Category Archives: Protests

A Metro to Nowhere

I am a bit of a railfan, and I have been following the development of the Cairo Metro system since first living in Egypt ten years ago. Better public transportation is desperately needed in Cairo, as the cost of long … Continue reading

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Allenby Effigies

From Youm7 and Egyptian Chronicles (see video!) I am reminded today of Port Said’s tradition of burning effigies of hated political figures on Sham el-Nassim, a spring festival the Monday after Easter celebrated as a national holiday in Egypt. The … Continue reading

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Security For All — Coming Soon to Satellite!

Interior Minister Ahmad Gamal Eddin has announced the ministry’s intention to launch a satellite television channel. The Ministry of Interior is still recovering from a collapse of bureaucratic morale from the breaking of the Central Security Forces (al-Amn al-Markazi) on … Continue reading

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Is this the end of the Egyptian state of emergency?

State media have announced that the Supreme Council for the Armed Forces allowed Egypt’s constitutional state of emergency to expire on Thursday, May 31, 2012. This decision came after a week of pressure in parliament and from NGOs like Human … Continue reading

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Police Training in Time of (Permanent) War

Egyptian revolutionaries and pro-democracy activists have stressed the need to purge the upper ranks of the Ministry of Interior and its State Security wing and reform them with a non-corrupt outsider leadership. But I haven’t noticed much discussion of a … Continue reading

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Religion and Politics: Beyond the Muslim Brotherhood

The army-appointed interim Egyptian government issued legislation on Wednesday reaffirming the state’s long-standing ban on political parties defined by religious belief. Religious politics is alive and well in Egypt, but Fox News doesn’t quite have it right: the revolution has … Continue reading

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The Egyptian Constitution and Sovereignty

The hot topic in Egypt this week is the referendum on amendments to the 1971 constitution (here’s a full list from Reuters) scheduled for Saturday, March 19. It is remarkable that Egypt is having it’s first week with a burning … Continue reading

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