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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."

 

Read the remainder of the reviews and purchase the book here.

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

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:

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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

The Egyptian Revolution, Four Years Later

In an article for the Atlantic, TCF fellow Thanassis Cambanis asks whether Egypt is on the verge of another uprising.

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Tags: tahrir square, el-sisi, egyptian revolution, egypt

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

 

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