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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  /  2 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  /  2 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  /  3 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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Is the Protest Law a turning point between two eras?

  /  November 27, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

Since 30 June and until now, there has been a struggle between those who have united over the fall of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. They are comprised of the hegemonic state movement and the read the rest…

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Is the democratic dream still possible?

  /  November 20, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

In previous articles, I went over the economic-social map and explained how there is a case of fluidity between socio-economic classes, leading to an overlap of interests. Therefore, what is needed is a political initiative read the rest…

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What are the problems encountered in political field work?

  /  November 6, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

In previous articles, I explored the different political parties and movements, along with the conflicts between them. The reason for the confusion among political parties and their inability to define their social standing is not read the rest…

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What are the chances of mergers and alliances inside the democratic movement? (2-2)

  /  October 30, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Most people count the following parties as social democratic ones: the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, the Justice Party and Al Dostour Party. Other people describe them as liberal rather than social democratic, which is a read the rest…

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What are the chances of mergers and alliances inside the democratic movement?

  /  October 23, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

In the previous two articles, we surveyed the map of parties and groups inside the Egyptian democratic movement. There were four major directions inside the movement, three of which were already established: liberals, national Nasserites, read the rest…

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What are the inner makings of Egypt’s democracy movement? (Part 2 of 2)

  /  October 9, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

In our previous article on the inner workings of Egypt’s democratic movement, we discussed the country’s Nasserist and leftist political camps. Here, we will seek to do the same with Egypt’s social democratic and liberal read the rest…

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What are the inner makings of Egypt’s democracy movement? (Part 1 of 2)

  /  September 24, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

In order to answer this question regarding the future of Egypt’s democracy movement, we must first stop and look at the parties that make up its internal structure. This will require that we analyse in read the rest…

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Has the police state returned?

  /  September 10, 2013  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

In the previous article, we discussed the secret conflict raging between supporters of the old regime and advocates of a democratic state. We discussed in detail the nature of the supporters of the old regime, read the rest…

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Where will the hidden struggle lead between Egypt’s democracy supporters and members of the old regime?

  /  September 3, 2013  /  Opinion  /  4 Comments

It is no longer a secret that the removal of the Muslim Brotherhood came as the result of an unannounced, strategic partnership between Egypt’s democracy forces and supporters of the old regime, (i.e. supporters of read the rest…

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What are the political factions currently operating within Egypt?

  /  August 30, 2013  /  Opinion  /  6 Comments

All political systems throughout the world must include large, dominant political parties, and small, opposition parties. These parties must be rooted in legitimacy and capable of engaging in dialogue regarding the foundations of political life read the rest…

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Who is responsible for violence within Egypt?

  /  August 20, 2013  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

Before the dispersal of the sit-ins at Rabaa Al-Adaweya and Al-Nahda squares, something resembling a consensus was being reached amongst Egypt’s democratic forces, which acknowledged that neither of the two was peaceful. This consensus was read the rest…

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What does the US want from Egypt?

  /  August 13, 2013  /  Opinion  /  11 Comments

The goals of the US appear extremely vague from within Egypt, Farid Zahran writes

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