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Egypt's off the grid

Just read Debian Developer Says Egypt Completely Cut Off.

Mohammed Sameer has asked for help on his blog, which isn’t loading for me at the moment (http://foolab.org/node/7892).

The whole country has experienced a large number of street demonstrations and protests within the last 3 days to be continued also on Friday, the 28th of January and afterwards. Even a bigger protest is supposed to take place a few hours from now. After the Prayer on Friday. The internet has been shutdown completely. Egypt is no longer online since Friday, the 28th of January 00:45 AM. Text messages to cell phones have been cut off too and all cell phones services will be following. No one knows exactly the intentions of the regime but it doesn’t sound good.

Please help us.
Please blog about it in English and in all languages.
Please spread the news everywhere.
Please talk to media.
Please petition your government if that will help.

Additionally, LXnews linked to a Foreign Policy article (Egypt’s new Suez Crisis) containing images (without attribution, keep in mind).

maymay just posted about the protests in Yemen, as covered by the NYT (Waves of Unrest Spread to Yemen, Shaking a Region). Early on in the article:

The Yemeni protests were another moment of tumult in a region whose aging order of American-backed governments appears to be staggering. In a span of just weeks, Tunisia’s government has fallen, Egypt’s appears shaken and countries like Jordan and Yemen are bracing against demands of movements with divergent goals but similar means.

We are all affected by this, that much is apparent.

Update: Read this: Why Egypt’s popular rebellion is the greatest historical event in a decade, and how Barack Obama missed the boat. It is a quick history lesson, and a valid point as its namesake.

Also, the Guardian has a live updates page going. The real-time identi.ca tag page is at https://identi.ca/tag/egypt/?realtime=1.

Update 12:34PM (PST): Jason points out that the BBC has a live streaming page. As I type Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is doing a brief at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live.

Update 4:17PM (PST): Al Jazeera’s English live stream: http://english.aljazeera.net/watch_now/. And This Revolution Will Not Be Twittered? Cairo in Chaos, which made me cry, specifically:

The Copts (the Christian minority) are saying that while we pray, they will watch our backs. They will wait outside the mosques to look out for our safety -- “this is why I love my country so much more now.”