A reader-requested summary of the Egyptian crisis
andres-se asks: Can you please briefly summarize the whole Egypt story and current situation?
We admit to loving a challenge. And while we’re not going to go too crazy here, here’s a bunch of bullet points explaining the main points of this whole mess. In terms of the political background, we’re just going to refer you to this article. Otherwise, here goes:
- what In the wake of a series of other protests and uprisings throughout the Middle East, thousands of Egyptians have protested throughout the country, the most populous in the region.
- why While a general sense of political frustration with Hosni Mubarak’s regime has been lasting, a number of economic issues (including high food prices) have pushed things over the edge.
- reaction The Internet is in a major uproar for the people of Egypt, especially on Twitter and Tumblr, while the United States has been on a modest course to push Mubarak out of power.
» What’s happening right now? Tomorrow, a massive march, called the Million Egyptian March, is planned, which protesters feel might be enough to push Mubarak out of power. The Mubarak regime, in reaction, has crimped the communication lines even further. Meanwhile, Americans are trying to leave Egypt and an eight-year-old Saudi girl knows what’s up.