UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories and Princeton Law professor, Richard A. Falk will be giving the keynote address on Thursday, 7pm at the Pomerantz Career Center, Room C20. Mr. Falk has recently received criticism for comments he made surrounding 9/11.
My attention is still squarely on Egypt. Although the Egyptian protests are not making front page headlines anymore, the revolution is not over. In fact, it is getting stronger. While many feared that protestors would soon break entering the third week of protests, the number of protestors has grown in large part because of this inspiring interview by a Google executive who was detained by Egyptian police for over two weeks. Foreign Policy has created an "Arab Revolution" website that contains breaking news and analysis on the continued protests in Egypt and the greater region. It is a great source of information. The protestors in Egypt, however, are impacting the behavior of countries outside of the Middle East as well. For example, China is taking aggressive precautionary measures. The protests have caused the United States to continually re-evaluate its posture in the Middle East.
In other news, South Sudan will officially secede from the Sudanese government in Khartorum. The new country faces a divided populous, poor infrastructure, and high unemployment among many other issues.