“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”- Ghandi
Today the sun peeked over the horizon of a new Egypt…a Mubarak-free Egypt…a hopeful Egypt…a changed Egypt… After 18 days of protests initiated on Facebook and Twitter, the Egyptian President finally stepped down as per the demands of the people. He ruled Egypt for 30 years with a tight fist, and his family seems to have garnered fortune worth 70 billion dollars. With 70 million people in Egypt, it’s as though Mubarak’s family has 1000$ per person in Egypt, yet 18 % of the Egyptian people live under 2 dollars per day (annually, that’s 730$ per year).
No wonder he hung onto his chair for so long.
According to a joke going around, now it seems the Egyptian people will make sure that the presidential chair is made of Tefal so that the next president does not stick.
So that’s two Arab presidents down. On 14 Jan Ben Ali stepped down, and on 11 Feb Mubarak stepped down, so when’s the next Arab revolution? 8 March?
3o2bal ta7reer Palestine.
2011 began with a bang and we’re waiting for the day to unfold. It seems to be the year of change. I wonder if the people who made Twitter and Facebook thought that one day these social media platforms will be used to revolutionize the Arab world? According to his Twitter feed (Twitter has become a news source nowadays), Wael Ghoneim is planning to write a book called Revolution 2.0, which my brother suggested should be titled Revolution 2.11 (cz of the date).
There’s no way of telling what happens next.
But one thing is certain,we certainly need a break from the news for the next few weeks to catch up on our studies and research.
That’s it for now. Mabrook for the Mubarak-less Egypt and I need to share the message to the Egyptian people that’s spreading on Facebook, “From today, this country has become truly yours- don’t throw litter, don’t commit traffic violations, don’t pay bribes, don’t forge documents! Report authorities that do not fulfill their duties. this is your opportunity to build your country with your own hands.”