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Regional and International Relations
U.S. Wants Drones in North Africa to Combat Islamic State in Libya
Adam Entous reports on United States talks with Egypt and Tunisia to establish drone base on their soil to increase surveillance on the Islamic State in Libya.
Italian FM to Visit Egypt on Monday after Consulate Attack to Talk Cooperation
“Paolo Gentiloni`s visit aims to discuss bilateral relations and the fight against terrorism,” Ahram Online reports.
Egypt Backs Peace Treaty in Libya: Foreign Ministry
Ahram Online reports.
U.S. Military Relax Defense Ties with Egypt after Years of Restrictions on Arms Sales and Operations
Christopher Harress reports on a meeting between a high ranking US navy official and Egypt navy officials after the US lifted restrictions on arms sales to Egypt.
Political Dialogue is Only Solution out of the Crisis: Egypt`s Sisi Tells Yemen`s VP
Ahram Online reports. Click here to read: “Egypt, Yemen Sign Anti-Terrorism Memorandum.”
Wikileaks: Saudi Arabia and Azhar on the `Shia Encroachment` in Egypt
Mohamed Hamama and Shady Zalat write on leaked cables by the Saudi embassy in Egypt in which they Saudi authorities expressed deep concerns over Egypt’s rapprochement with Iran back in 2012.
After Sinai, Calls for Revenge Dominate
Khaled Dawoud writes on the public’s reactions to the militant coordinated attacks in Sinai on 1 July 2015.
IS Steps up Egypt Campaign with Italy Consulate Hit
The Islamic State claims responsibility for the bombing that targeted the Italian Consulate in Cairo, which killed one civilian and injured nine others.
Egypt `At War` after Cairo Bomb Attack Says PM
Following the attack at the Italian Consulate, Egypt’s prime minster Ibrahim Mehleb says the country is “at war.”
Human Rights and Legal Institutions
Jailed Egyptian Activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah Acquitted of `Insulting Police`
El-Sayyed Gamal el-Din reports that a Cairo misdemeanor court acquitted Alaa Abdelfattah of “insulting police” charges.
A Look at the 2014 State Department Human Rights Report on Egypt
Amy Hawthorne and Elissa Miller examine human rights violations in Egypt in light of al-Sisi’s war on terror.
Sisi Issues Law Authorizing Egypt Ministries of Defense, Interior to Found Security Firms
Ahram Online reports, “The law bans anyone from starting a security business or undertaking money transport activities without a prior government certification.”
An Interview on Egypt’s Slush Funds
Rachael Hanna interviews journalists Nizar Manek and Jeremy Hodge who conducted an extensive study on state agencies and Egypt’s central bank. This interview is published in Arabic.
Two Takes on this Year’s Budget
Amira Salah-Ahmed writes on the state’s budget of the 2015/2016 fiscal year.
Reports and Opinions
A Message from ‘Islamic State’ to al-Sisi
Amr Khalifa analyzes the Islamic State’s reasons behind the attack on the Italian Consulate.
Seeking Control over Narrative, Egypt Puts Growing Pressure on Journalists
Laila Fadel reflects on holding four journalists at the Italian Consulate blast site.
The Brotherhood’s Post-Pacifist Approach
Abdelrahman Ayyash argues that the Muslim Brotherhood’s current leadership’s views on the use of violence is contradictory and shows lack of consensus among its members. This article is published in Arabic.
حقوق الإنسان على حافة الهاوية.. والانتهاكات تطال فئات الشعب كافة
Shayma Hamdi writes on the human rights conditions in the country, namely after the military coup on 3 July 2013.
مشروع قانون مكافحة الإرهاب يعزز دوافع التطرّف والإرهاب ويساهم في انهيار ركائز ومؤسسات الدولة
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights releases a joint statement on the draft counterterrorism law. This statement is published in English.
"داعش" يخسر جولته الأولى في محاولة السيطرة على مدينة مصريّة
Al-Monitor correspondent in Sinai writes, “Islamic State affiliates in Egypt’s Sinai province, known as Wilayat Sinai and formerly as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, devised a plan to rattle the Egyptian army, but it seems that their attempts were unsuccessful. This article is published in English.
مستقبل الصحافة على ضوء قانون الإرهاب
Mostafa al-Najjar reflects on the impact the draft anti-terrorism law has on the journalism.
ليس بالقوانين الاستثنائية!
Amr Hamzawy reflects on the ramifications of the new draft of anti-terrorism laws.
مبنى القنصلية الإيطالية الذي لم يلاحظه أحد
Mostafa Mehie and Amany Ali Shawqi explain why the Italian consulate targeted by the Islamic State was unnoticed. This article is published in English.
لهذا تتجول المُفخّخات في شوارع القاهرة
Mostafa Mehie offers him insights on the reasons behind the police’s inability to stop bombings in Cairo. This article is published in English.
حارة اليهود: دراما مصريّة تتناول حياة اليهود في شكل جديد وتتّهم الإخوان بطردهم من مصر
Ismael al-Kholy writes, “A period TV series set in a historic multicultural neighborhood in Cairo is a departure for Ramadan television programming in the country.” This article is published in English.
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