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Mona Mina, secretary general of the Doctors Syndicate, said the country was facing a “terrible choice”: stopping the provision of life-saving medicines or making them unaffordable for most citizens. The sorry state of Egyptian health care, Mina argued, is due to the government’s neglect and the aggressive privatization of the sector since the 1970s.
Egyptian rap maintained its fervor once the Muslim Brotherhood under Mohamed Morsi came to power in 2012. Artists became more focused on including nuance in their music. However, Everything changed in June 2013, when General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi overthrew Mohamed Morsi. Rappers wrote lyrics about Poverty, police brutality,state corruption and sexual harassment.
Still, Shabayek sees some – albeit small – changes brought about by the revolution. Women are more willing to speak out and share their stories; the audience is more open to accepting them. “The revolution has left us feeling empowered when it comes to self-expression. There is a change in people at least, even if the system is the same or maybe worse.”
It is likely that it was these kinds of suspicions that led to an increased number of travel bans against several prominent human rights activists, including Hossam Bahgat, Gamal Eid, Mohamed Zarie, Aida Seif al-Dawla, Mozn Hassan and Azza Soliman. These activists also face charges of illegally receiving foreign funds and some have had their assets frozen by court order.
Fouda spoke out against the Supreme Council of Armed Forces and Mohamed Morsi. Later, he became critical of the military-led coalition by General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. In Egypt’s current media environment, which has become more restrictive than under Mubarak, it is unlikely that he would find work at home.
Through his role in the island case, Ali has become the face of Egypt’s secular revolutionaries, who were the driving force of the Arab Spring protests in 2011. His detention follows a spate of arrests targeting media and opposition figures, in what rights groups have called Egypt’s harshest crackdown on dissent in decades.