The concern that the protests which began in Tunisia would spread has proven true. Egypt has seen thousands of protesters across the country take to the streets. The same problems which plagued Tunisia are the problems of Egyptians.
Here are some news accounts:
NEW YORK TIMES
At least six young Egyptians have set themselves on fire in recent weeks, in an imitation of the self-immolation that set off the Tunisian unrest. Egypt has forbidden gas stations to sell to people who are not in cars and placed security agents wielding fire extinguishers outside government offices.
Facebook and other social networking media played a large role in the Tunisian uprising, and seemed primed to play a role in Egypt as well. More than 90,000 people signed up on a Facebook page for the Tuesday protests, framed by the organizers as a stand against torture, poverty, corruption and unemployment. But the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s most powerful opposition movement, said it would not officially participate, though some of its members joined the protesters in Cairo.
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In Egypt, discontent with life in the autocratic police state has simmered under the surface for years. It is the example of Tunisia, though, that appeared to be enough to push many young Egyptians into the streets for the first time.
“This is the first time I am protesting, but we have been a cowardly nation. We have to finally say no,” said 24-year-old Ismail Syed, a hotel worker who struggles to live on a salary of $50 a month.
Nearly half of Egypt’s 80 million people live under or just above the poverty line set by the United Nations at $2 a day. Poor quality education, health care and high unemployment have left large numbers of Egyptians deprived of basic needs.
It is becoming more obvious on this planet traversing the cosmos that people in certain geopolitical regions are fed up with the status quo. They want a change in how life has been.
Revolutions tend to spread. Tunisia and now Egypt are seething cauldrons of unrest.
What happens next? What country will see this movement of discontent spread to their borders and beyond?
People, men, women and children, have rights. They have needs.
Western governments have supported strongmen in power at the expense of the people who have to live under their rule. Western governments should refocus their cornucopia of foreign aid to those governments which seek to help its citizens.
These strongmen’s days seem to be fading on this orb of inequality and injustice for so many people. It is time for the people to be the focus.
The narrow distribution of wealth and resources are a sad commentary on this world in 2011. Those who need should have. Those who have should give to those who need.
When life takes its final entrance into the shadows of death, wealth will mean nothing. What you did with your wealth will.
Sad ponderings on this 26th day of January…