The Social Justice Blind Spots in the New Arab Constitutions

Source: The Century Foundation Author(s): Zaid Al-Ali Original Link: https://tcf.org/content/report/social-justice-blind-spots-new-arab-constitutions/ The Arab uprisings that began at the end of 2010 were motivated by a number of concerns, not least of which were unacceptably low standards of living and growing inequality in much of the region. The millions of people who participated in the...

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TIMEP Brief: Egypt’s 2019 Constitutional Referendum

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): TIMEP Original Link: https://timep.org/reports-briefings/egypts-2019-constitutional-referendum/ Following parliamentary approval of a broad package of constitutional amendments that expand the authority of the executive branch and military at the expense of the independence of the judicial and legislative branches, Egyptians voted...

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Egypt’s New Constitutional Amendments: Moving Toward Totalitarianism

Source: Arab Center Washington DC Author(s): Charles Dunne Original Link: http://arabcenterdc.org/policy_analyses/egypts-new-constitutional-amendments-moving-toward-totalitarianism/ The votes are in, the results have been tallied, and the outcome—never in doubt—is clear: government-proposed changes to Egypt’s 2014 constitution, rushed through parliament to ensure possibly the virtual rule for...

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Egypt passes wide-ranging constitutional amendments

Source: Middle East Insitiute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/publications/monday-briefing-conflict-far-over-syria There was never really any doubt that Egypt’s new constitutional amendments would pass. On April 23rd, Egypt’s National Elections Authority (NEA) announced that the referendum on a set of major constitutional amendments had passed by 88.8 percent...

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Voting in the dark: Ramming the constitutional amendments through

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Rana Mamdouh Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/04/24/feature/politics/voting-in-the-dark-ramming-the-constitutional-amendments-through/ The National Elections Authority (NEA) announced on Tuesday that the referendum on a set of major constitutional amendments, which allow President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to remain in office until 2030, passed by 88.8 percent...

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Authoritarian Math

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Michele Dunne and Cassia Bardos Original Link: https://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/78980 Egypt has just passed constitutional amendments in a hastily-arranged referendum that ended on April 22. They are important mostly because they will advance President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi’s project of one-man rule, extend his current term in office, enshrine military dominance over...

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Creating a Constituency for Secularism: Questions for Lama Abu-Odeh

Source: The Century Foundation Author(s): Lama Abu-Odeh Original Link: https://tcf.org/content/report/creating-constituency-secularism-questions-lama-abu-odeh/ Thanassis Cambanis: There’s a trend that’s really taken hold in analyses of Middle Eastern politics and culture, exemplified by the writers Talal Asad and the late Saba Mahmood, which holds that the only way to critically investigate...

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Challenges to Stability in Egypt

Source: Hoover Institute Author(s): Lisa Blaydes Original Link: https://www.hoover.org/research/challenges-stability-egypt The last ten years have seen forms of political disruption within Egypt that were virtually unimaginable a decade ago—from the 2011 protest uprisings; the 2012 election of Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi to the Egyptian presidency; the 2013 coup...

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Ballot-box politics: What has pushed Egypt’s opposition to vote ‘no’?

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Hadeer El-Mahdawy Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/04/22/feature/politics/ballot-box-politics-what-has-pushed-egypts-opposition-to-vote-no/ Thirty-three-year-old human rights lawyer Mahienour El-Massry could not make up her mind about what to do in the referendum on the new constitutional amendments. She was torn between boycotting and voting “no.” Then...

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The Retreat from Universalism in the Middle East and the World

Source: The Century Foundation Author(s): Karl Sharro Original Link: https://tcf.org/content/report/retreat-universalism-middle-east-world/ The Islamic State may be close to defeat, but the wound it opened in the social and political fabric of the Middle East will take a long time to heal. It is not just the shock of the group’s ultraviolent tactics that will linger long

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Why Is Trump Helping Egypt’s Dictator Entrench His Power?

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Michele Dunne Original Link: https://carnegieendowment.org/2019/04/08/why-is-trump-helping-egypt-s-dictator-entrench-his-power-pub-78823 As someone who has watched the Egyptian people struggle against dictators for years, it is hard to fathom the fact that President Donald Trump will welcome Egypt’s brutal military leader, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, for a White...

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Egypt’s Constitutional Amendments: A Nail in the Coffin of Political Pluralism

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): Yasmin Omar Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/egypts-constitutional-amendments-a-nail-in-the-coffin-of-political-pluralism/ The Egyptian government is currently in the midst of amending its constitution, with grave consequences for the short-lived political pluralism that blossomed in the wake of the 2011...

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