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EGYPT: Egyptian anarchists speak

The following statement was released by Comrades from Cairo Egyptian anarchists) on October 30, 2012. Read the rest of this entry

EGYPT: Politicizing Egypt’s economic reform

Posted by Emily Regan Wills – November 29

While the gradual meltdown of the Egyptian constitution-drafting process has been at center stage in Cairo over the past few months, the negotiations between the Egyptian government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a $4.8 billion loan have rapidly become central to political conversations in Egypt. Egypt has a checkered past with the IMF. While it views Egypt as a success story for structural adjustment and privatization during the infitah, Anwar Sadat’s economic liberalization, and the Hosni Mubarak-era transition away from state ownership, the Egyptian public associates the IMF with the human downside of structural adjustment policies: unemployment, rising prices, and increasing poverty. Even the IMF’s own policy papers on Egypt now admit that the “social outcomes were unsatisfactory” during the 1990s and early 2000s. Read the rest of this entry

Jordan’s Protests: Political Economy, Protest, and Empire

Saleem Haddad  Posted  on Nov 22, 2012

“Erm, why do they have to, like, break stuff?,” a common complaint made against the protesters in Jordan. (Image by Nidal Elkhairy) Read the rest of this entry