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Dr. H.A. Hellyer

Dogged determination – a more sober Jan25

Three years ago, as a friend of mine puts it, everything seemed possible. The 25th of January uprising gave birth to a revolution, and the sky was the limit. Today, as the third anniversary draws close, the promises of Tahrir Square seem distant. Optimism over opportunities is replaced with incredulousness over madness, the inclusive nature of the …

Dr H.A. Hellyer

The square root of the Egyptian revolution

On its third anniversary, the Egyptian revolution may have come full circle back to square one, but it will eventually, perhaps decades from now, square the circle and deliver on its root promises of “bread, freedom, dignity” The word “revolution” perfectly encapsulates the events of the past three years. It is almost as if Egyptians …

Khaled Diab

In a series of photos taken on 27 January 2011, demonstrators in the port city of Alexandria dismantle the image Hosni Mubarak (AFP Photo)

Egypt: Three years of unrest

AFP – Key developments in Egypt since the 2011 revolt that led to the overthrow of former president Hosni Mubarak after 30 years in power: — 2011 — – 25 January: Massive protests erupt, after a revolt topples Tunisia’s ruler. About 850 people die in unrest over 18 days.   – 11 February: Mubarak resigns …

Daily News Egypt

Dr. H.A. Hellyer

Egypt has to learn the lesson

It’s almost boring. Earlier this week, Ahmed Maher, Ahmed Douma and Mohammed Adel, three veteran activists, were each sentenced to three years in jail and fined EGP 50,000. Two thoughts occurred to me: one, if the fine was multiplied by 10,000, then that would be the only way such sentences could possibly have any sort …

Dr H.A. Hellyer

“Down with your state if our freedom is absent”

By Sara Khorshid At least for a while it will be difficult for many Egyptian youths to forget the scene of 19-year-old engineering student Mohamed Reda taking his last breath. Reda was killed inside Cairo University’s campus as he got hit in the neck by birdshot while the police was dispersing a protest by students. …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt’s others

“Old Regime Remnants”, “The traditional forces”, “The ruling elite”, “Mubarak supporters” and “Army Boot-lickers” are all names used to describe what some people believe to be Egypt’s strongest political force, the felool. They are the fourth player in post-revolution’s Egypt political field after the Islamists, liberals and revolutionaries; yet, there is very little written about …

Mahmoud Salem

Dr. H.A. Hellyer

Let’s kill them all

This time last year, Egyptians were a week away from the disastrous extra-judicial decree of then president, Mohamed Morsi. Everyone knew, however, even without that decree, that the Muslim Brotherhood-led government had not the faintest idea (or perhaps intention) on how to govern inclusively. In a country that desperately needed consensus in order to simply …

Dr H.A. Hellyer

“Down with the next president”

During the two weeks spent in Tahrir Square in 2011 that culminated in ousting former president Hosni Mubarak, there was a young man who held a placard that read, “down with the next president”. It did not make sense to many who deemed it a witty play on words in Arabic, while others viewed it …

Sara Abou Bakr

Managing editor Rana Allam

The right to say NO!

On 23 March 2011, under the rule of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) and two months after the 25 January Revolution, the then-cabinet of Essam Sharaf approved a protest law that criminalised strikes, protests, demonstrations and sit-ins that “interrupt private or state owned businesses or affect the economy in any way”. The law …

Rana Allam

The Way of the Revolution Front: A critique

On 24 September The Way of the Revolution Front -a new group made of old faces that include Alaa AbdelFatah, Ahmed Maher, the socialist revolutionaries and various ex-MB activists– was created, in an effort to create a  political “revolutionary” third option that rejects both the MB and the military, and aims to focus on achieving …

Mahmoud Salem

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Egyptian police detain a political activists and supporter of Khaled Said

Egyptian police detain a political activists and supporter of 28-year-old blogger Khaled Said who died following police questioning before the revolution in 2010, during clashes with police outside a court in Egypt’s northern coastal city of Alexandria on October 1, 2013 during the trial of Egyptian police officers Awad Ismail Suleiman and Mahmud Salah Amin …

Daily News Egypt

Waiting in the Queue…

We’ve been fighting for fifty years the same war, we can’t forget And the country is like a waiting room, And the queue reaches the airport “From the Queue”, By Mashrou’ Leila ……….. A picture of a wedding, where the bridesmaids are all wearing army fatigues, appears on your timeline. Another picture of a different …

Mahmoud Salem

Squandered Opportunities

Over the past 3 years, there may have been numerous instances when Egypt has taken the wrong turn. Some of those wasted chances are indeed lamentable. The bitter irony is that 32 months following 25 Jan, there isn’t a single concrete aspect in Egypt that justifies the soaring death tolls, the economic stalemate, the degradation …

Dr Mohamed Fouad