A day of angry discussions between students, custodial staff, security staff and administration ended with AUC President Lisa Anderson being booed away from the microphone during an open forum outside the administration building late on Thursday. Some students later took down the American flag, as well as the AUC flag, leaving only the Egyptian one up at Gate 1.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey and head of the Islamist-rooted AK Party, was greeted at Cairo International Airport Monday night by thousands of Muslim Brotherhood members who chanted and waved signs.
Erdogan and his wife are expected to stay in Egypt until Wednesday.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish Prime Minister and leader of the ruling AK party, arrives in Cairo on Monday marking the first day of his 'Arab Spring tour' a series of visits to Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia.
The goal of the diplomatic tour is to strengthen relations in places where a wave of populist uprisings are transforming regional politics.
In the following articles, The Caravan examines the impact of the war on those who fought it, civilians in the US and elsewhere, the effects on international travel, trade and diplomacy. We will be updating a series of articles on 9/11 this week.
A pilot project launched by the Cairo International Model Arab League (CIMAL) will target unemployment by offering recent university graduates a number of initiatives and workshops to help improve their chances in the job market.
CIMAL’s Development Program Committee is hoping its four-month Khatwa project launching in Moqqatam in July with a group of 50 graduates hopes to resolve the discrepancy between graduate education and labor market requirements.
Egypt’s economy is currently struggling with alerts being issued by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces that it has entered a “dangerous phase;” it lists the unemployment rate at 10 percent, although some believe it is much higher.
Norman Finkelstein, acclaimed American political science professor and expert on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, described his excitement - and hope - as Egyptians took to the street earlier this year.
“We kept asking ourselves ‘will they come again [to Tahrir]. Will they come again?’ or would they weary and accept the crumbs from the masters’ table,” Finkelstein said during the Al Quds Club organized lecture at Bassily Hall last week.
“It was a really exhilarating moment when in fact the Egyptian people refused the crumbs and demanded a whole loaf of bread,” he said.
The Caravan sat down with renowned political scientist Norman Finkelstein during his trip to Cairo for a one-on-one interview where he candidly shared his views on the Third Intifada, Obama and the future of the Arab World. Edited excerpts below:
You are here obviously at a very critical time in the Arab World and there are all of these changes going on, so generally speaking how do you feel this so called Arab Spring is going to impact the Palestinian struggle?
It is not just the impact on the Palestinian struggle, it is an historic event, you know. Everybody who participated has participated in an historic event, part of history. I think September 11 will be forgotten much faster than the Egyptian revolution, so it is a stirring moment for all humanity People saying that, it is not just about Hosni Mubarak and Suzy Mubarak, but ordinary people, simple people, that they also are somebody. It is a thrilling thing to behold. [...]
Journalism experts are now debating the changing role of the media in Egypt’s emerging post-revolution period.
They are seeking to move Egyptian society beyond the repressive policies which simultaneously allowed state-owned media to thrive as a vehicle for propaganda while government restrictions stifled the independent press.
Many, such as Hafez Mirazi, director of the Kamal Adham Center for Journalism Training and Research, believe that the public is itself a catalyst for progress in Egyptian media.
Come exam time, most AUC students turn to their hurriedly scribbled notes and their rarely perused textbooks to cram packets of information in as little time as possible. But with nerves frayed, a number of students are increasingly turning to private tui- tion to help boost their grades.
This phenomenon, which is usually associated with high schools and government universities, has slowly made its way into the ranks of AUC students.
“The concept of private lessons is a paradigm in Egyptian ideology; students see it as the easier option and go for it,” said a student who chose to remain anonymous.
Gihan “Gigi” Ibrahim, an AUC alumna turned celebrity activist, became the center of a debate after she told Jon Stewart, during an appearance on The Daily Show, that a political science class at AUC was a catalyst for her political activism.
Director of Security Ashraf Kamal, who has recently been the center of controversy within the AUC community, has announced his resignation and will be ending his service by the end of the month.
In an email to the AUC community last Thursday, Vice-President for Planning and Administration Brian MacDougall said that Mahmoud Zouk, the executive director for public safety, will be “temporarily working directly with Security’s Supervisory team as he looks to strengthen and reshape the security service until the position of Director of Security is filled.”
AUC alumnae Maha El Shinnawy, Mona El Tahawy, and Farida Khamis were listed among the 100 most powerful Arab women, according to regional business journal, CEO Middle East.
The annual list ranks achievements in the fields of business, science, media, sports, academia, and entertainment.
“I feel very honored to be considered as one of the top 100 Arab women,” El Shinnawy, an internationally recognized researcher, said. “I am humbled to know that I have impacted a lot of women and I will certainly do my best to live up to their high expectations of me.”
“Science gives us dignity,” said Sir Magdy Yacoub during his inaugural speech at the 2nd Annual Cairo Science and Engineering festival.
This is certainly true for Yacoub, a renowned Egyptian cardiologist who rose to prominence for his breakthroughs in heart transplant surgery, and the recipient of various international awards in recognition of his work.
The three-week long festival aims to promote knowledge and culture and encourage Egyptian scientists, innovators and scholars in post-revolution Egypt.
“It is my belief that science is the savior of Egypt,” Yacoub re-iterated at Bassily Hall last Monday, relating Egypt’s sense of dignity to its scientific accomplishments.
The sun cuts through the ripped curtains of the small decrepit bus, hitting passengers’ faces. The coughing engine puts them on the edge of their seats.
Security guards who often ride the bus to check passenger IDs, were absent when I boarded and no one asked for identification. I was on assignment for The Caravan to check on the conditions of the buses used by custodial staff.
Mamdouh Gaber, AUC transportation director, would later tell me: “Workers usually know each other, and are accompanied by their team leader, so they can detect if a stranger is riding the bus.”
International Human Rights Law (IHRL) students have forgone the typical internship required of them to graduate, choosing instead to organize an Awareness Week in partnership with the Law Students’ Association (LSA).
But the most tangible success of Awareness Week, which ended Thursday, was raising funds for the Sawa and Townhouse Gallery’s art classes for refugee and street children.
“We hadn’t even heard about [these initiatives] before, but we’re trying to raise awareness that these sorts of classes even exist,” said Nada Elafify, one of the Week’s organizers.