Masr Om El Donia

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Midan el Tahrir on the night of the 25th of January

Masr Om El Donia. Literal translation: Egypt is the mother of the world. The famous phrase sums up the position Egypt finds itself in these past few days, as it has become the focal point of world news. Our revolution, struggle for democracy, and battle for our rights has stirred up a flood of suppressed emotion around the Arab world, and foreign journalists are pouring in to cover the story themselves. Anderson Cooper of CNN and famous for his battlefront coverage of the war in Afghanistan, Katie Couric of NBC, who is widely remembered for this interview, and Brian Williams also of NBC have all arrived in Egypt. This is a dramatic turning point in terms of the openness of coverage; Al-Jazeera, which had the most comprehensive coverage and were staged in Cairo’s Hilton Ramses has been forced to stop covering the events, and it’s journalists were briefly detained and all their equipment confiscated. However, with growing network news coverage, it will be more and more difficult to stop footage and reports of the Revolution from making their way out of Egypt, and available for the world to see.

It’s not only journalists and correspondents who are flooding in though. The White House has sent a special envoy to Egypt, headed by ex-Ambassador to Egypt Frank Wisner. The delegation will negotiate with the government, in order to try and achieve ‘an orderly transition of power and democratic reform’. As of yet the White House have been very coy when asked to elaborate about that phrase, which has been bandied about by American officials for the past few days.

If this revolution is fully realised it could be one of the defining moments of the next 50 years. Without a doubt, it is already sending shock waves around the Middle East, with Algeria banning any form of demonstration, speculation about a potential uprising in Morocco, and protests already taking place in Sudan.

Egypt has traditionally been a leader and a center of learning and culture in the Middle East; now it has become the center of a new generation’s fight for its rights. Masr Om El Donia.


Written by BraveNewEgypt

February 1, 2011 at 3:28 am

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