Jared Malsin

News

Egypt’s Growing Political Prisoner Problem

Over 21,000 have been detained under the guise of quelling political unrest.
Jared Malsin
4.4.14
Film

Khalid Abdalla Has His Eye on Egypt

I interviewed one of the stars of <i>The Square</i> at his apartment in Cairo. Outside, bomb blasts had just killed six people. The city was nearly deserted, save for small groups of pro-government demonstrators. Helicopters thumped low overhead.
Jared Malsin
2.26.14
News

The Many Narratives of the Arab Spring

Yesterday marked the three-year anniversary of thousands of Egyptians joining protests that snowballed into a revolution. In 2014, the question persists: Is the revolution in Egypt over, or is it ongoing?
Jared Malsin
1.26.14
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Psychaleppo: Music to Listen to While Your Country Burns

On October 12, a couple hundred people filed into Metro Al Madina, a small cabaret theater in Beirut. Inside it was pitch black, save for images projected on canvas cubes: Eight-armed Indian goddesses danced. Rockets blasted into space. Then...
Jared Malsin
12.12.13
News

The War-Ravaged Cats of Syria

A group of Syrians are documenting the country's bloody civil war on Facebook. This being the internet, one of their most widely distributed works involves a wounded cat.
Jared Malsin
11.15.13
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Sweeping Unrest Under the Rug in Tahrir Square

Last Wednesday in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, more than a dozen landscapers watered freshly lain swatches of grass and hauled in brand-new potted plants. It was hard to imagine the days when the flames of righteous discontent were fanned by thousands of...
Jared Malsin
10.8.13
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This Woman’s Dad Was Tortured and Imprisoned

Maryam Al-Khawaja was in the United States when her phone rang. Back in Bahrain, her native country, a government crackdown on the massive pro-democracy uprising was proceeding at a ferocious pace. On the line was Nabeel Rajab, the president of the...
Jared Malsin
6.7.13
News

No One Has Been Able to Interview Egypt's Black Bloc—Until Now

On Tuesday Egypt’s chief prosecutor ordered the arrest of anyone participating in a black bloc, with a spokesman calling the blocs an “organized, terrorist group.” The state news agency announced the arrest of 18 alleged black bloc members on Thursday...
Jared Malsin
2.1.13
News

Ultras, Anarchists, and Street Fighting in Egypt

As darkness fell on Friday, pro-democracy demonstrators across Egypt were digging in for a long night of fighting with police after a day of generally peaceful marches marking the second anniversary of the revolution that brought down dictator Hosni...
Jared Malsin
1.26.13
News

Is SpongeBob SquarePants the New Che Guevara?

Spongebob SquarePants has become a symbol for rebellious youth in Egypt. Student leaders in the fight against conservative President Mohamed Morsi have adopted him as their symbol, and he's inspired dozens of Egyptian Facebook fan groups, including at...
Jared Malsin
1.15.13
News

The Revolution is Still Going on in Egypt—In Tiny Flashes

What I had witnessed was not one of the vast, telegenic protests of the Egyptian revolution. It was one of thousands of smaller acts of rebellion against authority taking place throughout the country every single day. One human rights group recorded...
Jared Malsin
1.3.13