It is 2011: the Tunisians have successfully ousted Ben Ali, and the revolutionary fervor has just reached Egypt. This is where The Square (al-Midan) begins, in what would later be named Tahrir Square, talking to wide-eyed, excited activists who have pitched tents and are beginning their own calls of freedom: “The people demand the downfall of the regime.” The film is criticized for its biases, but also lauded for its intimate portrayal of this momentous event.Read More
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Although the swift rise and fall of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt over the last year and a half has been fraught with protests, counter-protests, and violent confrontation, both supporters and opponents of the Islamist organization realize that the group provides an important array of services to the less fortunate in Egypt.
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In this weekend's roundup:
- U.N. Rescinds Iran Invitation to Syria Conference
- Syrian Defector Reveals Graphic Images of Detainees in al-Assad’s Prison Camps
- Iran Limits Nuclear Activity in Accordance with P5 + 1 Deal
- UAE Convicts 30 of Organizing Illegal Muslim Brotherhood Branch
- Egyptian Supporters of al-Sisi Urge a Presidential Run
The Egyptian crackdown on the Gaza tunnels, which began in February 2013, is a symptom of growing anti-Palestinian and anti-Hamas sentiment in Egypt. Although the country has been moving away from Nasser’s vision of pan-Arab nationalism for decades, the distinctly negative portrayal of Palestinians is a new development.Read More