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My City: An artist spray-paints Cairo’s uncertain future

My City: An artist spray-paints Cairo’s uncertain future

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Early one morning, hours before the sun would rise, Lebanese-Egyptian artist, activist and historian Bahia Shehab was alone on the streets of Cairo, spray-painting a stenciled message that spoke out against the stripping of veiled women. It’s a campaign she discussed in “A thousand times no,” her inspiring TED Talk, and it was not only []

After the Arab Spring: Mustafa Abushagur at TEDGlobal 2013

After the Arab Spring: Mustafa Abushagur at TEDGlobal 2013

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Former Deputy Prime Minister of Libya and engineering professor Mustafa Abushagur takes the stage at TEDGlobal 2013 to look at where the Arab Spring has been, and where it is going. The Arab world once led human civilization in culture, philosophy, mathematics and science, but in the last century the region found itself first under []

Revolution in <em>The Square</em>: Q&A with Jehane Noujaim

Revolution in The Square: Q&A with Jehane Noujaim

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Egyptian filmmaker Jehane Noujaim won the TED Prize in 2006 with a wish to bring the world together for one day using the power of film. Her most recent work, The Square, saw her heading back to Cairo to track events in Tahrir Square as the Hosni Mubarak regime fell. While there, she filmed a group []

An ode to 51 lost children: Fellows Friday with Bahia Shehab

An ode to 51 lost children: Fellows Friday with Bahia Shehab

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On November 17, 2012, in a village in Assuit-Egypt, a train crashed into a school bus killing 51 children. These kinds of accidents have always been brushed aside as random acts of chance. The minister of transportation resigned as a result, and the families of the children were compensated financially. There was a huge public outcry []

6 talks for thinking about the Arab Spring

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Two years ago, waves of revolution swept through the Middle East. On February 17, 2011 — two months after civil resistance began in Tunisia and less than a month after the people of Egypt rose up in Tahrir Square — revolt began in Libya to oust dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Activist Zahra’ Langhi was part of []

Bahia Shehab’s newest evolutions of ‘no’

Bahia Shehab’s newest evolutions of ‘no’

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Two years ago, Lebanese-Egyptian artist and historian Bahia Shehab was invited to join an exhibit commemorating 100 years of Islamic art in Europe. The catch: she had to use Arabic script in her work. “As an artist, a woman, an Arab and a human being living in the year 2010, I only had one thing []