Monthly Archives: August 2015

Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 35 ( Aug 24 -30)

Top Headlines El-Sisi visits Russia (Tuesday) Arab League postpones issuance of “unified military force” protocol (Wednesday) Egypt sentences Al-Jazeera English journalists to 3 years in prison (Saturday) Egypt summons UK ambassador over criticism of Al-Jazeera trial (Sunday) Egypt to hold … Continue reading

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What Egypt can learn from Lebanon’s “You Stink” campaign

  As the Lebanese people poured onto the streets of Beirut protesting against their dysfunctional political scene, and their government’s continued inability to provide basic services such as garbage collection, media coverage of the protests in Egypt focused mainly on … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 34 ( Aug 17- 23)

Top Headlines Islamic State claims Cairo’s courthouse bombing. (Thursday) Four Palestinian Hamas militants were abducted in Sinai. (Thursday) Egypt sentences Brotherhood leader to life imprisonment. (Saturday) Egyptian security forces fire tear gas at striking police officers. (Sunday) A bombing in … Continue reading

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How we learn about bombs in Cairo

Originally posted on endless transition:
Late last night, people across Cairo woke up to the sound of a boom. It was heard across the capital by people in various neighborhoods spread across the city. This is nothing new (although the volume of…

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Children Should Not Wear Hijab in Egypt’s Schools

Early on Sunday, a report appeared in Egypt’s Youm 7 newspaper that Egypt’s Ministry of Education would ban children from wearing the Islamic headscarf  (hijab)  at school. The report was based on an interview with the Minister of Education Moheb … Continue reading

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Short Comments: Terrorism in Egypt

 In August, security was on very high alert in Egypt . Two events were particularly important: the inauguration of the Suez Canal on August 6, and the second anniversary of the forced dispersal of the sit-ins at Rabaa al-Adaweya and … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 33 ( August 10 – 16)

Top Headlines President Sisi establishes economic zone around the Suez Canal. (Tuesday) Islamic State’s Egyptian ally says it beheads a Croatian hostage. (Wednesday) Egyptian military aircraft crashed near the border with Libya. (Thursday) Minimal protests to mark Rabaa anniversary. (Friday) … Continue reading

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Anti-Suez Canal campaign: A belated exercise in popcorn politics

Initially published in Egypt’s Ahram The New Suez Canal has been inaugurated amidst controversial scenes, ranging from the expression of public joy, to mocking, skepticism, and endless articles questioning its economic worth. However, at the heart of the controversy is not … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 32 ( Aug 3 – 9)

Top Headline Egypt inaugurates a New Suez Canal. (Thursday) Deadline passes for Croatian hostage held by ‪ISIS militants. (Friday) Ousted former president Morsi complains about prison food (Saturday)   ( Photo and comment from Twitter) Main Headlines   Monday Obama … Continue reading

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Short Comments: On Egypt and Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Egypt Ahmad Qattan  (Al Arabiya) Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Egypt, Ahmed Qattan, has played down media reports suggesting ties between both countries are strained, adding that bilateral relations are “at their best.” The Saudi Ambassador has … Continue reading

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