Egypt’s uprising (part 4)


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picture source : straitstimes


the internet in Egypt is still blocked and the only way to communicate is through land lines, although there is some unconfirmed reports that Hosni Mubarak will decide to blocked land lines too to further isolate Egypt from the rest of this world. Only god knows what it’d be like without communication as the only feasible way to communicate would be via satellite.
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and now the unlikely outcome of this chaos in Egypt had made Aljazeera english news channel rose to fame as many people tunes in to watch this channel to see the uncut reports of scenes unfolding in Egypt. I never knew that there would be other news media other than CNN that can be this good. Aljazeera certainly did the best thing and although the channel had been blocked in Egypt, its role in this uprising shouldn’t be taken for granted.

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Media blogger Jeff Jarvis writes that US cable companies should begin carrying Al Jazeera English:

“What the Gulf War was to CNN, the people’s revolutions of the Middle East are to Al Jazeera English. But in the U.S., in a sad vestige of the era of Freedom Fries, hardly anyone can watch the channel on cable TV. Cable companies: Add Al Jazeera English NOW!
“It is downright un-American to still refuse to carry it. Vital, world-changing news is occurring in the Middle East and no one–not the xenophobic or celebrity-obsessed or cut-to-the-bone American media–can bring the perspective, insight, and on-the-scene reporting Al Jazeera English can.”

and it looks like Tahrir square is almost the same as tiennanmen square as the ground zero for all the hostilities that happening.

http://twitter.com/#!/ianinegypt/status/31978496351805440

Edward Walker, former U.S. ambassador to Egypt, “State of the Union”

“I firmly believe it. I think if you listen to the street, they are not asking for democracy, they are not asking for anything except the removal of Mubarak. He’s become a symbol for everything that they find objectionable.

“It doesn’t mean it can’t be a transition as orderly and I certainly hope it is. But he is a symbol now and you’ve got to change the symbol.”

chaotic events still ensued in Egypt now and I’ll update daily on what happening there. May god bless all of those demonstrators in bringing down Hosni Mubarak’s dictatorship.

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