Friday May 24, 2013
Egypt's Presidential Elections: A Revolution at the Crossroads (Video)Dr. Ashraf Ezzat Salem-News.com
Documentary revisits Egyptian uprising; Tahrir square; the toppling of a dictator and explores the arduous road to democracy and the daunting challenges that await the country.
(ALEXANDRIA, Egypt) - It was not at all an easy job when I looked back at what happened in Egypt during the last 16 months, with all the violent political storms that gripped the country and the turmoil that ensued, to try and put it in words.
Describing the epic struggle that took place in Tahrir Square proved to be a real challenge for most writers who tried to capture, on paper, the rare moment of a nation awakening after a long sleep.
A picture could speak a thousand words; this saying couldn’t have been truer as we reexamine the Egyptian revolution.
This is why I decided, as I was trying to sum up the cascade of events that shaped the political scene in Egypt during the past 16 months, to make use of the power of the picture.
In the following video, a 15-minute-documentary, which I’ve been working on for a couple of weeks, I tried to sum up the story of the Egyptian revolution, the clash with the military, the struggle of the youth movement to bring meaningful democratic changes to their nation, the rise of the Islamist bloc and the fragmentation of the seculars, the vulnerability of the peace treaty with Israel and the impending conflict between the Islamists and the military.
In the video also, a coverage of the upcoming presidential elections, that is going to be updated as the polls open.
As much as the Tahrir saga showed the common thread that unites humanity: the human spirit’s refusal to capitulate to oppression despite the costs, it raised the question of what’s next for Egypt? The country’s transition to democracy has proven to be more difficult than ousting their former dictator.
There are so many challenges and implications for Egypt, such as whether the cradle of civilization can maintain civility in the face of seemingly insurmountable rising tide of Islamic fundamentalism. Can Egypt serve as a model for democracy in the Arab world? Or is there still more violence and instability in store for the country, to be witnessed in the coming months?
Please visit Dr. Ashraff's Website: Pyramidion - Politics & Faith – Egyptology & Art
Dr. Ashraf Ezzat is an Egyptian medical doctor whose passion has always been writing. He says of all the human-related studies, he finds himself attracted to history. Ashraf stresses that history helps us understand change and how the society we live in came to be.
He says Egyptology holds a special place in his heart, for Egypt is where the human conscience sprouted. In ancient Egypt all things civilized began to evolve.
"I write articles and share posts of interest to me and hopefully to a lot of people." Dr. Ashraf Ezzat says you can drop him a line any time at: firstname.lastname@example.org "I like to exchange knowledge and experience, I think that`s what Blogging is all about."
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