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Joshua Stephens

Representation and the Egyptian Black Bloc: The Siren Song of Orientalism?

[Anarchist poster at protest in Giza, September 2011. Image by Gigi Ibrahim.]

Much in the way of media coverage has highlighted the appearance of a Western-style Black Bloc on the streets of Cairo during the protests marking the second anniversary of the Egyptian uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak. The Egyptian state, having perceived the formation as a distinct political organization, promptly outlawed it, and just as promptly accused its members of comically unlikely collusion with Zionist saboteurs. Islamist groups such as Al-Gama’a Al-Islamiyya ...

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Joshua Stephens


Joshua Stephens is a board member with the Institute for Anarchist Studies and a longtime anticapitalist and international solidarity activist. He is the author of Self and Determination (forthcoming, AK Press), a co-editor at Counter Conduct, and splits his time between Brooklyn, NY and parts of the Mediterranean. He blogs here.