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Egypt Media Roundup (August 21)

[A solidarity poster for imprisoned photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, popularly known as Shawkan. Photo from the Shawkan Photo Awards Facebook page.] [A solidarity poster for imprisoned photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, popularly known as Shawkan. Photo from the Shawkan Photo Awards Facebook page.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Egypt and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Egypt Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to by Sunday night of every week.] 

Political Rights

Fear and oblivion before the violent Rabea dispersal, celebration and denial afterward A journalist sifts through her interviews in and around the bloody dispersal of Rabea al-Adaweya sit-in.

Rabea: How do we live with ourselves after witnessing a massacre? Most Egyptians have constructed their own narratives around Rabea in order to deal with what happened.

Shawkan’s place: Between memory and hope Four years ago, Mahmoud Abu Zeid, popularly known as Shawkan, documented the violent dispersal of the Rabea al-Adaweya sit-in, but no one ever had the chance to see the footage. He has been in prison since that day.

Egypt extends website ban to Berlin-based Qantara Berlin-based Deutsche Welle demanded that Egyptian authorities reverse the blocking of its affiliate, the Middle East culture website Qantara. In a statement issued on Thursday, Spokesperson Christoph Jumpelt said that he considered this move part of a campaign against freedom of press.

Government committee confiscates assets from Daily News Egypt and 16 others Business News, the parent company of Daily News Egypt and Al-Borsa, and sixteen other people had their assets confiscated on Thursday by a state-appointed committee tasked with overseeing the finances of alleged Muslim Brotherhood affiliates.

Egypt court fines former top auditor and 3 journalists for libel, insulting judiciary A Giza criminal court fined on Saturday former top auditor Hisham Geneina 60,000 LE over libel charges against former justice minister Ahmed al-Zend as well as “insulting state institutions,” referring to the judiciary.

Health Ministry asserts report on organ trafficking in Egypt harms national security A German journalist who produced a video report on organ trafficking in Egypt that aired on German TV last week has found himself facing criticism from Egypt’s Health Ministry for “harming Egyptian medical tourism, as part of a systematic campaign to harm the country’s national security.”

Five prisoners escape police station in Upper Egypt's Qena Five prisoners escaped from a police station in Upper Egypt’s Qena governorate on Thursday.

Calls for gender equality in inheritance 'against Islamic teachings,' says Egypt's Al-Azhar Egypt's Al-Azhar criticised on Tuesday an announcement by the president of Tunisia that his country is looking to allow for equal inheritance between men and women.

Interim chief appointed to run railway authority after Alexandria train disaster Egypt appointed Sayed Ibrahim Mohamed Salam as interim chief of the National Railway Authority on Monday, one day after the resignation of the authority's director following a train collision in Alexandria that killed at least forty-one people and injured 179.

Egypt to spend EGP 3 bln on automated emergency-stop system for trains: Transport minister Egypt's transportation ministry aims to implement a 3 billion LE project to equip trains with automated systems for making emergency stops without driver intervention, Transport Minister Hesham Arafat said on Monday.


Mahalla Textile Company workers’ strike continues into 14th day despite administrative pressure Thousands of workers at the Mahalla Textile Company are continuing their strike for the fourteenth consecutive day, despite an attempt on Sunday morning by the administration and state security forces to convince them to put an end to their push for payment of a delayed annual bonus and an increase in their share of the company’s profits.

Thousands of workers at Mahalla spinning company escalate strike, bosses refuse to consider demands until they resume work Thousands of workers at Misr Spinning and Weaving Company in the Nile Delta city Mahalla al-Kubra staged a rally at the company’s headquarters on Tuesday, escalating strike action that commenced on 6 August over unpaid bonuses.

Chinese-funded electric train to run to Egypt's new administrative capital Egypt is set to embark on a 255 million USD electric train project that will run to the country's planned new administrative capital, which officials say will save millions of dollars in fuel subsidies and reduce traffic.

Foreign Relations

Italy to return ambassador to Egypt, ending diplomatic pressure over Regeni’s death More than a year after Italy recalled its former ambassador to Egypt amid tension over the investigation into the murder of Italian graduate student Giulio Regeni, Italian Ambassador Giampaolo Cantini will “soon” take up his position in Egypt, Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said in an official statement Monday.

Regeni’s family to visit Cairo in October ‘in search for justice’  The family of Italian scholar Giulio Regeni plans to visit Cairo on 3 October  to “to continue the search for truth and justice” for their son, who was tortured and then killed in Egypt in early 2016.

Egyptian, Kuwaiti air forces conclude joint drills in Egyptian airspace A joint military Egyptian-Kuwaiti military exercise between the two nations’ air forces was concluded on Monday in Egyptian airspace, a statement from the Egyptian military spokesman read.

Sudan's Bashir aims to ease Egypt concerns over Nile dam Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir said Thursday that the construction of Ethiopia's controversial Grand Renaissance Dam on the Nile River would not impact water supplies to Egypt as feared by Cairo.

Sisi calls for closer trade, economic cooperation between Egypt and Tanzania President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi praised bilateral relations between Egypt and Tanzania in Dar al-Salam on Monday and called for closer economic and trade cooperation.

Egypt's Sisi arrives in Rwanda on second leg of Africa tour Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi arrived in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, on Tuesday at the start of a two-day visit

Egypt’s Shoukry begins three European countries tour in Russia Egypt’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sameh Shoukry left Cairo Saturday night for a three-day European tour that include visits to Russia, Estonia and Lithuania that would discuss bolstering economic, political and trade ties with Egypt.

