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Egypt’s Invisible Executions

On February 20, Egyptian authorities carried out the executions of nine defendants accused of assassinating Egyptian General Prosecutor Hisham Barakat, prompting international accusations that their trials were unfair and that torture was used to extract confessions.

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Muslim Brotherhood exiles from Egypt face uncertain future in Sudan

A Sudanese military council convened April 11 to discuss overthrowing President Omar al-Bashir, against whom the Sudanese had been protesting since December 2018. Hours after the meeting, Defense Minister Awad Ibn Auf announced that Bashir would be ousted and a new military council formed to govern the country for two years, after …

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Authoritarian Math

Egypt has just passed constitutional amendments in a hastily-arranged referendum that ended on April 22. They are important mostly because they will advance President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi’s project of one-man rule, extend his current term in office, enshrine military dominance over politics, and erode judicial independence. Not only was the substance …

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Probation: The (illegal) half-life created by nights inside a police station

Ahmed Maher is living his life in half days. His day starts at 6 am, when the doors of his cell inside the Qattamiya Police Station open. Then everything has to move double quick — he rushes to catch up with whatever he can: work, education, family, friends — because …

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How Egypt views turmoil in neighboring Sudan

In a shift from recent policy, Cairo backed the removal of longtime Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on April 11. Shortly after Bashir’s ouster by the military, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry released a statement expressing support for the “Sudanese people’s choice and will” and calling on the international community to “help Sudan …

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