After thirty years under President Hosni Mubarak’s iron grip on power, Cairo is alive with activism. In a roundtable earlier this month organized by PolicyMic.com and The Nation and moderated by author Stephen Glain, young Egyptian activists debated some of Egypt’s most pressing issues, including the role and strength of the Muslim Brotherhood, the power of social media in sparking reform and the military’s stranglehold over politics.
The activists in these videos discuss their sense of accomplishment and newfound national pride in being Egyptian, but also express their collective fear that the revolution will run out of steam. With military tribunals still taking place, police oppression still widespread and the pace of reform at a standstill, change has not come quickly enough for Egypt’s youth. Elections are set to be held in September, and youth groups are scrambling to form parties, raise money and compete for seats in parliament.