It was one year ago I was one of many who sat glued to the internet watching the birth of a revolution which grew worldwide. Yes, it was first in Tunisia where the people gathered in in the streets in protest. The events began in December 2010 and led to the ousting of longtime President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011 eventually leading to a thorough democratization of the country and to free and democratic elections.
However, it was on January 25, 2011, that the world woke up when the people of Egypt gathered together and formed a revolution against Mubarak. Protesters flooded Cairo’s main squares and Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and Flickr flooded the internet with updates. Supporters of Egypt’s protesters around the world spread information in updates so rapid and numerous that the collective coverage could probably be classified as viral.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the financial markets, Greece’s bedgraggled bonds are getting wacked as Eurocrats continue to bicker over how to rescue Greece once more. The cost to insure against a Greek debt default has also risen to fresh records. It now costs $1.725 million a year to insure $10 million of Greek debt, according to data provider Markit.
An estimated 20,000 protestors took to the streets in uproar over the market. Description in the Occupied London blog:
People were trampled over tents, gassed like ants, fainting all over. By the time that the Delta motorcycle police tried to come into play, people had learnt the rules of the game — and they pushed them off. Twelve hours of nearly uninterrupted beating, tear-gassing, running, fighting.
TRIPOLI, May 10 (Reuters) – A number of blasts were heard from apparent NATO missile strikes targeting Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s compound and other sites in Tripoli on Tuesday, witnesses said.
Libyan officials said four children were wounded, two of them seriously, by flying glass caused by blasts from NATO strikes in the Tripoli area overnight.
Officials showed foreign journalists a hospital in the Libyan capital where some windows had been shattered, saying the damage was the result of a NATO strike that toppled a nearby telecommunications tower.
The journalists were also taken to a government building housing the high commission for children that had been completely destroyed. The old colonial building had been damaged before in what officials said was a NATO strike on April 30.
No other information was immediately available, but the Tripoli blasts occurred against a backdrop of a stalemate in the rebel war to unseat Gaddafi and the resulting dilemma for Western powers over whether to offer covert aid to the rebels.
By Guy Desmond | Tue May 10, 2011 3:39am GMT
Gadhafi is right about one thing: Libya is not Egypt and Tunisia — at least in the sense that unlike the leaders of those countries, Qaddafi is not one to give up so easily. Historically, he is a man of his word — and if he claims he will stay and fight at the risk of civil war, then such is likely to be the case; however, the protestors and defectors will not make his quest for unity an easy task.
Still, whether Gadhafi wants to accept it or not, his days are numbered — as a new dawn for Libya is about to begin.
Video made in support of those who stand up against Gaddafi. Includes photos from The Libyan Youth Movement’s Facebook page.
Protesters in the Syrian city of Deir El-Zour toppled a golden statue of the brother of President Bashar Al Assad on Sunday (May 8), as anti-government activists continued a nationwide uprising.
“I really believe the revolution has changed us. People are acting differently towards each other.” These are the words of Ms Kamel, 50, one of the many women who were out on Tahrir Square, who actively participated in the revolution.
Women were out in force during the popular uprisings that toppled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, but their future in post-revolutionary Egypt is not so certain.
Women’s rights activist Engy Ghozlan says that what happened on International Women’s Day shows that the revolution has not changed any of Egypt’s social problems.
“We were faced by abusive men making fun of our demands, saying that a woman should never run for president,” she said.
Even if many men haven’t yet changed their attitude towards women since the revolution, journalist Shaimaa Abul Kheir believes women’s self worth has increased.
“As a result of taking part in the revolution, Egyptian women now see themselves as equal to men and have the confidence to demand their rights. We’ve proved that we can organise and effect change and the challenge for us and all Egyptians is to make sure extremists don’t take control.”
This video is dedicated to the Women who stood their ground, and to the children by their side who believed….