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Emad El-Sayed

The parliament and the Egyptian elite

I have never officially belonged to any political current. I never held a membership card for any political party, or even an NGO. I was, and still am, proud of being a journalist standing at an equal distance from all currents; I admire the behaviour of some and reject the behaviour of others. I was, …


Amr Khalifa

Fascism Incorporated: Our fault

When the blood of the other becomes a fathomable reality, fascism is born. I remember well standing among thousands in front of the UN, on 30 June 2013, as we screamed atop our lungs against one dictator, but little did we know we would help usher in a decidedly more bloodthirsty one. All it took …


Hussien Abd Rabu

Press uprising against anti-terror law’s Article 33

By Hussein Abd Rabu One of the most important readings of the anti-terrorism law that the Egyptian government rushed to pass after the assassination of the prosecutor general, was the state of instability in managing the country. Rushing to draft a law without adequate studies and discussions caused the law to direct a strike towards …


Amr Khalifa

A message from ‘Islamic State’ to Al-Sisi

By Amr Khalifa The sun rose in Cairo on Saturday morning with a fury: another explosive message from “Islamic State” to Al-Sisi. The attack on a building, associated with the Italian consulate, left eight injured and one dead in its wake, and marks the beginning of a far bloodier phase in an insurgency gaining momentum by …


Wael Eskandar

In a climate of intolerance, we cannot call Al-Sisi a failure

By Wael Eskandar It is no longer necessary to persuade the reader that Egypt is a country that has long forsaken its promised path of democratic transition, and whose rights abuses are systematic and deliberate. It is now a given, and whatever doubts there may have been dissipated with countless reports on human rights abuses, …


Mohammed Nosseir

Will Al-Sisi manage to contain Egypt’s youth or is confrontation inevitable?

By Mohammed Nosseir ‘Youth is the future!’ is a common phrase frequently repeated in Egypt – but those who utter it are referring to the distant future; only when it has become old will the present generation of young people be entitled to claim this promising future. In other words, young people will be deemed …


Notes from America: Al-Sisi is the self-righteous Egyptian ‘caliph’

By Ahmed Tharwat American historian Richard Hofstadter once said: “A fundamental paradox of the paranoid style is the imitation of the enemy.” The Ku Klux Klan emulated the elaborate rituals and hierarchy of the Catholic Church, and McCarthyism ended up emulating a communist secretive organisation. “The paranoid’s interpretation of history is in this sense distinctly …


Amr Khalifa

Assault on journalism, Al-Sisi style

By Amr Khalifa The Al-Sisi regime, from its unofficial start in 2013, has been about wars: a war on terrorism, a war on the Muslim Brotherhood, and today a new war was declared: on journalism. It is not surprising for those holding pens near and far from Cairo that freedom of speech is under assault …


James M. Dorsey

Egyptian football player criticises Al-Sisi in reflection of mounting discontent

By James M. Dorsey Criticism this week by football player Ahmed Al-Merghani of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s hard-handed repression of dissent and failure to defeat a mushrooming insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula signals mounting discontent in Egypt. Al-Merghani’s comments on his Facebook page are indicative, because they suggested the degree to which Al-Sisi’s cult-like popularity …


Mohammed Nosseir

Another revolution is improbable – but social explosion is increasingly likely

By Mohammed Nosseir One of the many advantages of having a properly functioning democratic system is that heated elections are invariably followed by a period during which society settles down as winners get busy with the business of ruling and losers start preparing for the next round of elections. Ordinarily, the rule of law ensures …