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Egyptian Empowerment  -

February 2nd, 2011

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We know two things about Egypt: one, don’t kick a fresh camel turd on a hot day in the Sahara, and two, if you’re a despot you have about 30 years to rule until the people get sick of it.

Yesterday, Hosni Mubarak announced he will not seek re-election as President of Egypt after hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to call for his ouster. However, the wrinkled ruler rankled some fur when he said he would like to stay on and enjoy his digs until September.

How might this affect you? The same way most things in the Middle East do. Prepare to possibly pay more at the pump.

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30%

Of the world’s oil passes through the Suez Canal. While Egypt is not a major oil producer, some Bedouin tribesman in the region have threatened to attack the canal if Mubarak does not step down. To Mubarak we say: “Beat It!”

Dammit, Mike, why’d you have to get so weird!?!

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Quote

The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret to freedom is courage.

Thucydides

Words
emergency law
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noun.     nifty term used by Egyptian leaders that gives the police and military the right to strip a citizen of their human rights at any time the government sees fit. This includes unlawful arrest and imprisonment as well as silencing opposition.

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Fact

On the outskirts of Cairo, tens of thousands of people called the Zabbaleen, “garbage people,” live in a slum where they sort the city’s garbage that they collect by hand. An astonishing 80% of what they collect they recycle.

It’s refreshing to see the people in Egypt join together and say "enough."

As Americans, it is always easier to sleep at night knowing others value their freedom as much as we do.

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