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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  /  73 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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Are there serious doubts regarding the integrity of presidential elections?

  /  March 29, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

Some friends and relatives are surprised at those who question the integrity of the coming elections and wonder why they keep raising doubts concerning their democracy. And if so, what is the available evidence that read the rest…

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What are the justifications for Al-Sisi’s nomination? Part 3: Possible reform movement

  /  March 20, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

In the previous articles, we highlighted three groups that are supporting Al-Sisi’s nomination. The first one is the popular movement, which expresses the general mood in the Egyptian streets. The second one if the old read the rest…

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What are the justifications for Al-Sisi’s nomination? Part two: The hegemonic state supporters

  /  March 12, 2014  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

According to my analysis, highlighted in previous articles, the state includes three major groups, specifically, the police state supporters, the benevolent dictator supporter and those who support administrative reform. What bring the three groups together read the rest…

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What are the justifications for Al-Sisi’s nomination? Part 1: The popular current

  /  March 6, 2014  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

There are three movements rooting for Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s nomination in the upcoming presidential elections. One of those movements is what we can call the popular current, which expresses the general mood of read the rest…

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The cabinet’s resignation: A step in which direction?

  /  February 25, 2014  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

A few hours before starting to write this article, Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi’s cabinet resigned. This was expected even if the government was pushed into the resignation. However, El-Beblawi’s — even if it was delayed read the rest…

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What do the democratic entities want from the next president?

  /  February 20, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

During recent weeks, different democratic entities have insisted that a presidential candidate must have clear programmes and political directions so that voters have sufficient information regarding their experience in office or public administration or civil read the rest…

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What is the stance of the democratic entities regarding Al-Sisi’s nomination?

  /  February 12, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

The democratic entities are currently being bombarded with many questions concerning Al-Sisi’s nomination.  The questions’ purposes are not answers, but rather denunciation. They are asking: “Will you dare object to Al-Sisi’s nomination?” The weird irony read the rest…

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What happens after the presidential elections?

  /  February 5, 2014  /  Opinion  /  131 Comments

This article’s title was supposed to be “What happens after electing Al-Sisi?” but I changed my mind, and hence the current title. That is because I still have hope that Al-Sisi will choose the third read the rest…

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Is Al-Sisi’s nomination settled?

  /  January 28, 2014  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

I write this on the evening of Monday, 27 January and I still believe that Al-Sisi has not made up his mind on nominating himself for presidency. I wondered if this thought was due to read the rest…

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What are the challenges facing the democratic project?

  /  January 23, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

Egypt is going through many conflicts due to more than just one division. These divisions stem from a need to identify the different social components so as to predict their political and social variables. These read the rest…

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Working on the ground – Part 3

  /  January 15, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

In the previous article, I explored some of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party’s attempts at working on the ground. In this article, I will discuss some of the party’s promotional activities for the constitution. The read the rest…

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Working on the ground-part 2

  /  January 8, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

At the beginning one has to explain the difference between working on the ground and connecting with the people. The first is quite broad and includes any human activity that depends on communicating with the read the rest…

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Working on the ground

  /  December 25, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

During the seventies, our generation fought some glorious battles under the slogan “Absolute democracy for all, absolute dedication for the nation”. Those battles occurred when we were in college. They started with a wave of read the rest…

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Will Al-Sisi run for president?

  /  December 19, 2013  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

First we will discuss the consequences of General Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi running for president. What first comes to mind is that Al-Sisi will win, of course, which would confirm the doubt that 30 June was read the rest…

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Will the Muslim Brotherhood return to the political scene?

  /  December 11, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

I do not want to spread panic amongst people especially those who are enemies of the Brotherhood, but I am beginning to think that there is a possibility that the Brotherhood will return to the read the rest…

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Who is beating up ‘am Helmy with a shoe?

  /  December 4, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

In the Middle East and Egypt, people have gotten used to utilising the words “shoe” and “slipper” in verbal insults. Of course, the physical usage of the items exists, as demonstrated by the Iraqi journalist read the rest…

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