Wednesday, February 2, 2011

United Egyptians stand!

As Egypt fights towards a better tomorrow, Egyptians show the world what they are truly made of: harmony and unity.

This picture completely blew me away. Credit for this picture goes to a friend of mine on Facebook (FB) who shared it on his wall. The caption underneath the picture is exactly as is on his FB page.

Even as the government declared a ban on Friday prayers, Egyptians came together in communal harmony to protect their countrymen that practice a religion different from theirs.

Oh, how much the world needs to learn from them!

Truly iconic photo from Tahrir Sq. yesterday, before the chaos.
Christian Egyptians protecting their Muslim compatriots during prayer.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

It's your turn now, Middle East

As the day's events unfolded and over 2 million (estimate / rumored number) took on the streets of Egypt at Tahrir Square, it isn't a wonder that the first thing I thought of was Tiananmen Square. Will it turn out to be the same? It's now 5.51pm in Dubai, and Egyptians continue to ask for a respite from Mubarak. Will it turn out to be another Tiananmen Square, I ask myself again. I don't know.

Egypt's Tahrir Square on 1 February 2011
Image source

Tweeps from all over the world continue to show their support on Twitter (hashtags #Egypt, #Jan25) and those on Facebook have set up
a page for "A Virtual "March of Millions" in Solidarity with Egyptian Protestors". Live feed of what is happening in Egypt is available via Al Jazeera English's online link.

This is the true age of social media. A revolution supported and promoted and carried forward via various social media platforms through the people. True power to the people. This is the age. This is the time. This is us creating history.

As the world comes together to support and promote Egyptians and their protests, in some way or another, we are all now officially a part of history. History in the making. This day, needless to say, is going down in history as the day the world came together and supported the people of Egypt in their revolution, in their attempt to empower themselves.

And even as Egypt continues to seek power, news of Jordan has just trickled in. King Abdullah has just dismissed the Jordanian government.

The Middle East is waking up to a brand new world. To brand new possibilities.

And amidst it all, I can't help but wonder:
is this is the kind of "end of the world as we know it" scenario that has been prophesied for 2012? Is this the beginning of the end of political monopolies across the world? Or at least in the Middle East? Is this the end of oppression and the dawn of democracy?

I suppose one will only have to wait and watch.