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Egypt’s secret police revived and back on the streets

With Egypt already under a nationwide state of emergency in the aftermath of two deadly attacks that targeted churches in Tanta and Alexandria, Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghafar issued instructions for secret police to be deployed in Egypt’s streets and public squares to monitor and curtail any instances of criminal …

Forget ISIS, Egypt’s Population Boom Is its Biggest Threat

Egypt’s population is multiplying fast. From a little over 66 million at the turn of the century, it hit almost 93 million earlier this year. If current birth rates hold, demographers project that the country’s total will be 150 million by 2050. That kind of growth would be a challenge …

Extremism Under Sisi: His Repressive Policies Have Worsened the Problem

Anyone seeking evidence of creeping Islamist radicalization in Egypt under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s repressive regime need look no further than the bombing of the Coptic Orthodox church in Cairo on December 10. The attack, for which the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) claimed responsibility, killed 25 and wounded …

Whatever happened in the year of the youth?

On January 9, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi made a promise “from the heart of a father to his sons”: to make 2016 “the year of the youth” through programs that activate young people’s role in the nation by providing access to key knowledge and participation in education, culture, economy and …