Egypt's Revolutionary Backstory
We started this segment with a clip of Lillie Paquette. She's a Canadian-American filmmaker. And in the tape she's talking to an Egyptian activist named Basem Fathi, on the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned.
Lillie Paquette met Basem Fathi a-year-and-a-half before that while she was filming a documentary in Egypt. Long before the Egyptian revolution became front-page news, Lillie Paquette was following Basem and other young activists as they struggled for democratic change in Egypt. And without knowing it, she was documenting the back-story to a revolution that would transform Egypt and the entire region. Lillie Paquette was in Boston this morning. She's screening her documentary We Are Egypt at universities in the United States.
This Day in History
On this day in 44 BC, a handful of Roman senators stabbed Julius Caesar to death.
2,055 years later, we Canadians have learned there are even more painful ways to change government -- elections. Beware the Ides of March, people.
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