Egypt Speaks, Again

Egypt Speaks, Again

The taxi driver was excited. Driving through the busy streets of Cairo a little more than a year ago, he wanted us to see his most prized token from the revolution that brought Egyptians to the streets in 2011.He passed his cell phone to the back seat to share a...

Egyptian Protesters Eat Their Own

Remember the Tahrir Square attack on Lara Logan two years ago while she was covering the demonstrations for CBS News? It seems that women — even protestors — continue to be sexually assaulted. At the Egypt Independent, Tom Dale writes: A woman was sexually...
The Roundabout Road Back To Tahrir

The Roundabout Road Back To Tahrir

It’s not even a square—it’s really more of a roundabout. And in person, Tahrir Square appears dramatically smaller than the sweeping images broadcast across the globe documenting the unprecedented demonstrations that toppled the seemingly unshakeable...
Review: Tahrir 2011

Review: Tahrir 2011

In the recent documentary Tahrir 2011: The Good, The Bad & The Politician, three directors present varying perspectives on the Egyptian Uprising and provide a comprehensive overview of what was happening on Tahrir Square, and why. The documentary is divided into...
Review: The Journey to Tahrir

Review: The Journey to Tahrir

The essays in The Journey to Tahrir: Revolution, Protest and Social Change in Egypt, 1999-2011 validate Hannah Arendt’s famous quote that “revolutionaries do not make revolutions. The revolutionaries are those who know when power is lying in the street and...
A Year after Tahrir

A Year after Tahrir

In the mid-1990s, the Iraqi intellectual Isam al-Khafaji published a brace of articles lamenting the decay of “Arab thought in a dismal age.” Al-Khafaji glumly surveyed the Arab cultural scene, which, though bubbling with vitality at the edges, was...

Cold Comfort for Egypt

Cross-posted from the Arabist. With the Muslim Brotherhood taking a clear majority in the parliamentary elections (followed by the Nour Party), SCAF (Supreme Council of the Armed Forces — Egypt’s ruling junta) now finds itself with a more concrete array of...

Egypt: Tear Gas May Be Non-lethal But It’s Lethal to Democracy

At Salon, Avi Asher-Schapiro reports from Tahrir Square that a “protester, who told me his name was Karim, held up a used teargas canister and pointed to the label: ‘Made in USA.’ … The serial number and blue markings on the tear gas canister...

From Baghdad’s Own Tahrir Square to Mosul: The Friday of the Free

Lieven De Cauter presents a letter from his colleague in Iraq, Asma Al Haidari: April 15th. What am I to write to you about today? It is the Friday of the Free! For this is what our young revolutionaries have called it. I will start with the demonstrations on Tahrir...
The Key to Understanding Tahrir Square: Swarm Intelligence

The Key to Understanding Tahrir Square: Swarm Intelligence

The Arab Revolutions change everything. Or at least: a lot. We have to reconsider the entire picture. It is a geopolitical paradigm shift. But I cannot even start to tackle all this. Let’s start with trying to begin to understand this new form of self organising...
Egyptian Protesters Dared to Stand on the “Edge of Chaos”

Egyptian Protesters Dared to Stand on the “Edge of Chaos”

(Pictured: Secretary of State Clinton and former Egyptian President Mubarak.) The new science of Chaos and Complexity has a laboratory experiment unfolding with breathtaking clarity before our eyes in Tahrir Square. This science, and its interface with peace-building...