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Above average turnout in Cairo, celebratory atmosphere in most polling stations

Since early Saturday, the first day of the referendum on amendments to the country’s 2014 Constitution, the vicinity of several schools in the middle class neighbourhood of Ain Shams witnessed a celebratory atmosphere as campaigners and individuals affiliated with the election committees used DJs and nationalist songs to attract voters.   Polling stations all over …

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Al-Sisi receives Haftar, vows support to LNA’s counterterrorism operations

President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi met with the Commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Khalifa Haftar, where he asserted Egypt’s support for Libya’s ongoing onslaught in Tripoli. Forces affiliated with Haftar have engaged in violent clashes with militants in the outskirts of Tripoli since last week. According to a statement from the Egyptian presidency, the …

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Egypt halts trial online exams after severe problems

The Ministry of Education announced on Monday that online trial exams for the first secondary stage have been halted after students from all over the country complained about the lagging server. Students were supposed to take a biology exam via an online server where they would use their electronic tablets to answer the questions. However, …

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Alganesh: finding hope in abyss

Lia Giovanazzi Beltrami and Marianna Beltrami’s film, Alganesh, follows four Eritrean refugee camps in Ethiopia, following years of deadly conflicts between the two countries. It is an hour-long Italian-Ethiopian documentary. Fleeing Eritreans faced increased hostility in several countries. For example, Sudan forcibly returned over 100 asylum seekers, including about 30 minors to Eritrea in 2017. …

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Ghzela: living life despite marginalisation

Ghzela is the protagonist in Hager Nefzi’s film by the same name. He is an elderly of 70 years old, who lives in Elkef in Sidi Omar, where he lives by the shrine of holy people, which he considers to be the whole world. Exuberant and Sufi, he is introduced as a simple person who …

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Berlinale 2019: Awards announced, festival concludes

The Golden Bear, the top award at the Berlin International Film Festival (BIFF), went to the Israeli-French-German co-production Synonyms by director Nadav Lapid. It was given to the producers of the film Saïd Ben Saïd, Michel Merkt. It follows the story of Yoav, a former soldier in the Israeli army. In Paris, things do not …

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What was fate of Egyptian Islamist groups in 2018?

The coalition of Islamist parties and groups which took place in 2012 which included the Muslim Brotherhood, the Nour Salafist Party, and other Islamist parties, was divided and broken after the forced ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. This led to the division of the Islamist movement into two groups, those …

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