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NGOs around the world Condemn Persistent Crackdowns on Egyptian Civil Society and reject disabling draft NGO Law. Civicus has joined with other organizations to issue a statement about the crackdown of civil society organizations in Egypt. They warn of new regulations that would stifle independent civil society in Egypt. Arseh Sevom joins Civicus in condemning [...]


The Editor. February 7, 2012

Egypt — Punishing Pro-Democracy NGOs

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Arseh Sevom — The Egyptian public prosecutor has issued more than 40 indictments against members of international NGOs for participating in banned activities and receiving funding from foreign sources. The Arabist has published a list of names and affiliations. Nineteen of those indicted are American citizens.

The Guardian reports that NGOs attempting to legally register in Egypt face a long wait and confusing bureaucracy:

“You submit your papers, then they keep asking for more and you don’t get anywhere, and in the end you are not registered,” said Sherif Azer, deputy head of the Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights.

NDI [National Democratic Institute] submitted a request in 2005 that did not meet with much interest by the authorities and was asked to resubmit its papers by the ministry of foreign affairs last month, Hughes said. “We were given verbal indications that our programmes were well within Egyptian law,” she said.


The Editor. January 4, 2012

Arseh Sevom’s 2011 Review

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In Arseh Sevom’s first ever newsletter (online here), we looked back at some of the highlights from the pages of our website. Those included:


Twitter Revolution?

PhD candidate Donya Alinejad poses questions about techno-utopianism, Cold War imagery, and the real and imagined effects of social networking and the internet in creating offline actions. The town square is still the town square, she asserts pointing to recent uprisings in Egypt and Libya. The death of the “twitter revolution” and the struggle over [...]


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The events in Tunisia and Egypt have riveted the region and the world. The eruptions of people power have shaken and taken down the seeming unbreakable edifices of dictatorship.  (At the time of writing Mubarak has not formally acknowledged that he has been toppled, but the force of the movement is too powerful and determined to fathom any other outcome). Events are moving at breakneck speed and a new narrative for the future is swiftly being written. In the throes of a changing future it merits returning to the stories of two young men, the two faces that stoked the flames of revolution thanks to the persistence of on-line citizen activists who spread their stories. For in the tragic circumstances surrounding their deaths are keys to understanding what has driven throngs of citizens to the streets.


The Editor. February 28, 2011

Power, Communication, and the Internet

Egypt Supports Wisconsin

It’s hard to avoid discussions about the use of Facebook to galvanize protests from Egypt than to Wisconsin. As we prepare for the first issue of our online magazine, we have come across many interesting discussions of networking, both digital and physical, that we will elaborate on a bit more in the future. Until then, [...]


The Editor. January 28, 2011

Jasmine and Fire

As Tunisia struggles to develop a civil society that can fill the hole left by the dictatorial regime, Egyptians have taken to the streets. is following the story from Egypt here. The blogger states:

In brief, Tunisia has made people, not only in Egypt but all across the region, to believe that the ousting of any totalitarian regime is within reach, if people actually march into the streets, not only on the internet. Signs of releasing anger has spread all across Egypt by tearing Mubarak’s pictures in several areas.

Events in Egypt can be followed live on Al Jazeera and Crowdvoice is also keeping track of events.
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