Cynthia Farahat is an Egyptian author, columnist, political analyst, writer and researcher. Co-founder of the Misr El-Umm (2003-06) and the Liberal Egyptian (2006-08) parties, which stood for peace with Israel, capitalism, and the abolition of theocracy, she is on Al-Qaeda affiliated groups’ hit list and was officially banned from entering Lebanon for her work for regional peace. She has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives and received an award from the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) in 2012, and the Profiles in Courage Award from ACT for America in 2013. Ms. Farahat is currently a columnist for Al-Maqal Daily Newspaper and a fellow at the Middle East Forum.
Thomas Small, who holds a degree in Arabic & Islamic Studies from the University of London, is an author and filmmaker based in London, and co-producer of the recently released feature documentary Path of Blood, now available on iTunes.