The revolution in Egypt has been headlining the news channels for the past few weeks and is changing the social and political status of countries in Africa and the Middle East—making it the hot button topic of the moment and great for small talk/debate.

But what if you don’t watch the news or keep up with what is going on around the world?

Egyptian Revolution

You don’t want to sound like an idiot if the topic comes up in conversation, and you also want to be able to contribute if the topic is brought up in class.

Read up on these key points regarding the Egyptian Revolution so you know exactly what is going on and who is involved.

Who is Hosni Mubarak?

Hosni Mubarak is Egypt’s former president who has been in power for the past 30 years and is reportedly worth 70 billion dollars, although this estimation has not yet been confirmed.

What started the Revolution?

The revolution, which began on January 25, 2011, started in the form of protests against Hosni’s regime which was filled with corruption and police oppression. The protests began to seek social reforms in the Egyptian governments political system after the success of the revolution in Tunisia.

What happened in the Revolution?

The Egyptian government responded to the protests by blocking Twitter and Facebook, and ultimately blocking Internet and text messaging. The Egyptian police made arrests and injured hundreds of protesters with tear gas and cannons.

Mubarak announced on the first of February, 2011 that he would not be seeking another term. The protests continued until Mubarak resigned on February 11, 2011 and transferred power to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. On the 13th of February, the Egyptian parliament was dissolved.

How has this influenced the world?

A sort of domino effect is being seen around the world with regard to Egypt’s revolution; countries such as Bahrain, Iran, Yemen, Algeria and West Bank are currently filled with violence and their own revolution.

There you have it. Keep yourself informed on this topic by reading the newspapers, watching the news and keeping up with online updates. As a college student, it is important to be aware of what is going on in the world and how it will affect you!

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