Joel Federman teaches at Saybrook University in San Francisco. He recently returned from a week-long visit to Egypt, where he met with democracy activists and others.
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Monday, August 15, 2011
The World Should Be Watching Tahrir Square
Global media coverage of news from Egypt over the last week was focused on the trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. It ignored--or gave only footnote status to--a more important development: the forcible expulsion on Monday, August 1, of democracy activists from Tahrir Square in Cairo, and the occupation of the square by the Egyptian military and police. Armed forces now surround the central square area, literally taking up the space occupied by the democracy movement only a few days ago.