Monday, January 31, 2011

Year of the Youth

For five consecutive days, Egypt has been paralyzed by unprecedented wide-scale protests calling for an end to the thirty year rule of Western-backed dictator Hosni Mubarak. Inspired by the youth of Tunisia who took to the streets and forced the overthrow of President Zine Al-Abidine Ben Ali, Egyptian youth and adolescents have driven the unrelenting protests, hoping to culminate in a one million person march tomorrow morning. Mubarak's regime is trying its level best to disconnect the protesters from the rest of the world and from each other: there are government blackouts on internet and mobile phone service, road blockages, and expulsion of news agencies. Despite the stereotypical imagery dominating the Western airwaves of bearded "angry brown men" and alluring "veiled" women, the atmosphere has been described as jubilant, carnival-like, and full of hope.

Only four months ago, a youth driven uprising began in Indian-Occupied Kashmir, protesting the

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