Jan 28, 2011

The Protests in Egypt

For many of us, Egypt is the land of pharaohs, pyramids, and the Nile -- most of us tend to know little else about it. However, you're probably aware that in the past few days, it has been the site of major protests and demonstrations. People are literally taking to the streets.....

For a non-Western perspective on the situation, check out Al-Jazeera's "Anger in Egypt" website. Complete with streaming video and live coverage of events on the ground, this is a fascinating place to start.

The International Herald-Tribune's Ledge page is also a great source of coverage.

If you wish to refresh your memory on Egypt, check out the CIA World Factbook's entry on Egypt. This is a great refresher for all of us -- I know my own store of facts on the country could be a lot better!

And because it would be unheard of to discuss a Middle or Near Eastern country without also mentioning oil, check out this page detailing Egypt's energy situation (courtesy of the U. S. Department of Energy).