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Comrades from Cairo: Egypt’s Elections Under Military Rule – Join Our Resistance to the Counter-Revolution

Comrades from Cairo: Egypt’s Elections Under Military Rule – Join Our Resistance to the Counter-Revolution

By Comrades from Cairo: To you at whose side we struggle, From the beginning of the Egyptian revolution, the powers that be have launched a vicious counter-revolution to contain our struggle and subsume it by drowning the people’s voices in a process of meaningless, piecemeal political reforms. This process aimed at deflecting the path of revolution and the Egyptian people’s demands for “bread, freedom and social justice.” Only 18 days into our revolution, and since we forced Mubarak … Read entire article »

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Philip Rizk: State Crime and Street Crime: Two Sides of One Coin?

By Philip Rizk: When society is this corrupt, are the poor entitled to rise up and take what is ‘theirs’? Cairo, Egypt - The revolutionary process that erupted in this country on January 25, 2011, is an uprising against crime. This crime was structural and legalised – made legal by the political leadership of Egypt and their friends and business partners that practice it. Various criminal forces – the police, the secret police, the state security – exist in large part to protect these criminals’ interests, with authority to enforce the ruling classes’ “law” without judicial liability. These forces were the first line of defence of the ruling system and this is why, in the first days of revolution, the population targeted them and broke the chains of their control. I will argue that unless … Read entire article »

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Egypt’s Democracy: A Question of Legitimacy

Egypt’s Democracy: A Question of Legitimacy

By Brandon Jourdan Egypt’s Democracy: A Question of Legitimacy from brandon jourdan on Vimeo. Although Hosni Mubarak was forced to step down in February 2011, the uprisings in Egypt show little sign of retreat. While the uniting rallying cry may have been against dictatorship, the struggle in Egypt that took headlines across the world in early 2011 reflected deeper social, political, and economic problems. The key demands of the revolution have still not been met. The continuation of … Read entire article »

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Dyab Abou Jahjah: On the Arab Revolution – Between the Historical Leap and Laments for an Extinct Past

Dyab Abou Jahjah: On the Arab Revolution – Between the Historical Leap and Laments for an Extinct Past

By Dyab Abou Jahjah Dyab Abou Jahjah argues that it is only through new paradigms and ideas, rather than discredited notions and stale clichés, that we can fully understand the Arab Revolution. Revolution is not a process of overthrowing a regime and replacing its administrative tools with others. That is a small part of the revolutionary process but it does not define it. Revolution is, above all, about replacing a set of concepts and values with new ones. Whereas … Read entire article »

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Paul Feldman: Arab Spring leads to Winter Revolution

Paul Feldman: Arab Spring leads to Winter Revolution

By Paul Feldman The prospect of Egypt’s second uprising inside a year is more than a challenge to continuing military rule; it also poses the transformation of the democratic into the social revolution. Many had hoped, wrongly, that the army which facilitated the removal of Hosni Mubarak by standing aside from the January revolution, would step aside once parliamentary elections had been held. “The army and the people are one hand,” many chanted when Mubarak quit. But there was … Read entire article »

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Solidarity Statement From Cairo

Solidarity Statement From Cairo

  To all those in the United States currently occupying parks, squares and other spaces, your comrades in Cairo are watching you in solidarity. Having received so much advice from you about transitioning to democracy, we thought it’s our turn to pass on some advice. Indeed, we are now in many ways involved in the same struggle. What most pundits call “The Arab Spring” has its roots in the demonstrations, riots, strikes and occupations taking place all … Read entire article »

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Philip Rizk: Tahrir August 1st Masquerade For A Lost Legitimacy

Philip Rizk: Tahrir August 1st Masquerade For A Lost Legitimacy

By Philip Rizk   After a nearly three-week long sit-in, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) sent their forces—the same forces that are reportedly tasked with “defending us from our external enemies”—to violently attack peaceful demonstrators, clear a site of protest, and, with the help of a propaganda media machine, try to win over more support of the Egyptian public. I will map out the logic I see in this violent rampage. From his perch @kikhote … Read entire article »

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MENA: Egypt – New Nave Of Strikes Greets Start Of Ramadan

MENA: Egypt – New Nave Of Strikes Greets Start Of Ramadan

By MENA Thousands of Egyptian workers have been involved in strikes over the past week, greeting the start of Ramadan with protests and occupations over wages and conditions at work. Over 500 millworkers from both the Aswan and Ko Ombo Mills, ended their strike on Friday after negotiations with the Mayor of Aswan led to promises to fulfil their demands. Workers demanded pay rises as well as overtime allowances, danger money and bonuses. Workers also demanded that … Read entire article »

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Mona Abaza: Art, Subcultures And The Reinvention Of Public Space In Egypt

