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New draft NGO Law squeezes civil society

By Sahar Aziz and Hany Thabet The executive’s latest draft governing non-governmental organisations (“NGO Law”) is a harbinger of what is to come – a brand of social reform that suppresses independence and plurality in civil society not much different than that state of affairs under Egypt’s deposed former president. Soon after it was released, …

Daily News Egypt

How will the Muslim Brotherhood react to 30 June’s “Tamarod?”

By Yasmin Hashim The science of politics is all about setting expectations; political scientists call it “political forecast.” This forecast is based on variables such as history, the norm, general pattern, contemporary comparison, and group interest. An in-depth study of the Muslim Brotherhood from within, its history, personnel, and group interests, allows us to deduce …

Daily News Egypt

The greatest act of treason

By Taher El Moataz Bellah 30 June is a day that is regarded by many as the second revolution and the first against the Muslim Brotherhood regime. However, it is useful to remember what has happened to Egyptians since 25 January up till now.  Even though legitimate demands were chanted, they were never transformed into …

Daily News Egypt

The old regime strikes back

I haven’t thought about the “old regime” in quite a while. In fact, I think the Muslim Brotherhood’s unique act over the past year has made most of us realise the new lows that we have reached with Morsi and his people. Mubarak’s regime always mixed corruption with inefficiency. Morsi’s regime maintained the same formula, …

Ziad A. Akl

What are the ingredients and social background of the radical Islamist group?

Last article, I explained the social background of the second group of the political Islamist movement, which was the religion-based Islamist parties. This time, I will explain that of the third group of the Islamist political movement, the radical Islamist group. By radical, I mean the Islamist groups that are officially active in the political …

Farid Zahran

Decolonisation and the Muslim Brotherhood

  By Nesreen Salem The social policies of the new, “revolutionary”, fundamentally Islamist government are unabashedly cliche. But that is of no surprise, for across time and geography societies which have brought down a failing dictatorial regime have universally opted to next elect a conservative one, because let’s face it; freedom is a scary prospect …

Daily News Egypt

Op-ed review: US-Egyptian relations

Columnist Ziad Bahaa El-Din explores the reasons behind the current tension between Egypt and the United States, the uproar of US public opinion and Egypt’s path to democracy. Ziad Bahaa El-Din The United States and the democratic path in Egypt Al-Shorouk Newspaper Columnist Ziad Bahaa El-Din begins his article with the trial of foreign NGO …

Thoraia Abou Bakr

Iran’s election augurs a better future

By Cesar Chelala Hassan Rowhani’s election as the new Iranian president bodes well not only for that country but for the world as well, tired of the senseless rhetoric of the former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. When, at a campaign speech, Mr Rowhani stated, “We have no option other than moderation,” he was also defining what …

Daily News Egypt

The abuse of ‘Takbir’ from ballot boxes to Woolwich

By Nervana Mahmoud For many non-Muslims, “Allahu Akbar”, or “God is Great”, has become synonymous with radicalism, brutal murders, rape, and even cannibalism committed in the name of Islam. It is hardly surprising, as the Islamic slogan has been repeatedly used and abused by anyone who wants to justify his or her crimes by adding …

Daily News Egypt

The multi-talented Pakinam El Sharkawy

On 21 April, the internet exploded when an “untrue” (as far as we know) piece of news was revealed. It was that President Mohamed Morsi’s aide, Pakinam El Sharkawy, would be assigned to the post of vice-president of our glorious (ahem) nation. Instead of it being a joyous event over the possible rise of women …

Thoraia Abou Bakr