Egypt Unwrapped

Exploring political and social developments in Egypt as the dust continues to settle on the January 25 uprising and the new political landscape it has formed.



Sara Khorshid
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on : Sunday, 13 Jul, 2014

Match Made in Cairo

Three women huddle around the couple. Two of the women are likely to be their mothers; the third in this decisive meeting is the matchmaker, the middle-woman or the khatba. She is the one who is brokering the marriage. Anyone wandering through Cairo’s cafes or social clubs is likely to have witnessed this scene: an arranged marriage in the making. The matchmaker is supposed to know the bride-to-be and the groom-to-be, or at least their families. She contacts both families and spea...

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Amany Aly Shawky
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on : Tuesday, 8 Jul, 2014

Turning the Clocks Back

Following a decision by the government this May, Egyptians are adjusting their watches, clocks, phones and computers an hour backward to welcome the holy month of Ramadan for the first time in three years. Daylight saving time fell with the toppling of former president Hosni Mubarak in 2011 following the January 25 revolution. Abolishing it was one of the post-revolutionary government’s most influential decisions, and probably the only one to have lasted. Many Egyptians have said that...

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Elizabeth Monier
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on : Sunday, 29 Jun, 2014

Copts still Waiting for Better Days

Questions were raised once more about the religious freedoms of Copts—Egypt’s largest Christian community—when the sentence for blasphemy of Demiana Abdelnour, a ...

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Elizabeth Monier
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on : Sunday, 1 Jun, 2014

The Art of Egyptian Elections

The song Bushret Khair (“Good Omen”) by the popular singer Hussein Al-Jasmi became the unofficial anthem of the Egyptian presidential election in May. A video accompanying the ...

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Elizabeth Monier
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on : Sunday, 4 May, 2014

Winning Back the Sinai

The interim government that replaced Mohamed Mursi in July 2013 has built its legitimacy on “rescuing” Egypt from Mursi’s mismanagement, as well as from Islamist terroris...

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Mahmud El-Shafey
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on : Sunday, 20 Apr, 2014

Code of Honor

Egypt is a country with many faces and a country that continually finds itself at the center of attention. One facet of Egypt’s complex culture that has only recently drawn i...

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Elizabeth Monier
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on : Sunday, 6 Apr, 2014

No Security for Egypt’s Women

Last December, Egyptian academic Mariz Tadros wrote that women’s human security was not on anyone’s agenda. According to her research, the security breakdown since the Ar...

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Mahmud El-Shafey
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on : Saturday, 22 Mar, 2014

Dammed-Up Politics

“We will not allow anyone to touch Egypt’s share of Nile Water. This is a matter of life and death for Egypt,” the country’s Mursi-era water resources and irrigation mi...

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Bashir Abdel Fattah
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on : Wednesday, 12 Mar, 2014

Egyptian Parties’ No-Show

Egypt’s presidential race is exposing the failings of the country’s political parties. What is really striking is that the parties have not only failed to put forward any c...

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Ahmed Kadry
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on : Saturday, 8 Mar, 2014

We are All Still Khaled Said

On Monday, March 3, the family and friends of Khaled Said won a small victory when ten-year jail sentences were handed down to the two policemen who killed the young man, whose...

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