Shaun RandolYahia Lababidi

In this edition of The Mantle's podcast (available on Soundcloud), Shaun Randol speaks with Egyptian-American writer Yahia Lababidi on the occasion of the publication of his sixth book, Balancing Acts: New and Select Poems: 1993 - 2015 (Press53).

Shaun Randol

The Mantle

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Arie Amaya-Akkermans

[read part 1 here]

[Samer Daboul, Out Loud. 2012. Film]

Arie Amaya-Akkermans

[Raeda Saadeh, Vacuum. 2007. Video-Installation]

Yahia Lababidi

What is the role of the poet during times of crisis? Yahia Lababidi, an Egyptian poet living in the United States, claims the role of the poet is to provide a "vision." That is, the poet (and all artists) can provide more insight into events rather than just mere sight. Touching on Kierkegaard and Kafka, Darwish and Mattawa, Lababidi reflects on the Arab Spring and its visionary poetics.

Emily Cody

On 27 December Judge Aly Fekry of the Cairo Administrative Court banned virginity testing of female detainees.

Jika González

Recently the Instituto Cervantes in New York held an exhibition featuring the work of photojournalists on the frontlines of revolutionary movements in the Middle East and North Africa. In her review of Revolucion(es), Jika González notes that beyond composition and storytelling, the show was also a tribute to the men and women behind the lenses. A slideshow accompanies the essay.

Anthony Brent

This mini-doc above put together by GAIN (Global Alliance for Food Nutrition), before the Arab Spring, highlights the importance of the bread dynamic in Egypt. 

Michael J. Jordan

Why the post-Communist transitions of Eastern European governments hold some surprising lessons for the fledgling democracies in Egypt and Tunisia.

The Czech Tahrir Square: Prague 1989 (AFP/Getty)

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- If anyone can understand the rush of change that revolutionaries in Egypt and Tunisia are experiencing right now, it's their counterparts in post-communist Eastern Europe.