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Staunch Al-Sisi supporter calls for opening of stadia and dialogue with ultras

A staunch supporter of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris has called on the government to allow football fans, a pillar of anti-government protest, back into stadia that have largely been closed to the public for nearly five years. Sawiri’s request on the eve of two African Confederation Cup semi-finals in Cairo in …

James Dorsey

An assassination brings insurgency to Cairo

By Amr Khalifa Imagine the Prosecutor General of France in a motorcade near the Place de Montmartre. Now imagine a suicide car bomb intercepting that motorcade and killing him. Today Egypt doesn’t have to imagine. On an otherwise normal sunny Ramadan day, Hisham Barakat, Egypt’s Prosecutor General, was assassinated thereby delivering a burgeoning insurgency’s biggest …

Daily News Egypt

Managing editor Rana Allam

Justice Minister Al-Zind: a perfect representation of the times

“We [judges] are the masters and the rest are the slaves” is indeed the most memorable quote by Egypt’s new Justice Minister Ahmed Al-Zind, head of the Judges’ Club. The rest of this sentence as said by Al-Zind during a phone interview on a TV show was: “Whatever represents an attack on the Judiciary’s prestige, …

Rana Allam

Judicial bullets and Egyptian insecurity

Egypt has become one massive kangaroo court for Islamist opponents of the Al-Sisi regime. The security repercussions of such systematic repression and injustice may potentially lead the shortening of the life span of a regime struggling to maintain a security hold on a nation increasingly plagued by terror attacks. In a rational dynamic of politically …

Daily News Egypt

Hidden war on Mubarak’s state and Al-Sisi’s regime

By Hussien Abd Rabu How did it feel to listen to former president Hosni Mubarak when he was congratulating the Egyptian people on Sinai Independence Day, and talking about his sacrifices to liberate the occupied land and his evaluation of the current regime? And a while after that you see his son, Gamal Mubarak, taking …

Daily News Egypt

Sisi State vs Sinai State

Five months ago, after another massive attack, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi declared the situation to be an existential struggle. Months later, Al-Sisi is a student in desperate need of a Sinai strategy tutorial. North Sinai experienced three attacks on 12 April: the first, left six dead in an IED attack on an Egyptian personnel carrier, the second …

Daily News Egypt