Europe’s Deep Reservoir of Goodwill in the Middle East: Lessons for Public Diplomacy

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Lindsay J. Benstead Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/publications/europes-deep-reservoir-goodwill-middle-east-lessons-public-diplomacy Political and economic transitions are seldom, if ever, compartmentalized processes, insulated from regional and global influences. On the contrary, they are often informed and shaped by exogenous forces and the...

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Egypt of al-Sisi: Militarization and Repression

Source: Italian Institute for International Political Studies Author(s): Guiseppe Dentice Original Link: https://www.ispionline.it/it/pubblicazione/legitto-di-al-sisi-militarizzazione-e-repressione-23190 In continuity with the trend of preventive repression re-launched with greater force in the aftermath of the presidential elections of 2018, the head of state Abdel Fattah al-Sisi marked a new...

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TIMEP Brief: Press Freedom in Egypt

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): TIMEP Original Link: https://timep.org/reports-briefings/timep-briefs/timep-brief-press-freedom-in-egypt/ Egypt today is among the world’s worst offenders against press freedom. While Egypt’s current constitution enshrines a free press, bans censorship, and ensures press independence, these rights are not protected in practice. The...

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Egypt: Politics intrudes on daily life in an unexpected way

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/publications/monday-briefing-iraq-back-eye-storm Last month’s referendum on constitutional amendments in Egypt passed with a huge majority (almost 90%) and little fanfare. Despite the far-reaching ramifications of the amendments and their direct implications for the country’s democratic development...

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Militarization of Egyptian Ministry of Health

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Amgad Hamdi Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/militarization-of-egyptian-ministry-of-health/ It is no longer a secret that the military dominates civilian life and the society as a whole in Egypt. The present cabinet with all its civil ministries is no longer the only civilian front for the military rule. In fact, the military has

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Is the government building a parallel bureaucracy?

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Mohamed Hamama and Osama El Sharnoubi Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/05/16/feature/economy/is-the-government-building-a-parallel-bureaucracy/ In March, the Egyptian government issued an official framework for a planned sovereign wealth fund that is fully owned by the state and will operate as an independent body — legally, administratively and...

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Secular-Islamist Teamwork: Questions for Rabab El Mahdi

Source: The Century Foundation Author(s): Rabab El-Mahdi Original Link: https://tcf.org/content/report/secular-islamist-teamwork-questions-rabab-el-mahdi/ Thanassis Cambanis: Your experience in the Egyptian presidential campaign of 2012 seems like it’s still relevant today, because it’s one of the only examples in contemporary politics where leftists and Communists partnered up with a...

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Excluded and Unequal

Source: The Century Foundation Author(s): MICHAEL WAHID HANNA Original Link: https://tcf.org/content/report/christian-exclusion-from-egypts-security-state/ In November 2018, in a tragic scene that has by now become all too familiar, Copts converged on al-Amir Tadros Church in Minya, 150 miles south of Cairo on the banks of the Nile. They were there to bury seven victims of a militant

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New Political Struggles for Egypt’s Military

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Bahey Eldin Hassan Original Link: https://carnegieendowment.org/sada/79096 Much of the focus on the Egyptian constitutional amendments ratified on April 20-22 has been on those allowing President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to stay in power for an additional eight years and gain full control over the judicial branch. However, little attention has been paid to

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Innovative Arab Media and the New Outlines of Citizenship

Source: The Century Foundation Author(s): Lina Attalah Original Link: https://tcf.org/content/report/innovative-arab-media-new-outlines-citizenship/ Trying to work in free and critical media in Egypt in the last few years has at times been a lonely endeavor. Even at its best moments, reporting and writing for Mada Masr, the Cairo-based independent media outlet I cofounded in 2013, can feel...

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The Crisis of LGBTQ Communities in Egypt: Questions for Ahmed El Hady

Source: The Century Foundation Author(s): Ahmed El Hady Original Link: https://tcf.org/content/report/crisis-lgbtq-communities-egypt-questions-ahmed-el-hady/ Thanassis Cambanis: What is the state of the LGBTQ community in Egypt right now? Ahmed El Hady: We are experiencing a crisis of existence and survival. We are being killed, put in prison, committing suicide. In 2018, we had 122...

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Judge overseeing polling station recounts troubling incidents in constitutional referendum

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Madamasr Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/05/01/feature/politics/judge-overseeing-polling-station-recounts-troubling-incidents-in-constitutional-referendum/ In its final statement on the 2019 constitutional referendum, the National Elections Authority (NEA) announced on April 23 that voters had approved the proposed amendments by 88.8 percent, with a 44.3...

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