General Mobilization

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Perry Cammack Original Link: https://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/77948 A divided government with ballooning defense budgets pursuing a nationalist agenda. A president responding to growing public distrust by wrapping himself in the military’s popular legitimacy. The militarization of the upper echelons of decisionmaking. This describes Egypt under President ‘Abdel-Fattah...

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Power Politics or Principle?

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Nathan J. Brown and and Cassia Bardos Original Link: https://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/77928 After publicly squabbling over divorce law and religious language, Egypt’s presidency and its leading Islamic institution, Al-Azhar, have moved their clash to a much more arcane level. Today, they disagree over how much society is threatened by debating the authenticity...

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Al-Azhar’s Role in Freedom of Belief in Egypt

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): Islam Barakat Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/al-azhars-role-in-freedom-of-belief-in-egypt/ “Today, there is no freedom, especially the freedom of religion. The Ministry of Religious Endowments will not allow unlicensed preachers to give sermons at mosques. We are the sole competent authority to decide on this...

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How Egypt Deals with Informal Areas

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): Mohammed Ezz Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/how-egypt-deals-with-informal-areas/ Established by presidential decree in late 2008, Egypt’s Informal Settlements Development Fund (ISDF) has come to the forefront in spearheading efforts to eliminate so-called “slums” or “informal settlements.” Since its creation...

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Looking for the root causes of the potato crisis

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Hadeer El-Mahdawy and Nada Arafat Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2018/11/22/feature/economy/looking-for-the-root-causes-of-the-potato-crisis/ Approach a vegetable vendor in Cairo in recent months looking for potatoes, and you’ll likely be in for a surprise. For one kilogram of potatoes, a staple food item for many Egyptians, you might pay as much as LE14...

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Will Monaco exhibition return tourism to Egypt?

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Hussein Duqeil Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/will-monaco-exhibition-return-tourism-to-egypt/ IOn Friday, 6 July, 2018, “The Golden Treasures of Pharaohs” Exhibition was inaugurated in the Principality of Monaco by the Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled el-Anani and Prince Albert II of Monaco. The exhibition was held under the...

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Egypt: Campaign to Crush Artistic Freedom

Source: Human Rights Watch Author(s): N/A Original Link: https://www.hrw.org/middle-east/n-africa/egypt (Beirut) – The Egyptian authorities have arrested over a dozen people in a crackdown against artists, apparently prosecuting them for exercising their freedom of speech, Human Rights Watch said today. The government also has issued new decrees to severely curtail freedom of expression...

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Africa in the World Cup: Building Cohesion Through the World’s Most Watched Sport

Source: Brookings Institute  Author(s): Karim Foda and Mariama Sow Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/africa-in-focus/2018/06/13/africa-in-the-world-cup-building-cohesion-through-the-worlds-most-watched-sport/ The World Cup, which starts this week, is the most-watched sporting event in the world, having reached more than 3 billion people in 2014. This year, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria...

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Sound, silence and the space between

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Ash Moniz Original Link: https://www.madamasr.com/en/2018/06/13/feature/culture/sound-silence-and-the-space-between/ With art biennales around the world, a certain economy of artistic production, representation and opportunity is mapped out, usually prioritizing global “centers” and capital city pit-stops for jet-setters. However, there is one biennale that has...

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Selling hope without reward: youth unemployment in Egypt

Source: Economic Research Forum  Author(s): Harry Pettit Original Link: https://theforum.erf.org.eg/2018/05/29/selling-hope-without-reward-youth-unemployment-egypt/ Many young educated Egyptians face difficulties locating secure employment that matches their skill levels and provides a solid foundation for marriage. This column argues that current initiatives intended to tackle the problem are...

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Snapshot – The Wrong Target: Egypt Imprisons Nonviolent Student Activist For Terrorism

Source: POMED Author(s): Mahmoud Farouk Original Link: http://pomed.org/pomed-snapshot-the-wrong-target-egypt-imprisons-nonviolent-student-activist-for-terrorism/ SUMMARY On October 15, Andrew Nasif, an Egyptian university student and leftist opposition party member, became the first Coptic Christian to be sent to prison under the country’s draconian anti-terrorism law. The court ruled that...

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Repercussions of the 2013 coup on Egypt’s monuments

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Hussein Duqeil Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/repercussions-of-the-2013-coup-on-egypts-monuments/ After the coup d’état of July 3, 2013, incidents of robbery of antiquities increased significantly. In spite of the overwhelming evidence in this regard, yet officials have repeatedly claimed that the events of January Revolution, 2011...

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