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In this episode of TRENDING, Amy Austin Holmes discusses the ongoing persecution of the Nubian minority population in Egypt.  Holmes highlights the recent death of prominent Nubian activist Gamal Sorour, arrested in Egypt last month for taking part in a peaceful protest.

Amy Austin Holmes, a Fellow with the Wilson Center’s Middle East Program, is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the American University in Cairo. She began teaching there in 2008, after finishing her PhD at Johns Hopkins University. She has been awarded fellowships from Harvard University, Brown University, the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, and the Institute of Advanced Studies in Toulouse. Her research focuses on the intersection of contentious politics and security issues, broadly defined. Her book “Social Unrest and American Military Bases in Turkey and Germany since 1945” was recently published by Cambridge University Press. She also wrote and directed the 67-minute documentary film “Occupy Turkey: Resistance in Baseworld,” as a companion piece to the book. Her articles have appeared in the Washington Post, South Atlantic Quarterly, Journal of Arabian Studies, Social Movement Studies, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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