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Better than Syria?

It was back in the late 1980s when I, a young teenager then, visited my Syrian side of the family. In the garden of a family member’s villa, a group of us, all teenagers, gathered late at night and started telling jokes. The Syrians love the Egyptian sense of humour and jokes, and so I …

Rana Allam

Qatar to expel 7 Brotherhood members

The Qatari authorities decided on Friday to expel seven Muslim Brotherhood members who had earlier fled Egypt to Qatar, press reports said Saturday. The Brotherhood members include Islamist preacher Wagdy Ghoneim and senior member of the Brotherhood’s now dissolved political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), Amr Darrag. In a short video placed on …

Daily News Egypt

World Cup sparks Islamist debate on football’s integrity

By James M. Dorsey Ultra-conservative clerics are condemning football as a Jewish and Christian tool undermining Islamic culture as millions of Muslims worldwide tune in to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The condemnations revive an enduring debate among conservatives and militants about the football’s integrity. They constitute one side of a jihadi and Salafi …

Daily News Egypt

At least 15 dead as Islamists strike again on Kenyan coast

AFP – At least 15 people have been killed in a new attack near Kenya’s coast, officials said Tuesday, just 24 hours after Somalia’s Shebab rebels massacred close to 50 people in the same area. The Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist group said its fighters carried out the latest attack on a village, and that its commando unit …

Daily News Egypt

Salafi choices during the presidential elections

By Nader Bakkar From an intellectual point of view, the Salafi movement is a rich one, distinguished by varying interpretations within the same school of thought and containing both positives and negatives simultaneously. A group of scholars and independent preachers that belong to this movement have preferred to withdraw completely from the political scene and …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt’s rule of law: Strong on paper, shakier on the ground

Earlier this month, Egypt’s cabinet passed a law confronting one of the country’s worst epidemics. The new sexual harassment law both increases fines against offenders and expands actions which are defined as harassment by law. In a country where it has been estimated that 99.3% of women are sexually harassed, the amendments to the Penal …

Basil El-Dabh

ESU President: The entire country would suffer both economically and politically if the school year stops

Egyptian universities have been under the spotlightdue to the escalating violence since the beginning of the school yearas a reaction to the military backed transition in power. Egypt’s Student Union (ESU)President Mohamed Badran has been under fire for his statements and his political stances. He was able to win the elections against the candidate of …

AbdelHalim H. AbdAllah

Dr. H.A. Hellyer

Where are they?

“Where are they? Where have they all gone? Where are all those young activists from the 25 January revolution?” It is a question that I get asked almost every time I engage with non-Egyptians; those based in Egypt or those who live in other capitals. The cynical among them reckon those activists ‘sold out’, and …

Dr H.A. Hellyer