[personal profile] imagines
If you are following Egypt news, today I'll be focused on:
• Al Jazeera live coverage of Tahrir Square
• @sharifkouddous, who is currently at Tahrir Square as well
• BBC live coverage in text

That's thousands and thousands of people ignoring the curfew. Holy crap. And they were getting buzzed by fighter jets about an hour ago. (They were unfazed by said fighter jets.)

And if you're wondering what the hell is going on anyway, I like this Mother Jones post.

eta: I'm just gonna keep dumping links here.

Live From the Egyptian Revolution by Sharif Kouddous
There is a great sense of pride that this is a leaderless movement organized by the people. A genuine popular revolt. It was not organized by opposition movements, though they have now joined the protesters in Tahrir. The Muslim Brotherhood was out in full force today. At one point they began chanting "Allah Akbar" only to be drowned out by much louder chants of "Muslim, Christian, we are all Egyptian."


6:45 pm Cairo time: Al Jazeera estimating 1,000,000 people in the square; Mohammed Elbaradei has joined protestors there.

DO NOT FUCK WITH THE WOMEN OF EGYPT. hiiii, they're my heroes.

Date: 2011-01-31 06:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] imagines.livejournal.com
Please do! Honestly, I'm surprised at the lack of net-chatter about it. My corner of the internet exploded over the Iran elections, so I'm not sure why this is so much different. I don't think I actually posted about the protests in Iran, but that was because everyone was already posting huge amounts of info. I was definitely following the news, though. But almost no one is talking about Egypt, so here I am. :p If I can get my thoughts organized, I wanna write a post about Why It's Important, because I REALLY think it is. It's not just "interesting because it's protests." There's all sorts of stuff wrapped up in this, like whether a gov should have a kill switch over communications tech, whether Internet access is a right, how much influence one gov should have over another, etc. OH, I HAS THOUGHTS.

Another important link you could add: akuma-river's linkpost (http://akuma-river.dreamwidth.org/389975.html), for people who enjoy MILLIONS OF LINKS like I do. This one is far more comprehensive than mine, since I'm only posting stuff that strikes me personally.



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