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Sunday, 10 June 2018

January 2011 uprising from the eyes of female activists

 “Women and the Egyptian Revolution” opens WaPo’s Africa politics summer reading list: Rutgers University political science professor Nermin Allam’s book the “Women and the Egyptian Revolution: Engagement and Activism during the 2011 Arab Uprisings,” was selected by the Washington Post as the first on their 2018 African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular series. Allam’s book “makes an important contribution not just to our understanding of politics in Africa (and the Middle East) but to our understanding of social movements around the world,” The Washington Posts’ Kim Yi Dionne says in her review.

Other headlines worth noting in brief include:

  • Reuters notes the high profile of at least six activists arrested in recent weeks.
  • An Eritrean asylum seeker deported from the US committed suicide at Cairo International Airport, where he was being held before returning to Eritrea, the AP reports.
  • World Cup for the rich only: Only well-off Egyptians can afford to buy pricey packages from beIN Sports to watch the World Cup, says AFP.
  • The Antiquities Ministry has retrieved nine illegally smuggled artifacts seized by French authorities at a train station in Paris in 2012, the Associated Press reports.
  • A British man who disappeared while on a cruise ship in Egypt in 2011 has been presumed dead, with police concluding that he either jumped or fell overboard after having one too many drinks, the BBC reports.
  • A group of Harvard students are creating a replica of an eight-foot “slab of hieroglyphs [that] tells the story of how King Thutmose IV dreamed his destiny,” the Harvard Gazette says.

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