Egypt: The Youth Perspective

3 Chics is always interested in hearing from our youth, no matter what region of the world they live in.  I have been following Aljazeera English TV and found this video of Egyptian youth being interviewed about their protest against the Egyptian government.

If any true change for the greater good is to come, it will come with the awareness, energy, and spirit of our youth.  These youth speak of the same rights and social justice that American youth, you, and I speak and seek for not only our survival, but our goal to thrive in this world.

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**Social media is a Godsend, and we must keep vigilant in maintaining our freedom to access it and communicate responsibly.

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15 Responses to Egypt: The Youth Perspective

  1. In Picture: Egypt in turmoil

  2. Ametia says:

  3. Ametia says:

    These photos are sending a powerful message.

  4. Unrest in Egypt Unsettles Global Markets

    On Wall Street, it’s what’s known as an exogenous event — a sudden political or economic jolt that can’t be predicted or modeled but sends shockwaves rippling through global markets.

    Investors have largely shrugged off a series of these unexpected jolts recently, such as the sovereign debt crisis in Europe, but the situation in Egypt has the potential to cause more widespread pain, especially if oil and other commodities keep surging or the unrest spreads to more countries in the Middle East.

    While Egypt’s banks and stock market were closed because of the protests there, other Middle Eastern markets shuddered in trading Sunday, with shares in Dubai falling by 4.3 percent, paralleling a 3.7 percent decline in Abu Dhabi and 2.9 percent fall in Qatar.

  5. Egypt’s Military Ramps Up Presence As Thousands Protest In Cairo

    CAIRO — Egypt’s most prominent reform advocate called on Sunday for President Hosni Mubarak to resign after the powerful military stepped up its presence across the anarchic capital, closing roads with tanks and sending F-16 fighter jets streaking over downtown.

    The army’s show of force appeared aimed at quelling looting, armed robbery and arson that broke out alongside pro-democracy protests and have turned the cultural heart of the Arab world into a tableau of once-unimaginable scenes of chaos.

    The military made no attempt to disperse some 5,000 protesters gathered at Tahrir Square, a plaza in the heart of downtown that protesters have occupied since Friday afternoon. They have violated the curfew to call for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak’s regime, which they blame for poverty, unemployment, widespread corruption and police brutality.

    Nobel Peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradei appeared in the square around 7 p.m.

    “You are the owners of this revolution. You are the future,” he told the cheering crowd. “Our essential demand is the departure of the regime and the beginning of a new Egypt in which each Egyptian lives in virtue, freedom and dignity.”

    “You are the owners of this revolution. You are the future,” he told the cheering crowd. “Our essential demand is the departure of the regime and the beginning of a new Egypt in which each Egyptian lives in virtue, freedom and dignity.”

    It’s on and poppin….

  6. Without Egypt, Israel will be left with no friends in Mideast

    The fading power of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s government leaves Israel in a state of strategic distress. Without Mubarak, Israel is left with almost no friends in the Middle East; last year, Israel saw its alliance with Turkey collapse.

    From now on, it will be hard for Israel to trust an Egyptian government torn apart by internal strife. Israel’s increasing isolation in the region, coupled with a weakening United States, will force the government to court new potential allies.

    Israel’s foreign policy has depended on regional alliances which have provided the country with strategic depth since the 1950s. The country’s first partner was France, which at the time ruled over northern Africa and provided Israel with advanced weaponry and nuclear capabilities.

  7. Republicans Keeping Politics Out Of Egypt Debate, Divided On Posture

    WASHINGTON — The uprising in the streets of Cairo presents tricky domestic politics for the Obama administration, as each diplomatic move is judged through multiple lenses, including promoting democracy abroad, Israeli security, and U.S. aid and military contracts.

    So far, Republicans lawmakers have showed restraint. On Sunday morning, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) applauded President Obama for his handling of the demonstrations against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, going so far as to proclaim himself (in spirit) part of the administration.

