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This piece was written for Egypt Independent’s final weekly print edition, which was banned from going to press. We offer you our 50th and final edition here. Amid a troubled political climate and an unsettled transition process,...
DOHA — In 2011, Qatari Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani said the country would hold its first elections for the Shura Council, whose members are traditionally appointed by the prince. Elections are scheduled to take place in the second half of...
DOHA — Days before his controversial tweets sparked an outcry in Egypt; prominent Qatari journalist Ahmed Ali told Egypt Independent in an exclusive interview that as of today, Egypt has failed to produce anything of worth. In his interview...
Bread shortages are not new to Egypt, with the most acute crisis of the not-so-distant past occurring in 2008. Since then, shortages of the vital food supply have been recurring, and, at times, the army has been deployed to deliver the gap in supply...
“The Muslim Brotherhood is a legal association registered under number 644 for the year 2013,” the main headline on the group’s official website Ikhwanonline.com declared on 20 March, only hours after the Supreme Administrative...
In its race to come up with a constitutionally viable parliamentary elections law, the Islamist-dominated legislature is trying hard to balance its interests with possible challenges from the judiciary. The Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) is...
  On Sunday afternoon, Mohamed Emeira, investigations assistant at Qasr al-Nil Police Station, stood some 500 meters from ongoing clashes between protesters and Central Security Forces on the Nile Corniche. He began organizing police lines and...
“Are you from the ultras?” asked one of the Ahly club football fans in a reserved manner, amid roaring crowds gathering in front of the club on Saturday afternoon, following the Port Said massacre verdict.  “Yes. Ultras of...
Egypt awaits today the verdict of Sobhy Abdel Hamid, the head of the Port Said Criminal Court who is to decide the fate of 73 suspects accused of killing 72 football ultras after a match played last year turned violent.  The verdict follows a...
Khaled Saeed, Sayed Belal, Essam Ali Atta, Saad Saeed, Al-Husseini Abu Deif and Mohamed al-Gendy: For many Egyptians, these are the names of martyrs, tortured and killed in a struggle for dignity and social justice. These young men were activists...