Analysts distant from Egypt street
As the fighter jets rumbled into the distance on Sunday afternoon, an Egyptian woman aged 71 brought her daughter to me in Tahrir Square to translate a question. She wanted to know what I thought of yet another day of energetic protests? I told her it didn’t matter what I think - what does she think? Her daughter said to me, “She just wants to know why he won’t leave?”
Heba Fatma Morayef, a researcher for Human Rights Watch, reports on the mood in the square, before the new tank unit moved in. I’m in Tahrir Square and there must be 7,000 people already, a festive mood inside the square, families, a few with children and many women, veiled and unveiled. That shows people feel safe. People are chanting enthusiastically, “Get out!”, aimed at...
The Internet is a network of networks. But what’s often forgotten is that those...– Tunisia, Egypt, Miami: The Importance of Internet Choke Points - Andrew Blum - Technology - The Atlantic (via switchedblog)
Renewed Push to Give Obama an Internet "Kill... →
soupsoup: via @pbump A controversial bill handing President Obama power over privately owned computer systems during a “national cyberemergency,” and prohibiting any review by the court system, will return this year.Internet companies should not be alarmed by the legislation, first introduced last summer by Sens. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), a Senate aide said last...
Give Peace A Chance.: What's Happening in Egypt... →
promotingpeace: The basics: Egypt is a large, mostly Arab, mostly Muslim country. At around 80 million people, it has the largest population in the Middle East and the third-largest in Africa. Most of Egypt is in North Africa, although the part of the country that borders Israel, the Sinai peninsula, is in Asia….
Soup: The Death of Platforms →
soupsoup: Facebook isn’t going away, neither is Twitter, nor Tumblr. No offense to Tumblr but in a perfect world, we wouldn’t have any of these platforms. In a perfect world everyone would have their own piece of the web that they own entirely. The tech savvy have this, so far as they don’t own the datacenter that their server physically resides in. That’s about the last mile of anyone owning...
lonelysandwich: PORTLANDIA IS KING Here I brag that I’ve seen the pilot and you haven’t because you’re not a Hollywood insider and you don’t make studio deals with Hollywood moguls at cocaine parties like I do. Cappuccino Mercedes Benz. Portlandia is my favorite new show. 100% incredible. via spiegelman
28 Die in Factory Fire Making Clothes for the Gap... →
highsee:padaviya: Whether you go more highscale at Banana Republic or casual at Old Navy, all these store chains (and Piperlime and Athleta) are owned by Gap, Inc., which just doesn’t seem to care much about the lives of its workers. The Hammem factory also provides clothes to other recognizable brands in America, such as H&M, Walmart, Sears, JC Penny, and Target, though Gap is the...
elspethjane: Laughing so much at “Dinner With a Conservative Christian Father” especially when he starts discussing Lady Gaga and Beyonce. Oh, and smoking nutmeg.
Thoughts on the DOJ wikileaks/twitter court order... →
“The bigger story here, IMHO, far more interesting than the government request for wikileaks related info, is the fact that Twitter has gone out of its way to fight for its users’ privacy. The company went to court, and was successful in asking the judge to unseal the order (something it is not required to do), and then promptly notified its users, so that they could seek to quash the...
First they dropped hosting, and I didn't speak up... →
only funny bc its true?
An insider's critique of what went wrong in Haiti →
Gabriel Elizondo: The NGO relief organizations have a huge presence in Haiti. What are your misgivings about their work in Haiti? Ricardo Seitenfus: The NGOs did an extraordinary job in the day’s right after the earthquake, and should be commended. But the tendency for the NGOs was to lay down roots in Haiti. And in a certain way, some governments, and the world population in general, made huge...
Fox News wastes no time trying to place blame:...
thepoliticalpartygirl: brooklynmutt: - Fox News when told shooter yelled something. Nice to know that in times of chaos, you can always look to Fox News for predictability.