August 15th marked the fifth anniversary of the massacre at Cairo's Rabaa and Nahda Squares, in which Egyptian security forces killed at least 800 people. An Egyptian court on Saturday September 8 issued its final verdict upholding the death sentences of 75 Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters for their participation in the Rabaa and Nahda sit-ins following the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsy. In the same week, the US announced it will release 1.2 billion dollars in military aid to Egypt, despite concerns for its human rights record. Amidst Egypt's highest economic growth in a decade as well as austerity measures, the political landscape looks bleak. During this week's salon, we will discuss Egypt's current economic growth, as well as deepening social discontent in light of anniversary of the Rabaa massacre.