If you glance at the news on TV, you’re sure to see pictures of mobs shouting the slogan “Mubarak must go!” and wonder what this is all about.
Popular revolutions occur in many countries around the world, but only rarely in Egypt. The last big one there was in 1919, against the British military occupation of the country, just after World War I had ended.
You probably know that Egypt is the oldest nation in the world. It grew up in the valley and delta of the Nile River some 6,000 years ago. We think of it as the land of the pharaohs, the Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza, the temples of Luxor or the bondage of the ancient Israelites.