Egypt

Life after the Squares: Reflections on the consequences of the Occupy movements

Life after the Squares: Reflections on the consequences of the Occupy movements

Social Movement Studies  Volume 16, 2017 - Issue 1: Special Issue: Resisting Austerity: Collective Action in Europe in the Wake of the Global Financial Crisis Editors: Cristina Flesher Fominaya & Graeme Hayes This section: Edited by Amador Fernández-Savater, Cristina Flesher Fominaya, With contributions by Luhuna Carvalho, Çiğdem, Hoda Elsadda, Wiam El-Tamami, Patricia Horrillo, Silvia Nanclares & Stavros Stavrides Pages 119-151  Abstract This is a roundtable with reflections on Tahrir Square, Egypt; Syntagma Square, Greece; Rossio Square, Portugal; 15-M Puerta del Sol, Spain; Gezi Park, Turkey; and Occupy Wall Street, USA.
What Standing Rock can tell Tahrir

What Standing Rock can tell Tahrir

Mada Masr, Sharif Abdel Kaddous, 2 January 2017 North Dakota, US — The main highway from Bismarck, North Dakota to the Standing Rock Sioux reservation has been closed off by police for months, leaving a narrower, more circuitous route as the only way in. The hour-long drive passes through miles of rolling prairie land, vast and empty except for the occasional herds of grazing cows and small clusters of houses. As you approach the campground, the road veers to the left and dips down past the town of Cannon Ball and then you see it: a teeming tent city nestled in the bowl of the surrounding hills.
Paradoxical truths of an isolationist empire

Paradoxical truths of an isolationist empire

Omar Robert Hamilton Mada Masr, November 17, 2016 In the photograph, I’m wearing a gas mask and 3D glasses that I knew, if it came down to it, would not protect my eyes from the police’s buckshot. My mother is next to me, we’re riding the elevator in her building, going down to Tahrir. The police had attacked a protest and, back then, when the police attacked — everyone went out to fight.
Khalid Abdalla: 'I didn't have the right to play Arab roles unless I had lived the struggle'

Khalid Abdalla: 'I didn't have the right to play Arab roles unless I had lived the struggle'

The situation in Egypt right now is horrendous’ … Khalid Abdalla Photograph: David Degner The Kite Runner actor is also an activist involved in documenting Egypt’s uprising and subsequent collapse. So why has the Cairo premiere of his new film been called off? For Khalid Abdalla, the boundary between life and art has repeatedly blurred and shifted over the past six years. The actor, best known for his roles in films such as The Kite Runner and Green Zone, has portrayed a film-maker struggling to finish a documentary in the tense political climate of pre-revolutionary Cairo, starred in a documentary about the 2011 revolution, actually documented the same uprising and its troubled aftermath, and set up a film centre in the Egyptian capital to support independent film-makers.
THE LIGHT

THE LIGHT

Photograph: Amr Dalsh/Reuters By Hisham Matar The New Yorker, 12 September 2011 There is an hour in the Arab Mediterranean when the sun, as if in a state of indecision, hovers a palm’s length above the horizon. What a few hours earlier was a blinding star is now weak enough to look at directly. Its sideways light holds everything in a soft orange glow: the color of reticence and doubt, the color of my generation of Libyans and the historical moment we inherited.
Internet wasn't real hero of Egypt

Internet wasn't real hero of Egypt

By Rebecca MacKinnon, Special to CNN February 12, 2011 Editor's note: Rebecca MacKinnon is a Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow at the New America Foundation, co-founder of the international bloggers' network Global Voices Online and a founding member of the Global Network Initiative. Her book, "Consent of the Networked," will be published this year by Basic Books.  (CNN) -- When asked what he thought of the French Revolution, China's first premier Chou En-lai famously replied: "
Faber signs remarkable debut: The City Always Wins

Faber signs remarkable debut: The City Always Wins

Faber | 13 April 2016 Faber signs a remarkable debut The City Always Wins amidst major rights excitement at the London Book Fair Faber is delighted to announce an extraordinary and important first novel by Omar Robert Hamilton. David Godwin sold Lee Brackstone World Rights excluding US. The novel is scheduled for publication in Spring 2017. The City Always Wins is a remarkable novel from the psychological heart of a revolution.
Arwa Salih's The Premature: Gendering the History of the Egyptian Left

Arwa Salih's The Premature: Gendering the History of the Egyptian Left

By Hanan Hammed This article examines the intellectual legacy of the Egyptian Marxist Arwa Salih (1953-97) in order to trace an intimate history of the Egyptian left. Gender relations among comrades have underpinned the movement that has enveloped women’s rights in the folds of national and class struggles. In her short life, Salih was a veteran underground activist and, from 1972-73, a key leader of the most effective student movement in modern Egypt.
Bahia Shehab's Mahmoud Darwish Project

Bahia Shehab's Mahmoud Darwish Project

In 2016 Bahia Shehab started an international street campaign celebrating the work of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. The first intervention was in Vancouver-Canada. In February she sprayed the stanza “Stand at the corner of a dream and fight” in downtown Vancouver. Street expression is no longer tolerated in Cairo. Shehab finds that the work of Darwish is more relevant today with the current political atmosphere in most of the Arab world.
Rewriting Narratives in Egyptian Theatre

Rewriting Narratives in Egyptian Theatre

Translation, Performance, Politics Edited by Sirkku Aaltonen and Areeg Ibrahim 2016 – Routledge, 288 pages Hardback. ISBN: 978-1-13-894644-6, £85 This study of Egyptian theatre and its narrative construction explores the ways representations of Egypt are created of and within theatrical means, from the 19th century to the present day. Essays address the narratives that structure theatrical, textual, and performative representations and the ways the rewriting process has varied in different contexts and at different times.