This week's guest editors

Critical citizenship for critical times

The author reflects on critical thinking, citizenship, and what contribution higher education might make to Egypt’s future during these turbulent times.

The Egyptian counter revolution: the Gulf connection

Maged Mandour

Since Egypt, as a rentier state, can ignore popular demands and rely on coercion, continuous financial support from Arab states, similar to international financial support, will only act as insulation for the regime from popular pressure.

Complaints Choir: what is it?

"This project stays dynamic when people take the Complaints Choir as a tool and make use of it in their own context and modify it. That’s the spirit of open source." Hilde C. Stephansen interviews the founders of the choir for Participation Now.

Egypt: a space that isn't our own

Last month a young woman was mob attacked on Cairo University campus. Socially and culturally constructed circles that control our lives seem to be tightening at a time when individuals are trying their hardest to crack them open. Zainab Magdy explores whether women will ever find a space that is their own.

The Arab Spring popular uprisings – myth and reality

It is critical to recognize the significance of this revolutionary chapter in the modern history of the Middle East and the creative conceptions and articulations of resistance that shattered the system of domination, particularly the popular roots of these uprisings amongst the urban and rural poor.

Military and Islamist failure: what next?

Both leading models of rule in the Arab world are bankrupt. Where is the next one to come from, asks Hazem Saghieh.

Film review: The Square

The author reviews the only documentary released to-date of the people's uprising in Egypt until the fall of Mohamed Morsi on 3 July 2013.

Being a "boogieman"

Maged Mandour

The author shares his personal experience of transformation, living abroad, after a revolution kicks off in his home country and hopes that one day he will no longer have to be a "boogieman."

This week's window on the Middle East - March 20, 2014

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their weekly perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East. Leading the week, The continuous battle against sexual harassment in Egypt.

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression but conditions apply

Rayna Stamboliyska

Egypt has jailed journalists by the dozen; the Gulf is jailing people for tweets they send and surveillance companies are gearing them up. One does not need a crystal ball to see that repressive states in the MENA region will continue to suppress dissent.

The continuous battle against sexual harassment in Egypt

My hopes for a feminist uprising to lurch Egypt forward in a messy, imperfect, but ultimately positive way now seem part of a different time, before the great recalibration of possibilities, plans, and tactics brought about last summer.

Egypt, an escape from reality

The spread of absurd conspiracy thinking reveals a hard truth about Egypt's condition, says Hazem Saghieh.

Egypt’s campaign of elimination: pro-June 30 analysts and the quantitative rationalization for Egypt’s coup

This sort of explanation reads much better than admitting to a naked power grab, sacrificing in the process Egypt’s first free and fair elections.

In Nasser's shadow

Maged Mandour

Nasserism is based on two main pillars, Arab nationalism and Arab socialism. Both have been considered to be progressive, anti-imperialist ideologies aimed at ridding the Arab world of its backwardness. But the revival of the Nasserist legacy has been selective at best, aimed at reinforcing a “false consciousness”. 

Egypt under Sisi

The street in Cairo has become an insecure and volatile place. VICE News has been following avid supporters of General Sisi, revolutionaries who feel their aspirations are far from realisation and members of the Muslim Brotherhood outlawed by the military government.

This week's window on the Middle East - March 3, 2014

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their weekly perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East. Leading the week, Four reasons for throwing down a gauntlet to El Sisi.

Four reasons for throwing down a gauntlet to El Sisi

With increasing workers strikes, gas shortages and daily power cuts in addition to a dwindling economy and tourism industry, Egypt’s presidential hopefuls, including Sisi, should be aware that using traditional tactics to solve Egypt’s problems is not going to work in his or anyone else’s favour.

Political violence and state repression in Egypt

Maged Mandour

The level of political violence and state repression is set to increase over the coming years in Egypt. The slogan, “Egypt is fighting terrorism” is only a short-term remedy, diverting attention away from a severe economic and political crisis.

The Arab Spring and the changing balance of global power

From an empirical-analytical point of view, what has happened in the Middle East and North Africa since Mohammed Bouazizi died? This is not an opinion piece, but an assessment of underlying factors which have put pressure on the aspiration for justice and political reform launched by the Arab Spring. (5,000 words) 

The people want – but do they have a chance?

Nasserism, by far, is the main form of progressive political consciousness that one can find in Egypt, when it takes the form of nostalgia, not for military rule, but for social benefits, jobs, agrarian reform, democratisation of education, and the national dignity of Egypt as incarnated and embodied by Nasser. Interview: 14 February 2014.

Today's Egypt in a song: Emperor Rima's clothes

A new catchy tune is circulating social media in Egypt. A brief interview with the lyricist and musician confirms the author's suspicions of the symbolism of the song.

Journalism is not terrorism

In Egypt, numerous journalists have been arrested since the overthrow of Morsi. They are being kept in high security prisons under appalling conditions. Egypt Solidarity Initiative are campaigning for their release as they go on trial today.

Football, religion and politics in Egypt

As Egypt’s military-backed regime moves to further consolidate its power, no spheres of civil society are free of state encroachment. Leila Zaki Chakravarti analyses the intricate relationships between football, religion and politics in the settling of political scores in post-revolutionary Egypt.

The Egyptian media’s non-campaigning campaign for Sisi

It seems obvious that Abdel Fattah El Sisi is going to be Egypt's next president, but he has yet to announce his intention to run. Are people just going to take it as a given that he is going to be the next president? Do they not want to know what his programme is?

Governance in the Arab world: history on the run

The hopes that inspired the "Arab spring", of jobs as well as freedom, have hit a rock. But the setbacks since 2011 are part of a wider reordering of the global as well as the Arab landscape. Three years on, Francesc Badia i Dalmases assesses a fluid period.

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