As the world watches the situation in Egypt, the tension in the rest of the Arab world is going mostly unnoticed. Yemen, the most impoverished country in the region, has been experiencing ongoing, peaceful general strikes for several weeks. It seems that if the Egyptian people are successful, as I believe they will be, in democratizing their country, that several countries in the region will follow suit.
It will be interesting to see what role the trade unions will take in the coming days and weeks ahead. As we have learned over the course of history, general strikes are one of the most effective methods to bring about social and political change.
Let's stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the Arab world as they fight to democratize their countries and to control their own destiny!