The Egyptian economy has a GDP of $188 billion per year, Using the Gini coefficient,which measures the extent to which the distribution of income within an economy deviates fromperfectly equal distribution we find that Egypt is 34.4. This is actually lower than the UnitedStates, which place at 45.0 showing that there is more income disparity in a democratic countrythat is a role model for countries like Egypt.Social, Political and Economic HistoryWhat makes it what it is today?Is your own personal history intertwined with the history of your target country?
Current Situation/Analysis-- 3 pages single spaced
How the history manifests in the situation of the country today.The current situation in Egypt is extremely volatile, with protests by the general publicthat have taken over Tahir Square in Cairo.The Egyptian revolution of 2011 was a result of what experts call a “pan-Arab youth movementdedicated to spreading democracy in a region without it.” The protests initially began in Tunisia,after the youth movement there successfully forced the autocratic President
Zine al-AbidineBen Ali to flee last month
. The young Egyptians learned from the Tunisian protesters throughsocial media web sites like Facebook and Twitter, and shared revolutionary ideas on everythingfrom organizing barricades to maintaining their resistance movement without the use of violence. Volunteers were posted at the various entryways of Tahrir Square -- the demonstrationarea that held the most crucial protests in the heart of Cairo’s government district -- checkingeager-to-enter protester’s IDs and ready to apprehend anyone attempting to bring in weaponsor bombs. In the 18 days of protests, there were no reports of sexual assault on women, who for the first time showed up in large numbers to help in the make-shift hospital, bring supplies, andstand as equals among men in the square.At least 5,000 people injured since January 25th and 300 killed, however these numbers areonly estimates, as the government has not yet submitted a report and is in the process of deciding how to undergo an investigation of these deaths. During the first three days of theprotests, police responded with violence using rubber bullets, tear gas, concussion grenadesand water cannons. By February 1st the army took the place of the police and allowed theprotests to continue, and the following day pro-Mubarak supporters began a medieval lookingfight riding into the square on the backs of camels and horses and used violence against thepeaceful protesters. The protesters also worked security at museums and banks, after criminalthugs were released from prisons and told to wreck havoc in the square through looting andviolence.