The amazing story of the 29 year old Google Executive who toppled the Egyptian Government using Facebook!

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The amazing story of the 29 year old Google Executive who toppled the Egyptian Government using Facebook!
By Gregg Greer, One World
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Today Wael Ghonim reserves a special place in the more dubious history of Egypt as someone whom TIME Magazine calls one of the 100 most influential people of 2011. The reason Wael was given this title involves events the surrounding one date when the 29-year-old (now he’s 32) was working for Google Marketing division while living in Dubai.  Ghonim the MBA educated then 29-year-old, Gained international prominence, when after viewing pictures of the Revolution in Egypt, specifically the gruesome and disturbing picture of a young Egyptian national named Khaled Mohamed, a 28-year-old from Alexandria,  who was reported as murdered by the Egyptian Police during the Arab Spring riots.

 ‘Ghonim was so moved by the pictures that he then instituted a variety of social messages through a Facebook that he designed to diminish the threat to the then power 25th of Jan revolution structure of the Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi backed forces. The Ghonim Facebook page called “We are all Khaled Saeed“, was started, and within minutes hundreds of people had joined it. Three months later, that estimate had grown to more than 250,000.

The Egyptian Revolution of 2011

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Ghonim took a leave of absence from Google January 2011  indicating a “personal problem”, Ghonim then returned to Egypt choosing to partake in the Egyptian Revolution. Ghonim disappeared on January 27, 2011 during the nationwide unrest in Egypt. It was discovered that upon his return to Egypt, he was incarcerated by Egyptian “secret” police during which time he was interrogated for 11 Days considering his work as the leader of the Facebook page, “We are all Khaled Saeed.”

Ghonim was released after a vigorous public service campaign to identify his whereabouts. Google, Ghomin’s family, Egyptian TV personality Al-Arabiya and other international media including Many bloggers like Habib Haddad, and Chris DiBona were ultimately successful in identifying Ghomins whereabouts.”

THE FALL OF MORSI BACKED GOVERMENTFAll of Eygpt

The Morsi lead “Egyptian Brotherhood” Party eventually fell apart due to their complete failure in governing to internal disputes. On July 2, 2013 President Morsi publicly rejected the Egyptian Army‘s 48-hour ultimatum and vowed to pursue his own plans for national reconciliation and resolving the political crisis. Within 24 hours Morsi was ejected from office by revolutionary forces.  To date the rising death toll and increasing disorder in major Egyptian cities,  eliminate the possibilities of a return towards anything resembling normalcy are very slim.

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Ghonim, is credited because he anonymously collaborated with activists on the ground to announce the locations for the protest which was successful because he advocated a focus on community service linked with self-defense; which guided others, to embrace a less confrontational strategy. Also, Ghonim attributed his success to being able to openly criticize the Morsi Party Government  by  adopting a “reformist” rather than “revolutionary” strategy that focused on community service.

Ghonim upom release from the Egyptian “secret” police
Ghonim upon release from the Egyptian “secret” police

Wael Ghonim also received the JFK Profile in Courage Award on May 23, 2011, given by Caroline Kennedy, daughter of President John F. Kennedy, who also bestowed the awards to Elizabeth Redenbaugh.  Wael Ghonim, was named a receiver on account of “the people of Egypt.” Kennedy said she could think of no better recipients. This year Wael Ghonim was ranked the second most influential Arab in Arabian Business’s annual Power 500 of the world’s most influential Arabs.  Today Ghonim’s book ‘Revolution 2.0: The Power of the People Is Greater Than the People in Power: A Memoir’ by Wael Ghonim is an international best seller.  GLG

Gregg Greer a Public Speaker, Minister, and Social Activist Gregg Greer as the Editor of One World, and One World Today internet journals. you can reach him at one1worldtoday@gmail.com

Wael Ghonim also received the JFK Profile in Courage Award. May of 2011
Wael Ghonim also received the JFK Profile in Courage Award. May of 2011
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