The pro-democracy movements that swept across the middle east, and in many ways defined the year, remain in pivotal stages. The Egyptian army has clamped down on protests in Cairo, burning tents and firing tear gas to drive out thousands of anti-military demonstrators. Meanwhile in Syria, the Arab League's ultimatum that called for an end to the violence in the country has expired. And Sunday marked the one-month anniversary of the death of former Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi.
Nancy Yousef, a professor of English at CUNY Baruch in New York, Dr. Zaher Sahloul, president of the Syrian American Medical Society, and Mohamed Gibril, a Libyan-American student at Michigan State University talk to The Takeaway about their experiences living these changes abroad.