Friday, January 28, 2011

Egyptian Protests

As a follower of world politics, I love this shit. This is actually not to surprising  based on the state of affairs in Egypt for years. The rampant corruption and cronyism has been pretty well known. 

What is interesting is how social media is always used to organize massive protests. The lack of a center opposition organizing this is different than protests used to be in the 90s. This is much more organic than before. And the protesters are not only going to the streets, they are winning the propoganda war on the internet through carefully edited videos like this one.

Anyway, I hear people concerned about new Islamic governments. I don't think that is their message. Of course, they could just piggy back a youth revolt looking for any change into power. However, strict Islamic central governments are more on the fascist side and tend to be against all the fun stuff young people like and generally it seems to go against their message.

I am wildly curious about your point of view, followers.

Also, if you want to find live coverage of the protests as they are going on, you can find a link right here:
 Egyptian Protests Live

Thursday, January 27, 2011

I'm Alive

I took my trip to Mexico. I ate a lot of good food, traveled around the country, learned a good bit of Spanish, and didn't end up brutally murdered. A lot of the negative press about Mexico is exaggerated. The worse of the violence is in Ciudad Juarez, which I didn't go. I find the people very welcoming, the country very beautiful, and the beer very cheap.

Here's a few photos I took. I went to Chihuahua, Chihuahua, then went down to Leon and Guanajauto in Nuevo Leon.

In order: 1) Guanajuato Center
2) Flight over Mexico
3) Guanajuato City,
4) Chihuahua University

Anyway, it's good to be back.