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A look inside Egypt

Photo by Ali Mustafa.
Toronto-based activist Ali Mustafa recently captured powerful images from the ongoing struggle in Egypt.

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Egypt, three years later: Is there light at the end of the tunnel?

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 7:00pm

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Beit Zatoun
612 Markham St. (Bathurst subway)
Toronto, ON
Canada
43° 39' 11.6136" N, 79° 22' 59.4624" W

The world remembers January 25, 2011 as the beginning of the Egyptian Revolution and a key date in the "Arab Spring." It inspired the world with its grassroots and ad hoc energy as well as its inspiring principles: prosperity, freedom, and human dignity. Three years later, we find a movement stalled and even in reverse especially after the military coup of July 3, 2013. On the third anniversary, we examine the status, legacy and future of this revolution, Egypt, and the Arab Spring. Our invited speaker is Prof. Fadel, from UofT Law School to present perspectives on the situation in relation to democracy and human rights as well as offer his view on possible ways forward. The talk is followed by Q&A period.

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Canadian government needs to do more to help free Tarek and John from Egyptian prison

Once again Conservative ideology has trumped what's right.

Prominent Toronto filmmaker/professor John Greyson and London, Ontario, physician/professor Tarek Loubani have been locked up in an Egyptian jail for nearly 40 days.

After a prosecutor recently extended their detention by 15 days, these two courageous individuals launched a hunger strike demanding their release or to at least be allowed two hours a day in the fenced-in prison yard.

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Egypt's military coup: A new age of dictatorship

Before President Mohamad Morsi had barely warmed his seat as head of state, demonstrations prompted Egypt's military to remove him from office. After one year, the country's first democratically elected president was now held at an undisclosed location. It was the only way, the military argued, that Egypt could be saved from political polarization and violence; the only way the country could restore democracy and avoid descending into chaos. But what has occurred over the last two months of military rule has been nothing short of chaotic.

Rabaa massacre 

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Breakthrough needed on Syria at G20 summit: Military intervention risks making things worse

This is the second report by Steve Price-Thomas from the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia. Read the first report here

St. Petersburg, Russia -- It was all smiles as presidents Putin and Obama met on the steps of the Constantine Palace, venue of the G20 Summit. But smiles aren't enough: leaders attending the G20 summit must seize this opportunity to make real progress on helping find a political solution to the Syria crisis.

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Revolution? On Egypt, Syria and the Arab Spring

Ever since the beginning of the Arab Spring there has been much talk of revolutions. Not from me. I've argued against the position that mass uprisings on their own constitute a revolution, i.e., a transfer of power from one social class (or even a layer) to another that leads to fundamental change. The actual size of the crowd is not a determinant unless the participants in their majority have a clear set of social and political aims. If they do not, they will always be outflanked by those who do or by the state that will recapture lost ground very rapidly.

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The dilemma of Syria and the responsibility of progressives

No matter where one stands, one can't help but agree with those who point out that practical solidarity with the Syrian people suffering under Assad is sorely lacking among progressives in North America.

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Why the coup in Egypt must be defeated

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In a move that came as a surprise to me, wide sections of Egypt's middle and upper classes threw their support behind the military in the first days of July and accepted the military coup as the path to the country's salvation.

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