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Regional and International Relations
Egypt, Russia to Hold Naval Exercise: Russian State Media
Menan Khater writes, “Report comes as Defense Minister Sobki meets his counterpart in Russia to discuss military cooperation in “fighting terrorism.”
For Hamas, Egypt is Now the New “Israel”
Nervana Mahmoud reflects on an Egyptian court’s designation of Hamas as a terrorist organization.
Seventy Suspected Militants Killed in Sinai Over Past Week: Egypt Army
The militants were killed during raids in Al-Arish, Sheikh Zuaid, and Rafah in Northern Sinai, according to an Egyptian military spokesperson.
Blast Near Alexandria`s Carrefour Market Kills One, Injures Five
Ahram Online reports on a bomb blast near Alexandria’s Carrefour, as well as a separate attack near Alexandria`s Meharam Bey police station.
Two Killed, Nine Injured in Downtown Cairo Bombing
Ahram Online reports on the bomb explosion at the High Court building in downtown Cairo`s Ramses Street, which killed two civilians.
Death Toll Rises to Three from Mahalla Blast
“A policeman has succumbed to his injuries in hospital after a bomb exploded near a bank in the early hours of Saturday,” Ahram Online reports.
Human Rights and Legal Institutions
Eight Members of Egyptian Militant Group Referred to Military Prosecution
Jund Allah members referred to military trial.
Interior Ministry Announces Execution of Alexandria Man Found Guilty of Killing Teen
The Interior Ministry statement announced the execution of Mahmoud Ramadan, who had been charged with killing a teenager.
Legislative Committee to Meet Sunday to Redraft Egypt`s Election Laws
Gamal Essam al-Din writes, “Moves to redraft two election laws will begin Sunday after they were ruled unconstitutional.”
Egypt’s Elections on Pause
Nathan J. Brown and Mai el-Sadany explain the reasons behind the postponement of Egypt’s parliamentary elections.
Sisi’s Parliamentary Fears
Mohamed al-Shewy argues that the general direction of the parliamentary elections process is to depoliticize political parties and the rising elites in Egypt. This article is also published in Arabic.
Q&A: What Do We Know about Egypt’s Parliamentary Elections?
EgyptSource writes on the latest developments in the parliamentary elections.
Constitutional Court Opens Door for Dual National Parliamentary Candidates
Mada Masr reports.
Reports and Opinions
Dire Prospects for Reconciliation in Egypt
Ignacio M. Delgado Culebras argues that reconciliation between the Muslim Brotherhood and the current regime is a remote possibility for the time being.
Egypt Needs Democracy as much as it Needs a Better Economy
Bloomberg article argues that establishing a functional economy in Egypt will not on its own lead to a stabilized Egypt.
The Illusions Surrounding the Concept of Democracy in Egypt
Amr Hamzawy examines three misconceptions on democracy in Egypt.
Who Are Egypt`s New Ministers?
Ali Mohamed writes brief profiles on the newly appointed ministers.
Patriotism and Nationalism in Egypt
Sally Toma analyzes the concepts of nationalism and patriotism in the case of Egypt in light of the latest developments, namely the state’s reaction to the beheading of twenty Egyptians in Libya.
More Egyptians Arrive Home from War-Torn Libya
Ahram Online reports, “Egypt has drawn up evacuation plans for its citizens in Libya who wish to leave the war-torn country.”
Promised Much and Given Very Little
Mai Shams al-Din reflects on the status of Egyptian women on International Women’s Day.
UN Delegation Visits Egypt to Investigate Spread of Bird Flu
Mada Masr reports.
Egypt is Close, and It Has Got Women in It
Andeel reviews a newly recorded music video produced to lure tourists to Egypt, namely from the Arab Gulf States.
Why Governments Should Give Twitter a Break about ISIS
Nashwa Hussain Ali argues that suspending “Islamic State” twitter accounts will not contain the spread of their message on social media websites.
Who Does a Gag Order Really Serve?
Omar Said presents previous cases in which a gag order was imposed following the gag order placed by the general prosecution on lawyer Karim Hamdy and activist Shaimaa’ al-Sabbagh’s cases. This article is also published in Arabic.
Al-Azhar Releases Fatwa Forbidding the Destruction of Artefacts
Following the Islamic State’s destruction of ancient artefacts in Mosul, Al-Azhar issues a fatwa (religious opinion) forbidding such acts.
Alexandria`s Filmmakers Make the Most of their City
Rowan al-Shimi writes on the work of independent Alexandrian filmmakers.
من هو اللواء مجدي عبد الغفار؟
Mada Masr releases a brief biography of newly appointed Minister of Interior Magdy Abd al-Ghaffar.
السيسي يقيل وزير الداخلية: هل هناك صراع داخل الدولة؟
Abd al-Rahman Nasir analyzes political relations between the police, the military, and the business elites in light of the sacking of former Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim.
لماذا تم تغيير وزير الداخلية؟
Mostafa Mohie explains the reasons behind the replacement of Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim. This article is also published in English.
مصريون فارّون من ليبيا يفكرون في الرجوع إليها!
Mostafa Hashim sheds light on the conditions Egyptians face after they have returned to Egypt from Libya.
الأقباط والعمالة المصريّة الفقيرة يتحمّلان وحدهما تبعات الصراع السياسيّ بين مصر والميلشيات المسلّحة في ليبيا
Ayah Aman argues that poor Egyptian Copts and workers are suffering the consequences of the Libyan militias and Egypt’s conflict.
وزارة الأوقاف المصرية تغلق 27 الف "مصلي" لمحاربة التطرف
Rami Galal writes that Egypt’s Ministry of Endowments has closed 27,000 places of worship in its effort to combat extremism. This article is also published in English.
أوضاع المرأة المصريّة في عهد السيسي لم تتحسّن بالقدر الكافي
Amro Abd al-‘Ati argues that the status of women has not improved under President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi’s rule.
هدايا النظام للمرأة في عيدها
Fatima Ramadan reflects on the regime’s oppression of women on International Women’s Day.
العقد الاجتماعي المعكوس: الشرطة في مجتمع مصمم على رفض المساءلة!
Abd al-Azim Hammad explores the underlying social reasons behind the lack of accountability for persons of authority in Egypt.
Articles on Jadaliyya Egypt
Nada Baraka`s Fractals
Medrar TV reports on Egyptian painter Nada Baraka’s first solo exhibition.