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Alum Blogs from Egypt

Yamila Irizarry-Gerould, A11, is recording her time in Cairo, Egypt with her blog, Traveler in an Antique Land. She received a fellowship from the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) to continue her Arabic studies for the next year in Cairo. She says,

As my Arabic improves, Egypt and the Middle East undergo tumultuous changes. This blog is my attempt to chronicle and share the country’s transformations, as well as my own.

She’s written about the recent Egyptian election, offering an inside view on the country during this pivotal time. Check out Traveler in an Antique Land for updates on Yamilia’s time in Cairo.


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Arab Uprising: The Revolution and Its Aftermath

Last month, Tufts faculty from the departments of Political Science, Economics, Sociology and International Relations joined together for a panel discussion on the history of the Arab Spring. As Tufts IR program director Prof. Drusilla Brown explained:

We can look at the history of revolutions to try to get a better understanding of what is happening now. It may not give us much of an expectation of what will happen, but it will certainly give us some historical perspective on what it means to go through this kind of set of events.”

In this video, Professor Malik Mufti of the Political Science department discusses the connections and differences between current uprisings in the Arab world and the widespread revolt that swept Europe in the late 18th and early-mid 19th centuries.

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Egypt, Revolution and a Comic Strip

Last year, Asher Berman of Tufts’ Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy received the David L. Boren Fellowship in National Security Education to study Arabic in Cairo. Although there were rumors of a revolution stirring, Berman’s friend, Dov Torbin, a cartoonist, did not cancel his plans to come visit Berman in Egypt.

Of course, the revolution happened. Now, the two friends have teamed up to tell their story in the form of a comic strip.

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Tufts Voices on the Egyptian Military

Egyptian liberal human rights activist Dalia Ziada is currently a graduate student at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Ziada, a native of Cairo, has a special interest in women’s issues and authors a blog. In a recent entry on the current protests in Egypt, Zaida writes:

The Military here in Egypt is much respected and trusted than any other authority in the state. I would claim that they played a very important role in making our revolution succeed by simply not using violence. They have never shot any one or harass any protester in any way and under any condition. On the contrary, they have helped save the lives of the protesters against the thugs hired by Mubarak. They refused to comply with Mubarak’s orders to kill protesters. Even before the revolution, whenever they were need to play a civil role, they always do it perfectly with showing high respect to the people.

Tufts graduate Laila Selim (A’10), who was born in Egypt and plans to return there shortly to start a business, was recently interviewed by New England Cable Newsabout the Egyptian military. Like Zaida, she is confident in the military’s ability to do right by the Egyptian people.

Here are previous Jumble posts on the revolution in Egypt:

The Spark of Revolt

Egypt and the Impact of Photojournalism

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Egypt and the Imact of Photojournalism

Latitudes, the blog of Hemispheres (Tufts’ undergraduate journal of international affairs), recently featured a post on the impact of photojournalism. The piece focused specifically on how photojournalism has played into situations of protest and civil unrest, noting the popularity of a recent photo of the current affairs in Egypt. The author writes:

…it is not surprising to see nervous regimes banning websites that they see as a threat. Protest photojournalism is not merely imagery to make us aware, but imagery that takes us to the streets. As the cliché goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. But each protest photo is worth thousands of revolutionaries and grave danger to an unpopular leader’s administration.

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