Activism and Political Economy in the New-Old Egypt
Under President al-Sisi, Egypt has revealed itself to be less tolerant of dissent and more successful at cloaking itself in nationalist sentiment than under either the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces or Husni Mubarak. The massacre at Rabʿa al-ʿAdawiyya, the arrests, detention, and torture of youth and prominent activists, the proliferation of criminal and treason charges against journalists, nongovernmental organizations, and Muslim Brotherhood figures, the banning of various organizations, and the passage of restrictive laws on basic civil rights—these practices make clear that the regime has no commitment to democratization understood either as substantive participation or the safeguarding of basic civil liberties.
International Journal of Middle East Studies
Cambridge University Press
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
J. Sowers. 2015. “Activism and Political Economy in the New-Old Egypt,” International Journal of Middle East Studies 47 (1), pp. 140-143.