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Volume 17, No. 10 - January 31, 2011

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Inside the Egyptian revolution


Jessica Elsayed


Senior Reporter Jessica Elsayed is writing regularly from Alexandria, Egypt during her nation's revolt against its longtime president, Hosni Mubarak. The outcome of the revolution is uncertain, but Elsayed is clearly explaining what's going on and why. You can keep up with her reports on the YJI Blog and at


Here are links to her initial stories:


Egyptian protesters stand firm

(Jan. 30, 2011)



Egyptians pin hopes on ElBaradei

(Jan. 30, 2011)



Inside the Egyptian revolution

(Jan. 29, 2011)

[Note: This piece was featured in The Huffington Post.]



News analysis: Tens of thousands of Egyptians protest for human rights

(Jan. 25, 2011)


Egyptian Rutgers student has high hopes for her homeland's future

By Gokce Yurekli in NEWARK, New Jersey, U.S.A. – People around the world have been watching in horror as hundreds of protestors clashed with Egyptian police in an uprising that began January 25.

More than a week later, protesters are still holding huge rallies in cities and they have no intention of stopping until President Hosni Mubarak leaves.
Marina Youssef, a 19-year-old Rutgers University student from Alexandria, Egypt,  has been cut off from her family in Egypt since the uprising.  Read whole story.



  Read Samantha Perez's stunning journal of hope and survival during America's worst natural disaster.

Indians protest government corruption


By Pushkal Shivam in MUMBAI, India – Several hundred people gathered in the Azad Maidan sports ground in South Mumbai Sunday, marking the 63rd anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's assassination by peacefully protesting the corruption plaguing the nation.

An umbrella group, “India Against Corruption,” organized the gathering in synchronization with pan-nation protests.
Lawyer Y.P. Singh, who has worked with the Central Bureau of Investigation for five years, explained to the crowd how the corrupt escape unscathed. Pointing toward a scam in Mumbai which snowballed into a national issue, he said, “Big players have escaped.”
However, Krishnaraj Rao, a journalist and a campaigner for the Right to Information Act, is taking the agenda of the umbrella group “with a fist of salt.”  Read whole story

Peace is education, author says

By Mariah Pulver in FORT WORTH, Texas, U.S.A. – Education is the way to promote peace, Greg Mortenson, co-author of Three Cups of Tea, told an audience at Texas Christian University last week. Read whole story


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Flooding in Australia

Brisbane resident Lisa Hong, who is a medical student at Griffith University, standing shin deep in floodwaters in the West End section of the city, close to the central business district. 
Photo by Linna Hong

Surrounded by floodwaters in Bundaberg

By Tasman Anderson in BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia – What started out as a few rainy days here and there has turned Australia upside down as torrents of water tore through communities, killing dozens of people.

An ironic twist of fate landed me right in the middle of the carnage. Read whole story

Brisbane's moment

By Nancy Hsu in BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia –We had a moment there, Brisbane.

To you, the checkout clerk at Woolworths who frantically scanned customers’ products so that people could quickly get home safe to their families – we had a moment.

To you, families who gathered together only to sit in silence and awe at televised updates of how the floods were tearing up their own city – we had a moment. Read whole story

Ben Rodda/

Please see the Youth Journalism International Blog and search for "flooding" to see the scores of photographs taken by young people in the Brisbane, Australia during the flooding. YJI's Nancy Hsu coordinated the coverage on the scene in Brisbane.





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