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People know it can happen again: On revolution and repression in Egypt.


You get to a point where you have to ask yourself 'Am I still willing to martyr myself, either literally or figuratively, to this cause of revolution when I can see that it's not going to make a difference?' And for many of these people the answer was 'No, I need to make a life for myself and my family within circumstances as they exist in the moment, I can't do that in Egypt because I'll be thrown in prison.'

Journalist Rachel Aspden examines the factured political and economic landscape of Egypt since the failed 2011 revolution - as military rule tightens over a worsening economy, the young revolutionary class gives up on Egypt, and citizens with few options increasingly make peace with Sisi's violent repression.

Rachel is author of Generation Revolution: On the Front Line Between Tradition and Change in the Middle East from Other Press.

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Rachel Aspden

Rachel Aspden is a journalist and editor.


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