2011 will certainly be remembered as the year of rebellion in the Arab world. Right now, it's a year of possibilities that we can look forward to with a renewed sense of optimism, thanks to the struggles of the people of Tunisia and Egypt and across the Middle East.
After months in which the Egyptian revolution faded from the headlines of Western newspapers, a wave of protests during July has brought renewed attention to the struggle--and the efforts to win further and lasting change over the wishes of the country's military rulers.
Lottie Monson reports from Cairo on the latest mobilizations of the Egyptian revolution
A day of protests on July 12 highlighted the rising anger at Egypt's military rulers for holding back popular demands for revolutionary change.
A series of protests challenging Egypt's military government has sharpened the struggle over the direction of the revolution five months after the fall of tyrant Hosni Mubarak.
Police attacked pro-democracy protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square June 28, waving swords and firing tear gas, while thugs in plain clothes attacked protesters by throwing rocks. Meanwhile, right-wing Islamist groups, known as Salafists, have carried out violent attacks on Christians.
But the revolutionary forces--angry at the military government for stalling on real change and keeping elements of the Mubarak regime in positions of power--were not intimidated. They organized a big protest in Tahrir Square on July 8, where left-wing activists launched a sit-in. Next came a nationwide day of protest on July 12 to demand the prosecution of those responsible for the deaths of 1000 people during the revolution that began January 25.
Mostafa Omar reports from Cairo on the July 12 protests that called for the fulfillment of revolutionary promises made by Egypt's government.