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Bassam Haddad and Ziad Abu-Rish


Tahrir at Midnight: Protesting the Constitutional Decree

[Tahrir Square, Cairo, 5 December 2012.]

Photos by Bassam Haddad. Text by Ziad Abu-Rish and Bassam Haddad. [If the images do not show below, click here] After midnight, in the early hours of Wednesday 5 December 2012, I (Bassam) headed to Tahrir Square, which continued to be a flash point of contentious politics and opposition to the Egyptian president's constitutional decree of 22 November 2012 [The day after, i headed to the Presidential Palace to visit the Brotherhood's sit in, and I got more than I bargained ...

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Entrevista con dirigentes de la Federacion General de Sindicatos de Bahrein

[Left to right: S. Salman Jaffar Al Mahfoodh (Secretary General) and Abdulla Mohammed Hussain (Assistant Secretary-General for Arab and International Relations) of the GFBTU. Image from screen shot below.]

[This interview was conducted in Arabic by Bassam Haddad and Ziad Abu-Rish and translated/published from English into Spanish by] Entrevista con dirigentes de la Federación General de Sindicatos de Bahréin [Traducción para Rebelión de Loles Oliván] Recientemente tuvimos la oportunidad de sentarnos a hablar con representantes de la Federación General de Sindicatos de Bahréin durante una visita a Estados Unidos patrocinada por la federación de ...

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Jadaliyya Interview with Leaders of the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions

[Left to right: S. Salman Jaffar Al Mahfoodh (Secretary General) and Abdulla Mohammed Hussain (Assistant Secretary-General for Arab and International Relations) of the GFBTU. Image from screen shot below.]

We recently had the chance to sit down and talk with representatives of the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions during a US visit sponsored by the AFL-CIO. What follows is an edited sequence of different parts of the interview, which was conducted in Arabic on 6 October 2011 in Washington DC. The interview features S. Salman Jaffar Al Mahfoodh (Secretary General) and Abdulla Mohammed Hussain (Assistant Secretary-General for Arab and International Relations) of the ...

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How Do You Finance Social Justice in Egypt? Jadaliyya Interview With Journalist Wael Gamal

[Image from Interview]

This is our third in a series of interviews we conducted in Cairo during our recent trip. We had the fortune to meet with a friend and prominent journalist, Wael Gamal, whose column in al-Shurouq's economy section is closely followed in Egypt and beyond--and is also published here on Jadaliyya (see video below). We discussed the overarching question of "social justice" after the revolution. In particular, how do you finance social justice in a country like ...

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Opportunities and Challenges Facing the Egyptian Revolution: Interview with Blogger Wael Khalil

[Image from interview]

This is our second in our series of interviews we conducted in Cairo recently. We had the pleasure of catching blogger Wael Khalil on May 30th between tweets and blogging the post-revolution phase. Wael discussed the opportunities and concerns that many Egyptians have as the post-revolution period unfolds.   Wael Khalil is an activist and a blogger. He has been active in the Palestinian Solidarity, Anti-War, and Democracy movements that pervaded the Egyptian ...

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The Stunting Role of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces After the Revolution: Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mohamed Waked

[Image from live interview with Mohamed Waked]

During our trip to Egypt we had the fortune of meeting and interviewing a number of distinguished journalists, bloggers, and activists, as well as a host of other Egyptians from all walks of life. Our coverage of Friday, May 27, protests can be found here and here. Today, we begin publishing the video interviews we conducted, starting with our own Jadaliyya Co-Editor, Mohamed Waked. Mohamed is a researcher and an activist who led and participated in the mobilization leading ...

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Tahrir Speaks: May 27th (Photos and Videos)


Today, May 27, 2011, Egyptians took to the streets in different parts of their country to affirm their continued commitment to the revolution that began on January 25, 2011. In Tahrir Square, approximately 150,000 protesters gathered to sing, laugh, chant, and assert their various demands. Preparations for the demonstrations began late Thursday night / early Friday morning and by mid-afternoon there was no doubt that a diverse array of Egyptians wanted much more than ...

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Return to Tahrir Square: May 27th (Ongoing Updates)

[awaiting protesters. Image by authors, taken at 5 am in Tahrir Square]

At 4 am, the two of us walked from Zamalik to Tahrir Square as protesters began to gather. We took some pictures and conducted some interviews. At this moment (7:00 am), we only have time to post a few of them (see three videos below, followed by images from Tahrir). UPDATE: Click here for our second post which features some of the signs, speeches, interviews, and music of the day's protests. Today, May 27, 2011, promises to be the largest mobilization across Egypt since ...

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Bassam Haddad and Ziad Abu-Rish


Bassam Haddad is Director of the Middle East Studies Program and teaches in the Department of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University, and is Visiting Professor at Georgetown University. He is the author of Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience (Stanford University Press, 2011). Bassam is currently editing a volume on Teaching the Middle East After the Arab Uprisings, a book manuscript on pedagogical and theoretical approaches. His most recent books include two co-edited volumes: Dawn of the Arab Uprisings: End of an Old Order? (Pluto Press, 2012) and Mediating the Arab Uprisings (Tadween Publishing, 2013). Bassam serves as Founding Editor of the Arab Studies Journal a peer-reviewed research publication and is co-producer/director of the award-winning documentary film, About Baghdad, and director of the critically acclaimed film series, Arabs and Terrorism, based on extensive field research/interviews. More recently, he directed a film on Arab/Muslim immigrants in Europe, titled The "Other" Threat. Bassam is Co-Founder/Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine and serves on the Editorial Committee of Middle East Report. He is the Executive Director of the Arab Studies Institute, an umbrella for five organizations dealing with knowledge production on the Middle East and Founding Editor of Tadween Publishing.

Ziad Abu-Rish is Assistant Professor in the History Department at Ohio University. He serves as Senior Editor of the Arab Studies Journal and Co-Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine. His other articles can be found here and here