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Egypt: #OccupyCabinet

It all began with the kidnapping and torture of Aboudi Ibrahim, a protester from the #OccupyCabinet sit-in: A first military attack on Tahrir Square today: An army solider strips the shirt off a female protestor, beats her, and abuses her: If you look closely, you see the attack on her and what appears to be […]

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Pity the Nation

“Pity the nation that wears a cloth it does not weave, eats a bread it does not harvest, and drinks a wine that flows not from its own wine-press.” — Khalil Gibran 3.5 million farmers produce food for the Egyptian people each year.  36% of the Egyptian population work in agriculture. “My ancestors used to […]

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Egypt: This Battle Is Far from Over

It has finally sunk in that the Egyptian military are not on the side of the people.  Egyptians are up against a military apparatus that is maintaining the status quo “system.”  In other words, we are confronting a global neo-liberal regime whereby the Egyptian government would follow the instructions of the powerful: protect Israel, obey […]

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Egyptian Workers Strike for Minimum Wage and Independent Unions

Workers’ demonstrations have swept across Egypt demanding an increase in the national minimum wage, an end to corrupt factory management, and the creation of independent workers’ unions. Jasmina Metwaly and Philip Rizk are filmmakers based in Cairo, Egypt.  Read Rizk’s blog Tabula Gaza at <>.  Follow Rizk at <>.  This video was released by the […]

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Cairo Intifada

“This is an American shell, an American shell.  Mubarak is a collaborator funded by foreigners.  Mubarak is a spy.  We don’t want’ him.  Enough.  The people are suffocating.  The people are hungry.” Jasmina Metwaly is a Polish artist of Egyptian origin.  Philip Rizk is a German-Egyptian filmmaker.  Read Rizk’s blog Tabula Gaza at <>.   Follow […]

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This Palestinian Life

“I don’t own a gun.  I don’t own any weapons and I’m not prepared to own any. . . .  My only weapon of defense is that I won’t leave this place.” — Abu Sagr, Al-Hadideya, Jordan Valley Trailer Philip Rizk is an Egyptian-German freelance journalist living in Cairo, Egypt, where he is currently completing […]

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