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Removing A Dictator Is Not A Quick Fix. We Learned That The Hard Way

Angie Gad | Posted 01.27.2017 | Home
Angie Gad

Egypt's "deep state" did not disappear with Mubarak and his regime. Yes, removing an authoritative dictator who ruled for nearly 30 years was indeed a challenge and a major feat. However, as the past five years have shown us, we clearly were not prepared for what came next.

Arab Spring Generation

Afrah Nasser | Posted 01.23.2017 | Home
Afrah Nasser

(Tunis, Photo/Salma Amer) I happened to be in Tunisia on the 14th of January, which not only marks the 5th anniversary of the Tunisian 2010 revolutio...

The Turkish Tweet: Can It Really Be Stopped?

Jason Boucher | Posted 06.01.2014 | Technology
Jason Boucher

Have we not learned anything from the Arab Spring? A government cannot kill the spread of information. One way or another, it will get out. By blocking these social networks, it just proves the government is hiding something.

WATCH: Dispelling Egypt's Biggest Myth

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 02.10.2013 | Home
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

On December 15, a historic referendum is set to be held on a draft consitution that has further polarized the country, pinning supporters of President Morsi, backed by the Muslim Brotherhood, against a galvanized opposition made up of liberals, socialists and other youth groups.

Eline Gordts

'#SYRIA': Hip-Hop And The Arab Revolts | Eline Gordts | Posted 03.28.2012 | Home

“The People Want The Downfall Of The Regime. The People Want The Downfall Of The Regime.” Syrian-American hip-hop artist Omar Offendum’s new...

What Is Obama's Message for Tahrir Square?

Jonathan Guyer | Posted 03.26.2012 | Home
Jonathan Guyer

Last night, I attended the White House's State of the Union "tweet up," a gathering of a couple hundred new media addicts at the Eisenhower Executive ...

Egyptian Blogger Sentenced by Military Rulers Amid Accusations of Human Rights "Cronyism"

Courtney C. Radsch | Posted 02.15.2012 | Home
Courtney C. Radsch

Blogger Maikel Nabil was sentenced to two years in prison yesterday, a one-year reduction from his three-year sentence handed down on Apr. 11 by a military tribunal in closed session.

Egyptians Brave Long Lines for First Free Elections (Video)

Ahmed Rehab | Posted 01.28.2012 | Home
Ahmed Rehab

In a country not particularly known for its orderly queues, everywhere you look today, you are met by an unfamiliar sight: millions of residents stand...

The Simple Technology of Electoral Advertisement In Egypt

Mohamed El Dahshan | Posted 01.29.2012 | Home
Mohamed El Dahshan

A heavy imbalance of financial and mobilization means between parties and candidates means wider room for manipulation, that voters and observers alike must be aware of.

SCAF Chief Is a Few Steps Behind Protesters' Demands

Wael Nawara | Posted 01.23.2012 | Home
Wael Nawara

What people wanted to hear was a clear plan to hold presidential elections within weeks not months, elections which would deliver Egypt from military to civilian rule.

Talkin' About an (Economic) Revolution

Mohamed El Dahshan | Posted 09.13.2011 | Home
Mohamed El Dahshan

While economic concerns were at the forefront of the demands of protesters who took the streets of Egypt in 2011, the public debate about national economic development and growth has been obfuscated.

The Revolutions Will Be Hashtagged: Twitter Turns 5 as the Middle East Demands Democracy

Courtney C. Radsch | Posted 05.29.2011 | Home
Courtney C. Radsch

Twitter, the microblog people love to hate, turned 5 this week. Twitter is probably most famous for the celebrities and politicians that use it to com...

Egypt: New Regime, Some Old Abuses

Amnesty International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Amnesty International

By Geoffrey Mock, the Egypt country specialist and chair of the Middle East County Specialists for Amnesty International USA. Nearly a month after E...

Egyptian Tweeter, First To Use '#Jan25,' Says Twitter Was 'Invaluable' During Protests

The Huffington Post | Catharine Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

While some debated the role of social media in Egypt's revolution, Twitter's Hope140 Blog tracked down one particular Egyptian tweeter (@alya1989262) ...

Be Ready to Hear Iranian Voices

James Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
James Miller

Many in the movement are tired, but it is undeniable that Egypt has given Iranians the boost they need. Now, there is a tangible buzz, an excitement in the air that Iran hasn't been felt in over a year.

Gutenberg of Arabia

Jeff Jarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeff Jarvis

There's a silly debate over the credit social tools should receive in the revolutions in the Middle East. This same alleged debate goes on to this day over Gutenberg, too.

In Egypt, Something Rare and Remarkable

Katherine Gustafson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Katherine Gustafson

On Saturday, January 29, I watched from the balcony of my Cairo apartment as a mob of young men with crude weapons smashed and looted the Radio Shack next door. This was when I realized things were deadly serious in Egypt.

Egyptians Unseat the Pharaoh

Wael Nawara | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Wael Nawara

There have been many sacrifices, human, economic and social. But from this ordeal, Egypt was delivered, reborn and will hopefully emerge as a healthy nation with an awakened spirit.

Mubarak's Anger at Washington

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Shirin Sadeghi

For the first time in his life, Mubarak sided with the Egyptians' anger at the interference of foreign governments, though the irony of the notion was lost on him. As always, he failed to hear the people. They want him out. But he does not go.

Mubarak's fortune equals...

Jeff Jarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jeff Jarvis

Here's a compilation of tweets giving perspective to the Guardian's report that Mubarak's fortune could add up to $70 billion. (Apologies for misspell...

Mubarak Mobs and Street Vendors: Welcome to Egypt

Medea Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Medea Benjamin

I was in the middle of buying some mints from a street vendor on Cairo's Talat Harb Street when the rocks started flying. He gave me one pack of mints, and all hell broke loose. "Run, run," people yelled at me.

Farewell Friday: Tahrir Square Has Spoken

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Shirin Sadeghi

Yet another Western-backed dictator is set to fall from grace. The Shah of Iran, Manuel Noriega, Saddam Hussein -- they all refused to concede defeat. And they all fell down. Hosni Mubarak will, too, if he doesn't review his history books.

Protests and Myths

Meedan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

In unison we called, "The people want to overthrow this government." While this simple chant has not yet brought down the Mubarak regime, it has served to dismantle the myths that have long held sway over the Egyptian political landscape.

Egypt's Genie Can't Be Put Back in the Bottle

Meedan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The past few days have proved the genie is indeed out of the bottle, and the heart of the "Mother of the World" beats strong. Arab rulers and kings: take note.

Unfounded Fears of Egyptian Democracy

Amnesty International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Amnesty International

By Geoffrey Mock, the Egypt country specialist and chair of the Middle East County Specialists for Amnesty International USA. Warnings that democrac...