    “I think the administration, our administration, so far has handled this tense situation pretty well,” the Ohio Republican told Fox News Sunday. “Clearly reforms need to occur in Egypt and frankly any place around the world were people are calling out for freedom or democracy, I think we have a responsibility to respond. And I think listening to the Egyptian people, working with the government to bring more democratic reforms is all in the right direction.”

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) offered much the same during an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press.

    “Well, I don’t have any criticism with President Obama or Secretary Clinton at this point,” he said. “They know full well that we can’t give the Egyptians advice about who their leadership is. That’s beyond the reach of the United States. And I think we ought to speak as one voice during this crisis.”

  8. Why Egypt Matters: The Implications Of The Protests

    As the protests continue in Egypt after President Hosni Mubarak’s refusal to step down, the international media is increasingly focused on the Egyptian unrest. Why is the story gaining traction? There are a number of factors that make Egypt’s unrest important, in both that country, the Middle East, and the world. Below, see the top reasons why Egypt should matter to you.

    Egypt has served as a key arbitrator in the Israel-Palestine peace process. As one of the few Arab interlocutors in the region, the Mubarak regime has been a powerful go between. According to the Voice Of America, “Israel is extremely concerned about the situation in Egypt because President Hosni Mubarak has preserved the peace treaty between the two countries for 30 years. Israel considers the treaty a strategic asset, and it fears that a regime change in Egypt could put the peace agreement in danger.”

  9. Egypt’s Revolution

    Mass demonstrations and violent street clashes last night brought Egypt to the precipice—of what, no one can say. The coming days carry huge risks for America’s most important Arab ally and largest Arab state, as the reaction in global markets yesterday showed. This is precisely the dangerous pass that critics of U.S. policy had warned about for so many years.

    Tens or perhaps hundreds of thousands took to the streets in Cairo, Suez and other cities after Friday prayers to demand an end to Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule. A cross-section of Egyptians defied a ban on public gatherings imposed after Tuesday’s first nationwide rally, organized themselves by Twitter and word of mouth, and focused anger on the authoritarian regime.

    After a day of silence, Mr. Mubarak finally spoke to the Egyptian people as we were going to press last night. He offered the political gesture of asking his cabinet to resign, which at this stage will not satisfy the protestors. But mostly he was defiant: “I state once again I will not be lax or tolerant, I will take all the steps to maintain all security.”

  10. Egyptian Youth And Military Defend Egyptian Museum In Cairo

    It may seem like the strangest of all things to see or hear about, but young Egyptians surrounded the Egyptian Museum in Cairo in order to protect it from looters. They were partially successful with a small number of looters getting in long enough to destroy two Pharaonic mummies and to loot the ticket box. Luckily, nothing else was destroyed, though the destruction of the two mummies is bad enough. The museum houses among other things death mask of Tutankhamun, Egypt’s most famous pharaoh.

    According to Reuters:

    Egypt’s opposition party, the Muslim Brotherhood, which has thrown its weight behind the protests, said it had recruited members to form Neighborhood Watch committees around Cairo to protect public and private establishments. “We have selected members to form [the] committees, and they will be stationed around the capital trying to protect property,” Salah Abdelraouf said.

  11. Edward Lazarus says:

    If the Bush/Cheney Crime Cartel was still in power, I’m sure they would find a way to screw this chance at some kind of relief for the citizens of Egypt from a shit-head dictator by sending the few troops we have left over there to “advise” —- and a new—more brutal–dictator would step in for about 30 years.
    I hope Obama uses his usual cool and keeps us OUT OF THAT MESS!

  12. dannie22 says:

    I sincerely hope that the youth of the Mideast can remake their respective countries. I hope that they have people in place, who can govern, so their won’t be a vacuum of leadership. The youth want a brighter future and they should have it.

  13. Ametia says:

    Egyptians form human shield to protect museum29/01 00:34 CET

    Source: Euronews

    One Cairo building that has been spared so far in the anti-government protests is the Egyptian Museum, despite a fire raging at the ruling National Democratic Party office nearby.

    Locals were determined to protect national treasures.

    “We are Egyptians and this is the Egyptian Museum,” said one man.

    “We are standing here and calling for the army to come as soon as possible and we will not leave until the army arrives.”

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