July 4, 2013


McMaster experts available to discuss political upheaval in Egypt


Hamilton, Ont. July 4, 2013The next 24 hours will be critical in determining the future of Egypt. With the military patrolling the streets and tens of thousands gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the world is reeling from news that president Mohamed Morsi has been removed from office. McMaster experts from a variety of disciplines are available to comment on the developing climate of uncertainty in Egypt. 


Atif Kubursi, professor emeritus, Department of Economics, returned from a research trip to Egypt only weeks before the ousting of Morsi. Well-versed in all aspects of contemporary Egyptian politics, Kubursi can discuss why the country’s national economy is “in shambles,” and how this contributed to a tense political environment. He can be reached at 905-334-1745 or kubursi@mcmaster.ca (available on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5 from 2 to 4 p.m.) 


Bonny Ibhawoh, associate professor, Department of History, is available to discuss multiple angles of this developing story. Ibhawoh specializes in African, global and human rights history, and lectures regularly at the McMaster Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition. He can be reached at ibhawoh@mcmaster.ca (available on Thursday, July 4 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, July 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)


Deena Abul Fottouh, a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology and Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar, is working on an extensive dissertation titled, Digital Activism and Networking for the 2011 Egyptian Revolution: A Structural, Political and Cultural Perspective. She can comment on the developing political uncertainty, the Egyptian constitution and other alternatives that could have been taken, among other topics. She can be reached at abulfodm@mcmaster.ca (available on Friday, July 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)


McMaster’s on-campus broadcast studio is available for conducting live or pre-taped television interviews. 




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