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Regional and International Relations
French Defense Minister Confirms Rafale Talks with Egypt: TV
Jean-Yves le Drian, French Defense Minister, confirms that “advanced” talks are underway with Egypt over the purchase of twenty-four Rafale jets and a Fremme frigate from a French defense firm. The deal is estimated at 5 billion euros, i.e. from 5.7 to 6.8 billion dollars.
Shukri Meets Kerry, Discusses ‘Confronting Terrorism’
Secretary of State John Kerry meets his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shukri to discuss the economic summit and confronting terrorism.
Fact Box: Over 50 Killed in Attacks Since January 25 Anniversary
EgyptSource compiles information on the number of attacks and counter-terrorism operations since the fourth anniversary of the January 25 Revolution.
Special Report: How Cairo is Taking the Fight to Sinai Militants
Rueters reporter writes on Ansar Bait al-Maqdis militants in Sinai.
Nine Muslim Brotherhood Members Arrested in North Sinai
Daily News Egypt reports that nine Muslim Brotherhood members were arrested in Sinai for inciting violence and targeting army and police.
Four Bombs Found in October 6 City
Mada Masr reports.
Human Rights and Legal Institutions
Life Sentence for Douma: The Latest Story of Justice Denied
Mai al-Sadany details the life sentence handed to activist Ahmed Douma alongside 299 other defendants in the “cabinet clashes” case.
Egypt Starts Al-Jazeera Journalists Retrial on February 12
Ahram Online reports: “The retrial comes as Australian Peter Greste, one of the three journalists, reached [his] hometown after deportation” while Mohamed Fahmy was set to be released after giving up his Egyptian citizenship.
Awaiting Retrial in AJE Case, Baher Mohamed`s Fate Remains Uncertain
Dalia Rabie writes on the fate of Egyptian Al Jazeera journalist, Mohammad Baher, in comparison to his two colleagues who hold foreign passports. This article is published in Arabic. Click here to read a report on Amal Clooney’s request to meet with President al-Sisi over the case of her client, imprisoned Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy.
The Pound`s Inevitable Devaluation Arrives
Alfred Jasins analyzes the decrease in value of the Egyptian pound.
Watching the Pound Slide
Isabel Esterman writes on the state of Egypt’s economy in relation to the stock market and the Egyptian pound.
Free Trade Could Make Every Egyptian $897 Richer Yearly
Bjorn Lomborg argues that opening Egypt’s economy up for free trade will benefit Egyptians.
Registration for Egypt`s Parliamentary Polls Opens Sunday; Brotherhood Absent
Gamal Essam el-Din discusses the political and constitutional circumstances surrounding the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Egypt`s Mubarak-Era Steel-Tycoon Ahmed Ezz to Run for Parliament
“Ezz was the secretary general of Mubarak’s National Democratic Party (NDP) before its disbandment following the 25 January 2011 uprising,” Ahram Online reports.
Egypt Appoints Controversial UAE Hired GNRD as Elections Monitor
James M. Dorsey writes on the Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD), a Norway-based non-governmental organization, that will monitor Egypt’s parliamentary elections alongside sixty-three other NGOs.
Dostour Party to Boycott Upcoming Parliamentary Elections
Mada Masr reports that liberal al-Dostour Party has announced that it will boycott the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Reports and Opinions
In Egypt, Social Pressure Means FGM is Still the Norm
Patrick Kingsley writes, “Efforts by the United Nations and others to educate parents and doctors could take a generation in country where the practice is endemic.”
Religious Radicalism after the Uprising
The Center for Strategic and International Studies releases an editorial on the extremism following the Arab uprisings.
Migrants Face Dangerous Journey from Egypt to Italy
Kenneth Changpertium writes on the ordeals faced by Syrian, Palestinian, Eritreatn, Ethiopian and Sudanese migrants.
Fact Box: ‘Egyptian Revolutionary Council’ Visits Washington DC
EgyptSource reports on opposition group the Egyptian Revolutionary Council’s visit to Washington D.C.
Who Are Egypt`s New Governors?
EgyptSource writes an introductory piece on Egypt’s newly appointed governors.
