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Democracy is the solution

A confluence of factors got me thinking about Egypt, including the recent reprise on KQED of “Egypt’s Golden Empire.” Marking the anniversary of the Tahrir Square protests which led to the ouster of its dictator Hosni Mubarak included reading several books by Egyptian author Alaa Al Aswany. Known for his novels which include “Chicago” and “The Yacoubian Building,” together with his short stories collected in “Friendly Fire,” it was his book of essays about political repression in everyday life, “On… Read More »