EGYPTIAN STUDENTS WEIGH IN

Interview by Kimberly Ang and Kevin Staight

On January 29th, Prospect President Kimberly Ang interviewed two Egyptian students studying at UCSD on their reactions to the protests in Cairo. Ahmed Ayad and Shady Yacoub are featured here giving their input on the Revolution unfolding in Egypt.

Photos are from contributing photographer Sebastian Potthoff. Video produced by Kevin Staight.

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12 responses to “EGYPTIAN STUDENTS WEIGH IN

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  3. Though I understand that these students come directly from Egypt and can perhaps attest to life under Mubarak’s regime, they do not represent the general population of the country and make general observations that anyone (Egyptian or not) watching the revolution videos can make as well. One should be wary of loaded remarks such as “I think the Muslim Brotherhood probably took advantage of it” that the gentleman on the left makes or that this group somehow “stimulated” the pillaging and looting going on in the aftermath because such comments further perpetuate certain assumptions that some people carry about the conflict and the region.

    However, the questions posed were very relevant and ones I’d love to see answered by a professor or a specialist on Egypt. Excellent job, Prospect.

    Also, here’s a great article on the likely reality of a Muslim Brotherhood leadership and how we as Americans should deal with it: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/feb/03/us-fear-muslim-brotherhood

  4. Though I understand that these students come directly from Egypt and can perhaps attest to life under Mubarak’s regime, they do not represent the general population of the country and make general observations that anyone (Egyptian or not) watching the revolution videos can make as well. One should be wary of loaded remarks such as “I think the Muslim Brotherhood probably took advantage of it” that the gentleman on the left makes or that this group somehow “stimulated” the pillaging and looting going on in the aftermath because such comments further perpetuate certain assumptions that some people carry about the conflict and the region.

    However, the questions posed were very relevant and ones I’d love to see answered by a professor or a specialist on Egypt. Excellent job, Prospect.

    Also, here’s a great article on the likely reality of a Muslim Brotherhood leadership and how we as Americans should deal with it: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/feb/03/us-fear-muslim-brotherhood

  5. A refreshing departure from the fluff interviews run by most “professional” American news stations. Well done Prospect and President Ang!

    ps– I would, however, like you to run a montage of Anderson Cooper photos during the credit sequence. Give the people what they want.

  6. A refreshing departure from the fluff interviews run by most “professional” American news stations. Well done Prospect and President Ang!

    ps– I would, however, like you to run a montage of Anderson Cooper photos during the credit sequence. Give the people what they want.

  7. Very interesting questions on a topic extremely relevant to what’s going on today. I would love to see interviews with more “experienced” subjects!

  8. Very interesting questions on a topic extremely relevant to what’s going on today. I would love to see interviews with more “experienced” subjects!

  9. I’m the gentleman on the left. I’d like to point out that after looking at the big picture for more than a month now since the beginning of the revolution, I do not think anymore that the Muslim Brotherhood took advantage of it in any way. So far, it has been taking part in the protests just like any other political party.

    Also, I take back my accusations of them concerning the looting that took place. There is no proof they have done anything like that and this scenario doesn’t make sense to me anymore. So far, I haven’t seen any violence from their part.

  10. I’m the gentleman on the left. I’d like to point out that after looking at the big picture for more than a month now since the beginning of the revolution, I do not think anymore that the Muslim Brotherhood took advantage of it in any way. So far, it has been taking part in the protests just like any other political party.

    Also, I take back my accusations of them concerning the looting that took place. There is no proof they have done anything like that and this scenario doesn’t make sense to me anymore. So far, I haven’t seen any violence from their part.

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