If you ever doubted that knowledge is power and that knowledge can make a difference listen to this kid. And pick up a newspaper or read, and as this kids wisely says “Use your own brain”. STR
On the heels of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s removal from power on Wednesday, oneYouTube video has been getting a lot of traction.
Filmed in Cairo on Oct. 19, 2012, the clip features 12-year-old Ali Ahmed participating in a video interview with Egyptian news outlet El Wady. The boy, who is in the first grade of preparatory school in Egypt (equivalent roughly to the sixth or seventh grade in the U.S.), excoriates the Muslim Brotherhood and details his thoughts on issues ranging from gender inequality to the political process and Parliament to the economy.
“We didn’t get rid of a military regime to replace it with a fascist theocracy,” he says in the video. “The social objectives of the revolution are yet to be achieved — economic empowerment, freedom and social justice — there are still no jobs, the police still jail people randomly. As for social justice, how can a news anchor get 30 million Egyptian pounds while some people still pick food from garbage?”
Ahmed calls the political process of his country void, noting problematic examples such as mosques mobilizing voters and parties basing their campaigns on a mixture of religion and politics. When the interviewing reporter (off-camera) asks Ahmed where he bagged his political savvy, he says he just knows it; he reads newspapers, watches TV and searches on the Internet. He also uses his own brain, he says.
Although the footage is more than a half-year old, it recently found a surge on Reddit, where discussion abounded regarding the originality of the boy’s sentiments and the credibility of the translation.
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