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Maher Hamoud

Editor’s letter: The real countdown to the brotherhood’s fall

A countdown to the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood’s rule started over two years ago, when they first turned against the revolution by siding with the military in manipulating the people for a yes vote in the March 2011 referendum for the constitutional declaration. It was accelerated when they openly turned against the revolutionary youth …

Maher Hamoud

J’accuse

Was the issuing of an arrest warrant for Bassem Youssef meant to be an April Fools’ joke? If so, the joke ended up not being on the political satirist, but on the Egyptian authorities. Bassem Youssef’s case rests on three points: that he insulted the Egyptian president, insulted Islam, and spread false news that was …

Dr H.A. Hellyer

Egypt lifts cooking gas prices, why it’s trivial

By Farah Halime How fitting that on April Fool’s Day, the Egyptian government attempts to deceive us all by claiming that its plans to raise the price of state-subsidised cooking gas for the first time in two decades will actually make any difference to the country’s energy subsidy spending. In fact, it won’t, and it is unlikely …

Daily News Egypt

Strange Days…

Think tankers and policy researchers working on Egypt in the States do not know what to make of all of this

Mahmoud Salem

Reactionary not progressive: Egypt’s economic policy

By Farah Halime In a desperate move to save power, Egypt’s international airport will close most of its runways for four hours each day from early June, Reuters has reported. The airport is the latest casualty of Egypt’s struggle to pay for fuel imports. As if to soften the blow, Reuters quoted the civil aviation minister Wael al-Maadawi …

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Targeting Activists in the Ikhawni state

On Friday night in Alexandria, well-known activist Mahienour Al-Masry, together with several others, was arrested after they staged a protest in support for those detained in the latest clashes. Al-Masry, for those who are not familiar with her work, is one of Alexandria’s top human rights defenders. During the Mubarak era, she was known for …

Sara Abou Bakr

Who Cut Egypt’s Cable?

By Daniel Nisman On 28 March, the Egyptian military stunned the tech world when it announced that it had apprehended three divers suspected of attempting to sever the SEA-ME-WE 4 fibre optic cable  which services communications and internet connections to Egypt and the greater Middle East region, as well as Asia.  Included in the press …

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Egypt’s Islamist Groupies

There are few Egypt’s president can rely on more in these economic hard times than his band of Islamist brothers. Key financial supporters from Islamist-led governments have come through with cash injections at times of extreme economic hardship, when Mohammed Morsi faced a spike in inflation and subsequent social unrest. Egypt’s Islamist groupies, including Qatar, Turkey, …

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Review: Op-eds warn from expected violence

Several writers have warned of more expanding violence in the coming period. Some commentaries advised President Mohamed Morsi to announce an initiative to combat violence and stop listening to the instructions of the Muslim Brotherhood.   Security and law Amr Rabei Hashem Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper The recent incidents of violence that erupted in Egypt over …

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Brotherhood’s attack on women bodes ill

By Hussein Ibish No more illusions. No further evasions. Tolerate not a single additional apologetic explanation. Admit no further concessions to a false moral and cultural relativism. The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood has now fully exposed itself as what many of us have been trying to explain it is: paranoid, chauvinistic, reactionary, retrograde, and, above all, …

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Review: Columnists continue to criticise the Muslim Brotherhood

Op-Ed pages in major Egyptian newspapers continued to analyse the chaotic situation the country is in. Looking back at eight months ruled by the Muslim Brotherhood, more than one writer has chided their way of management and accused them of using violence against the opposition.   Withdrawing Nobel Prize Mohamed Salmawi Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper Salmawi …

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Spies in the skies

By Philip Whitfield At least you can hear the jets overflying Cairo from time to time. In future clusters of silent “flying Weetabix” will conduct furtive surveillance thanks to promises President Mohamed Morsi received in India. That’s on top of the 70,000 dodgy electronic voting machines (EVMs) ordered for delivery in January. Until now EgyCubeSat-1 …

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On blood, lynching and moving forward

Two months ago, after a heated discussion, a bunch of us self-proclaimed analysts concluded that Egypt is about to dive head-first into a fresh wave of violence. The trigger to this downward spiral started in November 2012 with Morsi’s dictatorial presidential decree immunising his decisions and the work of the Shura Council while passing a …