Egypt condemns Barcelona van attack Egypt has condemned the terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain on Thursday that killed at least thirteen people and injured more than thirty others, Egypt’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

Egypt opens border crossing with Rafah in both directions Wednesday Egypt will open the border crossing with the Gaza Strip in both directions for two days starting Wednesday, the Palestinian interior ministry said on its official website on Tuesday.

Delay in Israeli-Palestinian peace process must be overcome: Arab foreign ministers The foreign ministers of Egypt, Jordan and Palestine said at a Cairo press conference on Saturday that is important that the delay in the peace process in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict be overcome.

Domestic Security

Suicide bombing kills Hamas policeman near Gaza-Sinai border A policeman affiliated with the Palestinian Hamas movement was killed in a suicide bombing close to the shared Egyptian border early on Thursday.

Egyptian policeman killed in North Sinai gun attack A policeman was killed in a gun attack in North Sinai's Arish on Tuesday morning.

Egypt's military foils car-bomb attack in North Sinai: Spokesman Egypt's army foiled a militant car-bomb attack in North Sinai on Tuesday, the military said in a statement.

Egypt's army arrests three militants in Central Sinai: Spokesman Egypt’s armed forces arrested three militants and destroyed several hideouts and vehicles belonging to the militants in Central Sinai, a military statement said Saturday.


رابعة - الإيمان: ما كان كان  The article retells the ferocity of clashes between pro-Morsi protesters, citizens and security forces in Rabaa el-Adaweya and Nahda sit-ins.

سنوات على فض رابعة.. ضحايا وأحداث في طي النسيان 4 Four years after the deadliest massacre in Egypt's history took place, no hope is insight for either reconciliation or compensation for families of the victims.

واضعو الدستور يدعون لتعديله.. وأعضاء بالخمسين: ينافقون السيسي  Analysts explain how the proposed amendments to empower the executive branch flout the Egyptian constitution.

دساتير مصر مستهدفة دائما.. 5 محاولات جار فيها الرؤساء على الدستور  Egypt witnessed over the past years attempts to amend the constitution to serve the interests of the executive power.

أبرزها تراجع شعبيته.. 3 أسباب تدفع السيسي لتعديل الدستور  Analysts explain how Sisi's dwindling popularity led him to introduce constitutional amendments tailored for his political ambitions.

نذر انقلاب دستورى  Abdullah Al-Sennawi writes about the repercussions of amending Egypt's constitution.

»في جدل المساواة بين المرأة والرجل.. «مصر ليست تونس   Al-Azhar comments on Tunisia's presidential call for gender equality in inheritance and women's right to marry non-Muslims sparked off controversy and criticism in Egypt over the institution's static approach to the renewal of Islamic religious thought.

الأحزاب المصرية... صراعات شخصية أغرقت العمل الحزبي  Political parties smothered by conflicting interests of its leadership constrained its ability to have a significant role in today's Egyptian political life.

جراف» | محطات الموت: كوارث السكك الحديدية في مصر« Egypt witnessed dramatic train accidents over the past fifteen years and the government has not worked effectively to fix the troubled railway sector.

)مليار جنيه خسائر في عهد رئيس «السكك الحديدية» المُقال (بروفايل 4.4  According to an official report, the losses of Egypt's railways reached four billion Egyptian pounds this year.

غضب أثري».. بعد إعلان فقد 32 ألف و638 قطعة آثرية«  Egypt's Popular Front for the Defense of Antiquities raised an outcry over the theft of ancient artifacts, claiming that the ministry of antiquities report is not accurate regarding the exact number of the stolen artifacts.

بعد انقطاع 8 سنوات.. أمريكا تستأنف مناوراتها العسكرية مع مصر  The joint US-Egypt military exercise, known as Operation Bright Star, will be resumed the next month after eight-year suspension.

شطب 1200 عضو من نقابة المحامين.. تطهير أم تشريد؟  The Lawyers Syndicate faces rage after dismissing 1200 members over violation of membership conditions.

بعد عام على إصدار قانون البناء.. ألفا كنسية غير مرخصة تبحث عن حل  Despite the approval of the new church building law a year ago, two thousand churches did not obtain construction permission.

شوكان».. 1460 يوما من الحبس الاحتياطي بالمخالفة للقانون« Photojournalist Shawkan remains detained for 1460 days over killing, protesting and belonging to a terrorist group accusations, exceeding the legal limit of two-year maximum in pre-trial detention as set by the law.

بعد شهرين من إقرارها.. الجريدة الرسمية تنشر اتفاقية الحدود البحرية بين مصر والسعودية  Two months after the parliament and president approval, Egypt's official gazette published officially the decree N607 of 2016 on the transfer of the two read sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

السوريون.. الجنود المجهولون في تحسن الاقتصاد المصري  The article explores how Syrian refugees offered economic boost to Egypt over the past few years.

لماذا لجأ السيسي إلى التفاوض مع أهالي جزيرة الوراق؟  President Sisi resorted to an amicable solution to Al-Waraq problem as the only recourse.

مصر تتحفظ على ممتلكات 6 من أبناء القرضاوي  Egyptian authorities seized the assets of sixteen MB members, according to the pro-regime newspaper Al-Youm Sabaa

السيسي يصدر قرارا جمهوريا بمعاملة أمير الكويت كالمصريين  President Sisi issued a presidential order to treat the prince of Kuwait as an Egyptian regarding desert land ownership law.

عائلة "ريجيني" تستنكر قرار إعادة السفير الإيطالي إلى القاهرة  Regeni family condemns Italy's decision to return its ambassador to Cairo claiming that the Egyptian authorities' deceitful investigations misled the truth on Regeni murder case. 

عمال «المحلة» مستمرّون في الإضراب: «فساد الشركة أقوى من الإرهاب» Al-Mahala workers continue their sit-in for the twelfth day amid intense security alert.