Revolution in Cairo

Day-to-Day Jan. 27

GlobalPost (@GlobalPost) Egypt shuts down the Internet ahead of Friday protests #jan25 #egypt #egyrevolt
Wael Ghonim (@Ghonim) We want #Facebook #Twitter & SMS back. Blocking free speech is a crime. #Jan25
Lara Setrakian (@LaraABCNews) El Baradei has landed...pandemonium at Cairo airport. #Jan25

“Confirming what a few have reported this evening: in an action unprecedented in Internet history, the Egyptian government appears to have ordered service providers to shut down all international connections to the Internet. Critical European-Asian fiber-optic routes through Egypt appear to be unaffected for now. But every Egyptian provider, every business, bank, Internet cafe, website, school, embassy, and government office that relied on the big four Egyptian ISPs for their Internet connectivity is now cut off from the rest of the world. Link Egypt, Vodafone/Raya, Telecom Egypt, Etisalat Misr, and all their customers and partners are, for the moment, off the air.” James Cowie, "Egypt Leaves the Internet" (Renesys blog)

“Egyptian activists have been circulating a kind of primer to Friday's planned protest. We were sent the plan by two separate sources and have decided to publish excerpts here, with translations into English. Over Twitter, we connected with a translator, who translated the document with exceptional speed.” Alexis Madrigal, "Egyptian Activists' Action Plan: Translated" (The Atlantic)

VIDEOBiden: Mubarak Is Not a Dictator, But People Have a Right to Protest

“With organizers calling for demonstrations after Friday prayer, the political movement will literally be taken to the doorsteps of the nation's mosques. And as the Egyptian government and security services brace for the expected wave of mass demonstrations, Islamic groups seem poised to emerge as wildcards in the growing political movement.” Souad Mekhennet and Nicholas Kulish, "With Muslim Brotherhood Set to Join Egypt Protests, Religion's Role May Grow" (The New York Times)

“History, to be sure, is not linear. The current wave of protests may die down or be brutally repressed. Nevertheless, they represent the beginning of the end of Mubarak's regime. Watching events unfold from Washington, U.S. officials should keep in mind that when regime changes occur -- and they eventually do -- populations often do not forgive those who worked to prop up the old guard.” Yasser El-Shimy, "Egypt's Struggle for Freedom" (Foreign Policy)

“Revolutions don't happen out of the blue. It's not because of Tunisia yesterday that we have one in Egypt mechanically the next day. You can't isolate these protests from the last four years of labour strikes in Egypt, or from international events such as the al-Aqsa intifada and the US invasion of Iraq.” Interview with Egyptian Blogger Hossam el-Hamalawy (Al Jazeera)

“If you only knew Hosni as I do, you'd know he's terribly stubborn. He likes to dig in his heels. He won't be forced into a decision. He is a like a gamoosa (water buffalo, as common as cows in Egypt) that just won't be moved off a railroad track.” Issandr El Amrani, "Mubarak's Radio Silence" (The Arabist)

benwedeman (@bencnn) Arabs, foreigners heavily invested in Cairo stock market. They're panicking. Trading suspended? #Jan25 #Egypt
Mosa'ab Elshamy (@mosaaberizing) It's almost certain the internet & phones will be blocked out tomorrow. There's basically no reason for anyone to stay at home now. #Jan25
Sultan Al Qassemi (@SultanAlQassemi) BBC: Egypt protests: Can Mubarak be toppled? #Yes #Jan25
Philip J. Crowley (@PJCrowley) We are concerned that communication services, including the Internet, social media and even this #tweet, are being blocked in #Egypt.


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