So for those of you who haven’t found out already, the newest “big story” in the Middle East is about a little girl named Malala. She is a 9th grader that was gunned down trying to go to school by Muslim fundamentalists. The saddest part of this story, however, is that it’s not the first time that it has happened.

The difference for Malala, however, has been the time period in which her crime has been committed. 20 Years ago this would have gone unnoticed and she would have been just another victim, but now she is a symbol for educational reformists in the middle east. That is the beauty of the social media. While many may complain about our dwindling privacy, there is no longer a shadow for extremists to hide in.


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