Posts Tagged: sadat

The Central Security Forces

This (Arabic) study is one of the most accurate and detailed reports, I’ve come across, on the evolution of the Egyptian Interior Ministry’s Central Security Forces: UPDATE: I was honored to speak with the author of the study, in a Zoom meeting.

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6 October 1981: The day a dictator was killed

On 6 October 1981, my father decided to take me and my one year old sister to the military parade that was to be held in our neighborhood, Nasr City, marking the 1973 War. We had just returned to Egypt after a few years of diaspora, in Yemen and Kuwait, where my father took my

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Gama3a Comix

Here’s a brief history of Egypt’s Gamaa Islamiya: They were nurtured by Sadat to attack the left. They turned against Sadat and killed him. They changed their minds later, saying it was a mistake to to kill Sadat and that in fact he was a martyr. And now they are back to attacking the left.

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1976 Public Transportation Strike

From the memory of the class: Finally, in a move that clearly showed Sadat’s eroding legitimacy, Cairo public transport workers went on strike in less that 24 hours following the presidential reelection of Sadat in a sham referendum whose results were 99% “Yes,” causing life in the city to come to a complete halt for

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1976

Kamal Khalil, recalling the 25 November 1976 Cairo University march which he led as an Engineering graduate student and a communist organizer: The Nasserists and the Communists were due to march on that day. But there were divisions in every faction.. both among the Nasserists themselves and the Communists. The Workers Communist party activists had

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18 & 19 January 1977: The Lost Revolution

The Bread Uprising that shook Egypt’s urban towns on the 18th and 19th of January, 1977, is always wrongly treated in the mainstream media as an “Uprising of thieves,” quoting President Sadat’s description of the events, with emphasis on the violence and the looting that accompanied the people’s uprising. After Mahalla triggered the Winter of

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