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Maspero: The Burden of Remembering

While the discourse of martyrdom is a strong pillar in the composition of the Coptic Orthodox Church, remembering the blood associated with the massacre of Maspero seems to be a heavy burden on the memory of the Coptic community in general, and on its clerical hierarchy specifically

Setting the stage: The 2012 Abbaseya clashes

Although the political dispute between the State and the Islamists intensified after the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, the May 2012 Abbaseya clashes count as the first main bloody confrontation between the countries’ two political entities. In defiance of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces’ (SCAF) delay to hand power …

Farid Zahran

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

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 Islam because it came to power – and the trend that was found guilty for the assassination of El-Sadat, allied …

Amr Khalifa

The camera and the gun: Khaled Abol Naga

By Amr Khalifa In Egypt, the Al-Sisi regime wants opposition pens dry and artist’s mouths shut. Many Egyptian viewers expected Khaled Abol Naga to be more reticent after recently saying “we may soon need to be saying ‘leave’ to Al-Sisi” – those watchers couldn’t be more wrong. In an interview where he held nothing back …

Supreme Constitutional Court overturns clemency ban

By Sharif Paget The Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) ruled unconstitutional a decree issued by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) preventing judges from lessening sentences in cases related to unlicensed firearms.  In 2012, the SCAF amended two articles in the act for acquiring and possessing unlicensed weapons. The amendments state that such crimes …

Amr Khalifa

Searing saw: Sinai

By Amr Khalifa “Egypt is undergoing an existential battle.” That booming sound you heard was tantamount to a declaration of war by Egypt’s president Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi. “There will be blood…there will be a price to pay,”  said Al-Sisi after a day of devastating attacks in Sinai on the Egyptian army that saw at least …

Iris Boutros

Whose economic president?

The opportunity for presidential hopefuls to announce their intentions is now. So far, two have made themselves known, former Minister of Defence Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and Nasserist politician Hamdeen Sabahy. Perhaps others will announce their candidacy, but it is unlikely that any will greatly change the contest. Most expectations are that Al-Sisi will be elected …