Saturday, June 2, 2012


Unfortunately, there are many times in history in which dictators and tyrants get away with their crimes and are never brought to a court of law for genocide and repression against their own people.

Hopefully, history does not necessarily repeat itself as there are other circumstances in which those from bellow rise and initiate a resistance movement that leads to the toppling of dictatorships. This is the case of Mubarak in Egypt. His dictatorship was overturned by the movement that became known as the Arab Spring. A wave or resistance that started on 19 December, 2010 and forced from power rulers in Tunisia, Egypt, Libyia and Yemen with other civil protests and uprisings (varying in their intensity) in Bahrain, Syria, Algeria, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Lebanon, Iraq, Mauritania, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Western Africa.

Although totalitarianism continues to be a trend in today's world, the case can also be made that at no other time in human history the common person has had at his/her disposal the technological and other means to start a challenge power.

Former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak (now 84 years old) sentenced to life in prison. During the protests in Egypt that led to the fall of the Mubarak regime, about 840 people died and more than 6,000 others were injured in the 18-day uprising in 2011 according to Amnesty International. Read full Story in CNN.
, and , "The Arab Spring: an interactive timeline of Middle East protests" The Guardian (January 5, 2012).

Ben Wedeman, "Egypt's Hosni Mubarak sentenced to life in prison for role in killing of protesters." CNN  (June 2, 2012)