Seeds: After an 18 day revolution, on February 11th 2011, Hosni Mubarak resigned as president of Egypt and handed over power to the military. His resignation was spurred by violent protests over police brutality and generally insufficient governmental practices, which resulted in hundreds being imprisoned. On January 28th of the same year, the internet was shut down in Egypt, which only fueled the fury. After seemingly endless protests and violence, Mubarak finally decided to resign.
Core: Five years after this revolution, many Egyptians hoped for a regime that would be at least slightly less infuriating than the last. Unfortunately, not only are hundreds being detained through the legal system, hundreds are also vanishing. This phenomenon is labeled as a series of “forced disappearances,” as hundreds of political activists and journalists are being jailed, tortured, and found dead. Essentially, anybody who is outrightly against the regime is at risk of being taken from their family, beaten, imprisoned, tortured, and possibly killed.
Skin: We here at Cored argue that there is a lack of media attention on this issue. While we see new bulletins posted about the daily antics of Donald Trump, more serious issues are being overlooked by the western media, only to be discussed in the last pages of the international section. The fact of the matter is an entire country is terrified because of their lack of a justice system, and yet most people have not even heard of this problem.
Leaves: Many are saying that Egypt is reverting to being a military controlled state, and that the situation has never been worse. Police are raiding households and protesting is banned. At this point, it is unclear what the international community will do to aid the citizens of Egypt.
Food for thought: Do you think western media is reporting on a wide enough variety of countries? What do you think the international community should do about the crisis in Egypt? Should they remain uninvolved in fear that more signs instability could spur ISIS militants to enter Egypt? Or is their duty to come aid the Egyptians in the fight for their civil rights? Tell us what you think.
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