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The fascist tendencies of a proud nation

By Rasheed Hammouda and Mohamed Ibrahim   For the previous installments: Part one and Part two This is the final installment of a three part series. The aim of this series is to dispel the increasingly widespread belief held by both supporters and detractors of Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi that the circumstances he faces and the …

Rasheed Hammouda

Lax FIFA policing of political interference in football focuses on Egypt

By James M. Dorsey World football body FIFA has dispatched investigators to Egypt to probe allegations of government interference as the country prepares for potentially risky bids to host two international tournaments, the 2017 Beach Soccer World Cup and the 2018 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup. The FIFA investigation and the bids come against the …

Daily News Egypt

In a league of his own: Sisi’s loving embrace

By Rasheed Hammouda and Mohamed Ibrahim This article is the second of a three part series. The aim of this series is to dispel the increasingly widespread belief held by both supporters and detractors of Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi that the circumstances he faces and the actions he takes are similar to those of his predecessors, …

Rasheed Hammouda

In a league of his own: Sisi is not the heir to Nasser’s legacy

By Rasheed Hammouda and Mohamed Ibrahim This article is the first of a three part series. The aim of this series is to dispel the increasingly widespread belief held by both supporters and detractors of Sisi that the circumstances he faces and the actions he takes are similar to those of his predecessors, specifically Gamal …

Rasheed Hammouda

Egyptian foreign reserves edge up in March: Central Bank head

Reuters – Egypt’s foreign reserves rose to around $17.42bn in March from $17.307bn in February, central bank governor Hisham Ramez said, edging further away from critical lows they hit last year. The reserves fell sharply following the uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak in early 2011, but have been bolstered since last summer when Gulf …

Daily News Egypt

Is the worst over for Egypt’s economy?

By Farah Halime Could Egypt’s economy be on the road to recovery? Some indicators suggest this might be the case. According to Reuters: Egyptian business activity shrank for the 13th month in a row in October but at a much slower rate, suggesting the economy may be improving after months of renewed political turmoil. The seasonally …

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Egypt’s misguided liberals

By Farah Halime, Rebel Economy Questions were already being raised about Egypt’s new liberals and whether they really were as democratic as they claimed to be. But, as Sharif Abdel Kouddous wrote in the Nation recently, “the turning point came on August 14, when the military and security forces brutally cleared the two mass sit-ins in …

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Morsi turns to Syria and football to polish his tarnished image

By James M. Dorsey President Mohamed Morsi and his flailing Muslim Brotherhood have turned to foreign policy and soccer to improve their battered image in advance of a planned mass anti-government protest at the end of this month and mounting calls for his resignation. In a bid to distract attention from his domestic woes, curry …

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Egypt’s economy: A state of ‘zugzwang’

By: Mohamed A. Fouad The Egyptian economy is slated for a growth of only 2% in the fiscal year ending June 2013. Despite President Mohamed Morsi’s hope for a 5.5% growth next year, the outlook for 2014 is not flattering. Earlier this year, the World Bank forecasted economic growth at 3.8% for 2014 and in a …

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Is there no other alternative to the Muslim Brotherhood?

It has been repeated many times in recent months that there exists no alternative to the Muslim Brotherhood in terms of selecting a group capable and organised enough to rule Egypt. Other organisations, it has been claimed, lack unity, do not have enough popular political support, or have no clear vision for a political platform. …

Farid Zahran