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Why Reformers Will Win in Egypt

Wael Ghonim makes the case for optimism
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2011 1:44 PM CST
Wael Ghonim on Egypt, 'Be Optimistic'
An Egyptian woman casts her vote on the second day of parliamentary elections in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011.   (AP Photo/David Sperry)

(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 in today’s New York Times. But Ghonim remains optimistic. “Revolution is a process. Its failure and success cannot be measured after only a few months.”

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Ghonim thinks momentum is on change’s side for a few reasons:

  • A big chunk of Egyptian society “has overcome its fear to speak out.”
  • The Internet has broken the state’s power to control the media.
  • Egyptians have started to organize for change, forming labor and agricultural unions.
  • Egypt is young, with half of its people under the age of 25. They're tech-savvy, fearless, and "have the frame of mind required for the next stage of Egypt’s revolution.”
Full column here. (Read more Wael Ghonim stories.)

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