El-Katatney: Protests continue, Egypt’s revolution has cost $3.5b so far and ‘we’re beginning to lose sight of the big picture’

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Egyptian Coptic Christians carry the coffin of a victim of sectarian clashes during a funeral in Cairo on May 8, 2011 as Egypt’s military rulers warned they will use an ‘iron hand’ to protect national security after clashes between Muslims and Christians in the Egyptian capital killed 15 people and injured scores.

May 13th, 2011 09:36 AMET

El-Katatney: Protests continue, Egypt’s revolution has cost $3.5b so far and ‘we’re beginning to lose sight of the big picture’

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ONLY ON THE BLOG: Answering today’s five OFF-SET questions is Ethar El-Katatney, award-winning journalist, blogger, and author.

She has worked as a staff writer at Egypt Today, the leading current affairs magazine in the Middle East, and at its sister magazine Business Today Egypt. She has also been a contributor at Muslimah Media Watch, a website that critiques how Muslim women are represented in the media and popular culture. (More biography below.)

Senior International Correspondent Ben Wedeman reports that there were some 10,000 demonstrators between Cairo’s landmark Tahrir Square and the Egyptian State TV building. (8:40 am ET)  The group was divided into three separate protests: around 7,000-8,000 people are gathered in central Tahrir Squareto rally in support of the Arab Spring and the Palestine. The protesters waved flags of other Middle Eastern nations and chanted “Egypt and Palestine are one hand.” The second group of demonstrators in the Tahrir Squarearea called for unity among Egyptians and a return to the ideals of the Jan 25th revolution. Another group of demonstrators gathered in front of the Egyptian State Television building in Maspero called for greater rights for Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority.

Here’s our blog interview with El-Katatney: Continue reading