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What led to the uprising in Egypt

February 3, 2011
| Stephen Zunes joins us on Redeye to talk about the Mubarak regime, the Egyptian economy and the Obama administration's response to the pro-democracy movement in the streets.
Length: 13:35

A siren song is this Cairo freedom fire

Anti and pro-Mubarak protesters clash at Tahrir square, in Cairo, Egypt, 2 Feb. 2011. The square was the scene of violent clashes between opposition protesters and pro-government supporters, with dozens reported injured. Photo: Nasser Nouri/Flickr

A siren song is this Cairo freedom fire, the Tunisian spark now a roaring flame.

A new Mecca in Tahrir Square.

I close my eyes and wander to the city of my birth, and I'm just eight years old in the helio-polis my Armenian family called home, playing in the Cairo sands, my father's 1940s Studebaker winding up the road to the Pyramids. And I'm now back in this moment, wondering, what exactly is this social media liberation hour we're in? The words come like this:

regime jam, the people's tram
stronger than the aswan dam
pyramid scheme a nation's dream a peoples' stream
of consciousness



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