‘Songs of the Revolution’ – Egypt 2010-2011 (Part I) By: Cynthia Farahat* ...

Feb 23, 2012

Published by MEMRI on February 23, 2012. Introduction The Egyptian revolution of January 25, 2011 began on the Internet long before the massive protests in Al-Tahrir square took place. The 18 days of that revolution and subsequent events sparked a wave of popular creative expression, in the form of protest songs communicating the ideas and ideals of the liberal youth that led the revolution. This creative drive, which continues today, reflects the frustration of the youth that led the revolution and its sense that the revolution has been hijacked by an emerging coalition of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and Islamist circles – both the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafi movements – which are presenting themselves as revolutionaries while shaping post-revolutionary Egypt in the image of its past. In an attempt to compete with the authentic creativity ...

read more

Interview with Cynthia Farahat on Growing Up in Egypt, Discovering Ayn Rand, and Fighting Islamists ...

Feb 10, 2012

Published on February 10, 2012 on The Objective Standard Posted by Joshua Lipana at 11:36 am Cynthia Farahat is an Egyptian political activist, writer and researcher. She co-founded the Liberal Egyptian Party (2006–2008) and served as a member of its political committee. In 2008-2009, she was program coordinator and program officer at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty in Cairo, a multi-national free market think tank. She was a founder of the Masr El-Om (Mother Egypt) Party and was a member of its political committee (2004–2006). She is a fellow at the Middle East Forum and the Center for Security Policy. She has been published in the Middle East Quarterly, and in other publications in both English and Arabic. In December 2011, Ms. Farahat testified before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the US House of Representatives on the roots of the ...

read more

Column: Cynthia Farahat: A courageous woman with a profound message for U.S.

Feb 5, 2012

By: Matthew May Published on The Eagle-Tribune on February 5, 2012 What does a freedom fighter look like? Romanticized images of guerrillas coiled to spring on unsuspecting imperialists might come to mind. Students of history might think of American Rangers scaling Pont du Hoc during the D-Day invasion of France or perhaps the Minutemen from this commonwealth who helped expel the British Empire. Seldom, if ever, would one describe a freedom fighter as a slight, bespectacled Egyptian woman in business attire. But such a warrior was in our midst last Saturday, when Cynthia Farahat rose to deliver a presentation about politics and religion in her homeland during a conference on Christianity in the Middle East in Framingham sponsored by the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America. Farahat is a Copt. As she explained to the crowded ...

read more