنّة إلى عراق جديد
Al-Monitor correspondent to Sinai writes: “amid a deteriorating security situation the people of Sinai are raising their voices against the oppressive campaigns practiced by the Egyptian army and police that breed extremism and violence.”
مطالبة الحكومة بترشيد استخدام الإنترنت في مصر تفجّر ثورة
Rami Galal writes, “As social media activists in Egypt rally to demand faster and cheaper Internet services, the government of Ibrahim Mehleb asks citizens to limit their Internet consumption, a move many see as one austerity step too far.” This article is published in English here.
من هي جماعة أنصار بيت المقدس التي أصبحت ذراع تنظيم الدولة الإسلامية في سيناء؟
France 24 releases an article on Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, a terrorist group in North Sinai that recently pledged allegiance to the Islamic State organization.
Articles on Jadaliyya Egypt
Triumph of the Bureaucracy: A Decade of Aborted Social and Political Change in Egypt
Amr Adly explains the survival of the state bureaucracy in light of sociopolitical changes since January 25 Revolution. Click here to read the article in Arabic.
The Guide for Using Life: A Graphic Novel and Exhibition
Medrar TV reports on an exhibition titled: “The Guide for Using Life.”
Revolution and Despair
Asef Bayat offers his observations of Egypt after a recent visit to the country, in which he found that revolutionaries feel a sense of despair and disenchantment as a result of developments taking place since the January 25 Revolution.
Composer Maurice Louca on Salute the Parrot
Medrar TV reports on Egyptian musician and composer Maurice Louca.
January Culture Bouquet
Jadaliyya’s Culture Page Editors release summaries of articles released in January.