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We need to consider how the Egyptian revolution will succeed

Nine years have passed since Egypt’s 25 January Revolution, and this compels me to contemplate that historic moment in a nation that has not risen up since 1919. A popular revolution is generally the most honourable human action in sociological terms, because it is usually a response to official injustice. …

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Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ fails to resonate among Egyptians

Ending months of speculation, US President Donald Trump outlined his proposed plan for Middle East peace in Washington Jan. 28, describing it as a “win-win” for both Israel and the Palestinians. Trump said he envisions “a two-state solution with Jerusalem remaining as Israel’s undivided capital” and “a capital in East …

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What Has Changed in Policing since the Arab Uprisings of 2011? Surveying Policing Concepts and Modes of Contestation

Since 2011, the police have been at the centre of the contestation rocking the Arab world. This paper maps out some of the main modes of contestation and provides a preliminary assessment of their impact on police practices. It argues that mass mobilised contestation succeeded in changing such practices only …

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‘Sisi shows no mercy’: Nine years on, Egypt awaits the rest of its revolution

Downtown Cairo is put on lockdown every January as the anniversary of the 2011 revolution approaches. The usually bustling city centre goes silent as the heavy presence of tanks and checkpoints makes itself felt, with people stopped, searched and often arrested arbitrarily. Even those who stay home are still in …

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Against All Odds: Evolving Civil Mobilisation in Egypt under al-Sisi

Paris, 23 January 2020 – On the occasion of the 9th anniversary of the Egyptian revolution, the Arab Reform Initiative (ARI) released today four research papers exploring different forms of civil and political mobilisation that developed and persisted in Egypt despite increasing repression since al-Sisi’s power takeover in 2013.

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Egypt’s Interior Ministry to confront attempts to ‘incite chaos’ during anniversary of January revolution

Egypt’s Minster of Interior said on Wednesday that police will “confront attempts by Muslim Brotherhood members to harm the country’s national security during the 9th anniversary of the January 25, 2011 revolution on Saturday, calling on the Egyptian people not to respond to what it said were “calls for incitement, …

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On the sinister objectives of Abu Dhabi’s ‘crusade’ against political Islam

Abu Dhabi has firmly established itself as a cyber powerhouse, using its cyber capabilities not just for sabotage and espionage, but increasingly for subversion as well – that is, weaponising narratives to undermine civil society in the MENA region.

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Boris Johnson must stand up to Sisi in defence of human rights

In September 2014, addressing the United Nations General Assembly for the first time as president of Egypt, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi swore to build “a new Egypt … a state that respects and enforces the rule of law [and] guarantees freedom of opinion for all”.

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