Pulitzer Center Update

This Week in Review: New Wave of Protests in Cairo

Thousands take to Tahrir Square to battle security forces. Image by Sharif Abdel Kouddous. Egypt, 2011.

New Wave of Protests in Cairo

The phrase “Arab Spring” has a felicitous ring to it, but most Middle East analysts understood that it would take more than a season for the region to remake itself. And here at the Pulitzer Center, we understood the need to commit to this important story for the long haul. That is why we have been providing long-term support to journalists Sharif Abdel Kouddous, Ellen Knickmeyer and others who have been covering the Arab Spring from the beginning and who continue to file deeply reported dispatches from the field.

Our approach paid rich dividends this week with Sharif’s compelling report for Democracy Now! on the Egyptian military’s attempts to subvert the revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak last February. Sharif was witness to the new surge of violence in Tahrir Square that claimed dozens of lives and galvanized opposition to the military leaders who have been ruling Egypt since Mubarak’s ouster and now seem reluctant to surrender power to civilian authorities.

War Outside the Frame

In another example of our commitment to this kind of deep journalism, Anna Badkhen is back in Afghanistan for the fourth segment of a year-long project for Foreign Policy that looks at this benighted country through the eyes of rural villagers who suffer because “incessant violence has decimated the land's infrastructure, stunted its healthcare, and sentenced millions of civilians to deaths that could have been prevented, or at least significantly postponed.”

Taking the Pulitzer Center Model to Europe

We are very pleased to announce that the Pulitzer Center is extending to Europe our collaborations with news media outlets and educational institutions. This new work is made possible through a $500,000 grant to the Pulitzer Center from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with a focus on projects that engage the broadest possible public in issues related to global health and development.

We're grateful for this new support -- and to all of the donors, journalists, educators and readers who have helped us grow. We wish you an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday.

Until next week,

Tom Hundley
Senior Editor