Foreign Affairs

The Egyptian Revolt: As Told Through the Blogosphere

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Julia Edwards
Jan. 28, 2011, 8 a.m.

As Egyp­tian Pres­id­ent Hosni Mubarak clamps down on the In­ter­net and tele­com­mu­nic­a­tions to quell the protests in his coun­try, U.S. so­cial me­dia is tak­ing up the cause.

Click through fol­low­ing pages to view tweets, blog posts, and You­Tube videos from journ­al­ists, ex­perts, and every­day cit­izens dis­turbed over the events un­fold­ing in Egypt.

Egyptian women pray MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images

The top tweet as of 11:00 a.m. EST un­der #Egypt, protest­ing the gov­ern­ment’s cen­sor­ship.

#jan25 #Egypt #cen­sor­shipless than a minute ago via web An­drew Bon­ar

At At­, Alex­is Mad­rig­al pos­ted a trans­lated Egyp­tian Act­iv­ist Ac­tion Plan. Some com­ment­at­ors dis­agreed with his de­cision to post the plan be­fore it was car­ried out.

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A com­menter on’s art­icle, “Biden: Mubarak Should Not Step Down”:

rodeal­er 7 minutes ago If it looks like a Dic­tat­or, Walks like a Dic­tat­or, Talks like a Dic­tat­or then it can be as­sumed that it is a DIC­TAT­OR.

A former White House press sec­ret­ary for George W. Bush tweeted:

I wish they would protest in Beijing and Dam­as­cus too. via Twit­ter for Black­Berry®Ari Fleis­cher

On You­Tube’s “Your In­ter­view with the Pres­id­ent 2011,” a view­er emailed Pres­id­ent Obama a ques­tion about the crisis:

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Obama replied, “My main hope right now is that vi­ol­ence is not the an­swer to solv­ing these prob­lems in Egypt.” And he re­it­er­ated a com­mit­ment to free­dom of speech, in­clud­ing so­cial me­dia: “There are cer­tain core val­ues that we be­lieve in as Amer­ic­ans, that we be­lieve are uni­ver­sal: free­dom of speech, free­dom of ex­pres­sion, people be­ing able to use so­cial net­work­ing or any oth­er mech­an­isms to com­mu­nic­ate with each oth­er and ex­press their con­cerns. And that I think is no less true in the Ar­ab world than it is here in the United States.”

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The New York Times hos­ted a dis­cus­sion between Egyp­tian schol­ars and colum­nists in its latest “Room for De­bate“:

Fir­as Al-At­ra­q­chi, a journ­al­ism pro­fess­or at Amer­ic­an Uni­versity in Cairo, wrote a Huff­ing­ton Post op-ed call­ing the events in Egypt “the re­gion’s turn­ing point“ and ur­ging the West­ern world to rally be­hind the move­ment: “Now that the Ar­ab street is alive with the power of the people for the people and by the people, will policies in Wash­ing­ton, Lon­don and Par­is ac­com­mod­ate their pur­suit of demo­crat­ic re­form?”


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