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Pretend I know nothing about Egypt.

Posted by Hilary Sargent  August 20, 2013 08:59 AM

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Let's say you know a little something about Egypt. As in, you have a tentative but shaky understanding that there has been some turmoil in that part of the world. You've seen horrifying photos, like these. But to this point you've managed to avoid actually reading anything beyond the headlines. You know it's bad. But you can't say much more than that. If that's you (and it has many times been the position in which I have found myself), the word 'explainer' should become your new go-to search tool. (It hasn't always been that easy to get up to speed if you find yourself wanting 'in' on an already-in-progress news story. If you ask me, every online news article about an ongoing story should link to an “explainer.”) Below, three Egypt explainers to get you started.

Three Egypt Explainers:

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Hilary Sargent is the founder of ChartGirl.com, where she makes charts to describe complicated news stories. Her site was recently called one of the 50 Best Websites of 2013 by More »

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