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Dr H.A. Hellyer

Military intervention and Egypt’s future

The military may be coming – and it seems like everyone knows and is waiting for it, except the Muslim Brotherhood. The irony is: they are the ones who have the most to lose. A new intervention into governance by the Egyptian armed forces is something that many in the political, social and economic elite …

Dr H.A. Hellyer

Has the army truly withdrawn from Egyptian politics?

I recently claimed in a previous article, to all those who were interested in the progress of political dialogue within Egypt, that the country’s military would “not seek to return and inject itself back into politics, and will not seek to once again directly administer the affairs of our country”. I was pleased to see …

Farid Zahran

Review: Op-Eds criticise attacks on Egyptians in Libya, Islamist militias

Commentaries in major Egyptian newspapers have discussed the latest attacks on Coptic Egyptian expatriates in Libya and condemn the passive reactions of authorities in the presidential palace. Some other writers explore the recently debated idea of forming Islamist militias to replace Egypt’s vanishing police force.   Between Egypt and Libya Mohamed Salmawi Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper …

Daily News Egypt

Islam’s enemy!

It goes without saying that the Egyptian crisis is now beyond repair. None of the parties involved, including the military, have the power to resolve the conflict that the country seems destined to engage in. At some point there was hope for such a solution, but it now all seems that we are heading to …

Mahmoud Salem

Review: Commentaries discuss holding parliamentary elections

Writers in different newspapers have discussed the Administrative Court’s decision to halt the parliamentary elections, which was initially planned to take place on 22 April, praising the move and stating that it might be a good chance for all conflicting political groups to reach consensus and find a way out of the current political maze. …

Daily News Egypt

Review: Egyptian commentators debate how to end the political crisis

As protests continue to shake the streets of a number of Egyptian cities, writers are proposing suggestions to end the current political plight by calling for the delay of the upcoming parliamentary elections and forming a new government that is allowed time until 2016 to perform its duties.   A suggestion to exit the crisis …

Daily News Egypt

Dr H.A. Hellyer

“The Revolution continues”: No longer a slogan

When the crowds swelled in the Square of Liberation in January 2011, the chant of al-sha’ab yurid isqat al-nidham (‘the people demand the fall of the regime’) was a pithy slogan. By the time Hosni Mubarak was pushed out of power eighteen days later, Tahrir Square had become much more than simply a place where …

Dr H.A. Hellyer

Awesomely Egyptian

It’s our one and only message to a world that has always tried to crush us: “You won’t break us. Do your worst”.

Mahmoud Salem

Are we in a “…….” or just smelling the roses?

This question is often repeated during times of crisis. When a nation finds itself consumed by war or strife, inevitably some will decide to remove themselves from the equation and occupy their time with trivial matters. A number of my friends have asked me this question since I published last week’s article where I attempted …

Farid Zahran

Review: Commentaries ask: ‘What are Islamists fighting for?’

After Islamists organised a number of protests on Friday calling for the implementation of the Sharia, many writers are asking what their exact definition of “Sharia” is. On another note, some columnists criticise the performance of the “opaque” security apparatus in Egypt.   Who stands against the Sharia? Emad Al-Din Hussein Al-Shorouk newspaper Hussein recalls …

Daily News Egypt

Review: Columns attack opposition

The Egyptian opposition is in dire need of creative ideas that can enable them to defeat the ruling Muslim Brotherhood, wrote several commentators.  As many opposition groups focus on the constitution and the constituent assembly, parties need to consider new mechanisms to gain the support of Egyptians, who have proved their inclination towards Islamists.   …

Daily News Egypt