In January 2011, the whole world followed with interest and admiration the unprecedented events when the Egyptian people defied the regime of Hosni Mubarak, camped in Tahrir square demanding ‘Bread, Freedom and Social Justice’.
What happened then and what is happening now?
Samaa Elibyari interviews Mohamed Kamel on the situation in Egypt.Mohamed S. Kamel is a human rights activist and founding board member of the Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy. He is also a freelance writer and editor of For a Free Egypt.
Montreal activist Ehab Lotayef assesses the situation in Egypt, talks about media coverage of the past weeks events, the polarization of the debate around the military coup and who are the demonstrators in the streets.
One year after Morsi was elected as Egyptian president, Mostafa Henaway talks to Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan Atef Said. Said practiced human rights law and directed research initiatives in human rights organizations in Egypt from 1995 to 2004. He is the author of two books about torture in Egypt.
Mouloud Idir reçoit Farah El Kefi. Ils abordent le débat constitutionnel égyptien, ainsi que les limites décelées quant aux revendications sociales et politiques de fond portées par les classes populaires en Égypte.
Salwa Ismail is a regular contributor to the Guardian. She is professor of politics with reference to the Middle East at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She is also the author of “Political Life in Cairo’s New Quarters: Encountering the Everyday State”.
Analysis and reflections on the revolutions in Egypt and Syria is part of the Tadamon! Teach-in: Reflections on the Revolutions in the ‘Arab World’
This is a recording of a part of her presentation, recorded in Montreal on October 20 2011.
No matter how it unfolds, the Egyptian revolution will go down in the history books as a defining moment in the 21st century. Millions of Egyptians brought down one of the world’s most repressive regimes, that of the US-backed Hosni Mubarak, in just 18 days. Their bravery, perseverance, and tactfulness in the face of the regime’s brutal crackdown not only triggered uprisings across the Arab world but inspired and influenced protests against government austerity in the US, Spain, Portugal, and Greece. Despite the fact that it is only a few months old, it’s important to begin piecing together a people’s history of the revolution to convey what happened and how it happened so that the lessons from this critical struggle can be disseminated.