Double podcast episode on the 1977 Bread Intifada, in which hundreds of thousands of working-class Egyptians rose up against the government’s termination of food subsidies. We speak to Egyptian journalist and revolutionary socialist, Hossam el-Hamalawy, about the uprising, the decade of worker-student militancy leading up to it, and its relevance today.
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- Part 1: Background, the 1967 War and disaffection with Nasser, worker and student struggles from 1968 to 1977 – currently available for early listening for our patreon supporters
- Part 1.1: Bonus episode in which Hossam discusses Nasser’s repression of the Egyptian labour movement, and the extent to which Islamists and Islamic religious authorities participated (or didn’t) in the 1977 uprising – available exclusively for our patreon supporters
- Part 2: The Bread Intifada, the wildcat strikes, riots and factory occupations – available next week for early listening for our patreon supporters.
- For more information on the Bread Intifada, reading Hossam’s 2001 Master’s thesis on the subject: https://arabawy.org/111742/1977/
- See also Lafif Lakhdar’s ‘The development of class struggle in Egypt’ in Khamsin: Journal of revolutionary socialists of the Middle-East, issue #5: https://libcom.org/library/development-class-struggle-egypt
- Thanks to our patreon supporters for making this podcast possible. Special thanks to Conor Canatsey, Shae, James, Ariel Gioia and Stone Lawson.
- Thanks also to Hossam el-Hamalawy for agreeing to speak with us. You can check out his website and his account on Flickr, which contains an archive of his photography from 2003 to the present all available under Creative Commons for use free of charge. And, if you want to support his work, you can leave a tip via his PayPal.
- Photograph used in episode graphic courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.
- Music used in this episode under fair use was “Build Your Palaces” by Sheikh Imam. Available to stream here. We attempted to find copyright holders but were unsuccessful; if anyone has any information about this, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.