Wael Ghonim

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Why Reformers Will Win in Egypt

Wael Ghonim makes the case for optimism

(Newser) - There are plenty of reasons to be pessimistic as Egyptians go to the polls today, for the second day of their first post-Mubarak election. “Months have gone by without any meaningful change in how the country is governed. The military is not listening,” Google employee-turned-revolutionary Wael Ghonim writes... More »

Time Unveils Influential List

A look at some of the more interesting entries from this year's list

(Newser) - Time has just released its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and there are some perennial favorites (Barack Obama, Oprah), some recent newsmakers (Julian Assange, Mark Zuckerberg), some villains (Anwar al-Awlaki, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, Kim Jong Un, all of whom get very brief write-ups), some... More »

'Heart of Egypt Beats Again'

Reactions pour in via Twitter, media

(Newser) - The sudden ouster of Hosni Mubarak has Egypt celebrating in the streets—and in interviews, and on Twitter. The Global Post rounds up some of the best reactions. From Egypt:
  • Mohamed ElBaradei: “This is the greatest day of my life. The country has been liberated,” he told the
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Google's Wael Ghonim Calls for 'Friday of Martyrs'

Says he's 'ready to die' for change

(Newser) - Recently-freed Google executive Wael Ghonim appears to be calling for another huge demonstration. “We are hoping that the ‘Friday of Martyrs’ will be the world largest funeral to bid farewell to 300 Egyptians,” Ghonim tweeted today. Ghonim also talked to CNN , saying it is “no longer... More »

Freed Google Exec: I'm Proud I Helped Spark Egypt Revolt

We are not traitors, sobs Wael Ghonim

(Newser) - A Google executive freed after 12 days in Egyptian detention admitted yesterday he was behind the Facebook page that helped spark the nation's uprising—and he sobbed as he spoke passionately about needed change in his homeland. He ripped authorities for calling him a traitor, reports AP . "Anyone with... More »

Google Exec Freed in Egypt

Wael Ghonim emerging as key figure in movement

(Newser) - Egyptian authorities released Google's top executive in the Middle East today, after secretly detaining him for more than a week, the Wall Street Journal reports. The executive, Wael Ghonim, has emerged as a key opposition figure in the massive protests against the Mubarak administration, according to the Journal . Protest organizers... More »

Google Exec Missing in Egypt

Head of marketing expressed sympathy with protesters

(Newser) - A Google exec has gone missing amid the chaos reigning in Egypt, the Wall Street Journal reports. Family and friends have been unable to reach Wael Ghonim, head of Google's marketing for the Middle East and North Africa, since 6pm on Friday. While spotty Internet access is making routine communication... More »

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