What is happening in Egypt?
Thousands of people began taking to the streets to protest poverty, unemployment, government corruption and autocratic governance ofPresident Hosni Mubarak, who has ruled the country for thirty years.
Who is protesting?
Young Egyptians, college age students, people that recently graduate fromuniversity.
Why are they protesting?
Mainly for financial reasons, many Egyptians lives in poor conditions, they complain about the economic stagnation and the unemployment.Why is it important for students to learn about what is happening in Egypt? List four reasons.
Geographically, it is important because it controls the Suez Canal, animportant shipping route between Africa and Asia. Politically, it is important because it has long been an friendly Arab country to the West – it should be mentioned theUS gives Egypt’s government 1.5 billion annually in aid. Historically speaking, Egypt is the oldest country in existence, occupying the Nile River basin for over fourthousand years. Economically speaking, Egypt is an emerging economy, growing at between 4% and 5% in the past several years. The per capita GDP has been growing at a highrate since the early 80’s yet mean wages remain at a low $3 / hour at 2009. The US has a trade surplus with Egypt, selling it six billion and importing two billiondollars in goods in 2010.
Because Egypt has a peace treaty with Israel. If a radical and unfriendly regime takes over, Israel is in big trouble and the U.S. would be drawninto it.
because egypt is an arab nation, as is palestine. egypt's rebellion may cause adomino effect across the middle east, which would create several violent wars.
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