With the American opinion media landscape currently obsessed with Michele Bachmann’s sight lines and the merits of “Obamacare,” the International media is focusing on the very fluid story unfolding in Egypt: there is currently real upheaval unfolding in the largely Muslim nation, reportedly inspired by recent protests that led the fall of the Tunisian government. Reports have surfaced of the Egyptian government “turning off” Internet access to its citizens,but not before a video of a brave and defiant protester has begun to go viral.
Writing for Mother Jones Nick Baumann explains the basics of the story:
What’s happening? Inspired by the recent protests that led to the fall of the Tunisian government and the ousting of longtime Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Egyptians have joined other protesters across the Arab world (in Algeria, notably) in protesting their autocratic governments, high levels of corruption, and grinding poverty. In Egypt, tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets.
Why are Egyptians unhappy? They have basically no more freedom than Tunisians. Egypt is ranked 138th of 167 countries on The Economist’s Democracy index, a widely accepted measure of political freedom. That ranking puts Egypt just seven spots ahead of Tunisia. And Egyptians are significantly poorer than their cousins to the west.
Baumann updated his story with the “Tiananmen Square” moment that has gone viral on Twitter, which pretty much speaks for itself:
(H/T Mother Jones Via Anthony DeRosa)
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