Atef Said is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He worked as human rights attorney in Egypt from 1995 to 2004, where he directed many human rights initiatives and wrote two books about torture under Mubarak. He is currently working on a book manuscript titled The Tahrir Effect: Protest, Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Contemporary Egypt.
His article comparing governments in the Arab world, esp. Egypt and the USA and socio/political activism can be viewed by clicking here.