“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.“- Albert Einstein
Today, on August 2nd 2012, the UN-Arab League envoy to Syria and former Secretary General Kofi Atta Annan has formally resigned. The increased violence alongside with the constant opposition from Russia and China are all inevitable reasons for Annan’s departure.
Today, gunfire broke out in Nile City, Egypt resulting in an unconfirmed numbers of deaths and 2 car explosions.
Also today, in the year 2012, after countless treaties, negotiations and attempted peace talks, Palestine is still not free.
Halfway through the year of 2012, the United States has finally withdrawn from Iraq, leaving the country in shambles, rubbish and pieces.
Bahrain continues to fight silently under the hushed tones of gun shots and murders. Drone attacks persist in Yemen to killing men, women and children alike. Jordan clashing with Syrian on its borders and hosts thousands of Palestinian refugees is struggling to find its own outlet for an uprising.
Today, in the progressive year of 2012, the Middle East still remains broken.
As the flame for the Arab Spring continues to struggle for liberty, prosperity and freedom, the world will continue to watch the every move of every political figure, every party and every superpower. News reports break on the secret aid that was signed by Obama to “assist” Syrian rebels. Proposals continuously being rejected by the Security Council crushing every hope of a Palestinian state. Opposition by the parliament in Egypt increases as they refuse democratic transition of power. The media turns a left cheek from smaller Arab countries shedding blood for peace.
And so when our leaders of whom we’ve entrusted to represent and fight for our cause are the reasons that we continue to struggle, we are left with the daunting question of who do we turn to? Do we resign like Annan? Sign secret deals like Obama? Who is to claim responsibility for our dead children, our broken homes and responsibility to our future?
For now we see that the people in power, proved be powerless. Instead, we demand for a change. We demand for the power to be given to the people.
It was unity that brought together the Arab world to stand on its own feet and fight against the brutality of regimes that chose demolishing over democracy. It was Mohamed Bouazizi in Tunisia who out of frustration and despair symbolized the call for change. It was Coptic Christians in Egypt who formed circles hand in hand around praying Muslims. It was BDS movement that brought awareness to Palestine. These instances were not successful because of the people in power. No, it was the power instilled within the people.
And as a first generation American-Muslim-Arab it is no longer a desire but an obligation to retrieve what is ours; our identity. To fight alongside our brothers and sisters, to raise awareness, to donate and to educate of those struggling to taste the values our generation selfishly enjoy today, in the States. If we don’t speak out for them, then who will? Change does not begin with a policy sitting on a desk waiting to be rejected at the United Nations. Change begins right here, with us.
On Oct 6 2012 through Oct 8th, the Arab Development Initiative will host its 2nd annual Envision Arabia summit in NYC. Politics and religions aside, the 3 day summit is designed to discuss and implement development through our commonality of humanity. With a team expanding across the globe our mission is simple: Inspire. Engage. Take Action. A network of young passionate professionals with expertise in energy, technology, media, and many more, to come together, combine our skills and build a foundation for the countries that made us who we are. Now more than ever with a new Arab World forming, there could not have been a better time.
It’s time to take matter into our own hands. It’s time to bring the power back to the people.
EAS 2012 Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/369336683134777/
The Arab Development Initiative is a student powered initiative that encourages youth to direct their knowledge, skills, and resources towards addressing and solving developmental problems in the Arab world. It aspires to establish itself as an intermediary between talented youth and organizations working for the development of the region.