in the spotlight
Posted by Shirley Brady on February 1, 2011 05:45 PM
After a mass demonstration in Egypt today called for his resignation, President Hosni Mubarak announced that he will step down and not run for office when his current term ends in September. And will the "young, wired, rights activists" (as professor Carrie Rosefsky Wickham calls them) who marched in the hundreds of thousands today be happy with that?
"One thing is certain," writes AP. ""Hopes for another year of solid economic growth in the Arab world's most populous nation are long gone. Companies are suspending operations, workers are staying home, banks remained closed, and tourists are fleeing by the thousands.
It's also clear that the Egyptian people won't be silenced or repressed. Some of the faces of the popular uprising and pro-democracy revolution that reached the world — despite Mubarak's shutdown of the Internet — via YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Google's speak-to-tweet SayNow:
Eight-year-old Juju, who delivered a frank message to President Hosni Mubarak:
And, as the New York Times notes today, the young face of the Arab world that is Al Jazeera English: