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Two Unlikely Revolutionaries in Tahrir Square

Thanassis Cambanis, TCF fellow and award-winning journalist, speaks on WNYC's "The Leonard Lopate Show" about his recently released book from publisher Simon & Schuster about individuals fighting for change in Egypt. The book, "Once Upon A Revolution," which was released on January 20th, 2015, profiles two radically different dissidents to show each of their protesting journey's in 2011 during the Egyptian Revolution. Listen to the interview here:

Read the description and listen to the interview here.

Tags: protests, once upon a revolution, egyptian uprisings, arab spring

Is Egypt on the Verge of Another Uprising?

TCF fellow Thanassis Cambanis explains how the newest Egyptian regime headed by Sisi is slightly better than the authoritarian regimes throughout history. Egypt still has a long way to go however before reaching peace with the Egyptian public. Cambanis says Sisi governs not with a handful of religious figures or wealthy confidantes, but instead with his military advisors. Egyptian civilians have said that they are still not happy with the way things are going in society and will plan to revolt in the future if living conditions continue to decline.

Six months ago there was huge popular happiness with Sisi’s performance. Now already it is less,” said Ahmed Imam, a spokesman for Strong Egypt, one of the few active political opposition parties left in the country. “I believe in another six months you will find rage, and the rage will become public.

Read Cambanis' full article from The Atlantic here.

Tags: military rule, leadership, el-sisi, egyptian uprisings, egypt

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 Blasphemy Brigade

TCF fellow Michael Hanna discusses the surprising attendance of certain world leaders at the recent free expression march in Paris. He says that some of the rulers who attended for solidarity are also staunch supporters for categorizing blasphemy, apostasy and defamation as punishable crimes. They in fact use these offenses as a means to remain in power.

While the vast majority of blasphemy prosecutions and protests have taken place in Muslim-majority countries, the scope of blasphemy legislation is, in fact, quite startling. In 2011, the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life found that nearly half the countries in the world have laws or policies that penalize blasphemy, apostasy, or defamation. A shocking number of European countries — eight, including Denmark, Germany, Ireland, and the Netherlands — maintain some form of anti-blasphemy laws, while all countries prohibiting apostasy are Muslim-majority.

Read the full article from Foreign Policy.

Tags: muslim brotherhood, islamist, free press, france, blasphemy

Corruption and Revolt

TCF senior fellow Patrick Radden Keefe outlines what corruption means in a number of democratic and authoritarian states, from Afghanistan to Singapore, reminding us of just how easy it is for corruption to be perpetuated within a system. He examines specific examples of political graft committed by leaders around the globe and offers some potential solutions for combatting the rampant political crime.

The United Nations estimates that corruption adds a ten-per-cent surcharge to the cost of doing business in many parts of the world. Corruption infects every level of government, bedevils foreign development, enables terrorism, and fuels transnational crime. It is a recurring conundrum in business, in religious institutions, in education, in sports. Yet our conceptual vocabulary for understanding this pathology, let alone combatting it, remains conspicuously meagre. The very term “corruption” is so inclusive as to be almost meaningless, encompassing bribery, nepotism, bid-rigging, embezzlement, extortion, vote-buying, price-fixing, protection rackets, and a hundred other varieties of fraud.

The full article appears in The New Yorker.

Tags: transparency, political graft, corruption, afghanistan, accountability

Corruption and Revolt

In this week’s New Yorker, TCF fellow Patrick Radden Keefe takes a look at corruption: all nations have it, but just when is it too much? 

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Tags: karzai, foreign policy, corruption, afghanistan

 

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