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Democracy Now!’s coverage of the Egyptian revolution and an archive of our past coverage of issues and topics relevant to Egypt.

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  • Renowned feminist and human rights activist Nawal El Saadawi was a political prisoner and exiled from Egypt for years. Now she has returned to Cairo and is participating in the protests in Tahrir Square. Amy Goodman reached El Saadawi on the telephone hours before Mubarak’s second address to the people of Egypt since protests began. [includes rush transcript]
    February 10, 2011 | Web Exclusive
  • Soueif
    Democracy Now! senior producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous speaks with the acclaimed Egyptian writer and political commentator Ahdaf Soueif. "They told us we were divided. They told us we’re extreme. They told us we’re ignorant," says Soueif, surrounded by demonstrators. "But here we are, and we’re great." [includes rush transcript]
    February 10, 2011 | Web Exclusive
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    Egypt’s pro-democracy uprising is surging after striking workers joined in the protests nationwide. Thousands of Egyptian workers walked off the job Wednesday demanding better wages and benefits. Strikes were reported in Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor and the Suez Canal. We speak to Stanford University Professor Joel Beinin, who, as the former director of Middle East Studies at the American University in Cairo, has closely studied the Egyptian...
    February 10, 2011 | Story
  • Flag
    Reporting from Cairo, Democracy Now! senior producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous says thousands of workers, including doctors and lawyers, have joined the protests in Tahrir Square. The demonstrators continue to flood the streets despite government threats and just one day before what is expected to the largest day of protests to date. [includes rush transcript]
    February 10, 2011 | Story
  • February 09, 2011 | Web Exclusive
  • Activist
    Activist and blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah discusses the youth organizing efforts as they stand on the 15th day of the uprising. [includes rush transcript]
    February 09, 2011 | Web Exclusive
  • Amys_column_default_640x360_2014
    Egypt’s burgeoning youth population is driving the revolution. Kareem Amer, who spent four years in prison in Egypt for his blogging, has disappeared off the streets of Cairo after leaving Tahrir Square with a friend.

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    February 09, 2011 | Columns & Articles
  • Mona
    Egypt’s pro-democracy uprising is seizing new momentum one day after hundreds of thousands turned out for one of the largest protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to date. A gathering of protesters led to the evacuation of the Egyptian cabinet building today, and tent camps are also being set up outside the Egyptian parliament. Egypt’s labor movement has launched new strikes across the country, with an estimated 10,000 workers taking...
    February 09, 2011 | Story
  • Mashad
    Democracy Now! senior producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous speaks to Egyptian physician Dr. Ali El Mashad in Cairo’s Tahrir Square over the weekend. Dr. Mashad describes being injured in the streets and bleeding from the head. “We are writing history by our blood,” he says. Mashad says he will not stop demonstrating until Mubarak leaves office. [includes rush transcript]
    February 09, 2011 | Story
  • Heba
    Human Rights Watch is reporting that at least 302 people have died in Egypt since pro-Mubarak forces launched a violent response to the popular uprising last month. The group says at least 232 people have died in Cairo, 52 in Alexandria, and 18 in Suez, but warns the actual death toll could be far higher. We speak with Human Rights Watch researcher Heba Morayef, who has been monitoring the situation on the ground since the protests began....
    February 09, 2011 | Story