Minimising IMF financial support
through access to Gulf State finance allows Morsi to craft new political
narratives that reject views of Egypt as a US client state and redefines Egypt
within a framework of Arab nationalism and centre-right political Islam.
After spending roughly one year in
governing positions, the MB and Ennahda seem under pressure from frustrated
publics who feel that a zero-change status quo is currently in situ. So who
will the people turn to?
The failure to translate the
momentum of the heady days of the January 2011 protests in Egypt into an
effective revolutionary force is closely related to the organisational forms adopted by oppositional
movements. This poses broader questions for social movements worldwide, argues
The new Heliopolis university in Cairo has developed from SEKEM principles and is devoted entirely to sustainable development. Scilla Elworthy reports on the challenges of setting the pace of social innovation in education
In Egypt we have a lot of people who are dirt poor, and a thin stratum that has lavish spending habits. They spend their money on things that are trivial and just plain inconsiderate when it comes to their fellow citizens.
The statement issued by the Muslim
Brotherhood in response to the UN Commission on the Status of Women draft Agreed Conclusions on
violence against women, is nothing short of an assault on their most basic
rights as citizens and human beings, says Hoda Elsadda ,
When a nasty declaration by the UN Commission on the Status of Women contradicts the established principles of Islam more than members of the Brotherhood beating a woman senseless outside their headquarters.
It is common to hear people sitting in ahwas (street coffee
houses) speaking of their latest plans to demand better conditions at work
through strikes and walkouts. This culture of protest now appears to be more
prevalent than ever.
Youths would just waste their lives away, willingly or unwillingly, it did not matter much: what mattered was that their lives were wasted. It was wasted on drugs, drowning in the sea while following a mirage, following false leaders.
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