Busting some myths about the Egyptian Revolution:
Did the revolution in Tunisia inspire Egypt’s youth movement? No.
It certainly encouraged and strengthened it, but movements like the Youth of 6 April, Kefaya, elBaradei’s National Association for Change, and the youth mobilized by the death of Khalid Said have been working towards this moment much longer than that.
Was the 25 January Movement a leaderless movement? No.
Most people participating in the revolution probably knew nothing about who was behind it, but there was definitely an organizing committee, a plan, training, and oversight. That there was trash pickup, a clinic and other amenities of civilization on Tahrir Square was no spontaneous manifestation. This excellent behind-the-scenes look by al-Jazeera’s People and Power explains: