In wake of government crackdown, Egypt lobbies for support ahead of major UN human rights review

Source: Madamasr Author(s):  Asmahan Soliman and Mostafa Mohie Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/11/11/feature/politics/in-wake-of-government-crackdown-egypt-lobbies-for-support-ahead-of-major-un-human-rights-review/ Egypt is “fully prepared” to face all the accusations it expects will be brought against it at the Universal Periodic Review session scheduled to be held at the United...

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Biggest wave of arrests since Sisi took office: 1909 people detained

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Madamasr Original Link:  https://madamasr.com/en/2019/09/26/feature/politics/biggest-wave-of-arrests-since-sisi-took-office-1909-people-detained/ A wide and aggressive sweep by security forces continues, with at least 1,909 people arrested as of early Thursday morning, according to the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights. This arrest campaign, which...

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Money and image: Framing Mohamed Ali’s face off against Sisi

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Leila Arman Original Link:  https://madamasr.com/en/2019/09/24/feature/politics/money-and-image-framing-mohamed-alis-face-off-against-sisi/ Before September 2, 2019, Mohamed Ali was an aspiring actor and minor celebrity. He looks a bit like actor Asser Yassin, loves horseback riding like Ahmed Elsaka, and is fond of being photographed with his luxury automobiles...

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Shoot, post and share: The viral accusations against Sisi and the military that led to Friday’s protests

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Omar Said and Rana Mamdouh Original Link:  https://madamasr.com/en/2019/09/21/feature/politics/shoot-post-and-share-the-viral-accusations-against-sisi-and-the-military-that-led-to-fridays-protests/ Something big — that we do not yet fully understand — is happening in the halls of power. Maybe we know some of it, and will get to know more with time. Perhaps we won’t...

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Egypt’s cement industry disrupted by entry of military as major new market player

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Omaima Ismail   Original Link:  https://madamasr.com/en/2019/09/18/feature/economy/egypts-cement-industry-disrupted-by-entry-of-military-as-major-new-market-player/ Egypt’s cement market was disrupted last year with the entry of the Armed Forces as a major new player in the industry.  In August 2018, the Arish Cement Company, which is...

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Sisi refutes contractor’s allegations that state funds were wasted on vanity projects at hastily organized youth conference

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Madamasr Original Link:  https://madamasr.com/en/2019/09/15/feature/politics/sisi-refutes-contractors-allegations-that-state-funds-were-wasted-on-vanity-projects-at-hastily-organized-youth-conference/ In his first public response to accusations by a former business partner made in a series of viral videos over the past 10 days, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called...

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Civil society leaders fight travel bans as 9-year NGO foreign funding case drags on

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Madamasr Original Link:  https://madamasr.com/en/2019/09/15/feature/politics/civil-society-leaders-fight-travel-bans-as-9-year-ngo-foreign-funding-case-drags-on/ Thirteen human rights advocates and representatives of multiple Egyptian organizations continue to fight travel bans imposed on them in Case 173/2011, known as the NGO foreign funding case. The case, which...

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Austerity measures a major cause of poverty increase, statistics agency advisor says

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Beesan Kassab Original Link:  https://madamasr.com/en/2019/09/04/feature/economy/austerity-measures-a-major-cause-of-poverty-increase-statistics-agency-advisor-says/ The results of a biannual government report on household finances published at the end of July show that Egypt’s poverty rate increased 4.7% to 32.5% of the population over 2017 and 2018, up from 27.8%...

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Hoping for release, families of imprisoned Muslim Brotherhood youth offer to stay out of politics, make hefty donations to state-run fund

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Madamasr Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/08/27/feature/politics/hoping-for-release-families-of-imprisoned-muslim-brotherhood-youth-offer-to-stay-out-of-politics-make-hefty-donations-to-state-run-fund/ Families of imprisoned Muslim Brotherhood members are calling on Egyptian authorities to release their relatives in exchange for a pledge to never again...

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The National Cancer Institute was in crisis long before the car bomb attack

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Mostafa Mohie Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/08/20/feature/society/the-national-cancer-institute-was-in-crisis-long-before-the-car-bomb-attack/ Cairo University President Mohamed al-Khosht announced on Sunday that the National Cancer Institute has resumed full operations two weeks after it was damaged in a deadly car bomb explosion that left 22 dead and...

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The protection of competition: A suspended verdict

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Hadeer El-Mahdawy Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/08/18/feature/economy/the-protection-of-competition-a-suspended-verdict/ On May 1, the courier service Glovo unexpectedly announced that it will suspend operations in both Egypt and Chile — one day after the company received 150 million euros from investors and venture capital funds.  The...

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Normalizing the military judiciary: How the constitutional amendments bring the Armed Forces into Egypt’s judicial system

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Rana Mamdouh Original Link:  https://madamasr.com/en/2019/08/07/feature/politics/normalizing-the-military-judiciary-how-the-constitutional-amendments-bring-the-armed-forces-into-egypts-judicial-system/ The day after a set of controversial constitutional amendments were approved in a national referendum in April, the Minister of Justice sent three...

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