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The Egyptian Seesaw

How the country went through a coup and the Arab Spring, and where they’re headed next.

Thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters protest in front of the High Court in Cairo demanding a purge in the Egyptian judicial system on April 19, 2013.

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