Young people throughout the Arab world are invoking the words of a long-dead, North African poet as they protest against their authoritarian governments.
According to Anthony Shadid of the New York Times, the writings of the poet Abul-Qasim al-Shabi have become an anthem for the protesters, encapsulating the nostalgic notion that people in countries from Tunisia to Egypt and Yemen share a common Arab identity. We spoke with him from Cairo.
- New York Times: Yearning for respect, Arabs find a voice
This segment aired on February 1, 2011.