.Further to our previous posting (
January 29, 2011)
:"Mubarak gags Egypt's Internet .. So much for "Your message reached us" :
"That's just what many Egyptians have been doing this week, as groups like We Rebuild
scramble to keep the country connected to the outside world, turning to landline telephones, fax machines and even ham radio to keep information flowing in and out of the country
"[B]asically, there are three ways of getting information out right now -- get access to the Noor ISP (which has about 8 percent of the market), use a land line to call someone, or use dial-up," Jillian York, a researcher with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, said via e-mail.
Egyptians with dial-up modems get no Internet connection when they call into their local ISP, but calling an international number to reach a modem in another country gives them a connection to the outside world.
We Rebuild is looking to expand those dial-up options. It has set up a dial-up phone number in Sweden and is compiling a list of other numbers Egyptians can call
. It is distributing information
about its activities on a Wiki page.
One of the dial-up numbers is run by a small ISP called the French Data Network, which said it was the first time it had set up such a service. Its modem has been providing a connection "every few minutes," said Benjamin Bayart, FDN's president, speaking in an online chat."Without Internet, Egyptians find new ways to get online
January 28, 2011
: "In black humour, topics and events that are usually regarded as taboo, specifically those related to death, are treated in an unusually humorous or satirical manner while retaining their seriousness; the intent of black comedy, therefore, is often for the audience to experience both laughter and discomfort, sometimes simultaneously"
.A personal testimony on police brutality during protests: Jan 26, 2011 down town Cairo--Mona Prince
Double click below image for enlargement: Egyptian Black Humor (Is he still laughing?)
"Update (3:06 UTC Friday)
One of the very few exceptions to this block has been Noor Group (AS20928), which still has 83 out of 83 live routes to its Egyptian customers, with inbound transit from Telecom Italia as usual. Why was Noor Group apparently unaffected by the countrywide takedown order? Unknown at this point, but we observe that the Egyptian Stock Exchange (www.egyptse.com) is still alive at a Noor address.
Its DNS A records indicate that it's normally reachable at 4 different IP addresses, only one of which belongs to Noor. Internet transit path diversity is a sign of good planning by the Stock Exchange IT staff, and it appears to have paid off in this case. Did the Egyptian government leave Noor standing so that the markets could open next week?
First impressions: this sequencing looks like people getting phone calls, one at a time, telling them to take themselves off the air. Not an automated system that takes all providers down at once; instead, the incumbent leads and other providers follow meekly one by one until Egypt is silenced."Egypt Leaves the Internet
January 27, 2011
From first Comment below:
Time for someone to set up a few Tor anonymizing "Onion routers" within the Noor address space, methinks. (Or, of course, the Egyptian opposition could and probably will, set up a mini-Internet that relies solely on domestic communication paths... certainly not as sophisticated as the main one but if all you are trying to do is co-ordinate protests, it is very feasible).
An exchange between interested friends:
"Jim is right...only the Americans were stupid enough to think the people of Iraq would accept to be colonised."
"Also it proves the fallacy that war was necessary to topple Saddam. If the people really want it and are ready, they know what to do.
"Salute to the people of Tunisia, Egypt (and Palestine, Jordan, Yemen, etc.)
Salute to the children and grandchildren of Jamal Abdul Nasser. Freedom, liberty, justice, anti-corruption, and dignity are worth the 'day of reckoning' for those that do not listen to the will of the people.
The wretched of the earth; te unarmed, poor, and deprived people of Egypt (and the other countries) have finally demonstrated that "give me liberty or give me death" is true today in 2011 as indeed at was for the past 250 years."
This is a video clip (9 minutes) of a brave young Egyptian woman (in Arabic) exhorting assembled protesters in the face of the police and security agents.
"It is not possible any more, for the people of the Arab world to lie to each other. The lies are finished. The words of their leaders – which are, unfortunately, our own words – have finished. It is we who have led them into this demise. It is we who have told them these lies. And we cannot recreate them any more."Robert Fisk: A new truth dawns on the Arab world
January, 26, 2011