On Arab-Arab Racism
Maged Mansour writes, “In the Arab World, elites are acutely aware of their condition of inferiority in the eyes of the west, and at the same time feel a sense of contempt for themselves, their culture and their own countrymen.”
At Least Thirty Dead as Zamalek Fans Clash with Egyptian Police
Hatem Maher writes, “Victims died of suffocation and stampede as the police fired tear gas at them; Egyptian Premier League suspended for indefinite period.”
Take `It Back` Please, Ramy Essam
Andeel reviews the new released song by Ramy Essam, a singer who became famous during the eighteen-day uprising in Tahrir Square.
The Mattering of Egyptian Life
Ian Alan Paul reflects on the death of Shaimaa al-Sabbagh.
The Arabist, Part One
In a two-part interview, Hadil Ghoniem interviews Arabic literature professor Trevor LeGassik on his translation of Naguib Mahfouz’s Midaq Alley among other works.
Four Years of Paranoia
Hiba Afify sheds light on the discourse of conspiracy theories surrounding the January 25 Revolution.
حي المطرية في القاهرة يبحث عن الدولة
Al-Shorouk releases a detailed report on the security and social conditions in Matariya neighborhood in Cairo, which has been witnessing weekly Muslim Brotherhood protests and clashes with the police.
دفاع «قضية الشورى»: أقوال الشهود متضاربة والمتهمون لم يخالفوا قانون التظاهر
Mostafa Mohie details the developments of the “Shura council” case.
صحفيون يعلنون أسبوع تضامني مع "باهر" والصحفيين المعتقلين
A group of journalists announced solidarity protests with imprisoned Al Jazeera journalist Baher Mohammed next week.
«المعاهد السلفية».. الباب الخلفي لنشر «الوهابية» والتطرف
Al-Badri Galal argues that “Salafist Institutes” support Wahhabi and extremist discourse in Egypt.
خصخصة القطاع الصحي المصري تطبيقًا لسياسات البنك الدولي وتهديدًا للفقراء
Hind Ghonaim analyzes the impact of privatization on the health sector based on the policies of the World Bank.
مصر وروسيا.. مرة ثانية على نفس الطريق
Maghazi al-Badrawi analyzes Russian-Egyptian relations ahead of President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Egypt on Monday.
مؤتمر مارس الاقتصادي: هل تعلن مصر إفلاسها؟
Abd al-Rahman Nasir writes a brief on the upcoming Economic Conference in Egypt.
«المؤبد و17 مليون تعويض» هو حكم القضاء المصري على دومة ورفاقه.. كيف علق رواد مواقع التواصل؟
Hassan Adel analyzes judge Naji Shahata’s verdicts against 299 defendants.
المصريون أولى بالحرية
Mostafa al-Najjar reflects on the development of the Al Jazeera journalists trial, following the release of Peter Greste.
تسقط عصابة السفاحين والقتلة.. يسقط حكم العسكر
The Revolutionary Socialists release a statement calling for the fall of the military regime following the death of nineteen football fans or “Ultras”, in clashes with the police on Sunday.
الهجمات في سيناء تظهر تعثر الجيش
Al-Monitor’s correspondent in Sinai writes, “According to sources, Wilayat Sinai carried out an organized attack against the largest headquarters of the Egyptian army in the peninsula.” This article is published here in English.
أين إسرائيل في سيناء؟
Abd al-Azim Hammad writes on the state’s negligence of development in Sinai.
صراع تحريم فوائد المصارف يتجدّد في مصر
Walaa Hussain writes, “The Salafist Call in Egypt issued a fatwa prohibiting banking interest, in a move that could push Egyptians to either keep their money at home or in Islamic banks.” This article is published in English here.
أحمد عز يكشف عن 4 أسباب دفعته للترشح للبرلمان
Ahmed Ezz discusses four reasons behind his decision to run in the forthcoming parliamentary elections.
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At Least Twenty-Two Dead in Clashes between Zamalek Football Fans and Police
Mada Masr reports on Zamalek football fans, Ultras White Knights, clashes with the police before a soccer match.
Profile: Alexandrian Filmmaker Ahmed El Samra
Medrar TV reports on Egyptian filmmaker Ahmed El-Samra.