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Housing policies in any given state are inseparable from the economic model adopted by this state and which usually ranges between dealing with housing as a right or as a commodity. The latter violates the social and economic right to adequate housing and shelter as stated in international charters and turns the housing sector into a business that only prioritizes profit and overlooks people’s ability at affording the commodities it offers. The liberalization of the housing market gave rise to a number of serious problems, on top of which is the phenomenon of “informal housing” where units are constructed randomly and in many cases lack the basic requirements of adequate housing such as utilities and public transportation. The ramifications of this problem led to the emergence of a number of initiatives, both in the Arab region and worldwide, that aimed at proposing alternative housing models.

This issue

File of the issue:

"Phenomena accompanying Egyptian parliamentary elections in 2015"

  • Political participation in Egyptian parliamentary elections after June 30th

Mina Samir                                                          2

  • Performance of democratic current and revolutionary youth in Egyptian parliamentary elections.

Omar Samir                                                        7

  • Future of Egypt political party: from the unknown to becoming ‎the black horse

Shorouk El Harery                                            10

  • Reading the participation of Al Nour party in the elections.

Nouran Sayed Ahmed                                      17

  • Free Egyptians party between slogans and practices

Shimaa ElSharkawy                                          24

  • The current affiliated with the previous regime: a decline in organization and an individual growth

Omar Samir                                                        31

Book of the issue:

  • " Egypt’s long revolution: protest movements and uprisings "

Shimaa ElSharkawy                                          41


  • Social justice between popular movements andpolitical paths in the Arab region.       )English(

Mohamed ElAgati                                                       1

Published in Alternatives’ Papers


The concept of social justice was reflected in the discourse of several Arab political platforms whether partisan, parliamentary, or presidential, yet this discourse remains detached from actual policies on the ground and some of them were even at times not in line with social justice to start with. Some of the approaches only focused on one dimension of social justice such as, for example, fair wages which being a main component of the comprehensive concept of social justice cannot be presented as the only demand. The result is that other social justice indicators, which are linked to an entire set of social and economic rights, are overlooked like the right to public services such as education and healthcare. At other times, social justice is dealt with in a broad or abstract manner that is not linked to realistic policies and indicators that ensure its achievement. This becomes obvious in the way citizens’ social and economic demands are seen as group-specific and unrelated to the political scene, hence can be postponed until an actual political change takes place. 

This issue


  • Iranian nuclear program agreement and the future of the region

Arab Forum for Alternatives                         

Topic of the issue   

  • Social movements… A step forward or an inevitable backlash?

Passant Ahmed                                         

  • Youth Movements and democratic transformation in Egypt.

Rania Zada                                                 

  • Problematics of Arab civil society and social movements and their capacity to influence the issue of Social Justice: Tunisian civil society after the revolution.

Dr. Layla Al-Riahi                               


Protecting civil rights and liberties in the light of international strategies and agreements.

(UN Global counter –terrorism strategy). 

Shorouk Al Hariri                                      31

Book of the issue

  • Another politics: talking across today’s transformative movements.

Shimaa ElSharkawy                              


  • Euro-Mediterranean relations: What went wrong?

Towards a long-term relation and the role of think tanks in this process

      Mohamed Elagati

Published in Alternatives’ Papers

A large number of Egyptians suffer from housing problems with the number of people living in unofficial housing units ranging between 12 and 20 million while a large number of housing units in Egypt remain unoccupied. On the other hand, a study conducted about Cairo by UN Habitat revealed that a sizable portion of Egyptians live in units that are either unsafe or not fit for living. Added to this is the fact that housing prices are generally high and this applies to both purchase and rent.


This Issue:


French from Arabic origins: crisis of integration. A Follow –up paper

Future of Egyptian-Saudi relations in he light of regional and international changes. A Follow –up paper


Al-Azhar and Democratic transformation in Egypt. Dr. Georges Sarwat Fahmi

Syria: Military interactions momentum on a moving map. Rabha Seif Allam

Women and Citizenship: Reading the religious capital. Dr. Sameh Fawzy

Book of the issue

Book Review: Reinventing Democracy (From Greece to Occupy) Shimaa Elsharkawy


Policy recommendation for the European Union towards a positive role to

achieve social justice in the Arab world . Heba Khalil