Sara Abou Bakr

The future of the Muslim Brotherhood

Almost nine months have passed since Mohamed Morsi was declared President. Nine months went by with the Muslim Brotherhood on top of state institutions, state authorities and in charge of political policies. Last summer when Morsi went to Tahrir Square for the first time, I was debating with a friend whether this experiment would be …

Ziad A. Akl

Egypt’s untold diesel story

By Farah Halime The people at Cairo-based brokerage firm Pharos Holding have sent investors a thorough breakdown of the reasons behind Egypt’s diesel crisis. Titled “Diesel Crisis: Unquoted Figures and Untold Stories. The Secret behind Diesel Shortages in Egypt”, the document sheds light on the country’s fuel crisis. Pharos Research sourced diesel import data from the main government …

Daily News Egypt

Review: Columnists express anger over recent clashes

The recent violence taking place in front of the Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters in Mokattam over the past two days has pushed several writers to voice their frustration at the ongoing clashes. Other commentaried explored the recent visit of United States President Barack Obama to the Middle East, who did not visit Egypt while in the …

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Maher Hamoud

Editor’s letter: Revolution level II: Waiting for the right spark

On the second anniversary of the military-Islamist orchestrated referendum of 19 March 2011, deliberately putting the cart in front of the horse in post-Mubarak’s state rebuilding, one should always remember that Egypt is choosing the long path to meet the demand of the revolution and will suffer the consequences. It is clearly one of those …

Maher Hamoud

A diverse scope of refugees

By Ahmed Awadalla Looking at the situation in Syria, where millions were forced to leave their homes and seek shelter in neighboring countries, refugees have fled their country due to well-founded fear. Syria’s political, religious, ethnic, or gender-based persecutions are collective reasons for citizens to pack their luggage and depart. After heading to another country, …

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Pity Sawiris

At a time when many Egyptian workers are protesting against the chief executives of companies demanding better rights, employees at Orascom Construction Industries demonstrated an unusual display of loyalty against accusations from the government that the company owes EGP 14bn ($2.1bn) in back taxes relating to the 2007 sale of its cement arm to France’s Lafarge. Hundreds of …

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Review: Op-Eds voice anger against Muslim Brotherhood

After the attacks by Muslim Brotherhood members on reporters and media professionals in front of the group’s headquarters in Moqattam, several columnists have expressed their frustration with the group’s intolerance of others’ views and perspectives.   Islam’s morals Amr Al-Shobaki Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper Looking at the background of the Muslim Brotherhood’s structure, Al-Shobaki states that …

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Dr H.A. Hellyer

Military intervention and Egypt’s future

The military may be coming – and it seems like everyone knows and is waiting for it, except the Muslim Brotherhood. The irony is: they are the ones who have the most to lose. A new intervention into governance by the Egyptian armed forces is something that many in the political, social and economic elite …

Dr H.A. Hellyer

Review: Op-eds look at destroying sculptures and torture cases

Commentaries in different Egyptian newspapers have explored an assortment of topics concerning developments in the political scene. Some writers condemned the recent Islamist attacks on historic statues located inside the Japanese garden of Helwan, recalling the earlier destruction of Taha Hussein’s and Om Kolthoum’s statues. On another note, some columnists have compared the death cases …

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The wall of rejected classics

I love The Shining. I’ve probably seen it more times than any other film. Watching Jack Nicholson go totally unheimlich and attempt to murder his family in an eerie, empty hotel in the middle of nowhere just seems to have a calming effect on me. Greatest horror movie ever made? I’m still going for The …

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War or jaw

By Philip Whitfield What did Obama mean? You can read as well as me. “We think it would take over a year or so for Iran to actually develop a nuclear weapon, but obviously we don’t want to cut it too close.” Obama was being interviewed on Israeli TV prior to visiting Israel for the …

Daily News Egypt

Review: Commentaries debate Press Syndicate elections

After the electoral victory of Diaa Rashwan as the new chairman of the Press Syndicate, several writers in major Egyptian newspapers dissected the elections. Many have stated that Rashwan’s success has proven the failure of the Muslim Brotherhood, which partially supported his rival, Abdel Mohsen Salama.   Journalists and the change Mohamed Salmawi Al-Masry Al-Youm …

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