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Will Egypt’s road map open the Rafah crossing or keep it closed?

Former Fatah leader, Mohammed Dahlan

Former Fatah official Sufian Abu Zaida announced during his participation in a seminar held in Gaza City on 8 December 2015 that the Egyptian authorities had a road map to open the Rafah border crossing and resolve the crisis once and for all.

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Despotism will enhance Islamists, not defeat them

Abderrahim ChalfaouatAs Arab Spring revolutions and advocacy overwhelmed the streets of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the main promise prioritised by political groups — ideological or intellectual differences notwithstanding — was democracy. This explains why the appearance of ballot boxes was a key transitory bridge to depart from pre-2011 dictatorships, once the initial uprising phases started to abate. In almost all 2011-2012 elections in the region, moderate Islamists secured majorities in parliaments and started to lead governments, before counter-revolutionary onslaughts were launched. Nevertheless, the hope for democratising political climates persists, albeit unsteadily.

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Did the January revolution die?

Dr Amira Abo el-FetouhThe anniversary of the January revolution came this year and with it came the dreams of the Egyptians who took to the streets on the same day five years ago demanding freedom, human dignity and social justice. They staged a sit-in in Tahrir Square for 18 days demanding the fall of the regime until the president stepped down. We were happy, we thought we had triumphed. We danced, sang and chanted. This is the big trap we all fell into: the regime sacrificed only its president in order to live on with its deep roots which gripped the authority and the institutions of the deep state.

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The cradle of the revolution is correcting the path of the Arab Spring

Tunisians protesting against Government's economic billRevolutions are generally social movements that are subject to the conditions of their emergence, which may be significant and lead to a major rupture in society. If a revolution is thwarted and fails to achieve its objectives, the conditions which fed it in the first place will often come to the fore again, usually more powerfully.

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Did the 25th January Revolution die under torture?

Helmi Al-Asmar

Egyptian lawyer and human rights activist Negad El-Borai has made some important comments about the judiciary’s attitude towards those who kill detainees deliberately. Speaking on a well-known Egyptian television channel sympathetic to the regime (the opposition has no such access to the media any more), he said that the judgement against two national security officers accused of torturing lawyer Kareem Hamdy to death is an example of how judges show “compassion” towards state officials while ordinary citizens face harsh sentences.

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