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Regional and International Relations
Egypt`s Chief of Staff Heads to UAE for Military Cooperation Talks
Ahram Online reports.
Pact for Stability: The Egyptian Role in a Joint Arab Force
Ahmed Eleiba writes, “The history of collective Arab action is rife with instances of projects crumbling before the first hurdle.”
Ankara`s Relations with Cairo Still Frosty Despite Saudi Mediation
Semih Idiz writes, “Saudi Arabia is reportedly working for a thaw between Ankara and Cairo, but little is likely to change before the general elections in Turkey.”
Egypt FM to Start Two-Day African Tour
Ahram Online reports.
Business as Usual for Egypt and the West
Jawad Iqbal writes on the United States’ renewal of arms shipments to Egypt.
Congress Gives Egypt a Pass on Religious Rights Violations
Julian Pecquet writes, “Lawmakers praise Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as a far better alternative than the Muslim Brotherhood.”
Egypt Extends Mandate by Three Months to Deploy Military Abroad
Egypt approves a three-month extension on military deployment in Yemen.
Egypt, China Sign New Weapons Deal
Aya Nader reports on Egypt’s weapons deal with China.
New Front in Sinai: Will Tribes Join the `War on Terrorism`?
Ahmed Eleiba argues the Tarabin tribe’s announcement to join the war on terror in Sinai represents a new stage in the conflict.
One Conscript Killed, Thirteen Female Protesters Arrested in Damietta Clashes
Adham Youssef writes, “Despite security force successes in limiting Brotherhood-affiliated protests in cities, small villages continue defiance of security presence.”
In Egypt, Militants Attack Security Forces` Base in Sinai
Ashraf al-Suweilam reports on militants’ attack on Northern Sinai base.
Human Rights and Legal Institutions
Egypt Court Upholds Three-Year Sentence against Mubarak on Graft Charges; Will Walk Free
Passant Darwish writes, “Prosecution is calculating Mubarak`s time served; his lawyers say he has already completed the required three years in detention.”
Cairo Court Orders Detention of Policeman over Activist al-Sabagh`s Killing
Mariam Rizk reports.
Sisi Frees Presidency, Cabinet from Some Public Sector Labor Laws
Mada Masr reports.
Court Ruling Threatens Egypt’s Labor Movement
Khaled Dawoud reflects on the court’s ruling on prohibiting labor strikes.
Man Dies in Detention in Beheira after Alleged Torture
The Cairo Post reports.
Lawyers Prohibited from Visiting Detained Minors: NGO
Nourhan Fahmy writes, “Article 53 of lawyer’s code grants authorized lawyers the right to visit anyone detained in public prisons at any time.”
Activists Launch Campaign to Release ‘Rabaa Operations Room’ Journalists
Nourhan Fahmy reports on a campaign to release journalists including Abdullah al-Fakharany who was sentenced to life in prison on 11 April.
Egypt Cybercrimes Law a Potential Threat to Liberties: Activists
Salma Shukrallah writes, “Egypt’s upcoming cybercrimes law may be backed by security experts, but activists warn that it may be used to further silence criticism.”
Egyptian Police Abuses Spark Surprise Backlash from Normally Tame Media
Hatem Maher writes, “Local newspapers have levelled unprecedented criticism against the interior ministry, in what analysts see as `indirect pressure` from high up to curb police abuse.”
Photojournalist Ziada Walks Free after Last Week’s Acquittal
Amira al-Fekki reports on the acquittal of Ahmed Ziada by Cairo’s Criminal Court terrorist division after his arrest on 28 December 2013.
Egypt Plans Nationwide Camera Surveillance System: Report
Ahram Online reports that the interior ministry intends to place surveillance cameras nationwide to combat terrorism.
Former Deputy PM: Political Parties Divided and Weak
Former deputy Prime Minister Hossam Essa discusses Egypt’s political parties with Al-Masri Al-Yaoum.
Reports and Opinions
The Army’s Nation
Maged Atiya writes, “In some ways 2015 resembles 1875, a time when Egypt found itself bankrupt as it pursued megaprojects that drained the country’s coffers, and left Egypt indebted by the tens of millions to a handful of bankers.”
The Approaching End of Egypt`s Jewish Community
Mina Thabet writes on Egypt’s Jewish community that reduced from 75,000 in 1947 to seven, who are mostly elderly women.
Egypt`s al-Sisi Receives Freed Ethiopian Workers Fleeing Libya
“The Ethiopian workers are the first batch to return through Cairo from crisis-hit Libya, after thirty were beheaded in April,” Ahram Online reports.
تأجيل محاكمة أحمد عز في «حديد الدخيلة» لـ 13 يوليو
Court postpones Ahmed Ezz trial to 13 July.
الإخلال بأحكام الدستور !
Amr Hamzawy writes three cases in which the state neglected to follow constitutional law.
المسؤولية التاريخية للنخب المدنية
Ahmed Abd Rabbo argues elites in Egypt should speak out against rights violations and the state’s restoration to violence.
Abduallah al-Sinawy analyzes the impact of strengthening relations between Russia and Egypt on the west’s relations with Egypt.
في الذكرى الثانية لإنشائها... أين "تمرّد" من الشارع المصريّ؟
Walaa Hussain writes, “The legitimacy and relevance of Egypt’s Tamarod movement are being called into question now that the movement seems to have achieved its goals, mainly the overthrow of former President Mohamed Morsi.” This article is published in English.
أزمة الإعلام المصريّ وأبعادها على الأمن القوميّ
Rami Galal writes, “A dip in profits is pushing Egyptian media institutions to become government mouthpieces, negatively impacting their content.” This article is published in English.
بصمات الإخوان على تفجيرات "مدينة الإنتاج الإعلاميّ"
Ahmed Fouad writes, “The recurrent targeting of electricity towers in Egypt has increased accusations against the Muslim Brotherhood, which has wide control within the Ministry of Electricity and Energy, as some claim that they are working with terrorist groups against the current regime.” This article is published in English.
تعديلات "قانون السجون".. هل تؤثر في "واقع السجون"؟
Omar Said explains the reformation of prisoners’ laws and whether they will have a positive impact on their conditions or not.
عمرو عزت: "العادات والتقاليد" تستخدم عادة لخلق حالة من انتهاك الحقوق
Mai Shams al-Din interviews Amr Ezzat researcher and officer of “Freedom of Religion and Belief Program” at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights. This article is published in English.
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