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Will the parliamentary elections be held?

  /  May 13, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Some people may not remember that the parliamentary elections were supposed to take place in October 2014, but were postponed more than once, and we are now in May 2015. The new promise is that read the rest…

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Can the Arab League answer critical questions?

  /  March 29, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

At first, the notion of Arabism appeared to liberate the Levant from the Ottoman Empire. However, after the 1952 revolution, [Gamal] Abdel Nasser re-defined the Arab nationalism to fight traditional colonialism following its retreat after read the rest…

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Can the security strategy performance for confronting extremism be improved?

  /  March 4, 2015  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

The higher strata of the middle class, with society’s higher authority, insist on supporting the security strategy for confronting terrorism and extremism. On the one hand, they fear that using any other strategy may detract read the rest…

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What do strategies fighting terrorism and extremism rely on?

  /  February 15, 2015  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

In light of the strategy of fighting terrorism and extremism, regardless of whether you support or oppose this strategy, we all notice that terrorism is expanding. The strategy was widened to include not only armed read the rest…

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What are the existing strategies in the face of terrorism and extremism?

  /  February 8, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

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We are all Shaimaa Al-Sabbagh

  /  February 1, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Martyr Shaimaa Al-Sabbagh was not, of course, the first victim after 30 June. We do not know exactly how many innocent Egyptians have been killed since 30 June. By that, we mean unarmed and peaceful read the rest…

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Who supports terrorist forces in the ongoing wars?

  /  January 19, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

There is a war, or rather wars, taking place in the Middle East between political Islam and ruling regimes, and most observers note that on one side of these wars stands a group of states read the rest…

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What about Al-Sisi’s relations with politicians? (3)

  /  January 4, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Leaders of the 1952 family start taking power through alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood. Naguib, Nasser and El-Sadat did this. Finally, the Supreme Council – Al-Sisi followed. Even Mubarak, who began to clash with political read the rest…

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Once again, what about Al-Sisi’s relations with politicians?

  /  January 3, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

A week after dissolving political parties, particularly on 16 January 1953, Abdel Nasser announced the establishment of the “Freedom Authority”, making it a direct subsidiary of the ruling “revolution council” at the time. It was read the rest…

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What about Al-Sisi’s relationship with politicians?

  /  December 10, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

In order to discuss Al-Sisi’s relationship with politicians and get to the root causes of this apparent acrimony between the president and those working in politics in Egypt, we must review how the heads of read the rest…

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Will Mubarak’s acquittal push Al-Sisi in a specific direction?

  /  December 7, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

The vast majority of people were struck with the impression that the judgment acquitting Mubarak was not simply a court ruling issued by an independent judge acquitting Mubarak from specific crimes, but instead served to read the rest…

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Will Al-Sisi reproduce the Mubarak regime?

  /  November 29, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

Mubarak’s regime entered into decline when contradiction and conflict reached their peak among the ruling class and junta, as with what happened previously within the 1952 family. The contradictions and conflicts were the main motivation read the rest…

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How does Sisi control the reins?

  /  November 20, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Within the “1952” – or “army” – family, power is transferred from president to president when the regime arrives at a crisis. For this reason, a new president must confront the causes that led to read the rest…

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Has a transfer of power within the 1952 family led to drastic changes?

  /  November 14, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Power transition within the 1952 family occurs if the regime’s crisis reaches an impasse and “change” must take place to overthrow the president and the group or oligarchy surrounding him. This leads to new regime read the rest…

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How is power transferred within the ‘1952 family’?

  /  November 7, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Every dynasty across history is characterised and distinguished by certain attributes, and the ‘1952 family’ is no exception. One of the most important characteristics of any dynasty is the power-transferral method, and we will notice read the rest…

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Sisi’s plan: New print of the same edition?

  /  November 1, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

We must begin with the questions that concluded my last article: Is Al-Sisi building a vision? Can we predict this vision based on his current positions? What are the resemblances between this vision and that read the rest…

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Does Sisi have a political vision?

  /  September 23, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

We have explained more than once that Sisi’s rule was founded on two main forces: first, the army, and the second, strong public support. Before moving on from this point, we must make it clear read the rest…

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How does Al-Sisi expand the scope of his supporters?

  /  August 28, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

In our previous article, we explained how President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi began his journey to power, claiming that his rise was based on two main forces: first, the armed forces, and second, the pro-Al-Sisi mood read the rest…

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What are the forces that underpin Al-Sisi’s management of the country?

  /  August 20, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

It is now clear, to all those concerned, that President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi does not depend on political parties or forces in his administration of the country’s affairs. He has been clear and careful in read the rest…

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What are the socio-cultural dimensions behind the phenomenon of harassment? (Part 6)

  /  July 28, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

Through the last five articles we noted what we call the characteristics of slums and determined that there are four main attributes of these neighbourhoods. The most important of these characteristics are that the residents read the rest…

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What are the socio-cultural dimensions behind the phenomenon of harassment? (5)

  /  July 17, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

Slums, according to our definition as outlined in the four previous articles, are characterised by a largely poor and marginalised population, a lack of services and the absence of prior planning. The neighbourhoods are often read the rest…

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What are the social and cultural dimensions behind the phenomenon of harassment? (4)

  /  July 10, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

Over the three previous articles we have tried to identify the social and cultural dimensions of the harassment phenomenon, and we considered this phenomenon to be mainly associated with the spread, growth, and rebellion of read the rest…

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What are the social and cultural dimensions behind the phenomenon of harassment? (3)

  /  July 1, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

We stress for the third time, the four attributes of slums that were described in the previous two articles: the first, that most slum residents are marginalised; second, that these residents are poor; third, that read the rest…

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What are the social and cultural dimensions behind the phenomenon of harassment? (2)

  /  June 25, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

To start, we affirm our rejection of the perspective that sexual harassment is a result of our failing to teach religion in schools, or that a solid moral compass is now absent thanks to the read the rest…

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What are the four social and cultural factors behind the phenomenon of harassment?

  /  June 18, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

Many observers, analysts, and those working in the realm of politics argue that we are unable to address the current economic crisis, to which they may also add that we are incapable of achieving social read the rest…

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Copts and political action before the 1919 revolution

  /  June 3, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

In our previous article, we attempted an overview the Copts’ role in the public and political spheres before the 25 January Revolution. Many friends reminded me that I did not touch upon what happened before read the rest…

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Coptic Christians and political activism before 25 January

  /  May 15, 2014  /  Opinion  /  158 Comments

Coptic Christians have, since 1952, lived according to what might be considered a tacit agreement between the church and the state, one whereby the state committed itself to the protection of Copts, the principles and read the rest…

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Who is responsible for the disbanding of the national partnership?

  /  April 22, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

I have no problem with replacing the 30 June alliance term with the national partnership. Recently, I have used the term 30 June alliance to refer to the alliance formed between the old state supporters, read the rest…

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Without political support? (Part two)

  /  April 12, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

In the previous article, I highlighted the importance of belonging to a political party or movement when it comes to presidential candidates. The presidential candidate that emerges from a party has a certain framework within read the rest…

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Without political support? (Part One)

  /  April 5, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

There are many questions concerning running for presidency and whether it is possible to do such a thing without political backing or support. For instance, can a real campaign be created and run without political read the rest…

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