Pictures from Cairo: A Revolution Tells its Own Story – Goethe de article on ‘Cairo Open City’ photo collection exhibition in City of Essen,Germany

While the media are presently focussed on civil war-plagued Syria, the exhibition Cairo. Open City at the Folkwang Museum Essen tells of the upheavals in Egypt. The images are not merely bearers of information, but also objects of study. By Lisa Mayerhöfer Protesters on Tahrir Square on 8 April 2011 (Photo: Mosa’ab Elshamy) Images of…

Middle Eastern Turmoil: Tension Between Spontaneity and Organization – A video-interview with Avishai Margalit on Reset Doc org

Many are now wondering whether organized forces in Cairo will take over the revolution, as happened a century ago when the Bolshevik fringe of Russian revolutionaries took hostage the spontaneous and plural movements, imposing its own purposes and ideology. Is this fear justified? Does this comparison with the October Revolution make sense? What instead remains…

Islamism and Politics in the Middle East: Is Hamas Reinventing Itself? – By Michael Bröning at Project Syndicate

Michael Bröning is Director of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftungin Jerusalem, a political foundation affiliated with Germany’s opposition Social Democratic Party, and the author of The Politics of Change in Palestine. ***** The signing of a new unity deal between Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s secular Fatah party earlier this month has heightened an unprecedented struggle within…

The Cultural Scene in Egypt: Creative Artists Are the Motor for Change says Günther Hasenkamp, Goethe Programme Director from Cairo

  Creative artists in Arab countries are playing a key role in the revolutionary process. But their efforts are being hampered by poor infrastructure. This is where international cultural work can help, says Günther Hasenkamp, Programme Director at the Goethe Institute in Cairo The Arab Spring has fundamentally changed many countries in the Middle East…

Human Rights Watch launched the 22nd annual edition of its World Report in Cairo on Sunday – Human Rights Watch Org

Download The World Report 2012 [PDF, 4 MB] This 22nd annual World Report summarizes human rights conditions in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide in 2011. It reflects extensive investigative work that Human Rights Watch staff has undertaken during the year, often in close partnership with domestic human rights activists. The introductory essay examines…