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Egyptian politics and society

Israeli embassy gets breached

My thoughts on the “storming” (more properly, the reception room-trashing) of the Israeli embassy last night on Arabist.net, along with more analysis by Issandr and an excellent glimpse at Egyptian soccer fandom by Ursula. (The Ahli Ultras had a big … Continue reading

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SCAF may tighten easy entry for foreigners

Egypt may be cancelling the practice of allowing visitors from Western and other (mostly wealthy) countries to get visas at the airport. Okay, as a citizen of a country which requires Egyptians and visitors from many other nations to jump … Continue reading

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Parliamentary candidates come out to play

Monday’s field trip was to Manshiet Nasser, an ashwaeya (poor residential neighborhood) bordering the northern cemetery, between the autostrade and the Muqattam. Nothing too dramatic happened, but I thought I’d write down my notes, because I saw an unusual number … Continue reading

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Don ‘t expect too much clarity from Mubarak’s trial

I’ve written a piece providing some background on Mubarak’s trial for Foreign Affairs, and another piece for the Economist on the impact of the trial. One other article in Foreign Policy which I strongly recommend deals with the format of … Continue reading

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No One Owns Tahrir

I’ve posted a piece on Arabist on my impressions of the Tahrir demo — a big and aggressive, but in some ways understandable, show of Salafi strength. http://www.arabist.net/blog/2011/7/30/salafis-in-tahrir.html A lot of the left- or liberal-leaning youth groups feel that, as … Continue reading

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The Friday of Pragmatic Fudging to Reach Consensus

Actually, the official name of tomorrow’s demo in Tahrir is the Friday of People’s Will and United Front. Linguistically awkwardness aside, I’m glad that the Islamists and non-Islamists have managed to combine the two competitive demosĀ  that were going to … Continue reading

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Optimism about the Egyptian revolution

Rami Khouri sings the praises of Egypt’s transitional period. It’s not the most clearly-written piece, but it does make an oft-missed point: there’s a real give-and-take to Egyptian politics today that bodes well for a future in which political forces … Continue reading

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