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Voices from the Muslim Brotherhood

The Brotherhood was officially designated a terrorist organisation in a December 2013 cabinet decree, and the decision was upheld, by court order, in February 2014.

Aya Nader

A failure of democracy and human rights

By Dr Cesar Chelala It is a sad day for democracy when 12 Nobel Peace Laureates write a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to close one of the darkest chapters of recent US history by acknowledging, and then rejecting, the “flagrant use of torture and other violations of international law” that had been …

Daily News Egypt

In search of alternatives

“Who is the alternative?” This was indeed the most repeated and frustrating question asked by the pro-Sisi camp during the past two weeks, before and during the surreal presidential election that brought a military man to power after three years of calls for democracy. The question is frustrating because this camp thinks that the “revolution” …

Rana Allam

Democracy and modernisation are universal values, not western products

By Mohammed Nosseir Democracy and modernisation are not western products that the west is trying to export to certain countries that have a shortage. They are universal values that, for many reasons, the west was able to espouse and implement before other countries. Among these reasons was a particular mix of culture, law and leadership that …

Daily News Egypt

Tomorrow’s Egypt

By Johannes Amin Makar  “For a century and a half the Arab world has been following a negative policy. It has known what it wanted to do away with, but it has not known what it wanted to build. […] Democracy was only a veil for dictatorship. Constitutions framed in the interest of the people of …

Daily News Egypt

The cabinet’s resignation: A step in which direction?

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 — was a much better option than being dismissed from his position. It is believed that the cabinet’s resignation and …

Farid Zahran

What do the democratic entities want from the next president?

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 societies. This is especially important if the candidate is not a known political figure with a known public history. We …

Farid Zahran