WBEZ | Tahrir Square http://www.wbez.org/tags/tahrir-square Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en ‘Liberation Square’ provides eyewitness account of Egyptian uprising http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-29/%E2%80%98liberation-square%E2%80%99-provides-eyewitness-account-egyptian-uprising-96836 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-February/2012-02-29/AP110206027630.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Egypt’s ruling military council set the date for the country’s first post-Mubarak presidential election for May 23 and 24. The announcement comes nearly a year after hundreds of thousands of Egyptians took to the streets and ousted longtime President Hosni Mubarak.</p><p><a href="http://www.ashrafkhalil.com/" target="_blank">Ashraf Khalil</a> writes on the Middle East for <em>Foreign Policy</em> and <em>The Times of London</em>. The Libertyville product has been based in Cairo for the last 15 years. He discusses his book<em> Liberation Square: Inside the Egyptian Revolution and the Rebirth of a Nation</em>.</p></p> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 17:03:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-29/%E2%80%98liberation-square%E2%80%99-provides-eyewitness-account-egyptian-uprising-96836 Worldview 2.29.12 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-02-29 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2012-february/2012-02-29/ap11021219698.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Journalist <a href="http://www.ashrafkhalil.com/" target="_blank">Ashraf Khalil</a> was based in Cairo when the protests first began in Tahrir Square a little more than a year ago. <em>Worldview</em> talks with him about his new book <em>Liberation Square: Inside the Egyptian Revolution and the Rebirth of a Nation</em>. Also, in honor of the <a href="http://www.arteyvidachicago.com/chicago-flamenco-festival/" target="_blank">Tenth Annual Chicago Flamenco Festival</a>, Jerome and <a href="http://www.wbez.org/globalnotes" target="_blank"><em>Global&nbsp;Notes</em></a> contributor Catalina Maria Johnson take a listen to flamenco fusion, where the traditional Spanish sound has been mixed with rhythms from India and the Caribbean.</p></p> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 16:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-02-29 CAIR-Chicago’s Ahmed Rehab reflects on uncertain future of post-revolution Egypt http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-08/cair-chicago%E2%80%99s-ahmed-rehab-reflects-uncertain-future-post-revolution-egy <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-08/Egypt_FemaleProtester.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>We turn our eyes today, once again to Tahrir Square. Frustrated activists plan to stage another mass protest to accelerate the pace of government reform. In a recent visit to Cairo, Ahmed Rehab, director of the Chicago chapter of the <a href="http://www.cairchicago.org/" target="_blank">Council on American-Islamic Relations</a> and frequent <em>Worldview</em> contributor, met with high-ranking officials and activists to discuss the way forward. He tells Jerome what he thinks the Egyptian people should demand now.</p></p> Fri, 08 Jul 2011 15:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-08/cair-chicago%E2%80%99s-ahmed-rehab-reflects-uncertain-future-post-revolution-egy Egyptian filmmakers witnessed and recorded history in Tahrir Square http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-10/egyptian-filmmakers-witnessed-and-recorded-history-tahrir-square-86325 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-10/109044596.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>One aspect of the current Middle East revolutions that has received a lot of attention is the role new media and the arts have played in unifying people and setting the narrative of the so called “Arab Spring.” And Egypt is no exception.</p><p>Aymen Mohamed Hussein is executive director for production for Semat Production and Distribution in Cairo, and he’s currently a film intern at <a href="http://www.facets.org/" target="_blank">Facets Multi-media</a> here in Chicago. Nevine Lofty is a senior producer and training coordinator for Media-Arts for Development, also in Cairo. They join us to discuss new media’s role in Egypt’s revolution and what new freedoms might mean for the arts. Both were in town as a guest of <a href="http://www.worldchicago.org" target="_blank">WorldChicago</a>, a not-for-profit dedicated to citizen diplomacy.</p><p><strong>A video of "Men Ha'ay"</strong>:</p><p><iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/21151292?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" frameborder="0" height="225" width="400"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/21151292">Men Ha'ay</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/madev">MADEV</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p><p><strong>A video of "A Man's Shadow":</strong></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/uZqRCMi5GkE" frameborder="0" height="390" width="480"></iframe></p></p> Tue, 10 May 2011 17:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-10/egyptian-filmmakers-witnessed-and-recorded-history-tahrir-square-86325 Chicagoan Ahmed Rehab returns from Egypt, reflects on changes http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-04/chicagoan-ahmed-rehab-returns-egypt-reflects-changes-83343 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/ahmed2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>If you tuned into this radio station at noon over the last few months, chances are you heard Chicagoan Ahmed Rehab. While Tunisians were brining down&nbsp;Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, he had been following the Facebook page where 85,000 people pledged to take part in protests all over Egypt on January 25. As an Egyptian-American and human rights activist, he flew to Cairo to see what would happen.</p><p>He ended up witnessing history and blogging about it at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ahmedrehab.com/blog/">Mindful of Dreams</a>. We spoke to Ahmed on several occasions about the events transpiring in Tahrir Square.</p><p>Ahmed remained in Cairo after President Hosni Mubarak left office to mingle with the young revolutionaries and film a documentary about Egypt's historic transformation. Earlier this week, he returned to Chicago, where he&rsquo;s the executive director of the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cairchicago.org">local chapter of the Council of Islamic-American Relations</a>.</p><p>Ahmed Rehab dropped by our studios to reflect on his experiences. <br />&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 04 Mar 2011 17:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-04/chicagoan-ahmed-rehab-returns-egypt-reflects-changes-83343 Mubarak Resigns: What's next? http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-11/mubarak-resigns-whats-next-82196 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/109007591.