Egypt: World leaders must act to stop President al-Sisi’s repressive crackdown

Source: Amnesty International Author(s): Amnesty International Original Link:  https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/09/egypt-world-leaders-must-act-to-stop-president-al-sisis-repressive-crackdown/ Ahead of further protests expected on Friday, world leaders must confront President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and utterly condemn the crackdown he has waged to counter the outbreak of protests in...

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Shoot, post and share: The viral accusations against Sisi and the military that led to Friday’s protests

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Omar Said and Rana Mamdouh Original Link:  https://madamasr.com/en/2019/09/21/feature/politics/shoot-post-and-share-the-viral-accusations-against-sisi-and-the-military-that-led-to-fridays-protests/ Something big — that we do not yet fully understand — is happening in the halls of power. Maybe we know some of it, and will get to know more with time. Perhaps we won’t...

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Positive Economic Growth in Egypt Belies Mounting Problems

Source: Arab Center Washington DC Author(s): Gregory Aftandilian Original Link: http://arabcenterdc.org/policy_analyses/positive-economic-growth-in-egypt-belies-mounting-problems/ Egypt has received high marks from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for carrying out a series of difficult economic reforms and for its success as an emerging market. However, such positive trends mask a deeply...

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Egypt’s Online Repression Thwarts Both Growth and Democracy

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): Joey Shea Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/egypts-online-repression-thwarts-both-growth-and-democracy/ After outlawing protests and slowly dominating traditional media, the Egyptian state has embarked upon a multipronged strategy aimed at completely controlling and curtailing digital spaces...

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Morsi’s Demise and the Black Box Problem

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Badr Shafei Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/morsis-demise-and-the-black-box-problem/ The process of documenting the historical stages of any nation, state or even group is significant for several reasons, including preserving its memory and saving it from oblivion, and enlightening the future generations on these events so that they...

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Morsi’s Death Is yet Another Sombre Milestone in Egypt’s Transition

Source: Italian Institute for International Political Studies Author(s): Lucia Ardovini Original Link: https://www.ispionline.it/en/pubblicazione/morsis-death-yet-another-sombre-milestone-egypts-transition-23329 Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, collapsed and died on June 17th after addressing a state court during his trial for espionage charges. The ex-president...

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Former president Mohamed Morsi dies in court session, rights groups point to lack of proper medical care in detention

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Mostafa Mohie and Rana Mamdouh Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/06/18/feature/politics/former-president-mohamed-morsi-dies-in-court-session-rights-groups-point-to-lack-of-proper-medical-care-in-detention/ Former President Mohamed Morsi collapsed and died on Monday while attending a court hearing in a retrial of a case in which he stood accused of...

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42 words on page 3: How Morsi died in Egyptian newspapers

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Madamasr Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/06/18/feature/politics/42-words-on-page-3-how-morsi-died-in-egyptian-newspapers/ If Egypt’s daily newspapers are your only source of news, you might have woken up to discover that a citizen by the name of Mohamed Morsi al-Ayat died yesterday during a court hearing on espionage charges.   In actuality, the...

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Ramadan Soap Operas Contradict Sisi’s Outreach to Israel

Source: Washington Institute Author(s): Haisam Hassanein Original Link: https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/ramadan-soap-operas-contradict-sisis-outreach-to-israel Despite Egypt’s warming relations with the Israeli government, the country’s airwaves and movie theaters are still rife with bellicose and anti-Semitic content. In the past five years, Egyptian-Israeli relations...

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Freedom and the Media: A Downward Spiral

Source: Freedom House Author(s): Sarah Repucci Original Link: https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-media/freedom-media-2019 The fundamental right to seek and disseminate information through an independent press is under attack, and part of the assault has come from an unexpected source. Elected leaders in many democracies, who should be press freedom’s staunchest defenders, have made...

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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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