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The 2014 Egyptian Constitution: Without accountability, checks or balances: Part II

The following is the second of a two part article by the Arab Reform Initiative, an independent research network, concerning the 2014 constitution’s treatment of human rights and the separation of powers in the government. The first part, published yesterday, addressed the constitution’s articles concerning the military and security apparatus. The second part, below, deals …

Daily News Egypt

The 2014 Egyptian Constitution:Without accountability, checks or balances

The following is the first of a two part article by the Arab Reform Initiative, an independent research network, concerning the 2014 constitution’s treatment of human rights and the separation of powers in the government. The first part, below, addresses the constitution’s articles concerning the military and security apparatus. The second part, dealing with the …

Daily News Egypt

Equality for women and girls is progress for all: Lydia’s story

By Sabine Pallas Each year on 8 March, the International Land Coalition (ILC) celebrates International Women’s Day. The theme for 2014 is ‘Equality for women is progress for all’. The story of one young woman I met in Rwanda recently during a learning route organised by ILC and the NGO Procasur illustrates this theme perfectly. …

Daily News Egypt

Boosting African farm yields

By Michael Fleshman For tens of millions of people in rural Africa, life has gotten harder in recent years. Reliant on erratic rains, working exhausted soil and hobbled by decades of underinvestment and neglect, many have sunk deeper into poverty as agriculture — the mainstay of the region’s economy — continues to face neglect. A …

Daily News Egypt

Young and behind bars

The Freedoms Committee in the Press Syndicate hosted a press conference on Sunday evening titled Freedom for the Brave. There, eleven youth groups signed a statement condemning the illegal detention of 22,000 people, many of them youth, who were arbitrarily arrested and are facing human rights violations in police stations and prisons. Khalid Abdel Hamid, …

AbdelHalim H. AbdAllah

The Sahel: One region, many crises

By André-Michel Essoungou Africa’s Sahel region faces many complex and interconnected challenges. Here are some of the major ones, and how the United Nations is assisting the region in finding solutions.   The food crisis When the Sahel is in the news, it is often because millions of people are at risk of going hungry. …

Daily News Egypt

Journalism in Egypt, a dangerous business

On Saturday, while thousands of Egyptians were celebrating the third anniversary of the 25 January Revolution in Tahrir square, Daily News Egypt reporter Basil El-Dabh was experiencing a “citizen arrest” for recording the celebrations. The angry mob questioned his presence, roughed him up – along with a female freelance journalist- then handed them to the …

Sara Abou Bakr

Egypt’s new constitution: A comparative overview

On Sunday, 1 December, Egypt’s Constituent Assembly finished its task to amend the suspended constitution of 2012. The assembly handed over the draft to interim President Adly Mansour, who will in turn put it up for a public referendum in the upcoming weeks. Though praised and supported by its drafters, commentators and public figures, many voices are raising concerns regarding Egypt’s second constitution after 25 January. The Daily News Egypt now reviews some of the new constitutional amendments and compares them to the articles of the 2012 constitution.

Sarah El Masry

The weak, the strong and the boys: Female street children in Egypt

Children wearing dirty clothes and begging from pedestrians have become part of the daily impressions of the streets. With the rather recent increasing awareness, there are more and more debates about street children, how they live, what they need, what one should do when seeing them in the street. Girls are either pitied for not being able to conform to the gender norms, or despised for the exact same reason. Amira El Feky interviews a group of female street children, digging deeper into the different personalities and stories of those who take refuge in Egypt’s streets.

Daily News Egypt

The remains of Mohamed Mahmoud

The death toll of the 2011 Mohamed Mahmoud clashes was almost 50, making them the deadliest Egypt had witnessed at the time. Subsequent clashes on the one year anniversary of the violence saw at least two killed, including a 16 and a 15 year old. These words are being written on the eve of the second anniversary. No one really knows what will happen within a few hours, but the tensions are rising amid rival protests planned on the anniversary. As the Daily News Egypt looks in depth into which movements are calling for what this year, participants in the original 2011 clashes tell their story about an anniversary that has been rather stripped of what it stands for.

Rana Muhammad Taha

Street children: Gender matters

Street children are mostly discussed as if they were a homogeneous group, as if they had no age or gender, although it is evident that the experiences of a 5-year old boy in the street strongly differ from those of a teenage girl. Street children are not ageless, and they are not genderless. They have different backgrounds and experiences, different problems and certainly, different needs. The difference in treatment between genders is a good place to start.

Daily News Egypt

Outside looking in: An international perspective on Egypt’s economy

Reform is needed to boost investor confidence and bring back higher levels of FDI

Bessma Momani has a PHD in political science with a focus on international political economy. She is an associate professor at the Balsillie School of International Affairs at the University of Waterloo and authored the book IMF-Egyptian Debt Negotiations.

Momani highlighted three key areas investors view as intersecting with politics: confidence, perception and reform.

Mostafa Salem

Hijab fashion in Egypt: a classical wrap or a trendy “Spanish”?

The hijab fashion in Egypt has been changing rapidly over the last ten years. Although the Spanish style veil has emerged five years ago, a newer and faster “Spanish” is getting simpler and looser now. Some argue that the traditional hijab, despite the new florescent colours, will soon fade out in Egypt.

Ethar Shalaby

Constitutional amendments: Repeating past mistakes?

Parallel to the ongoing political turmoil, the country is having its second constitutional debate. The amendments have been criticised heavily and they will be handed over to the constituent assembly that was formed this week. Daily News Egypt reviews the amendments and the criticism of them.

Sarah El Masry