A (video) celebration of the revolution in Egypt


(you may have to register, Youtube has deemed this an ‘adult only’ video)

For internet access issues in Egypt, and efforts to restore it, see here.

Please do have a look at this remarkable action guide that Egyptian activists have distributed, specifically asking to avoid Facebook and Twitter to avoid detection: translated here

Please spread the word about alternative internet access capabilities in Egypt:

I 18 Ways to Circumvent the Egyptians Governments’ Internet Block

By: @AnonymousRx @Warintel

01] Nour DSL is still working in Egypt, Dial up with 0777 7776 or 07777 666

02] IP addresses for social media: pass on to people in #Egypt: Twitter: Facebook:

03] How to circumvent the communications blackout in #Egypt http://slink.us?lr Arabic

04] #hamradio frequencies for #egypt http://slink.us?ls PLEASE SPREAD IRC: http://slink.us?lt

05] Ham Radio Software software for PC, Mac and Linux http://www.hamsphere.com Communicate w/ #egypt

06] TOR Bridge 04FD6AE46E95F1E46B5264528C48EA84DB10CAC4

07] There is an Old DSL Dialup 24564600

08] Send SMS reports to +1 949 209 7559 and they will retweet for you. Please spread to those in #Egypt on battlefield

09] #Egypt hams are on 7.050-7.200 MHz LSB

10] Egypt Gov only blocking by DNS. So for Twitter try Facebook Proxy

11] VPN Server http://texnomic.com/url/2L is now stable and open for FREE to ALL

12] Help the Egypt Revolutionaries by overcoming the Firewall https://www.accessnow.org/proxy-cloud

13] 0m band, 7.050-7.20­0 MHz LSB, 318.5 degrees (northwest­/north from cairo) Ham Radio Operators

14] We are now providing dialup modem service at +46850009990. user/pass: telecomix/telecomix (only for #egypt, respect that PLEASE!).

15] People of Egypt ONLY! Use this dial-up provided by friends in France to go online: +33172890150 (login ‘toto’ password ‘toto’)

16] FREE VPN Server to bypass ANY Blockage on ANY ADSL or Cell Network. Domain: Cloud.Texnomic.com User: FreeEgypt Pass: #Jan25

17] Third party apps: Tweetdeck http://www.tweetdeck.com/ & Hootsuite http://hootsuite.com/ still work for updating Twitter

18] Follow @AnonymousRx

A selection from background articles

* The role of the trade unions in Egypt


Hossam el-Hamalawy:

“The Egyptian labour movement was quite under attack in the 1980s and 1990s by police, who used live ammunition against peaceful strikers in 1989 during strikes in the steel mills and in 1994 in the textile mill strikes. But steadily since December 2006 our country has been witnessing the biggest and most sustained waves of strike actions since 1946, triggered by textile strikes in the Nile Delta town of Mahalla, home of largest labour force in the Middle East with over 28,000 workers. It started because of labour issues but spread to every sector in society except the police and military.

[O]ne major distinction between us and Tunisia is that although it was a dictatorship, Tunisia had a semi-independent trade union federation. Even if the leadership was collaborating with the regime, the rank and file were militant trade unionists. So when time came for general strikes, the unions could pull it together. But here in Egypt we have a vacuum that we hope to fill soon. Independent trade unionists have already been subjected to witch hunts since they tried to be established; there are already lawsuits filed against them by state and state-backed unions, but they are getting stronger despite the continued attempts to silence them.

Unions have always been proven to be the silver bullet for any dictatorship. Look at Poland, South Korea, Latin America and Tunisia. Unions were always instrumental in mass mobilisation. You want a general strike to overthrow a dictatorship, and there is nothing better than an independent union to do so.”

* John Robb on open source insurgencies:

“As we have seen in Egypt, the ability of the open source insurgency to withstand/shrug off counter-attacks grows as it moves closer to its goal. Even though hundreds have been killed in Egypt by the police (on 29 January, 2010), it hasn’t shaken the movement at all.

Online connectivity is an early enabler of open source insurgencies. Once they are formed, online connectivity is not a requirement for their continued operation over the short term. In Egypt’s case, shutting down the Internet didn’t work (it only made people more upset).”

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