Google, Twitter and SayNow conspire to help Egyptians

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY — The Egyptian government has cut off Internet access, but now folks there can text to an international phone number to tweet with the hashtag #egypt. Google, Twitter and SayNow, Google’s latest acquisition, made it possible. Details are here.

Chinese censors suppress news about Egypt

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY — Al Jazeera reports that the net nannies in China are blocking discussion about the democratic movements in Egypt on a popular micro-blogging service. Chinageeks.org reports official news sources are keeping mum about the reasons for the protests, if they carry any reports about them at all. Apparently, China is also blocking Al Jazeera’s live video streams and sanitizing discussion forums as quickly as anyone posts. Maybe the leaders in Beijing are a little worried. One wonders why.

As-Salamu Alaykum (السلام عليكم)*

JISHOU, HUNAN — Maybe you heard the news report about a Coptic Church in Alexandria, Egypt, being bombed by Muslim terrorists recently. Did you know that Alexandria’s Muslim community served as “human shields” to protect Copts during their Christmas services last week? “This is not about us and them,” said Dalia Mustafa, a student who attended mass at Virgin Mary Church on Maraashly Street. “We are one. This was an attack on Egypt as a whole, and I am standing with the Copts because the only way things will change in this country is if we come together.” Good advice for us in the United States. A photo slideshow is at Ahram Online, an Egyptian news site. —– * Peace be upon you; hello; goodbye — the equivalent in Hebrew is “shalom“
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