Rebellion and Self-Organization in Algeria, Tunisia, and Egypt

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In this talk at the LEFT FORUM in New York City, three experts on North African liberation struggles talk about the rich history of independence movements in Africa (David Porter, Horace Campbell) as context for the current wave of revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East (AKA, the Arab Spring). Nada Matta discusses Egypt in particular, focusing on the development of the coalition between students and workers which led to a General Strike and revolution. Moderated by Chris Spannos.

Recorded March 19, 2011. Runtime 77 minutes, plus questions and answers.

About the panelists:

David Porter wrote on the large workers’ self-management experience in Algeria almost 50 years ago for his Columbia University doctorate. A political science emeritus professor at SUNY/Empire State College, he taught courses in comparative politics, including on modern Algerian history and revolution. He is editor of “Vision on Fire: Emma Goldman on the Spanish Revolution” (AK Press, 2006) and, forthcoming with AK Press, a book on French anarchist perspectives on Algeria from 1954 to the present.

 

Horace Campbell is the author of “Barack Obama and 21st Century Politics: A Revolutionary Moment in the USA.” He teaches at Syracuse University and has been active in the black liberation and peace and justice movements for decades. He is also the author of “Rasta and Resistance: From Marcus Garvey to Walter Rodney,” “Reclaiming Zimbabwe: The Exhaustion of the Patriarchal Model of Liberation,” and “Pan Africanism, Pan Africanists and African Liberation in the 21st Century.”

 

Nada Matta is a PhD student in the sociology department at NYU. She is interested in social movements and development in Egypt. A Palestinian Israeli citizen, she did her bachelor degree at Tel Aviv University. In 2001, Nada was accepted to Goldsmith College University of London for a masters program in sociology. Following graduation, she returned back to live and work in Haifa. In 2006, she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and moved to the U.S. to pursue her graduate studies in sociology.

Chris Spannos is staff for ZNet.