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Abdelrahman Mansour and Mohamed Aboelgheit

Hope without Illusion: Ten Signs of Change in Egypt

[Egyptian medical doctors gather in front of the Medical Doctors Syndicate building in February 2016 to protest police abuse against medical professionals. Photo from]

Egyptians occupying streets, blocking traffic, and chanting patriotic slogans: Contrary to conventional wisdom, these images became part of Egypt’s contemporary political arena well before the January 2011 Revolution. We saw them on multiple occasions in 2006, 2008, and even in 2010, when Egypt’s national football team won the Africa Cup of Nations. Those are but a few examples of the intense mobilization that took place during the lead up to the revolution. The tide of ...

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Abdelrahman Mansour is  a visiting scholar at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Mohamed Aboelgheit is an Egyptian journalist.