Guest Blogger- Angela Ghaly

March 15, 2011 at 11:40 am (Comm 4333 Topics of the week)

Turn off the lights, water, TV… and the Intenet???

In the dead of night on Friday, January 28, Egyptian officials disconnected the Arab country from the rest of the world.. Both Facebook and Twitter reported problems in that region. Beginning in major cities such as Cairo and quickly enforced across the nation, citizens were to abide by a curfew from 6 in the evening until 7 in the morning.

What sparked these seemingly extreme measures to control the nation? Protestors. Riots. Demonstrators. Angry mobs. Violence. Upheaval of peace. This is just to name a few reasons behind the government unplugging the country.

In an interview between the Lookout, a Yahoo! news blog, and Michele Dunne, Dunne was asked why protestors were so angry, how this might affect the U.S., and how likely it is that the President Mubarak’s regime will end.

According to Dunne, the country is facing issues financially and politically. Unemployment among the youth as well as human-rights violations have added to the already tense atmosphere in Egypt. The people are railing for free elections to be institutionalize.

While there is a possibility that an end will come to Mubarak’s rule. Dunne explained that if internal security fails and the army is summoned, that is when Egyptians could begin to hope to see a power shift because “armies generally don’t like firing on their own civilians and sometimes will choose keeping the loyalty of the population over defending an unpopular ruler.”

If there is a power shift, Egypt might distance itself from the U.S. because the U.S. has been reluctant in responding to previous complaints from Egyptian citizens; this has caused much resentment towards the U.S. The U.S.’s proximity to Israel also gives reason for Egyptians to be unwilling to trust the American government.

Meanwhile in the U.S., President Obama gives his view about the recent on-goings in Tunisia and, now, in Egypt. The President urges Egyptian officials to allow peaceful protests to occur for the public to be able to voice concern and see change take place.

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