In Egypt, Journalism is a Crime

Source: The Tahrir Institute For Middle East Policy Author(s): Ragab Saad Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/in-egypt-journalism-is-a-crime/ In his September 2015 interview with CNN, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi boasted that Egypt is seeing “unprecedented media freedom.” However, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reports that Egypt had the worst deterioration of...

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The Egyptian Interregnum: The high cost of suppressing change

Source: German Council On Foreign Relations (Gdap) Author(s): Ibrahim El Houdaiby Original Link: https://dgap.org/en/think-tank/publications/dgapanalyse-compact/egyptian-interregnum Five years after the ouster of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, the alliance backing Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is fragile to the point of collapse. A lack of overarching vision is leading to unprecedented levels of...

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Egypt: President Sisi in a Crusader Fight with a Generation

Source: Cairo Institute For Human Rights Studies Author(s): Karim Lahidji, Bahey Eldin Hassan Original Link: http://www.cihrs.org/?p=17984&lang=en The international community’s support given to Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s regime is primarily based on the notion that his regime maintains stability in the country. President Sisi keeps assuring that he is leading a successful...

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Torture to Death in Egypt’s Police Stations

Source: The Tahrir Institute For Middle East Policy Author(s): Nancy Okail, Amr Ismaeil Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/torture-to-death-in-egypts-police-stations/ Talaat Shabib and Afify Hassan Afify are two Egyptian men who come from very different backgrounds and locations. Shabib was a papyrus salesman from Luxor in Upper Egypt, and Afify was a middle-class pharmacist from...

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Egypt: Into the Unknown

Source: Council On Foreign Relations Author(s): Steven A. Cook Original Link: https://www.cfr.org/blog/egypt-unknown The Egyptian state is weak. The country’s leaders are in a state of either panic or perpetual confusion. No one is in control. As in the darkest, most contested days of former President Mohammed Morsi’s tenure, Egypt’s failure once again seems plausible. Despite

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Forced Disappearances Spike in Egypt

Source: The Tahrir Institute For Middle East Policy Author(s): May El-Sadany Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/forced-disappearances-spike-in-egypt-2/ On January 13, 2014, Ashraf Shahata, originally trained as a lawyer, went to the private school that he had helped establish in Kerdasa, Giza. He parked his car, went inside to meet one of his partners, and was last seen walking out...

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“Look for Another Homeland” Forced Evictions in Egypt’s Rafah

Source: Human Rights Watch Author(s): Unknown Original Link: https://www.hrw.org/report/2015/09/22/look-another-homeland/forced-evictions-egypts-rafah SUMMARY “I myself used to make food and tea for the soldiers and they came and sat in the shade of our olive tree when the sun beat down on them … My mother told me: ‘The tree is your responsibility. I fed you from it

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Repressing Egypt’s Civil Society: State Violence, Restriction of the Public Sphere, and Extrajudicial Persecution

Source: German Institute For Security and Counter-Terrorism And International Affairs Author(s): Jannis Grimm Original Link: https://www.swp-berlin.org/en/publication/repressing-egypts-civil-society/ Summary: Since the military coup of July 2013, one of the characteristics of the Egyptian regime has been the lack of clarity on the boundaries of political activism and on what activities it...

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Repression in Egypt from Mubarak to Sisi

Source: Carnegie Endowment Author(s): Maged Mandour Original Link: http://carnegieendowment.org/sada/60985 Since July 2013, Egyptian authorities have undertaken a campaign of repression against dissidents. Over the past two years, the scope and severity of this campaign has surpassed any that Egypt saw under Hosni Mubarak. Most notably, security forces attacked mostly peaceful Muslim...

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THE NEW COUNTERTERRORISM LAW: ANOTHER BLOW TO THE CONSTITUTION, ENCOURAGES EXTRA JUDICIAL KILLING

Source: Egyptian Initiative For Personal Rights Author(s): Unknown Original Link: https://eipr.org/sites/default/files/reports/pdf/the_new_counterterrorism_law.pdf Introduction On 7 July, a group of political parties, rights organizations, and public figures issued a statement urging a delay in the issuance of the proposed counterterrorism law pending a broad, genuine social dialogue on the...

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Germany Welcomes Egypt’s Sisi

Source: Carnegie Endowment Author(s): Judy Dempsey Original Link: http://carnegieeurope.eu/strategiceurope/60260 For many months, Egypt’s top diplomats have been trying to persuade Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, to invite Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to Berlin. And for many months, Merkel refused. She insisted that Egypt should first hold parliamentary elections. Elections...

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Egypt’s Short and Long-Term Challenges

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Paul Salem Original Link: http://www.mei.edu/content/at/egypts-short-and-long-term-challenges In the year since being elected to the presidency, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has consolidated a ruling coalition, restored economic growth, and brought back considerable stability to the country after four years of turmoil. But this has come with a harsh crackdown...

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