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.

 

Joel Whitney

Joel Whitney is the author of Finks: How the CIA Tricked the World's Best Writers. A 2003 winner of the Discovery Prize, his work has appeared in the New York Times, The New Republic, the Wall Street Journal, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. His essays have twice been notables in Best American Essays.

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