Sisi’s Vanity Projects

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Maged Mandour Original Link: https://carnegieendowment.org/sada/79625 Since coming to power, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has undertaken various mega infrastructure projects with dubious economic benefits. Despite a worsening debt crisis, these projects remain a government priority. The debt crisis has grown with the percentage of the total debt of the GDP...

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Egypt’s Invisible Executions

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Maged Mandour Original Link: https://carnegieendowment.org/sada/78998 On the February 20, Egyptian authorities carried out the executions of nine defendants accused of assassinating Egyptian General Prosecutor Hisham Barakat, prompting international accusations that their trials were unfair and that torture was used to extract confessions. The Egyptian government...

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Generalissimo Sisi

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Maged Mansour Original Link: https://carnegieendowment.org/sada/78363 On February 3, Egyptian parliamentarians from Tahya Misr (“Support Egypt”), a coalition supporting President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi that comprises one-fifth of parliament, submitted a proposal to amend the Egyptian constitution. Two days later, the General Committee accepted the proposed amendments...

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Behind Egypt’s New Wave of Arrests

Source: Carnegie Endowment  Author(s): Maged Mandour Original Link: https://carnegieendowment.org/sada/76709 Since Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi won reelection in March with a record 97.08 percent of the vote—and particularly since his inauguration ceremony on June 2—the Egyptian regime has embarked on a renewed campaign of repression against prominent activists and opposition...

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Egypt’s Evolving Alliance with Israel

Source: Carnegie Endowment Author(s): Maged Mandour Original Link: http://carnegieendowment.org/sada/75840 On February 19, the private Egyptian firm Dolphinus Holdings announced a deal to import $15 billion worth of natural gas from Israel over a period of ten years. This firm is one of the first to take advantage of a new natural gas law passed in August 2017 that ended the

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Egypt’s Comprehensive Military Operation

Source: Carnegie Author (s): Maged Mandour Original Link: http://carnegieendowment.org/sada/75556 On February 9, Egypt’s military spokesman Colonel Tamer al-Rifai announced the launch of the “Comprehensive Military Operation,” which aims to eliminate the country’s growing insurgency. Even though the primary focus of the operation is the Sinai Peninsula, earning it the nickname “Operation...

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Maged Mandour

Maged Mandour is a political analyst who writes openDemocracy’s “Chronicles of the Arab Revolt” column, which covers the affairs of the Arab world with a special focus on social change in the post-Arab Spring Middle East. He research interests include political violence, state repression, class formation, and capitalist development in the Arab world, as well

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Sisi’s Expanding Authority

Source: Carnegie Endowment Author(s): Maged Mandour Original Link: http://carnegieendowment.org/sada/73227 In advance of Egypt’s presidential election, scheduled to take place between February and May 2018, Egyptian MP Ismail Nasreddine put forth a proposal to amend Article 140 of the Egyptian Constitution to extend the presidential term from four to six years, postponing the election until...

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Sisi’s Pyrrhic Victory

Source: Carnegie Endowment Author(s): Maged Mandour Original Link: http://carnegieendowment.org/sada/71367 The transfer of the two red sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir from Egypt to Saudi Arabia sparked a long legal battle between the regime and critics within the establishment, led by former presidential candidate Khaled Ali. The regime seems to have won the battle, as

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