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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

State violence and the illusions of modernity in Egypt

The constant state of denial that is a feature of the urban middle class and the regime is a necessity to maintain a deeply paradoxical ideological construct.

Living the double life: behind the lies of women's daily lives in Egypt

The consequences of living this sort of double-life go far beyond family disagreements.

Critical voices in critical times: Peter Mayo on Gramsci, Egypt and critical pedagogy

How can the work and thought of Antonio Gramsci help us make sense of the Arab Uprisings and their aftermath? Is there a place for critical pedagogy in times of counter-revolution?

Challenges of fieldwork in Egypt: changing/challenging theoretical leanings

How can we ethnographically ground postmodern interest in human-animal relations?

محمد صلاح، والثورة وهزيمة مصر

مشكلة مصر الحقيقية هي أنها مكان لا يعيش فيه الأمل أبدا، لكنه أيضا لا يموت تماما. English

Mo Salah, the revolution and Egypt’s defeat

The real trouble with Egypt is that it’s a place where hope never lives, but never truly dies. العربية

The president’s wedding: micro-politics of mass mobilisation in Egypt’s 2018 election

The micro-level responses, and the individual and local acts of agency still reaffirm Egypt’s longstanding tradition of subversive political humour.

Unhappiness and Mohamed Salah’s Egypt

Salah is a hero of disruption, a political voice without talking politics.

Education and orientalist discourse

The topic of education fits neatly into the orientalist middle class rhetoric about the poor, ignoring its role as an instrument of class power and domination in an autocratic country like Egypt. 

"Big Brother": the art of subversion

Art achieves its highest purpose when it questions the structures of power in a society. A goal that "Big Brother", a satirical show in Egypt, achieves.

Egypt's political system is a pressure cooker: it will explode

Egypt will at some point explode in everyone's faces. The question is when, how and most of all, at what cost. How much more blood will flow?

Why do authoritarian regimes love elections?

By the very nature of their positions, authoritarian leaders project extreme insecurity, as their legitimacy is not reaped from popular representation and democratic accountability.

The return of the Ultras Ahlawy?

Are communities that are not directly political more effective today? More capable of resisting repression and able to maneuver and challenge the state’s iron fist?

Power and the divine: self-repression in Egypt

Focusing on the afterlife, the rewards of heaven for the just and hell for the unjust, keeps the masses in check and accepting of their social reality. This needs to change.

تنصيب السيسي والمعارضة المصرية

في محاولة لحصر السلطة بشكل مركزي، يسعى النظام إلى خلق عدوّ موحّد هو كناية عن تحالف بين المعارضة والنخب الأمنية والمدنية المستاءة.  English

How Egypt functions in the Moroccan imagination

A journey through Morocco as an Egyptian. Amro Ali shares his observations and insights from common spaces of discussions.

Lights – Camera – Action! ‘below the stairs’ soap opera production in middle class Cairo residences

Fearful of a relentless downward slide, Cairo’s middle classes generate income by renting out their private apartments for the illegal filming of TV soaps.

معترك جديد

المجتمع المدني القوي والنقابات القوية تعني دولة قوية، ولذلك، تدعيم استقلالية المجتمع المدني وقوته، ومن ضمنه النقابات، هو تقوية ودعم للدولة، عكس ما تروجّه السلطة وأجهزتها.

Elections and the Egyptian movement of 2011: thinking with Alain Badiou about the current situation

For French philosopher Alain Badiou, elections pose a more important question for the movement in Egypt beyond the issue of participation. العربية

الانتخابات وحركة ٢٠١١ في مصر: التفكير مع آلان باديو عن الوضع الحالي

بالنسبة للمفكر الفرنسي آلان باديو تطرح الانتتخابات سؤالًا  مهمًا للحركة في مصر، سؤال يتجاوز مسألة المشاركة أو عدم المشاركة. English

Counter-terrorism: new UK strategy must learn obvious lessons

Since 2001, Britain has compromised its passion for the rights of people in the name of counter-terrorism, thereby undermining its national security and winning enemies faster than they are eliminated.

قروض مصر: لشراء السلاح لا التنمية

القروض فرضت على مصر سياسات اقتصادية تقشفية طالت كل فئات الشعب. المواطنين الفقراء وأبناء الطبقة الوسطى يدفعون الثمن.

“From the revolution, we learned to be united”: leaving politics behind. An interview with Mahienour el-Massry

On the occasion of the anniversary of the eighteen days’ occupation of Tahrir Square, beginning 25 January 2011, Mahienour el-Massry, lawyer and Revolutionary Socialist activist in interview.

Sisi’s coronation and the Egyptian opposition

In an attempt to centralize power, the regime is in the process of creating one unified enemy, an alliance between the disgruntled security and civilian elites as well as the opposition. عربي

Gene Sharp: freedom is out of the bottle

Dictators will sleep better now that Gene Sharp has left. But as long as people are not afraid of dictatorships, dictators will be in big trouble. In memoriam.

What remains of democracy? Egypt, Italy and ‘the lesser evil’ after Giulio Regeni

A thesis circulating for some time seeks the secret of the 28-year-old's death, not in the Al-Sisi regime, but for example in Cambridge. This is a dangerous distraction. Italiano.

You've kept your power, Arab rulers, but at what cost?

Let us never forget that those who make peaceful uprisings impossible will eventually make violent revolution irresistible. 

Remembering against the tide: Giulio Regeni and the transnational horizons of memory

Two years after the murder of Giulio Regeni, the call for truth and justice has yet to be answered. 

Alain Badiou on the Egyptian revolution: questions of the movement and its vision [video]

How can the Egyptian revolution reveal clues and unlock ideas about the changing nature of politics and organization, the meaning of revolution, and notions of failure and success? العربية

آلان باديو عن الثورة المصرية: حول سؤال الحركة ورؤيتها

كيف يمكن لحدث الثورة المصرية أن يكشف لنا عن أدلة ويفك ألغازًا حول تغير طبيعة السياسة والتنظيم، وتغير معنى الثورة ومفاهيم النجاح والفشل؟ English 

مصر: سلاح التشويه

أبدع النظام المصري الحالي بكل قنواته الإعلامية وأذرعه المؤسساتية بإستخدام سلاح التشويه والتحريض علي الكراهية من أجل الإنتقام من كل معارضيه على السواء. English

Egypt: character assassination as a weapon

The Egyptian regime has been resorting to defamation campaigns to target its opponents as a tactic to silence and discredit any critical voices. العربية

The tentacles of autocratic regimes: the case of Egypt

The process of repression is outsourced to the citizenry who indirectly secure absolute power for the regime. It is a vicious cycle with the masses being both the victims as well as beneficiaries of repression. 

Let’s not ‘politicise’: let’s skill

"We are very aware, when it comes to the whole Greek experience, that one of the problems the political left faces is … what it means to be able to implement your own ideas."

Egypt: do you really want to counter terrorism?

Is the failure intentional or a result of general incompetence? Because of repression or Islamic ideology? This debate should be far from over.

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