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Tom Rowley is editor of oDR.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The genealogy of the Effendy

Undeterred by the regime's actions that have steadily pushed the Egyptian economy to the brink, the middle class seem intent on supporting the military.

تركيا 2016 ومصر 2013: سياسة الوقت

ليست القدرة على تمييز اللحظة التاريخية عن غيرها من اللحظات هي التي تفرّق المسار التركي عن المسار المصري وإنّما هي اللحظة التاريخية بحدّ ذاتها وما تمثّله. English

On the absence of Arab intellectuals: counter-revolution and the state

Maged Mandour

The inability of the counter-revolutionary forces to appeal to more than the need for security means that the current political order can only be maintained through the use of coercion and violence.

متفرّجة مصرية في تركيا

إذا كنّا نحبّ الديمقراطية، يجب أن نتمنّاها للجميع بغضّ النظر عن عقائدهم. يجب أن نقف في وجه الطغاة، سواء كانوا يرتدون بذّات عسكرية أو كانوا إسلاميين أو مستبدّين مدنيين. English

The moment the revolution broke down in tears

Globally, it seems that younger generations are on the losing side of the battles for more democratic, progressive and inclusive policies and societies.

Regeni and cosmopolitanism: the false question of national belonging

"Where are you from? - Italy." "Ah, you have Regeni. We have thousands of Regeni in Syria."

Egypt - the resistance

In the Arab world, even the smallest acts of resistance can give a sense of self-worth, encouraging a long-demoralized people to feel that change, after all, is possible.

Turkey 2016 and Egypt 2013: the politics of time

It isn’t the capability of recognizing a historical moment that differentiates the Turkish trajectory from the Egyptian, it is rather the historical moment itself and what it represents. عربي

رمضان والشرطة

تختلف آراء الناس حول ما إذا كان الشرب أو الأكل خلال شهر رمضان الكريم جريمة ولكن عندما تصبّ الشرطة اهتمامها ووقتها على هذا الموضوع أكثر من الجرائم الفعلية، يتساءل المرء عن الجهة أو الغرض الذي تخدمه. English

ماذا عن الوطنية؟

بعد أن عشت في الخارج لخمسة أعوام، بدأت أسأل والدتي التي تزال تقطن في الإسكندرية كيف تحافظ على هذا الرابط الوطني الوثيق بمصر على الرغم من كلّ ما اختبرته.
English

Ramadan and the police

People dısagree over whether drinking or eating during holy month is a crime, but when police devote more time to this than actual crimes, what or who do they serve? عربي

Turkey’s coup failed everywhere, except in Egyptian media

Egypt's media welcomed, unabashedly, the Turkish military coup; prematurely hailing Erdogan’s overthrow.

The "Coptic issue" and the cycle of suffering

Mina Fayek

To single out the mistreatment of Copts and the failure of the state to protect them, as a “Coptic issue”, is a wrong diagnosis of the problem.

On patriotism

After living abroad for five years, I found myself asking my mother, who still lives in Alexandria, how she still has this strong patriotic bond to Egypt after all she has seen. عربي

The wave of democracy in Egypt

A democratic force no doubt existed in Egyptian politics but it was marginal and contingent upon circumstances which, in turn, resulted in its transience. عربي

Other erratic nations of our time

While the US and the Soviet Union were in a proxy war, Americans were also fighting an internal ideological war, believing themselves defenders of liberal American thought in the face of communist evils. عربي

Egypt: targeting Mozn harmful to MENA regional gender justice struggle

If Mozn Hassan and other activists are not able to continue their work for human rights the road towards gender equality and long-term stability in Egypt is not within reach.    

Disembodying honour and exposing the politics behind it

The reaction to the public stripping of a Coptic grandmother in Upper Egypt reminds us of the power of popular campaigns to shame those who use embodied concepts of honour politically.

Can Islamism provide deliverance?

Maged Mandour

Modern day Islamism represents the interests of a specific social class that has few qualms about current social and economic structures.

Who is afraid of the urban poor?

Maged MandourIn Egypt, both the ruling elites and the urban middle class cling to the military regime, in the hope that they will be protected from a seemingly inevitable tide of social unrest.

التيار الديموقراطي في مصر

التيار الديموقراطي في مصر كان تياراً عابراً محدوداً وُلد في ظرف معين وانتهي سريعا. وإنشاء تيار ديموقراطي قوي في مصر لن يتم سوي بإبعاد المفاهيم الخاطئة عن الماضي. English

Hatred for authority and self-loathing

The police institution is the ugliest reflection of authority in Egypt. It is almost a duty to hate it – but this hatred breeds self-loathing. عربي

كراهية السُلّطّة واحتقار الذات

الشرطة هي التجسيد الأكثر قبحــًا للسلطة، لذا فكراهيتها فرض عين. ولكن هذه الكراهية في لحظة ما، تفقدني شعوري كوني إنسانـًا وتصيبني بحالة من احتقاري لذاتي. English

Can Sisi stop Egypt’s implosion?

Maged Mandour

Neither Sisi nor anyone else can bring stability to the country without radical social transformation, to address the key issues that brought about revolt in the first place.

A fascist history of the Egyptian revolution III: phase two, from the numinous to the real

What we see today is not a revolt against the ruling class, but rather a battle within this class; an attempt to redistribute the state’s power and resources.


On the spectacle of violence

Maged Mandour

Violence and repression are becoming more severe, and are symptomatic of the failure of Arab leaders to build a hegemonic vision they can use to control the citizenry. 

Where are the workers?

Maged Mandour

Even though the number of strikes and industrial actions in Egypt has skyrocketed since the mid 2000s, labour's demands have mostly been local and fragmented.

The thin line between pride and shame

Professing national pride or hiding in shame are two extremes like black and white and do not fit in a moderate and multihued world. عربي

العِزّةُ والعَارُ ومابينَهُما

النباح بعزة الوطن، أو الانغماس في قلب الرمال لمحو عاره، ألوان حادة مثل الأسود والأبيض لاتسود العالم المتعددة ألوانه. English

العنصر المفقود في مصر: الشعور بالانتماء

مع عقود من السياسات النيوليبرالية ، تزايد الانقسامات الطبقية ، وهدم الساحات العامة ، قد اختفى الاحساس بالانتماء الاجتماعي في مصر ، والحاجة إلى استعادته عاملا مشتركا في التحركات الجماهيرية. English

The missing element in Egypt: a sense of belonging

With decades of neoliberal policies, growing class divisions, and the demolition of public space, social belonging has vanished. The need to reclaim it has been a common factor in Egypt's mass mobilisations. عربي

Egypt’s parliament crushes Nubian right of return to ancestral lands

The parliament has approved designating many of the villages to which Nubians wish to return no-go military areas, and Nubian activists have yet again taken to the streets to demand their rights.

The untouchables: Egypt’s petty security officials

Maged Mandour

The regime has unleashed a wave of repression that it can no longer control. Power now lies in the hands of those that police local communities: Egypt’s new untouchables, the petty security officials.   

Giulio Regeni, Egypt, and the deafening silence of Europe

Giulio Regeni's case is not only about academic freedom, but about the responsibility of EU states to protect their citizens: silence cannot be the response to his torture and murder.

Egypt: the stamp of the street on its children

Egypt's legal system does not protect vulnerable children and mainstream society is too self absorbed to reach out to those in need – but there are those doing all they can to help.

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