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Egyptian Intrigue As State Security Tightens Grip On Power

The state security apparatus that secretly exerted control over much of Egyptian society during the Mubarak regime is firmly back in command.

A riot police member in Cairo on Jan. 25, 2015
A riot police member in Cairo on Jan. 25, 2015
Passant Rabie

CAIRO — During the last decade of ousted President Hosni Mubarak’s rule, a popular chant among anti-regime protesters went like this: “State Security, State Security: you are the bullies, thieves of the state.”

The call for the end of the decades-old security body, which was first established to crack down on anti-colonial dissidents, came to relative fruition when State Security Investigation Services (SSIS) was abolished in March 2011, after the outbreak of the Jan 25, 2011 revolution.

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The Ideal Age To Marry? Reflections Of A 20-Something Indian Woman

India is raising the minimum age for women to marry. What does that mean on the individual level (with your parents whispering in your ear)?

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Priyamvada Rana

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NEW DELHI — A few days ago, I got a call from my parents, who wanted to talk about the "ideal age to marry." This came after news about India raising the minimum age for women to marry to 21, to match the age for men. It's a laudable move, sure, but I even wonder if 21-year-olds will be able to fathom the expectations, responsibilities and limitations that come with such a socially-constrained institution.

I am not ready at 26, and won’t be even at 30.

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