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Egypt’s banning of soccer fans from matches likely to boomerang

By James M. Dorsey Egyptian authorities have expanded the ban on fans attending matches to include international as well as domestic matches in a bid to prevent violence that is likely to backfire and spark renewed incidents in a country reeling from economic decline, widespread discontent and lack of confidence in the government and law …

Daily News Egypt

Review: Columnists explore the presence of armed forces in Port Said

After the recent strikes in several police stations, commentators across almost all Egyptian newspapers discussed the consequences of the move. Many writers debated the extent of danger resulting from the presence of the armed forces in the Mediterranean city of Port Said, whereas some believe it reminds people of 28 January, when police disappeared from …

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Rioting ultras and striking police officers may ease security reform

By James M. Dorsey The fallout of last year’s death of more than 70 football fans in a politically-loaded stadium riot has brought the need for reform of Egypt’s Mubarak-era law enforcement and judiciary to a head with football supporters in Egyptian cities protesting the verdicts of those accused of inciting the incident, and security …

Daily News Egypt