Now That It's Mine (Documentary)

Egypt's history is almost as old as the sand. But after decades of autocratic rule, many Egyptians felt like antiques themselves. Beaten into submission by the authorities and ridiculed by their fellow Arabs, many Egyptians lost much of their pride. And then came the revolution. We look at how the tumult of Tahrir square helped rejuvenate the people of the Nile.



Part Two of The Current

Now That It's Mine (Documentary)

The pictures from the Cairo courthouse said it all -- locked inside a cage, the old dictator lies flat on his back, grappling with some unknown illness. Hosni Mubarak tries to appear defiant as he defends himself against charges that could take him to the gallows. But his energy, his power and his influence are spent.

Of course, the brand of governance he represents may or may not disappear with him. But in removing a dictator, the Egyptian people did manage to reclaim a sense of pride in their country that had eluded them for many years.

The Current's Heba Aly was in Cairo during the revolution. Her documentary, Now That It's Mine first aired in February.

Of course, the events that began in Tahrir square just raised the curtain on this revolution. There's plenty more drama left. General Mubarak has been replaced by -- other generals. Their military courts have been quick to sentence critics to prison terms. Egypt has no credible voting laws, so its not clear how fair the scheduled elections will be. Christian Egyptians are fearful of what kind of Islam may have been unleashed. And the army that was once so admired has followed the example of the security services and forbidden protests. Just this week soldiers stood guard against protesters -- in Tahrir Square.

Music Bridge

Artist: Thievery Corporation
Cd: Best of Thievery Corporation: It Takes a Thief
Cut: # 1, Amerimacka
Label: ESL 164

Last Word: Middle Child

If you're old enough to remember the television show The Brady Bunch, then you're old enough to be annoyed by ... Marcia Marcia Marcia.

Yup, Jan, the whiney, perpetually annoyed middle daughter. Jan always believed she was getting less of her parent's attention -- and it turns out, the poor little kid may have been right.

Producer Shannon Higgins has been looking into the plight of the Jan Bradys of the world and she'll bring us the story tomorrow.


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