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My Dog , My Religion and Me

By Ahmed Tharwat The grisly video images showing the torture and killing of a dog propelled a hot debate on social media and outcries allover Egypt. The hashtag, #AlHaremStreetDog, was one of the biggest trending on Twitter. The debate focused on whether it was the cruelty of animals or the cruelty of humans in Egypt. …

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Egyptian spectator ban: Flashpoint for conflict and statement of weakness

By James M. Dorsey An Egyptian cabinet decision to end the suspension of professional football in late March but reinstitute the ban on spectators attending matches could spark renewed clashes between militant fans and security forces. The decision against the backdrop of mounting evidence that Egyptian general-turned-President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has no apparent intention of easing …

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Football deaths renew spotlight on Egypt’s notorious security forces

By James M. Dorsey A stampede at a Cairo stadium earlier this month, much like a politically-loaded football brawl in the Suez Canal city of Port Said three years ago, is shining a spotlight on Egypt’s unreformed, unabashedly violent, and politically powerful police and security forces amid confusion over what precisely happened and how many …

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When a night out for football in Egypt turned dark

Having friends over in Egypt, my home for over a year and a half now, is always both a great joy and bit of a hassle. What should and shouldn’t I show them to give them the best holiday and the best impression of Egypt? However, seven Dutch university friends proved to be an easy …

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Football deaths raise stakes for Egypt’s general-turned-president Al-Sisi

By James M. Dorsey The death of at least 40 militants, highly politicised, and street battle-hardened Egyptian football fans in clashes with security forces raises the stakes for General-turned-President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s efforts to suppress political dissent. The incident is one of the worst in Egyptian sporting history and the latest in a number of …

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Yellow card for Al-Sisi?

By Amr Khalifa Over thirty Egyptians did not return home last night and Mohamed Ibrahim, Minister of Interior, shoulders responsibility. You can be certain the honorable minister is not the only party culpable in the second disaster of its kind to strike Egyptian football in the last three years, 74 lives having been extinguished in …

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Government and fans battle in court and on the pitch in Egypt and Turkey

By James M. Dorsey Egyptian and Turkish football pitches are set to re-emerge as battlegrounds between militant, street battle-hardened fans and authoritarian leaders in a life and death struggle that involves legal proceedings to brand the supporters as terrorists and efforts to undermine their widespread popular base. Egyptian fans, barely a week after storming a …

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