Friday, July 11, 2008

Egyptian Youth Challenge the Pharaoh on Facebook

The Pharaoh: Egypt's autocratic president, Hosni Mubarak, one of many dictators in the Middle East backed politically and financially by the United States government. Far from promoting "democracy" in the region, successive U.S. governments have made political deals with strongmen in countries such as Egypt, Jordan, and the Arab Gulf.

Young Egyptians are increasingly pushing the boundaries of speech when it comes to the continuation of the autocratic political system under which they live, using the popular Internet social forums Facebook and YouTube to overcome Mubarak's restrictions on free speech.

View the video documentary here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_tBr7MSoxQ

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