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The woman who wants to be Egypt’s first female president

Bothaina Kamel during a visit to the Kenyan parliament as part of a conference for African women political leaders

(CNN) — During a protest in Cairo’s Tahrir Square a month after the fall of President Hosni Mubarak, Bothaina Kamel spotted a slogan supporting womens’ right to be president of Egypt.

She said: “At that moment, I thought we shouldn’t just be saying that, we should be putting it into practice.”

A month later, Kamel announced she was to become Egypt’s first female presidential candidate for elections expected to be held early next year.

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Watch a short documentary on Kamel’s efforts to promote transparency through a movement called Shayfeen.

Aug 31, 2011
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Aug 18, 2011

Attacks Near Israeli Resort Heighten Tensions With Egypt and Gaza

by Isabel Kershner and David D. Kirkpatrick

JERUSALEM — Armed attackers, described by the authorities as Gazans who had crossed into Israel from Egypt, carried out multiple deadly attacks near the popular Red Sea resort of Eilat on Thursday, prompting a fierce Israeli bombing raid on Gaza and threatening to escalate tensions there.

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Aug 18, 2011

How Arab youth found its voice

by Ibrahim Mothana

How the Arab youth found its voice

When Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in Tunisia in January, he did not only ignite a series of unpredicted revolts but also heralded the first appearance of Arab youth on the stage of modern history.

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Aug 11, 2011 / 1 note

A Revolutionary Ramadan

by Foreign Policy

A great slideshow summarizing where the uprisings in the Arab world stand today.

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Aug 5, 2011 / 3 notes

Egyptians See Signs of a Reckoning in Mubarak Trial

by Anthony Shadid

MIT KENANA, Egypt — In this town of unfinished brick buildings, along parcels of corn and rice watered by the Nile, the elation, suspicion and introspection of a country played out along one street a day after residents witnessed the unthinkable: former President Hosni Mubarak put on trial.

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