Wael Ghonim - The Future of Egypt





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Published on Jun 5, 2011

Audio: English
Captions: العربية

Wael Ghonim speaks during Oslo Freedom Forum 2011
The Future of Egypt


One of the organizers of the Tahrir Square protests that lead to the ousting of Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak, Wael Ghonim joined the Oslo Freedom Forum live via satellite from Cairo. He talked about the phenomenon sweeping the Arab world as a "freedom flu." The feeling certainly is infectious, spurring thousands into the streets to protest the oppressive governments that have controlled the region for so long. Ghonim calls for a world in which values, not interests, drive the foreign policy of nations. In such a world, the West would not ignore the repression of certain governments in order to preserve strategic ties. For Ghonim, the pressing danger now for Egypt is its fragile economy; the Western world has a role to play in seeing that the country's revolution does not lead to financial collapse. The activist also tells us stories, like that of a recent encounter with a taxi driver. He recalls asking the driver, "Are you happy?" and being given a response that summarizes the very essence of the Arab Spring: "I am breathing freedom."


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