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Bread, Freedom, Social Justice: Workers and the Egyptian Revolution
Thursday 27 Nov 6.30pm

Speakers: Anne Alexander & Ahdaf Soueif

Chaired by Guardian journalist Jack Shenker

Lives of ordinary working people show the personal triumphs and tragedies of the revolution...The untold story of the Egyptian revolution away from Tahrir Square...Mostafa Bassiouny is Egypt's most famous labour journalist...

Accounts of the Arab Spring often focus on the role of youth coalitions, the use of social media, and the tactics of the Tahrir Square occupation. This authoritative and original book argues that collective action by organised workers played a fundamental role in the Egyptian revolution, which erupted after years of strikes and social protests.Drawing on the authors' decade-long experience of reporting on and researching the Egyptian labour movement, the book provides the first in-depth account of the emergence of independent trade unions and workers' militancy during Mubarak's last years in power, and and their destabilising impact on the post-revolutionary regimes.

Anne Alexander is a research fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge. She has published widely on Middle Eastern politics, social movements and digital media, and is the author of a biography of Gamal AbdBel-Nasser (Haus, 2005).

Ahdaf Soueif is a world renowned novelist, commentator and activist, who was born and brought up in Cairo.

Jack Shenker is a London-born writer who has reported from across the globe, with award-winning work spanning Central Asia, the Indian subcontinent, Gaza and the Mediterranean. In 2008 he became Egypt correspondent for the Guardian, and his coverage of the Egyptian revolution won the Amnesty International Gaby Rado prize for excellence in human rights journalism.

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