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The Arab Spring pulses here too

The Arab Spring has touched Amira Kefi, Essam El Hashani and Ahmed Rehab. They carry it around with them daily though they are far from the uprisings that changed theirs and many others’ lives.
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ICIRR Blogs: Egypt Struggle for Democracy: Report From Cairo

The ride from the Cairo airport beyond the center of the city to Zamalek straddling the historic Nile River tells a lot about the recent history of Egypt. Continue reading

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ABC 7: Ahmed Rehab Back From Egypt and Reflecting on the Revolution

From the Blog… March 7, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — A local activist who was among the protesters who toppled the government of Egypt is now back in Chicago. Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, shared his firsthand account … Continue reading

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Ahmed Rehab Talks With John Williams About American Muslims and Homeland Security

From the Blog… Ahmed Rehab discusses the controversy about Homeland Security holding hearings exploring Muslim American Terrorists. Rehab refutes the idea saying that there is a difference between the community of Muslims and the underground individuals. Rehab says the individuals are … Continue reading

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Tahrir Square Births New Egyptian Government

From the Blog… Note: I have not had a chance to blog much after Mubarak resigned. Prior to his resignation, I had focussed my attention on protesting, blogging, and running media interviews in the early phase of the revolution. Once … Continue reading

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NPR, Worldview: Ahmed Rehab Reflects on his Experiences in Egypt

From the Blog… Worldview frequently checked in with Chicagoan Ahmed Rehab who was in Cairo during the mass protest movement that eventually brought down President Hosni Mubarak. Ahmed, also the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Chicago, left Egypt … Continue reading

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The Other US Homegrown Radicalization

From the Blog… In a scene reminiscent of the “Goodbye Jews” scene out of Schindler’s List, a confrontational crowd of angry people in Orange County, California dished out hateful remarks at Muslim families as they calmly entered a charity function … Continue reading

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Vimeo: Ahmed Rehab Discusses Egypt’s Transition to Democracy

From the Blog… CAIR_CHICAGO from Delal Pektas on Vimeo. Ahmed Rehab and fellow activist Laith Saud discuss their recent experiences in Egypt and the country’s transition to democracy. Continue Reading >>

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Gamal Mubarak Emerges as Top Villain in ‘Grand Theft Nation’

From the Blog… Now that the dust has settled on Tahrir Square, I, and many of the protesters, are keeping our focus on holding those who ransacked Egypt accountable and on developing a new Egypt in its place. Egyptian media, now free … Continue reading

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After Tahrir: Moving On, Moving Up

From the Blog… We fought, we prevailed, we celebrated. So what’s next? In my last blog piece, I wrote a bit about how difficult it was for me to leave Tahrir Square and what it meant to all of us … Continue reading

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A Perfect End to a Perfect Revolution: Massive Volunteer Clean-Up at Tahrir Square

From the Blog… After Mubarak’s resignation and the euphoric celebrations that lasted through the night and well into the next day, it is time to leave a place that will forever be etched in our memory and in our hearts. … Continue reading

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A Walk Through Tahrir Square: Site of Triumph and Tragedy

From the Blog… When I arrived in Egypt on January 22, life was as normal as ever with no indication that a revolution was about to break out just three days later, forever transforming Egypt and its citizens. Long fed … Continue reading

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The Spark that Started the Firestorm: Egypt’s Wael Ghonim Gives Timeless TV Interview (English Version)

From the Blog… Egypt’s popular revolution has seen millions of Egyptians take to the streets. It all started as a series of protests on January 25 organized by “We Are All Khaled Said” Facebook group (Khaled Said was an activist … Continue reading

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An Egyptian Woman’s Message for America

From the Blog… By Neveen Abdalla If you’re offended, it probably applies to you. I can’t talk out loud right now. If I begin to talk, I will yell, and volume only works if you’re among the agitators in the Tea … Continue reading

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MSNBC, The Ed Show: Ahmed Rehab Discusses the Latest Developments in Egypt

From the Blog… ED SCHULTZ: “Ahmed, Give us a sense of how determined these people are now to see Hosni Mubarak leave. And would they accept the reported negotiation of the vice president, Omar Suleiman, taking over for Mubarak? Do … Continue reading

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Red Eye Radio: Speaking with Ahmed Rehab in Cairo

From the Blog… Marc Germain’s interview with Ahmed Rehab, live from Cairo, Egypt. He’s the Executive Director of the Chicago Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago). (2/6/11) He’s participated in the Cairo protests and blogs about his experiences … Continue reading

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Egypt: Where to Go From Here?

From the Blog… It’s a mixed bag in Egypt right now with some developments that call for disappointment, and others that call for hope. New Government Scandal – Already The 24-hour long violent attacks by “pro-Mubarak” thugs against peaceful pro-democracy … Continue reading

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Terror at Tahrir Square: Live Update From Cairo

From the Blog… A Scandal of Monstrous Proportions in Full View of Egypt and the World. Protesters Continue to be Attacked, Government Continues to Watch The unfolding drama between pro-democracy protesters in Egypt and the DNP (Mubarak’s ruling party), who are … Continue reading

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NPR: Rehab Shares Updates from Tahrir Sqaure, Cairo

From the Blog… Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets across Egypt today in the largest demonstrations yet. Ahmed Rehab spent the day in Tahrir Square in Cairo, site of one of the largest gatherings. He tells us … Continue reading

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Egypt: Change Must Come, Chaos Must Not

From the Blog… For me, this is the most important piece I have written since I have pushed for democracy and freedom in Egypt. I believe that what I am about to write is shared by many honorable Egyptians. This … Continue reading

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