FDL Movie Night: Words of Witness

By: Monday June 18, 2012 5:00 pm

Watching Mai Iskander’s film Words of Witness as the reports filtered in of the Egyptian presidential election results was somewhat surreal, a word the film’s Heba and her family also find descriptive of the situation in their homeland as the initial joy of Mubarak’s resignation becomes the much longer struggle to build democracy – or perhaps to continue wresting democracy from the hands of the regime.


Penn State, Occupy, Tahrir Square, and The Thanksgiving Question

By: Saturday November 26, 2011 9:11 am

This is not right. You are not alone. This must change. With these three phrases, the mighty are brought down and the lowly lifted up.

On this Thanksgiving Weekend, I am thankful for all who stand up to bullies.

Egyption Army Intervenes, Fails to End Police/Protestor Clashes

By: Wednesday November 23, 2011 12:30 pm

Reports from Egypt say the Egyptian military has move army troops and armored vehicles in trying to end the clashes between Egyptians protesting the military’s rule and police and gain acceptance of an agreement with certain factions. So far, those efforts aren’t succeeding.

Morning Headlines: End of the World Edition

By: Monday November 21, 2011 6:15 am

Today’s headlines feature the imploding Euro system, the misreading of the Super Committee’s failure to make the US economy worse, leadership changes in Spain, a mind numbing GOP discussion of religion and more.

11 Dead in Tahrir, a Thousand Injured as Egypt Demands End to Military Rule

By: Sunday November 20, 2011 6:00 pm

Over the last few days protests have been growing in Egypt in response to the continuing control of the government by Mubarak era military forces.

Only eight days away from parliamentary elections which activists believe are being subverted by the military to protect their continued control, activists are back in Tahrir, Alexandria and Suez demanding democratic control of the Egyptian government.

#Feb25 – Iraq’s “Day of Wrath”

By: Friday February 25, 2011 6:01 am

Iraqis are planning to take to the streets this Friday in a mass Day of Wrath. Demonstrations from Sulimaniyah and Mosel in the North to Fallujah, Baghdad, Kut and Basra have called for an end to corruption and the provision of essential services as well as protection for the rights of journalists.

The Party Line – February 11, 2011

By: Friday February 11, 2011 9:30 am

I approach this week’s edition of The Party Line with a bit of trepidation–talking about Egypt in a segment I have to tape some hours before I post is risky business. No doubt “facts on the ground,” as they say, have changed since I recorded this. What I really want to address, though, is not so much what is happening in Tahrir Square, but what the hell is going on with the message uttered by US administration officials. That also might have changed since I made this video, but that is exactly what I want to talk about.

Mubarak Has Stepped Down, Tahrir Square Rejoicing [Update]

By: Friday February 11, 2011 8:09 am

In a brief announcement on Egyptian state television, Vice President Omar Suleiman said that President Hosni Mubarak has relinquished power and asked the Egyptian Armed Forces Council to assume responsibility for leadership of the country.

‘Farewell Friday’ Observed by Protesters after Mubarak’s Defiant Speech [Updated]

By: Friday February 11, 2011 6:05 am

During President Hosni Mubarak’s speech last evening to the Egyptian public, the crowd of pro-democracy protesters began to shout angrily as it became clear that Mubarak would not recognize their demands. The angry shouts have been followed today by enormous crowds in Cairo’s Tahrir Square continuing their demand for an end to the current regime.

Liveblog: Mubarak Addresses Egypt; Transfers Some Power to VP, But Will Not Leave

By: Thursday February 10, 2011 12:40 pm

The rumors of just what Hosni Mubarak will do are rampant. I’ve heard several reports that Mubarak will resign, and just as many that Mubarak will not. There are reports that he’ll give up power to Omar Suleiman, and reports that he will cede to a transition led by the military. So it’s not clear [...]

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