Remember Tahrir Square?

Remember the Egyptian revolution or at least the ousting of President Mubarak? Today people are voting for a new government. There is much joy about the burgeoning political discussions and openness. Egyptians are engaging each other about the future of their country. Bu there are mixed feeling about the meaning of the elections. Some find hope and see it as a bridge to change. Others see it is as not worth participation and continue to call for greater change.

Both sides in this discussion are right. The Egyptian military has not agreed to give up power to civilian oversight, so the elections could be viewed as a farce because the civilian government does not hold the final say on matters of importance. However, it is obvious that much has changed. Egyptians now openly talk and disagree about who should and should not lead their nation. Demands for reform and change, which at one time would have been forcefully crushed, today continue and impact the process albeit under threats of violence.

Checkout this CNN clip to get an idea of what is happening there.

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About Michael T. McPhearson

Currently Michael is executive director of Veterans For Peace and co-chair of the Don't Shoot Coalition, A Saint Louis based coalition that formed in the aftermath of Michael Brown's police killing death in Ferguson, MO. From August 2010 to September 2013, Michael worked as the National Coordinator with United For Peace and Justice. He is a former board member of Veterans For Peace and as well as Executive Director from 2005 to 2010. He works closely with the Newark based People’s Organization for Progress and the Saint Louis centered Organization for Black Struggle. Michel also publishes the Mcphearsonreport.org expressing his views on war and peace, politics, human rights, race and other things. Michael also launched Reclaimthedream.org website as an effort to change the discourse and ignite a new conversation about Dr. Martin Luther King’s message and what it means to live in just and peaceful communities.