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Egypt-Israel relations ‘at highest level’ in history

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the first time in public on Tuesday. The meeting came ahead of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, in what Egypt said was part of an effort to revive the Palestinian-Israeli diplomatic talks.

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Pain, torture and alienation

Human Rights Watch recently published a report exposing the use of “systematic torture” by Egyptian security forces. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of sexual violence, electric shocks and stress positions. Sadly, the report confirms what is already common knowledge amongst the vast majority of Egyptians.

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Why Egypt Must Work Toward Abolishing the Death Penalty

International rights groups this summer criticized death sentences issued by the Egyptian judiciary following what they called unfair trials, with convictions based on confessions obtained through torture. Since 2013, courts in Egypt have handed down hundreds of death sentences. On Monday, hundreds of defendants facing the death penalty in a …

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Factbox: Egypt and North Korea

On September 12, during a visit to Seoul, South Korea, Egypt’s Defense Minister reportedly announced that Egypt would be severing military ties with the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea. The alleged announcement and subsequent speculation, which was not immediately confirmed by the Egyptian government, comes as the United States …

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Al-Azhar and the Battle of Ideas against Extremist Islamism

The subject of extremist Islamism, and refuting it, remains a live one—and it is unlikely that it will change anytime soon. If there is ever a comprehensive and thorough response to extremist Islamism, it will have to take on board the need to deconstruct religious arguments from within religion.

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Controversy erupts over women’s role in political life in Egypt

“The partisan experience has been denigrated.” With these words, the secretary of the Nasserist Party media committee, Mahmoud al-Asqalani, responded to the head of Egypt’s National Council for Women (NCW), Maya Morsi, who has opposed female party leaders from maintaining membership in NCW branches.

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U.S. Aid to Egypt Should Hinge on Rule of Law

The United States Department of State announced three weeks ago that it would withhold $95.7 million in aid from Egypt and delay a further $195 million because of the country’s lack of respect for human rights. This decision surprised analysts as much as it reportedly startled the Egyptian government. Recent …

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Egypt’s New Stability: How Long Can an Exclusionary Order Be Sustained?

The Egyptian government raised the prices of fuel and electricity at the end of June 2017, marking the second increase in less than a year. These measures are part of an IMF-backed reform effort, initiated in November 2016, that seeks to abandon most currency controls and to cut fuel subsidies. …

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The business of war: Egypt, others eye reconstruction bids

The Syrian regime has intensified its call for investors to help rebuild the country, and Egypt is answering. For five months, Syrian officials have met with Egyptian, Chinese, Indian, Russian and Omani investors. Iranian investors and European companies have also expressed interest.

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