Today is the two year anniversary of the freedom and democracy protests in Egypt’s Tahrir Square. Egyptian activists, inspired by their Tunisian brothers and sisters, gathered to press for reforms. The Egyptian government of Muhammed Morsi responded with hypocrisy and police. The West, which talks loudly about freedom and democracy responded with silence.

imagesToday, across Egypt, freedom and democracy protesters gathered in strength on the anniversary of the occupation of Tahrir square to continue the work for reforms that brought down the Mubarak government. Critics accuse the new government, led by President Mohammed Morsi of coopting the revolution, and not following through with the reforms demanded by millions of protesters and reformers.

“We are protesting against the fact that after two years of the revolution,” a protester told the BBC, “where we asked for bread, freedom and social justice, none of our dreams have come true.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-21191260

Those protests, along with Tunisia and Algeria helped inspire the protests in Madison Wisconsin, and later the Occupy Movement. Internet activists around the world rallied to maintain a link with the Egyptian activists when the government all but shut down social media and internet access.

It was social media that arose as a threat to the Mubarak government, highlighting police and military brutality. The Egyptian revolution was inded a global revolution, awakening internet activism, invigorating a universal demand for freedom and defining social media as the true voice of the oppressed, and revealing the so-called traditional news media as the tool of the oppressors.
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W.C. Turck is a Chicago playwright and the author of four widely acclaimed books.His latest is "The Last Man," a prophetic novel of a world ruled by a single corporation. His first novel, "Broken: One Soldier's Unexpected Journey Home," was reccommended by the National Association of Mental Health Institutes. His 2009 Memoir, "Everything for Love" chronicled the genocide in Bosnia and the siege of Sarajevo. His third book "Burn Down the Sky" is published exclusively on Amazon Kindle. It was in Sarajevo at the height of the siege where he met and married his wife, writer and Artist Ana Turck. FOX NEWS, ABC, CBS News, the Chicago Tribune and The Joliet Herald covered their reunion after the war. He helped organized relief into Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. Turck has been a guest on WMAQ-TV, WLS in Chicago, WCPT, WBBM radio, National Public Radio, Best Of the Left and the Thom Hartmann show. He has spoken frequently on Human Rights, Genocide and Nationalism. In 2011, his play in support of the Occupy Movement, "Occupy My Heart-a revolutionary Christmas Carol" recieved national media attention and filled theaters to capacity across Chicago. He remains an activist to the cause of human rights and international peace. View all posts by 900poundgorilla

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