Lost Capital: The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s Neoliberal Transformation

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Wael Gamal Original Link: http://carnegie-mec.org/2019/02/01/lost-capital-egyptian-muslim-brotherhood-s-neoliberal-transformation-pub-78271 In an October 2011 interview, Hassan Malek, a leading Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood businessman, emphasized that the Islamist group was friendly to business. Its main problem with the economic policies of former president Hosni...

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Egypt is building one of the world’s largest solar parks

Source: World Economic Forum Author(s): Sean Fleming Original Link: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/01/egypt-is-building-one-of-the-worlds-largest-solar-parks/ At a site in the Western Desert, some 650 km south of Cairo, one of the world’s largest and most ambitious solar energy projects is underway. The Benban Solar Park will produce enough electricity to power one million homes. But more...

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Egyptian Authorities are Denigrating the Revolution

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): Yasmin Omar and Mai El-Sadany Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/egyptian-authorities-are-denigrating-the-revolution/ Earlier this month, Judge Muhammad Shereen Fahmy of the Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Egyptian activist Ahmed Douma to 15 years in prison and a fine of six million Egyptian pounds in a retrial of...

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A series of firsts for Egyptian gas forum

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/publications/weekly-briefing-pompeos-visit-raises-more-questions-it-answers   The regional gas forum Egypt hosted yesterday saw several firsts. It was the first such forum that the country had hosted, the invitees aren’t usually found attending the same parties, and it has led to a declaration...

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The new geopolitics of the Middle East: America’s role in a changing region

Source: Brookings Author(s): Jeffrey Feltman, Samantha Gross, Martin Indyk, Kemal Kirişci, Suzanne Maloney, Bruce Riedel, Natan Sachs, Amanda Sloat, Angela Stent, Tamara Cofman Wittes, and Bruce Jones Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/research/the-new-geopolitics-of-the-middle-east-americas-role-in-a-changing-region/ DIRECTOR’S SUMMARY The perception of U.S. withdrawal from the Middle...

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Eastern Mediterranean Gas: Taking an Unpaved Road

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Khaled Fouad Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/eastern-mediterranean-gas-taking-an-unpaved-road/ This study aims at making a comprehensive assessment of the Israeli-Egyptian gas deal and addressing its political, strategic, and economic dimensions within the framework of the regional and international interactions in the Eastern...

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“First of all, I am an Egyptian citizen, and afterwards a Christian”: The Coptic Church in Egypt between religion and politics, as reflected on social media

Source: The Moshe Dayan Center For Middle Eastern And African Studies Author(s): Michael Barak Original Link: https://dayan.org/content/first-all-i-am-egyptian-citizen-and-afterwards-christian-coptic-church-egypt-between The increasingly close relationship between the Egyptian Coptic Church and the Egyptian regime, since 2013 headed by Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi, has long been greeted with mixed...

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Sources: Presidency gives Egyptian media orders not to cover CBS interview with Sisi

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Madamasr Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/01/06/feature/politics/sources-presidency-gives-egyptian-media-explicit-orders-to-refrain-from-covering-cbs-interview-with-sisi/ Two separate media sources within the intelligence-controlled Egyptian Media Group (EMG) say that they have received explicit orders from the presidency’s media office to refrain from...

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Right to Housing in Egypt

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): TIMEP Original Link: https://timep.org/reports-briefings/timep-brief-right-to-housing-in-egypt/ The right to housing in Egypt has been marred by issues of access to adequate housing, with at least , as well as forced eviction, at the hands of both the government and other citizens. Reports of inadequate access to services in areas...

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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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