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  • Sawiris is sounding the alarm: are investors fleeing Egypt?

    Statements by the Egyptian billionaire, Samih Sawiris, about the feasibility of investing in Egypt, raise real concerns about the blurred economic future in the country, the faltering activities of the private sector, and the possibility of local capital fleeing the country, in light of the great scarcity of dollar...

  • Journalism Is a 'Crime' in Egypt; Pens and Cameras Behind Bars

    The Egyptian political scene is witness to clear confusion, which is, apparently, demonstrated by the arbitrary arrests of journalists and human rights activists. At the same time, dozens have been released through presidential pardons – a situation that could hint at disagreements between the country’s sovereign and security institutions. This...

  • Egypt’s terror lists target opposition figures

    Just days before the start of Egypt’s national dialogue, Egyptian courts issued a series of rulings to include the Muslim Brotherhood group on the list of terrorist entities for a new five-year period, beginning at the end of the previous listing period. The move comes months before the start of...

  • Why do they commit suicide in Egypt prisons?

    When you find yourself behind bars in Egypt, charged in a case of a political nature in the absence of a fair trial, hope for life gradually withers away. At such times, death may become a means of escape from intolerable human rights violations. Leaked messages from Egyptian prisons about...

  • New calculations and mutual interests: What Egypt wants from Turkiye

    After a nearly nine-year rift, the pace of rapprochement between Egypt and Turkiye is accelerating, as the two countries attempt to overcome points of disagreement, turn the page on the past and forge a political and strategic reconciliation that could bring significant gains for both. Progress in some files, and...

  • Sisi uses religion to appeal to the emotions of Egyptians

    The controversy surrounding the Grand Mosque of Egypt, inaugurated by President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi last month, raises questions about the use of religion as an electoral tool ahead of the 2024 presidential election and its frequent evocation in his speeches to Egyptians, along with repeated oaths, claiming to talk...

  • Creditors are standing on Egypt's doorstep

    Egypt faces a predicament in trying to meet its debt obligations over the next few years amidst an increasing struggle with a shortage of US dollars, a collapse in the value of the Egyptian pound and a rapidly growing foreign debt. This puts the country at risk of falling...

  • Egypt: Who can run against Sisi in the 2024 presidential elections?

    The question that occupies the minds of the Egyptian people, amid a difficult living environment, a record rise in prices and a continuous collapse in the value of the local currency, coinciding with the imminent end of the second term of the current President, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, and the...

  • Egypt’s ‘fear books’ help to facilitate more human rights violations

    When you sign a visitors’ or similar book to confirm your presence at a place, it is not usual for you to do so knowing that you may not return to your home. In Egypt, though, the people controlling the “fear books” in police cells and prisons want to...

  • ‘Refrigerator’: a nightmare which haunts detainees in Egypt

    “Refrigerator” is a term used to describe small rooms inside the Egyptian police stations affiliated with the Egyptian National Security Agency (an internal intelligence agency), which hosts many detainees in inhumane conditions, without being subject to any judicial or legal oversight. The “refrigerator” term bears a clear connotation to the...