Egyptian Government’s anti-terrorism measures
are causing subtle but significant shifts in Cairo’s vibrant
informal service sector - illustrated through the experiences of
one middle-class resident and her long-serving part-time cleaner. Read part one of this two-part article: The maid's story.
The Egyptian Government’s anti-terrorism measures are causing subtle but significant shifts in Cairo’s vibrant
informal service sector- illustrated through the experiences of
one middle-class resident and her long-serving part-time cleaner. Read part two of this two-part article: The madame's story.
ruler, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, has responded to the growing outcry over mob sexual
violence against women in public places by setting up a ministerial committee.
More, much more, however needs to be done.
The street in Cairo has become an insecure and volatile place. VICE News has been following avid supporters of General Sisi, revolutionaries who feel their aspirations are far from realisation and members of the Muslim Brotherhood outlawed by the military government.
sites of mass protest in Cairo and stamping them with symbolic
representations of their preferred narrative of order and stability,
the military authorities are striving to relegate the revolution to the
past. Yet, these new cityscape makeovers continue to be
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.
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.
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.
It is ironic that street vendors have spent more time in the square than any protestor ever has. Omar comes out staggeringly alive in his death. A spectrum of colours is added to his socially-perceived black and white life. We are teleported into another world of how the other (majority) Egypt lives.
Restructuring of institutions to create a more efficient bureaucracy free from corruption so that Egyptians no longer depend on the mercy of governmental officials to procure their basic needs of daily supplies and services is a priority.
If the Arab uprisings have taught us anything, it is that the Arab public represents a formidable challenge to power elites. Grievances should not limit Egypt’s revolutionary camp at the expense of a proactive outreach to Arab societies, united in their anti-authoritarianism.
One reason for glorifying violence was because for Mubarak, then SCAF followed by the Ikhwani government, accusing opponents of being violent mobs was a favourite ploy for giving legitimacy to the state's brutality.
Just as Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood have been continuously accused of hijacking and jumping on the coattails of the revolution, now the finger is being pointed by activists towards other activists who disagree on what the next course of action should be.
Egypt's constitutional draft should be
rejected, the draft contains many dangers regarding private
property, the separation of powers and judicial independence for instance.
It is important to understand the actual hazards of the constitutional draft
and its possible consequences.
There is a growing belief that the
post-revolution spate of sexual attacks on women is a reflection of a
large-scale and co-ordinated campaign from Egypt's security forces, seeking to
undermine or intimidate the political opposition. Zoe Holman spoke to the founder of anti-harassment network Imprint
The question riding on the chaos being played out – from the burning offices of the Freedom and Justice Party to the squares of Egyptian cities to the palace gates of power – is how will all this shape future trends throughout the Arab world?
The opposition, the liberals and seculars at Tahrir need to avail themselves of the new spaces that they could use to mobilize people, through demands and slogans better suited to the historical moment in which we live and better calculated to have a broad appeal.