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Egypt Revolution

Egypt hopes soccer will help polish its tarnished image

James Dorsey | Posted 09.13.2016 | World
James Dorsey

By James M Dorsey An Egyptian businessman with close ties to general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has submitted a bid for the broadcasting r...

A Confession on the 4th of July

Yehia Ghanem | Posted 08.18.2016 | World
Yehia Ghanem

As of 2010, there was a strong feeling among the general public that Egypt was approaching a major political, social and cultural overhaul. It was a sentiment that had begun to take root earlier, in 2004. But by 2010, after 30 years in power, the time had come for the presidency to be passed from Mubarak the father to Mubarak the son.

Port Said emerges as Egypt's focal point of soccer-driven protest

James Dorsey | Posted 07.14.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey Port Said, the Suez Canal city associated with the worst incident in Egyptian sporting history, is emerging as a prime locus of so...

How The "Bregret" May Explain Egypt's 30 June Revolution?

Basma El Baz | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics
Basma El Baz

The shock everyone felt following the victory of the leave camp in the UK referendum and the regret many felt after their vote led to this rather unbelievable result somehow reminded me of the 2012 presidential elections in Egypt.

This Novel Will Change The Way You Look At The Egyptian -- Or Any -- Revolution

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 06.28.2016 | Arts

In the third and final section of Yasmine El Rashidi’s Chronicle of a Last Summer, the 30-something narrator finds herself having a political conver...

Egypt inches towards return of militant fans to stadium terraces

James Dorsey | Posted 06.22.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey Egypt may be inching towards a return to the stands of soccer fans, who played a key role in the 2011 toppling of President Hosni ...

Open Letter to Bernie Supporters

Megan McFeely | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
Megan McFeely

I watched Bernie's speech in Santa Monica and cried. The man is full of integrity and authenticity. I am sure your heart feels broken and maybe you express this disappointment through anger. Maybe the system is unjust... Maybe we are not ready for this shift... But I want you to know two things.

Leaked Interior Ministry Memos Highlight Differences Within Egypt's Regime

James Dorsey | Posted 05.05.2016 | World
James Dorsey

This latest leak, contrary to past leaks, many of which were from within the military rather than the interior ministry and appeared designed to portray Mr. Al Sisi in a negative light and undermine his credibility, seems inadvertent.

Egyptian soccer fans set stage for growing anti-government protests

James Dorsey | Posted 04.23.2016 | World
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey Militant, street battle-hardened Egyptian soccer fans set the stage for growing protests against the government of general-turned-...

Recognizing fan power, Egypt's regime boosts calls for security sector reform

James Dorsey | Posted 04.10.2016 | World
James Dorsey

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi's brutal regime in rare gestures towards his opponents has twice this year recognized the potential street power of his country's militant, street battle-hardened soccer fans.

Egypt’s Young “Anti-Torture T-Shirt” Detainee Finally Free After Nearly 800 Days Behind Bars

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 03.25.2016 | World

ISTANBUL -- Mahmoud Hussein, detained in Cairo while wearing an anti-torture t-shirt, is finally free after nearly 800 days behind bars during which h...

The Long Wait for "Enlightenment" in Egypt

Sara Khorshid | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Sara Khorshid

Egypt's Sisi is no moderniser or reformer. Nor is the military establishment that he hails from. His core trait when it comes to ideology and thought is his being opposed to Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group, and that could be largely related to power struggle more than it is to ideology.

Conviction of Egyptian Soccer Fans Slams Door on Potential Political Dialogue

James Dorsey | Posted 02.16.2016 | World
James Dorsey

Fleeting hopes that Egypt's militant, street battled-hardened soccer fans may have breached general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al Sisi's repressive armour were dashed with this week's sentencing of 15 supporters on charges of attempting to assassinate the controversial head of storied Cairo club Al Zamalek SC.

Ten Things We've Learned From the Egyptian Revolution

Menna Elnaka | Posted 02.12.2016 | College
Menna Elnaka

On this day, five years ago, February 11th, we thought we attained our dream... Looking back at the day when Mubarak stepped down, watching funny vide...

