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Wave of arrests in Egypt sends alarming message at start of Sisi’s second term

Dozens of politicians, writers and human rights activists were attacked June 5 by unknown assailants at the iftar dinner party for the breaking of the daily fast during Ramadan organized by the Civil Democratic Movement. The assailants crashed the iftar at the Swiss Club in Cairo and overturned the dinner tables while chanting “Traitors! Spies!”

Egypt holds labor union elections amid accusations of government interference

Following a 12-year hiatus, labor union elections kicked off May 23 amid accusations that the Egyptian government is excluding independent labor organizations’ leaders from the electoral race in a bid to have the upper hand on labor unions, which caused a headache for the regime in the wake of the January 25 …

Government pressed to combat discrimination

“I promise to work for all Egyptians without discrimination,” President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said in April, during his first speech after securing a second presidential term with 97% of votes against his only rival Moussa Mostafa Moussa.

Egypt journalist summoned to court for speaking to banned Al Jazeera

An Egyptian journalist has been summoned to court for allegedly spreading “fake news” and insulting the country’s leader after she spoke to Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera.

The Egyptian Regime’s Broadening Reach over Media

As the current regime in Egypt asserts its control over more spheres of politics and society, it is realizing the importance of spreading military morals as an ideology for all aspects of life, especially media and culture production. In addition to using the security apparatuses, the regime is also using civilian …

Egypt orders scenes found ‘insulting’ by Sudan be deleted from TV show

Scenes from an Egyptian TV show which were deemed “insulting” by Sudan have been deleted. The head of the Supreme Council of Media Regulation in Egypt, Makram Mohamed Ahmed, said: “The Council is keen to strengthen relations between Egypt and Sudan”, adding that “scenes that Sudan viewed as ‘offensive’ have …

Women ready to run for office in Egypt

Egypt has yet to pass a law needed to hold local elections, but hundreds of women will not be wallflowers waiting for an invitation to run for office. Thanks to an initiative dubbed “The Councils Are Ours,” potential candidates will be prepared when the elections are finally held for the first time in eight years.

Building a virtual political party for Egypt

In Egypt there is no star brighter than that of footballing legend Mohamed Salah. Just this month, he was named PFA player of the year, and Egyptian Twitter danced deep into the night. Coming on the heels of an “election” dubbed farcical by The Washington Post, The New Yorker and The Economist, to …