Mona Abaza: Art, Subcultures And The Reinvention Of Public Space In Egypt

By Mona Abaza Source: Ahram What the authoritarian forces lingering from the former regime cannot abide most, because they can’t control it, is the humor and color of the cultural revolution in Egypt. Doubt is widespread on how long the present transitional phase will last and whether it ought to be still perceived as a transitional phase. Many think that we are just at the beginning of a much longer and complex process, of an incomplete revolution where urban … Read entire article »

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Dahlia Ferrer: Egypt’s Tahrir Visits Spain’s 15M

Dahlia Ferrer: Egypt’s Tahrir Visits Spain’s 15M

By Dahlia Ferrer Source: Ahram Amidst global uproars against corrupt leaders, Madrid’s Tahrir, Plaza del Sol, receives protesters that marched in from all over Spain on 24 July. A wooden, shipwreck-looking structure intrudes in the middle of Madrid’s ample, historic and refined Plaza del Sol. One doesn’t know whether to first look at the white boards propped up in the middle of the square, completely covered with protesters’ artistic contribution in bright colours or to aim for the shack. … Read entire article »

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A Meeting Of Two Revolutions – Nasserists Commemorate Egypt’s 1952 Revolution In Tahrir

A Meeting Of Two Revolutions – Nasserists Commemorate Egypt’s 1952 Revolution In Tahrir

Source: Ahram (video) Nasserists mark the anniversary of Egypt’s 1952 revolution with a rally in Tahrir Amid ongoing protests in Egypt since the January 25th revolution, Nasserists commemorate the 23 July anniversary of the 1952 revolution which brought their hero Gamal Abdel Nasser to power. Video by Simon Hanna   … Read entire article »

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AP: In Egypt, Fighting For A US$50-A-Month Factory Job

AP: In Egypt, Fighting For A US$50-A-Month Factory Job

By AP: Source:  Al-Masry Al-Youm The sun was already searing the pavement on the early June morning when Mariam Hawas and her co-workers from the garment factory descended on the bank. The bank employees knew why they’d come and rushed to bolt the doors. The roughly 100 workers, most of them women, were looking for unpaid back wages from the United Bank in the city of Mansoura, until recently the largest shareholder in their factory. Labor protests like this … Read entire article »

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Waleed Marzouk: Love, Anger And Song – Remembering Youssef Chahine, Egypt’s Most Eminent Filmmaker

Waleed Marzouk: Love, Anger And Song – Remembering Youssef Chahine, Egypt’s Most Eminent Filmmaker

By Waleed Marzouk: On 27 July 2008, Egypt and the Arab world lost its most accomplished, and many would argue simply its best, filmmaker. With over 40 feature films and documentaries in five decades to his credit, spanning a myriad of genres, Youssef Chahine left behind a body of work that easily rivals any of the oft-cited auteur legends of film history. Born in 1927 in Alexandria to Lebanese Catholic parents, Youssef Chahine began his career directing … Read entire article »

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Life Inside The Tahrir Sit-In

Life Inside The Tahrir Sit-In

Fans, food, prayers and protests – a day in the life of those holding a sit-in in Tahrir square. (video) Since a huge protest on July 8th in Tahrir, demonstrators have been holding a sit-in, vowing to remain until their demands are met. They have taken full ownership of the square with no government forces in sight. Food, cleanliness and security are in the hands of the protesters who are living in the square day and night. … Read entire article »

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Jack Shenker: Protests Spread In Egypt As Discontent With Military Rule Grows

Jack Shenker: Protests Spread In Egypt As Discontent With Military Rule Grows

By Jack Shenker in Cairo: Interim leader’s speech fails to convince protesters blocking off Cairo bureaucratic headquarters and road to Suez canal.   Protests have brought Egypt‘s administrative and commercial nerve centres to a standstill , as government attempts to stem a growing wave of opposition to military rule succeeded only in galvanising demonstrators further. The interim prime minister, Essam Sharaf, took to the airwaves late on Saturday pledging to “meet the people’s demands”, following mass rallies across the country … Read entire article »

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Noha El-Hennawy: Thousands Of Egyptsians Renew Commitment To Put “Revolution First”

Noha El-Hennawy: Thousands Of Egyptsians Renew Commitment To Put “Revolution First”

By Noha El-Hennawy:   Tens of thousands of Egyptians rallied in Tahrir Square Friday vowing that their revolution would continue until Hosni Mubarak’s regime is completely uprooted and the killers of revolution martyrs are convicted. Despite the heat, protesters continued to flood the square from Friday morning well into the afternoon, just as they did during the 18-day-uprising that forced Mubarak out of power in February. With banners reading “A real purge, real trials, a real cabinet”, and slogans … Read entire article »

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Suez Workers On Strike

Workers of the Suez Canal Authority are continuing their three-week strike for better wages and working conditions. Improvements have already been negotiated, but with implementation now twice-delayed, the workers are calling for the resignation of Suez Canal Authority Chairman Ahmed Fadel. (video) Video by Salma El-Wardany Editing by Elizabeth Hagen Source: Ahram (7/6/2011) … Read entire article »

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