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Joanne Randa Nucho

Watching Cairo from Beirut

[Protest in Tahrir square on 18 November 2011. Image from Wikimedia Commons.]

I was in Lebanon, about six months into my dissertation fieldwork.  As the crowds in Tahrir grew day by day, and all the world watched, I felt at first that I was watching an important symbolic act that would surely fail. Who could imagine that Mubarak, who had the support and blessing of the United States, would be ousted from his forty-year rule?  When protests continued despite the violent tactics of the regime, my amazement grew. Due to the Internet and ...

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