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>For the latest analysis on Mubarak&rsquo;s resignation and what&rsquo;s next for Egypt, we&rsquo;ll hear from <a href="http://www.american.edu/spa/faculty/dsinger.cfm" target="_blank">Diane Singerman</a>, a political science professor at American University and editor of the book, <em>Cairo Contested: Governance, Urban Space and Global Modernity</em>. Also, we&rsquo;ll talk to <a href="http://kroc.nd.edu/people/directory/faculty/emad-shahin" target="_blank">Emad Shahin</a>, professor of religion, conflict and peace-building at the University of Notre Dame, who&rsquo;s in Cairo. And for another perspective from Cairo, we&rsquo;ll speak with Alia Saleh, a mother of two who lives near Tahrir Square. She&rsquo;s been watching the events unfold from her window.</p></p> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 20:51:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-11/mubarak-resigns-whats-next-82196 Will Mubarak step down? http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-10/will-mubarak-step-down-82105 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/108971729.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span class="views-field-field-body-value">The mood in Cairo's Tahrir Square is jubilant. Many believe the Egyptian leadership is ready to make some major concessions after 17 days of protests. President Hosni Mubarak is expected to give a speech tonight and it's anticipated he will step down. We'll be live on the air to discuss the latest on the situation and take questions and comments. </span><span class="views-field-field-body-value">Call us at <strong>312-832-3124</strong>.</span></p><p>Joining us will be:</p><p><span class="views-field-field-body-value"><a href="http://www.ahmedrehab.com/blog/" target="_blank">Ahmed Rehab</a>, executive director of the Chicago chapter for the Council of American-Islamic Relations (<a href="http://www.cairchicago.org/" target="_blank">CAIR</a>), from Cairo.</span></p><p><span class="views-field-field-body-value"><a href="http://www.law.depaul.edu/faculty_staff/faculty_information.asp?id=5" target="_blank">Cherif Bassiouni</a>, president emeritus of DePaul University's International Human Rights Institute.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span class="views-field-field-body-value"><a href="http://mei.edu/Scholars/JosephK%C3%A9chichian.aspx" target="_blank">Joseph Kéchichian</a>, a scholar at the Middle East Institute.&nbsp;</span></p></p> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 17:27:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-10/will-mubarak-step-down-82105 Egypt’s ongoing protests and political unrest http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-07/egypt%E2%80%99s-ongoing-protests-and-political-unrest-81906 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/108879402.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>This weekend's talks between opposition leaders and Omar Suleiman produced mostly hard feelings. Meanwhile the Obama administration appears to have backed away from the idea that Mubarak immediately resign from office. We discuss the continuing political unrest with <a href="http://kroc.nd.edu/people/directory/faculty/emad-shahin">Emad Shahin</a>, professor of Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding at Notre Dame&rsquo;s <a href="http://kroc.nd.edu/">Kroc Institute</a> for International Peace Studies.</p></p> Mon, 07 Feb 2011 18:03:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-07/egypt%E2%80%99s-ongoing-protests-and-political-unrest-81906 Demonstrators demand new U.S. policy on Egypt http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago/demonstrators-demand-new-us-policy-egypt <p><p>Hundreds of Chicagoans gathered downtown during rush hour on Friday to say that President Barack Obama still hasn&rsquo;t been forceful enough in telling Egypt&rsquo;s 30-year president to go.&nbsp;The demonstrators chanted as they held signs and waved Middle Eastern flags across from the Egyptian Embassy on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Just hours earlier, Obama had spoken to reporters about Egypt, saying that &quot;there needs to be a transition process that begins now.&quot;&nbsp;But Laith Saud, one of the organizers of the rally, said that wasn't enough. When asked what he would rather hear the U.S. president say, Saud responded, &ldquo;President Mubarak, you have lost all legitimacy. We could start with that.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Many at the protest said they had friends who are at Tahrir Square in Cairo, the epicenter of the Egyptian protests. They said they'd rather be there, but voicing their part from Obama&rsquo;s hometown of Chicago is the next best thing.</div></p> Sat, 05 Feb 2011 01:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago/demonstrators-demand-new-us-policy-egypt Tens of thousands defy violent reprisals to protest in Cairo's Tahrir Square http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-04/tens-thousands-defy-violent-reprisals-protest-cairos-tahrir-square-81786 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/2-4 seg.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On Thursday, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak told ABC News that he wants to step down but fears chaos would ensue. Today, tens of thousands of pro-democracy protestors filled Tahrir Square and unlike the last few days, the military provided a strong presence to curtail violent attacks.</p><p>We&rsquo;ll discuss the latest news from Egypt with Laith Saud, lecturer on Islamic World Studies at DePaul University. He&rsquo;s partnering with several groups to organize a Chicago protest today at 5pm at the corner of Illinois and Michigan Avenues in support of Egypt&rsquo;s pro-democracy demonstrations and Hossam Bahgat, Founder and Executive Director of the <a href="http://www.eipr.org/en">Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights</a> and a recent recipient of the prestigious Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism from Human Rights Watch.</p> <p>We also speak with <a href="https://facultystaff.richmond.edu/~scarapic/">Sheila Carapico</a>, professor of political science and international studies at the University of Richmond. She's currently in&nbsp;Cairo and wrote an <a href="http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/02/04/what_al_jazeera_shows_and_doesn_t_show">article</a> on <i>Foreign Policy</i> magazine&rsquo;s website about the media&rsquo;s coverage of the protests in Egypt. Alok Choudhary, chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at Northwestern University, also joins us. He and his team created <a href="http://www.pulseofthetweeters.com/">pulseofthetweeters.com</a> which tracks Twitter influence. He&rsquo;s been following Twitter feeds about Egypt.</p></p> Fri, 04 Feb 2011 16:56:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-04/tens-thousands-defy-violent-reprisals-protest-cairos-tahrir-square-81786