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Joel Whitney: Celebrating One Year Since Egypt’s Uprising

January 26, 2012

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This week marks the one-year anniversary of Egypt’s landmark protests. A new film collective reminds us of the courage that spawned it, and the work yet to do.

By **Joel Whitney**

Yesterday marked one year since the beginning of protests that swept Cairo, all of Egypt, and ushered Hosni Mubarak from power. As noted in the short documentary below, no one could know what would be the outcome when ordinary Egyptians took bravely to the street and began to shout chants against the corruption of Mubarak and the military. What seems like fate today, one year later, was an unpredicted act of astounding courage on the part of the Egyptian people. Nor is the work finished, with SCAF (the military) clinging to power. Tomorrow, Friday, January 27, brings another day of action. The film below was made by the film collective Mosireen. In our next issue on the main site, Ahdaf Soueif, in an excerpt from her new book, Cairo (out now in the UK), remembers those fateful 18 days that brought down a government.

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Joel Whitney is an editor of Guernica. Read his interview with Zoya Phan here, and with U.S. poet laureate W.S. Merwin here. Joel’s writing and commentary have appeared in the New York Times, World Policy Journal, The New Republic, The Village Voice, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Paris Review, The Nation, Agni, New York magazine—and on NPR. He lives in Brooklyn. He’s on Twitter.

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