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The Ongoing Egyptian Revolution: The challenges and hopes for Egypt, the Palestinian struggle, and the Global Spring.

A Discussion with Egyptian journalist and activist Deena Gamil in Montreal on March 10, 2012 at Café l'Artère, as part of Israeli Apartheid Week

by Lillian Boctor

The Ongoing Egyptian Revolution: The challenges and hopes for Egypt, the Palestinian struggle, and the Global Spring.

As part of Israeli Apartheid Week 2012, Egyptian journalist and activist Deena Gamil spoke in several Canadian cities, including Ottawa, Toronto, Peterborough and Montreal. On March 10, 2012, Deena Gamil was the featured speaker at an event at Café l'Artère in Montreal, The Ongoing Egyptian Revolution: The challenges and hopes for Egypt, the Palestinian struggle, and the Global Spring, which included musical performance by Farida El-Gueretly. In this audio of Deena Gamil's talk, she speaks about the historical conditions and popular movements leading up to the Egyptian Revolution, including solidarity with Palestine and the Egyptian labour movement; the connection between the Palestinian and Egyptian struggles; Mubarak and the repressive miitary regime and its ruling council's (SCAF) role in impoverishing Egypt and their ongoing support for Israel; the revolutionary process; and the challenges and hopes of the Egyptian Revolution. Deena also answered questions and participated in an interactive discussion with the audience. You can listen to the entire event here: http://lillianboctor.podomatic.com/entry/2012-03-19T06_27_18-07_00

ABOUT DEENA GAMIL:

Deena  Gamil is a journalist, writer, revolutionary socialist activist and leading figure in the Popular Socialist Alliance Party.

Since 1993, Deena Gamil has been working as a reporter, radio and TV producer and editor at various press and media institutions like Al-Alam al-Youm economic daily newspaper, Rose
al-Youssef weekly magazine and the BBC. She is currently the editor of the social movements and protest section at Al-Shuruq daily newspaper. Deena's political career started in the early 1990s. She has participated in various fronts and coalitions such as Kefaya and the Popular Committee for Solidarity with the Palestinian Uprising and is a member of the Socialist Renewal Current. Deena is a founding member of the largest leftist party in Egypt – the Popular Socialist Alliance Party. She is the editor of the party's bi-weekly bulletin "Until Victory". She is also a member of the secretariat of the left platform in the party.

Deena has a Masters in Sociology from the American University in Cairo (AUC). Her thesis was on the working class culture, structure and movement in Egypt in the 1990s. The case study in the thesis focused on female workers in the Shubra al-Khaymah working class neighbourhood in
Greater Cairo.
 

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