August 7, 2014 Print

The Arab Center for Scientific Research and Humane Studies released a video-review of what its team has accomplished in the first five years of operating MinbarAlHurriyya, the Arabic language outreach platform of the Atlas Network, and after one year of running the Arab Center as an independent think tank based in Rabat, Morocco. Never before has there been a classical liberal educational initiative aimed at the Arabic-speaking world like this -- publishing 41 books and 600 articles by 102 experts, syndicating these articles throughout the Arabic-speaking world via 78 media partnerships; hosting 12 local conferences in Morocco; conducting university outreach via a Freedom Caravan; hosting 400 young people from 14 countries via its own Freedom Schools; building a Facebook following of 65,000 fans. The video includes an excerpt of Arab Center executive director Nouh El Harmouzi's speech in Tahrir Square following the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in 2011. He presciently warned, "protect your freedom" and called for "a civilian-led state -- not military, not clerical" while urging, "a free Egyptian people can accomplish miracles." The full video demonstrates that a genuine movement is being built in the Arabic-speaking world, thanks to the ongoing work of the Arab Center for Scientific Research and Humane Studies and the MinbarAlHurriyya platform it runs in partnership with Atlas Network.