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Al-Sisi’s reality check

Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi still rides a wave of soaring popularity following his unrelenting support for the toppling of former president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. The kingmaker is widely expected to enter the presidential race largely uncontested. Save a few decorative candidates, such as presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabahy and former chief of staff …

Dr Mohamed Fouad

Leadership and Spin

In an interview two years ago, a French journalist asked me the tired question of whether the pitfall of the 25 January Revolution was the lack of a clear unifying leader. With exasperated breath, I explained to her that this was impossible for two very logical reasons: (1) If such a leader existed, he would …

Mahmoud Salem

What is the stance of the democratic entities regarding Al-Sisi’s nomination?

The democratic entities are currently being bombarded with many questions concerning Al-Sisi’s nomination.  The questions’ purposes are not answers, but rather denunciation. They are asking: “Will you dare object to Al-Sisi’s nomination?” The weird irony is that Al-Sisi hasn’t even announced his nomination yet. In addition, the available statements for him do not confirm that …

Farid Zahran

Al-Sisi’s dwindling options

The Media momentum was there: the constitutional referendum had passed without “major incidents” (which is code for polling stations not getting blown up), the presidential elections law was issued, Adly Mansour promoted Al-Sisi to the rank of field marshal, and even the military published its semi-endorsment for him to run for president. All the man …

Mahmoud Salem

Op-ed review: The deep state and Samy Anan

Has the deep state returned? Saad Eddin Ibrahim Al Masry Al Youm Newspaper Sociologist Saad Eddin Ibrahim begins his column by discussing the origin of the term “deep state”.  He explains that the term is traced back to Turkish sociologists who realised that despite the change in Turkish authority since the 1920s, some bureaucratic practices …

Daily News Egypt

What happens after the presidential elections?

This article’s title was supposed to be “What happens after electing Al-Sisi?” but I changed my mind, and hence the current title. That is because I still have hope that Al-Sisi will choose the third scenario, which includes cooperating with democratic entities to support a certain candidate for presidency. This candidate will also be accepted …

Farid Zahran

Op-ed review: Youths and the army

Six misguided groups and a surviving one Ezzedine Choukri Fishere Columnist Ezzedine Choukri Fishere wonders how it is possible that even though the majority of voters are made up of young people, they are not present in the political scene by running for parliament or the presidency. He writes that he found the answer to …

Daily News Egypt

Op-ed review: Marrying into Al-Sisi’s family

Ezzedine Choukri Fishere Al-Masry Al-Youm Newspaper Columnist Ezzedine Choukri Fishere chose to create an analogy for the current political scene in Egypt, with each political entity becoming a family, similar to the mob families seen in action movies. In the analogy, Egypt is a small village made of farmers and peasants. “When there was a …

Daily News Egypt

Is Al-Sisi’s nomination settled?

I write this on the evening of Monday, 27 January and I still believe that Al-Sisi has not made up his mind on nominating himself for presidency. I wondered if this thought was due to what I read from the current political scene or is it what I am hoping for based on an accurate …

Farid Zahran

Death of a nation’s conscience- A revolution isolated

By Wael Eskandar Setting aside miracles, something about the story of Jesus seemed incomprehensible to me when I was younger. I found myself wondering how people were so willing to cheer on Jesus’ crucifixion although he had done nothing but preach values of goodness. After three years of preaching, he was smeared and condemned to …

Daily News Egypt

Is there any reason left to be bullish on Egypt?

After the dust cleared and the votes were counted for Egypt’s newest constitutional referendum, the interim regime cheered, announcing that the results represented “a clear endorsement of the roadmap to democracy, as well as economic development and stability”. Others were more critical, though perhaps fewer than might be expected were particularly public about their disapproval. …

Rasheed Hammouda

Random observations on Egypt’s referendum

On Wednesday, as the polls closed and results started pouring in, a big step in Egypt’s transitional roadmap was concluded. While it was a no brainer that the constitution was going to be overwhelmingly ratified by popular vote, the actual results of the referendum deserve to be analysed carefully, as they do paint a picture of …

Dr Mohamed Fouad

Egyptians’ lives: Between reality and fantasy

By Mohammed Nosseir Egyptians live two parallel lives: the life of reality that they struggle through daily and a fantasy existence of which they dream, a fantasy that they feel is quite close to reality, but have never managed to reach. Although the gap between the two is large and constantly growing, most Egyptians don’t …

Daily News Egypt