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Managing editor Rana Allam

On women in Egypt: Equality doesn’t mean justice

In late 2013, Thomson Reuters conducted a poll ranking Egypt the worst country among 22 Arab League states for women’s rights. The poll measured women’s status in six different categories. First, “Women in politics” calculated women’s civil representation and presence in high public positions. “Women in society” measured tradition and cultural expectations and limitations of …

Rana Allam

Why torture the innocent?

By Wael Eskandar Why would the regime arrest and torture someone if they didn’t do anything wrong or if they can prove their innocence? Such a question seems to be a common logical retort by many Egyptians in response to accusations that the regime, personified in its security and judiciary bodies, carries out gross injustices …

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BREAKING: Ukraine parliament appoints speaker interim president

AFP – Ukrainian lawmakers on Sunday appointed parliament speaker Oleksandr Turchynov interim president, a day after they voted to oust President Viktor Yanukovych following three months of protests. Deputies voted by an overwhelming margin for Turchynov to act as head of state until new elections are held on May 25. Yanukovych, whose whereabouts are unknown, insisted …

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Al-Sisi’s reality check

Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi still rides a wave of soaring popularity following his unrelenting support for the toppling of former president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. The kingmaker is widely expected to enter the presidential race largely uncontested. Save a few decorative candidates, such as presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabahy and former chief of staff …

Dr Mohamed Fouad

Egypt, Europe and Realpolitik

By Ronald Meinardus In Egypt and elsewhere in the Arab world, domestic turbulences are affecting international relations. Following the uprising in January 2011, Cairo has pursued what may be termed a multidimensional foreign policy aimed at reducing the unipolar dependence on the United States and other Western allies. These efforts have become particularly visible following …

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South Sudan – from cease-fire to sustainable peace?

By Ivan Simonovic “We were picked up at checkpoints or during house searches. They recognised us by our accents, or by the traditional marks on our faces. 200-400 of us were brought to a room of a police station, so small that we were suffocating. Suddenly they opened fire on us from two windows. I …

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Managing editor Rana Allam

A constitution not worth its ink

Since the new constitution passed, I have been flooded with emails and meetings from foreign journalists, lawyers, rights advocates and what have you, asking the same question: Isn’t the newly passed constitution better in preserving human rights and freedoms, compared to the previous one(s)? And shouldn’t this be enough for Egyptians? I have faced the …

Rana Allam

Leadership and Spin

In an interview two years ago, a French journalist asked me the tired question of whether the pitfall of the 25 January Revolution was the lack of a clear unifying leader. With exasperated breath, I explained to her that this was impossible for two very logical reasons: (1) If such a leader existed, he would …

Mahmoud Salem

Death of a poet in Iran

By Dr Cesar Chelala “I have tried to defend the legitimate right that every people in this world should have, which is the right to live freely with full civil rights. With all these miseries and tragedies, I have never used a weapon to fight these atrocious crimes except the pen,” wrote Hashem Shaabani, a young …

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Revolution square one: Egypt three years on

By Al-Sharif Nassef Having revolutionary momentum pulled from under their feet twice, Egyptian revolutionaries face an increasingly upward battle against the tides of the establishment With the world watching, Egypt’s long-time intelligence chief, Omar Suleiman, announced the ousting of Hosni Mubarak from his presidential throne on 11 February 2011. The epic eruption of cheers, tears, …

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What is the stance of the democratic entities regarding Al-Sisi’s nomination?

The democratic entities are currently being bombarded with many questions concerning Al-Sisi’s nomination.  The questions’ purposes are not answers, but rather denunciation. They are asking: “Will you dare object to Al-Sisi’s nomination?” The weird irony is that Al-Sisi hasn’t even announced his nomination yet. In addition, the available statements for him do not confirm that …

Farid Zahran

Op-ed review: The future and 11 February 2011

Lifeboats Ezzedine Choukri Fishere Al Masry Al Youm Newspaper “Someone asked me: ‘Should we build a Noah’s arc to take us all to the new state that we want to build?’ I said no. That was a good model in the old age, but now the evil ones will not allow you to build an …

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Al-Sisi’s dwindling options

The Media momentum was there: the constitutional referendum had passed without “major incidents” (which is code for polling stations not getting blown up), the presidential elections law was issued, Adly Mansour promoted Al-Sisi to the rank of field marshal, and even the military published its semi-endorsment for him to run for president. All the man …

Mahmoud Salem

Media Culpa

By Mohamed Selim If I had my druthers, the first thing I would have done on the evening of 11 February 2011, would be to restructure and regulate Egypt’s media. Its current state of discord, lawlessness and entropy is tantamount to the country’s evolving political system: mobocracy. As Egypt’s former chief spy, the late Omar …

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Why western liberals have problems understanding Egypt

By Ronald Meinardus I’ll start on a personal note. I’m writing this commentary with a sense of unease and cautiousness. I’m a foreigner living in Egypt, and intend to write about political issues related to the host country. As long as foreign journalists are in jail for doing their work, this prudence is in order. …

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Letter from the wife of a detainee: A visit to prison

By Hoda Mahmoud Thursday the 6th of February 2014 was the first time I experienced a prison visit – an experience shared by thousands of Egyptian families. I used to know nothing of their suffering. Two days after Khaled, Nagi and the rest of the youth with them had been transferred, and after long attempts to find …

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The Nasser restoration

Conservatives in Egypt – whether or not they admit to being so – will find themselves more content these days as matters seem to be rolling back to business as usual. As we live in a lull reminiscent of the Bourbon Restoration in France, a lot of the old is slugging it out with a …

Dr Mohamed Fouad

Op-ed review: The deep state and Samy Anan

Has the deep state returned? Saad Eddin Ibrahim Al Masry Al Youm Newspaper Sociologist Saad Eddin Ibrahim begins his column by discussing the origin of the term “deep state”.  He explains that the term is traced back to Turkish sociologists who realised that despite the change in Turkish authority since the 1920s, some bureaucratic practices …

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What happens after the presidential elections?

This article’s title was supposed to be “What happens after electing Al-Sisi?” but I changed my mind, and hence the current title. That is because I still have hope that Al-Sisi will choose the third scenario, which includes cooperating with democratic entities to support a certain candidate for presidency. This candidate will also be accepted …

Farid Zahran

Blast at school in Libya’s Benghazi wounds 6 children

AFP – A blast rocked a primary school in Libya’s restive second city Benghazi during playtime on Wednesday, wounding six children, security and medical officials said. The blast was caused by an explosive device thrown over the exterior wall of the school as the children were playing, said Fadia al-Barghathi, spokeswoman for Benghazi’s Al-Jala hospital. …

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In Pictures: African asylum seekers protest in Tel Aviv

AFP – The migrants, primarily from Eritrea and Sudan, are protesting to call for help in the face of Israel’s refusal to grant them refugee status. Last month, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) warned that Israel could be in breach of international law with new legislation that allows for the potentially indefinite detention of asylum-seekers. …

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Op-ed review: Let’s listen to them this time

Alaa Al-Aswany Al Masry Al Youm Writer Alaa Al-Aswany begins his article with a story concerning the subway, also known as the metro.  Al-Aswany explains that in each metro, there is a cart reserved solely for women, however, this rule is often broken. One time, a woman decided to take action against some men who …

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Op-ed review: Youths and the army

Six misguided groups and a surviving one Ezzedine Choukri Fishere Columnist Ezzedine Choukri Fishere wonders how it is possible that even though the majority of voters are made up of young people, they are not present in the political scene by running for parliament or the presidency. He writes that he found the answer to …

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