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.



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 international interest is al-tar—the vendetta. Although blood feuds have long been a defining feature of Upper Egypt, the custom made headlines earlier this month when at least twenty-four people died in Aswan over a period of two days in a series of revenge killings between Nubian villagers from Daboud and member...

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Elizabeth Iskander Monier
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 Arab uprisings has led to a dramatic rise in incidents of sexual harassment due to the sense among perpetrators that, in the absence of law and order, they can get away with anything. Women’s mobility, including their ability to go to work, has been severely curtailed. This is not only true in Egypt. Tadros found that ...

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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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Elizabeth Iskander Monier
on : Sunday, 23 Feb, 2014

Lessons from Egypt’s Cult of Leadership

Egypt’s presidential election, set to be held before the end of April, is fast approaching. The man expected to win is Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Commander-in-Chie...

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Ahmed Kadry
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on : Sunday, 9 Feb, 2014

An Insecure Roadmap

The transitional roadmap is already plotting Egypt’s course, but in the mean time a perpetual cycle of violence is throwing obstacles in its path. The heightened insecurity h...

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Sophie Anmuth
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on : Sunday, 26 Jan, 2014

Police Day or Protest Day?

On the third anniversary of Egypt’s January 25 revolution in 2011, people from across the political spectrum claim that they alone represent its legacy, but all had different...

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Mahmud El-Shafey
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on : Sunday, 19 Jan, 2014

Everybody’s a Faloul

Egypt took one step forward on the military-backed post-revolutionary roadmap this week following the unsurprising approval of a controversial constitution. But this sentence c...

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Ahmed Kadry
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on : Sunday, 12 Jan, 2014

Egypt’s Despondent Voters

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Egyptians will be voting on a new constitution for the second time in as many years. Amr Moussa, former secretary-general of the Arab League and chair...

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