The Rise of Street Politics

Check out this great event presented by the University of Alberta International’s Global Education:

The Rise of Street Politics:
Prospects for a New Middle East and Northern Africa
Monday, March 28 (7:00 pm)
Telus Centre, Room 150
(Corner of 87 Avenue and 111 Street, U of A Campus)
(Click here for map)

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Triggered by the Tunisian protest movement, the recent uprisings and unrest in the Middle East and Northern Africa has brought a revival of street politics to Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Libya, Bahrain and other parts of the region. Some are adamant that this new youth demographic will be the turning point in the region while others are more skeptical. The social and political map of the region is changing, but what does it mean? To what extent will the recent events change the balance of power in the region and will there be lasting change?

Come and engage with a diverse panel of perspectives and join us for light refreshments following the discussion.

About the Speakers:

Iman Mersal is the author of four books of poems in Arabic. She was an editor for the cultural and literary reviews Bint al-Ard and Adab wa Naqd in Egypt for several years before leaving for North America. Mersal relocated to Boston, Massachussetts, USA in 1998 and from there to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where she works as assistant professor of Arabic literature at the University of Alberta. Iman recently returned from a trip to Egypt.

Fayyad Sabha was born in Damascus, Syria and moved to Jordan, where he received his Bachelor of Civil Engineering. He worked in Egypt, and has since joined many human rights movements (Palestinian solidarity, boycott of Israel, anti war/sanction on Iraq, and Arab revolutions solidarity) in Jordan, Egypt and Canada.

Siavash Saffari is a doctoral candidate at the University of Alberta’s department of Political Science. His research focuses on theories of social and political change in Muslim societies. Siavash is an organizer with Palestine Solidarity Network (PSN), and Solidarity with Iran’s Democratic Movement – Edmonton (SIDME).

This event is endorsed by the Canadian Egyptian Society of Edmonton, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East – UofA (CJPME), Solidarity with Iran’s Democratic Movement – Edmonton (SIDM-E) and The Office of Interdisciplinary Studies in Middle Eastern and African Studies.

Food catered by Sunbake Pita.

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