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The Final Betrayal of Egypt’s Revolution

The 2011 Egyptian Revolution made global news when it succeeded in toppling then-dictator Hosni Mubarak. TCF fellow Thanassis Cambanis writes on the series of protests and revolts by Egyptian civilians that succeeded in toppling several regimes in just a few years through an intricate narrative titled "Once Upon A Revolution." In this Foreign Policy excerpt of the book, the two individuals who Thanassis followed are highlighted as we see the revolutionary actions unfolding:

“I don’t care who will lead the country. We just want Morsi to leave,” said a lady in a fine tailored dress, sipping tea on a terrace near the presidential palace on a break from chanting.

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Tags: mubarak, morsi, foreign policy, egyptian uprisings, egyptian revolution

Library Journal Review Out

TCF fellow and award-winning journalist Thanassis Cambanis has received acclaim for his newly released book (1.20.2015) titled "Once Upon A Revolution: An Egyptian Story." Cambanis chronicles two unique and diverse revolutionary movement leaders and tells their story throughout the protests happening in 2011 during the Egyptian uprising. The Library Journal Review has called the book "A welcome addition to the literature on Egypt's uprising and a solid source for the general reader."


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Tags: mubarak, international relations, egyptian revolutions, arab spring

National Magazine Awards 2015 Finalists Announced

The National Magazine Awards 2015 finalists were announced and TCF's own senior fellow Patrick Radden Keefe is in the running for the "Reporting" category. His long-form article printed in the May 5 issue of The New Yorker titled "The Hunt for El Chapo" has gained attention from several outlets for outstanding reporting.

The National Magazine Awards 2015 finalists demonstrate the enduring power of magazine journalism in print and on websites and mobile,” said Sid Holt, chief executive of ASME. “Whether it’s politics, fashion, sports or the kind of service journalism that only magazines can do, readers know that their favorite print and digital magazines are where to find information and entertainment they can trust."

Here is the full list of nominees.

Read Patrick Radden Keefe's fantastic piece of writing.

Tags: new yorker, magazine journalism, awards

The Empire of Edge

TCF fellow, Patrick Radden Keefe writes about the downfall of hedge fund S.A.C. Capital Advisors in an article for the New Yorker.

A Dr. Sid Gilman approached the stage, the hotel ballroom quieted with anticipation. It was July 29, 2008, and a thousand people had gathered in Chicago for the International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease. For decades, scientists had tried, and failed, to devise a cure for Alzheimer’s. But in recent years two pharmaceutical companies, Elan and Wyeth, had worked together on an experimental drug called bapineuzumab, which had shown promise in halting the cognitive decay caused by the disease. Tests on mice had proved successful, and in an initial clinical trial a small number of human patients appeared to improve. A second phase of trials, involving two hundred and forty patients, was near completion. Gilman had chaired the safety-monitoring committee for the trials. Now he was going to announce the results of the second phase.

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Tags: hedge funds, financial advice

Five Angry Letters to the Editor (EXCERPT)

November 20, 2013 BY: Stephen Schlesinger TOPICS: Additional Focus, Special Projects

Andrew and Stephen Schlesinger write in the Huffington Post this week about the newly released book honoring Arthur Schlesinger, titled The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger, JrIn this post are excerpts from Arthur's letters to various editors at different publications. The result is a glimpse of a man who stood up for what he believed. 


"As revealed in The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., the historian, Democratic Party activist, and presidential adviser (1917-2007) wielded his pen as a literary weapon -- for criticism, for influence, for chiding, for self-advancement, for righting wrongs and for waving the flag of progressivism. In the following letters from the book, Schlesinger excoriates editors of eminent publications for misrepresentations and falsehoods which could damage his reputation or the reputations of his friends, in the process belittling the liberal movement. He also felt it incumbent upon himself as a historian to correct errors seeping into the public record.

Other recipients of letters collected in the Random House book and edited by his two sons Andrew and Stephen Schlesinger, include John, Robert, and Jacqueline Kennedy, Harry Truman, Adlai Stevenson, Hubert Humphrey, Lyndon Johnson, Henry Kissinger, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Eleanor Roosevelt, John Kenneth Galbraith, Gore Vidal, Bill Buckley, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Katharine Graham."

Tags: the new york times, the letters of arthur schlesinger jr, the economist, schlesinger letters, schlesinger, people magazine, newsweek, letters to the editor, letter to the editor, huffington post

TCF Then and Now: Alexander Capron

November 13, 2013 COMMENTARY BY: Jessi Stafford TOPICS: Additional Focus, Special Projects

To celebrate The Century Foundation's release of our Archives of the Century at The New York Public Library, we conducted interviews with past TCF board members and trustees to get a glimpse of how TCF life has changed...and what remains the same. This post focuses on current TCF trustee Alexander Capron, a globally recognized expert in health policy and medical ethics. At the University of California (USC), Capron teaches Public Health Law, Torts, and Law, Science, and Medicine at the Gould School of Law. He also teaches at the USC Keck School of Medicine and is co-director of the Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics, a campus-wide interdisciplinary research and education center. He returned to USC Law in fall 2006 after four years on leave as director of Ethics, Trade, Human Rights and Health Law at the World Health Organization in Geneva. 

Tags: twentieth century fund, the century foundation, tcf, public policy, nypl, new york public library, morris abram, healthcare, health care reform, bioethics


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