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Al-Sisi holds meeting with SCAF and SCPF leading figures

President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi held on Monday a meeting with a number of leading figures from the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) and the Supreme Council of Police (SCPF) with the attendance of Defence Minister Sedki Sobhi and Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar, according to a statement from the …

ElBaradei assesses Egypt’s post-revolutionary political polarisation

Mohamed ElBaradei, the former vice president for foreign affairs under former interim president Adly Mansour, discussed the transition period that followed the 25 January Revolution and the election of the Muslim Brotherhood regime in an interview with Al-Araby TV network published on Saturday.

Why recent calls for protests failed to materialize in Egypt

Egyptians were anxiously waiting to see if anything would happen on Nov. 11, after widespread calls for protests for this day went public on social media. Under the banner of “Thawret El Ghalaba” (“Revolution of the Poor”), the calls for protest mainly focused on the suffering faced by low-income classes …

Self-exiled Egyptians cite fear of legal prosecution – report

Egypt’s mounting political, economic and social challenges in recent years have taken a toll on its citizens, forcing some into self-exile as they attempt to avoid the imminent pressures bound to arise amid a general decline in living standards, freedoms and political engagement.

The Expanding Jurisdiction of Egypt’s Military Courts

Egypt’s ongoing expansion of military jurisdiction under the pretext of economic development and public safety is yet another indicator that its revolution was stillborn. Although the military has long been a key political player, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s regime has promoted the military to the helm of Egypt’s political and …

Coptic activists denied protest permit on Maspero massacre anniversary

Young activists of the Maspero Youth Union were hoping to commemorate the victims by organising a rally in front of the Maspero building where the incidents happened back in 2011. However, such aspirations were crushed by the Ministry of Interior, which apparently threatened the activists and refused to grant them …

Dissidence and Deference Among Egyptian Judges

After the coup of July 3, 2013, judges in Egypt repeatedly shocked polite world opinion. In hasty proceedings held in police facilities, in the absence of defense attorneys, courts passed down sentences of death and life imprisonment for thousands of supporters of the ousted Muhammad Mursi, Egypt’s first elected president.

Sisi takes the UN stage while he crushes human rights groups at home

Hours before President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi left for the UN General Assembly, an Egyptian court ruled that the assets of five prominent human rights activists and three non-governmental organisations would be frozen. The justification for this ruling was that the groups had received foreign funding without state approval.

The Shrinking Independence of Egypt’s Labor Unions

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is turning against the unions that have helped put him in power. The state has set its sights on the Egyptian Federation of Independent Trade Unions (Al-Ittihad al-Masri lil-Naqabat al-Mustaqilla, EFITU), which operates as a large umbrella of non-governmental labor unions.

What Egyptians can learn from Turkey’s failed coup

“The Turkish Army Topples Erdogan”, said the red headline of Al-Ahram’s front page, the leading state-owned Egyptian newspaper on July, 16. It reflected the wishful thinking of the ruling regime in Egypt, which came to power after plotting a brutal coup against the first democratically elected Egyptian president three years ago.