March 5, 2011 1 Comment
Ever since Tunisia’s uprising started, we’ve seen many across the Arab world. Egypt followed Tunisia’s uprising on January 25th, and 18 days later successfully toppled the thirty year dictator Hosni Mubarak. During the Egyptian uprising we’ve seen similar ones in Jordan, successfully removing their government, Yemen, where the struggles continues till now. The day after Mubarak stepped down we saw uprisings in Algeria, Bahrain and Libya. Later we saw uprisings in Iraq, Iran and even reaching China and Vietnam. All these uprisings continue to achieve goals and demands the people are making to their governments, and will hopefully lead to these countries being run by their people in a democratic fashion. Democracy as a concept is often precieved as a western invention, but actually, ruling one’s self through representatives and elections has been done across the centuries and it ensures decision making is done by a majority and not a few ruling the destinies of millions.
Agree with his policies or not, Ex-Egyptian President Gamal Abdelnasser, called for a unified Arab rule since the 1950s. Based on Social equality and sovereignty. His vision never saw light, and unfortunately was toppled by two Egyptian rulers, Sadat and Mubarak, who had different agendas of allying Egypt with the west. We have been witnessing similar examples of power trips, selfish acts and greed across the leaders of the Arab world. This lead to an Arab population that was oppressed, suffocated and with the majority of their populations living in dire conditions and struggling to put food on the table.
Below is a video of the Egyptian Poet Hesham El Gakh in the ‘Prince of Poets’ Competition that gathers poets from across the Arab world. In this poem he preforms in one of the early rounds of the competitions he discusses how the people of the Arab world are united, and how our leaders are separating us using football clashes, religion and cultural differences. He talks about how we are all one, and how we all belong and own all of the Arab world. (Sorry, there was no translation of the poem available for non Arabic speakers, But the goal of the poem is above)
What we are seeing happening across the Arab world from uprisings and revolutions are the Arab people, fueled by decades of anger, hurt, betrayal, hunger and a vision for a better future for all the Arab world, their individual countries included. Unity means strength, prosperity and independence. For centuries the Arab people have suffered western imperialism, and when we got rid of that, we suffered western cultural and economical imperialism facilitated by our very own leaders.
Now is the time of change for all the Arab world. One by one we are toppling our oppressive leaders and regimes. I believe the next months will show the world many uprisings and revolution across the Arab world. 2011 only started less than three months ago and we’ve seen two so far successful revolutions and almost a dozen uprisings that will hopefully lead to revolutions.
Below is an image I got off of my good friend Ali Azmy’s blog, showing a visual representation of Arab revolutions and uprisings:
The Arab people are united, and once we are the decision makers in our countries, we will unite, it is inevitable. And that will completely change the world as we know it today. And if we look at the bigger picture, if the Arab world unites, then this would mean no borders, sharing of resources and open relationships with the countries around. It will mean there could be a new power in the world, that emerged after years of living in oppression. If this union proves to be strong, then maybe we are one step closer to having a world where we are world citizens. It has already started. To close this blog post, you can find below a video my friend Tarek Shalaby made about his trip with a few Egyptian friends and a British friend to Libya during the uprisings to transport aid to the wounded. Even in the midst of our own revolution many Egyptians went to Libya to help and offer support, while others collected donations and bought supplies. It’s bigger than one’s country now. It’s a global movement. Now the wave is in the Arab world, who knows where it go in a few months. Freedom is contagious after all.
Power to the people, power to the peaceful.