Egypt: rights and security, another crackdown

Source: Italian Institute for International Political Studies Author(s): Giuseppe Dentice and Alessia Melcangi Original Link:  https://www.ispionline.it/it/pubblicazione/egitto-diritti-e-sicurezza-ancora-un-giro-di-vite-24005 The victory in the constitutional referendum of April 2019 offered the president al-Sisi the possibility of widening the range of powers, eliminating at the same time any...

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Beijing calling: Assessing China’s growing footprint in North Africa

Source: Brookings Institute Author(s): Adel Abdel Ghafar and Anna L. Jacobs Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/research/beijing-calling-assessing-chinas-growing-footprint-in-north-africa/ As the United States slowly disengages from the Middle East, and as Europe faces internal challenges, a new actor is quietly exerting greater influence across North Africa. China has been strategically...

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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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Strategic Consequences of Russia’s Economic Presence in the Suez Canal Zone

Source:  The Jamestown Foundation for Global Research and Analysis Author(s):  Ridvan Bari Urcosta Original Link:  https://jamestown.org/program/strategic-consequences-of-russias-economic-presence-in-the-suez-canal-zone/ Russia’s own interests in Egypt are multidimensional. But among the most intriguing in the last couple years has been the Egyptian government’s invitation to Russian...

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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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Assessment of Egypt’s Cash Transfer Social Programs

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Mohamed Ahmed Abbas Original Link:  https://en.eipss-eg.org/assessment-of-egypts-cash-transfer-social-programs/ Egypt launched the so-called “economic reform program” in 2014, including removal of energy subsidies (in addition to flotation of the Egyptian pound and the introduction of a new VAT tax) within the framework of the government’s $12...

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Prevalence of Divorce in Egyptian Society

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Dr. Hala Ahmed Original Link:  https://en.eipss-eg.org/prevalence-of-divorce-in-egyptian-society/ There is a divorce case in Egypt every four minutes, a shocking figure announced by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) in Egypt. According to official statistics, Egypt ranks first among world countries in...

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A shifting development paradigm for the Middle East and North Africa

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Rabah Arezki Original Link:  https://www.mei.edu/publications/shifting-development-paradigm-middle-east-and-north-africa Economic development paradigms have shifted focus over past decades: from minimizing imports to encouraging exports as the path to prosperity. Individual countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have had little success...

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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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Behind Deterioration of Egypt’s Education System

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Amgad Hamdi Original Link:  https://en.eipss-eg.org/behind-deterioration-of-egypts-education-system/ The policies adopted by the Egyptian regime have contributed to the declining performance and outputs of the Egyptian educational system, which led to the low ranking of Egypt on the international indices in this regard. The main causes that...

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Egypt Railways Development: Crises and Obstacles

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Amgad Hamdi Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/egypt-railways-development-crises-and-obstacles/ The Cairo train station fire on February 27, 2019 raised many questions about the policies of the Egyptian Railway Authority (ERA), which has not been able to stop train accidents; instead, they always cited human errors and losses resulting from...

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Social Repercussions of Rising Prices in Egypt

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Dr. Hala Ahmed Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/social-repercussions-of-rising-prices-in-egypt/ The rising prices in Egypt have become a complex multifaceted phenomenon, characterized by inability of a certain category of Egyptian people to meet the minimum levels of basic needs, in addition to inability of different capacities to...

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