Mired in problems: Egypt's president reaches out to ultras

James Dorsey | Posted 02.02.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

Best known for his brutal repression of critics, Egyptian-general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al Sisi has invited protesting militant anti-government soccer fans to investigate a 2012 politically loaded soccer brawl in which 72 supporters of storied Cairo club Al Ahli SC died.

Removing A Dictator Is Not A Quick Fix. We Learned That The Hard Way

Angie Gad | Posted 01.27.2016 | World
Angie Gad

Egypt's "deep state" did not disappear with Mubarak and his regime. Yes, removing an authoritative dictator who ruled for nearly 30 years was indeed a challenge and a major feat. However, as the past five years have shown us, we clearly were not prepared for what came next.

5 Years After the Revolution, Egypt's a Hell After a Paradise

Walid Akef | Posted 01.27.2016 | World
Walid Akef

CAIRO -- I had a dream like any other Egyptian. I lived through the unforgettable moment when Mubarak was obliged to cede the throne. I was waiting for a new Egypt, for a different future to come. Now, we are living through the worst moments Egypt has ever lived. Yet even in this complex reality, we still have hope.

On the Anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution, Sisi Is Terrified

Iyad El-Baghdadi | Posted 01.29.2016 | World
Iyad El-Baghdadi

Sisi's state is franticly trying to suppress a movement it claims to have already suppressed. As Egypt's central security chief declared they "will not allow another revolution," the hashtag "the people demand the downfall of the regime" quietly became the top trending topic in the Arab Twittersphere.

Postcard From Alexandria: Glory to Mahinour

Afrah Nasser | Posted 01.06.2016 | World
Afrah Nasser

I went to Alexandria, and on my way in the plane I couldn't help but think of that I was traveling to the hometown of Mahienour el-Massry. Watching 'Mandela' the movie in the plane did not also give me a break from thinking of Mahi, for she's also our freedom fighter.

Fearful of Protests, Egypt Keeps Stadia Closed

James Dorsey | Posted 12.14.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Egyptian law enforcement authorities and the Egyptian Football Association (EFA), in a reflection of fears that stadia in Egypt could once more emerge as platforms for anti-government protest, have extended a ban on spectators attending matches that has been in place for much of the last five years.

Erdogan, Sisi and Western Hypocrisy

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics
Soumaya Ghannoushi

A funereal atmosphere descended over western capitals with the announcement of Turkey's parliamentary elections' results, widely described in European and American media as a "shock" and a "black day for Turkey." The picture painted appeared very bleak, as a stream of reports, editorials and op-eds by opposition figures warned of a "return to autocracy and despotism" and declared the outcome as a threat to the "survival of democracy" in the country.

Egypt Is Secular by Nature

Maher Gabra | Posted 11.03.2015 | World
Maher Gabra

President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has been pushing smartly and consistently for religious reform in Egypt. First, he started by visiting Christians at Christmas at Saint Mark's Cathedral in Cairo to emphasize the concept of citizenship and equal rights for religious minorities.

Egyptian Soccer Fans Put Youth Disillusion With Elections on Public Display

James Dorsey | Posted 10.21.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

As Egyptian general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al Sisi struggled this week to get Egyptians to cast their vote in parliamentary elections, militant soccer fans put widespread youth disillusionment with the president's autocratic rule on public display.

Staunch Sisi Supporter Calls for Opening of Stadia and Dialogue with Ultras

James Dorsey | Posted 10.03.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

A staunch supporter of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris, has called on the government to allow soccer fans, a pillar of anti-government protest, back into stadia that have largely been closed to the public for nearly five years.

Militant Soccer Fans Are on a Roll Across Eurasia

James Dorsey | Posted 09.13.2016 | World
James Dorsey

Carsi, one of Turkey's largest, if not its largest, fan group has long campaigned for social justice related issues, and played in 2013 a key role in the biggest anti-government protests since Mr. Erdogan's rise to power in 2003.