Peter Hessler recounts how the language classes he and his wife took in Cairo in 2011 and '12 changed, in terms of vocabulary and outlook, because of the Arab Spring.
On February 11, 2011, shortly after 3 P.M., President Obama stepped before a microphone in the Grand Foyer of the White House. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak had just resigned after weeks of mass protests, in Tahrir Square and nationwide, and a final nudge from the White House. Show More Summary
Rachel Aspden’s book Generation Revolution: On the Front Line Between Tradition and Change in the Middle East begins not in Tahrir Square in 2011, but when Aspden first traveled to Egypt, in 2003. At a panel discussion held by New America...Show More Summary
A protester holding a placard in Tahrir Square referring to Facebook and Twitter, acknowledging the role played by social media during the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Ever have one of those moments where you feel...Show More Summary
An Egyptian war correspondent recalls some of the most critical moments in the Egyptian revolution, as seen from Tahrir. As Egypt's revolution progressed, Egyptian journalist and war correspondent Yehia Ghanem was in Tahrir Square with the protesters. Show More Summary
An Egyptian war correspondent recalls some of the most critical moments in the Egyptian revolution, as seen from Tahrir.
"The revolution will begin and I know you won't want to miss it," Mohamed whispered, urging me to go to Tahrir Square. It was January 5, 2011 and Mohamed, whom I'd first met as a 12-year-old in 1993, when he'd visited me at my office in downtown Cairo to appeal to me to take him with me to Bosnia, was on the other end of the telephone line. Show More Summary
Tahrir SqaureEgypt's revolution was led by those for whom freedom was not a given but a dream. When, in January 2011, young Egyptians took to Tahrir Square to demand the downfall of a dictator, Egyptian journalist and war correspondent...Show More Summary
"The revolution will begin and I know you won't want to miss it," Mohamed whispered, urging me to go to Tahrir Square.
Protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi wave flags in Tahrir Square in Cairo. Shortly afterward, the military staged a coup, ousting Morsi and suspending the constitution. We live in a crisis-wracked world. “The once-heralded Arab Spring has given way almost everywhere to conflict and repression,” wrote Kenneth Roth, executive director of [...]
Wilson Dizard wraps up his time in Cleveland and says the 2016 Republican National Convention was a watershed moment for American politics. He says the city's Public Square felt a bit like Tahrir Square in 2013 during the counter-revolution...Show More Summary
“The piece was made of materials including crude oil from the Gulf Coast, a teargas cartridge from Cairo’s Tahrir Square, and 340 lines of black stones, which, according to a release from the group BP or Not BP?, ‘symbolizes how BP’s operations in Egypt are ‘surrounded by human rights violations’.'”
And so we've come full circle: Jonathan Pine, first seen slipping through Tahrir Square on his way to work, has now traversed another conflict zone to get back to Cairo's Hotel Nefertiti, where his last stirring of consciousness resulted in the death of the woman he tried to protect. Roper ... More »
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Five years ago Thursday, Cairo’s Tahrir Square erupted in euphoric celebrations as hundreds of thousands of Egyptians danced, cheered, wept and fell to their knees in prayer on the night that President Hosni Mubarak stepped down after three decades of autocratic rule. Fireworks lighted the night...
CAIRO -- It was a day Ahmed Hassan will never forget. He was in Tahrir Square in the heart of the Egyptian capital, the nexus of the Arab Spring revolution. It was around sunset, and the crowds were dancing and reciting poetry. It was the end of President Hosni Mubarak's nearly 30-year rule. "It was the […]
During the first months of 2011, Sondos Shabayek often found herself at the front lines of Egypt’s revolution in Tahrir Square, where clashes between protesters and security forces marked the last days of Hosni Mubarak's regime. It was...Show More Summary
Two Egyptians, a comedian and an actor, could face prison after they created a film handing condom balloons to police officers in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Monday, the fifth anniversary of the start of the revolt that overthrew President...Show More Summary
Five years ago protestors were arm in arm in Tahrir Square taking part in the popular uprising that ended the 30-year reign of Hosni Mubarek. Today the streets are quiet. After the upheaval and violence in 2011 that helped spark theShow More Summary
Thousands of Egyptians poured into Cairo's Tahrir Square on Jan. 25, 2011, to participate in mass demonstrations against Hosni Mubarak's long regime. The day would come to signify the start of dramatic changes in Egypt’s sociopolitical...Show More Summary