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media war in egypt

this is the first revolution of the internet age, and social media, as well as cellphone technology, have enabled the people fighting on the streets to share their experiences with people worldwide.

links to interview with a Syrian anarchist - "the arab world is on fire."
after unleashing gangs of thugs on anti-government protesters, loyalists of the mubarak regime have been attacking journalists, and are also confiscating cameras and cellphones from anyone trying to publicize the violence.

this is the first revolution of the internet age, and social media, as well as cellphone technology, have enabled the people fighting on the streets to share their experiences with people worldwide.

mubarak unleashes media counter-attack

from al-jazeera

 http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/02/201123131258705359.html

Egyptian state television has actively tried to foment the unrest by reporting that "Israeli spies" have infiltrated the city - which explains why many of the gangs who attack reporters shout "yehudi!" ("Jew!").

The area around Tahrir Square has become a virtual no-go zone for camera crews, which were assaulted on Wednesday almost as soon as they entered the area controlled by supporters of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.

Several of them were mistaken for Al Jazeera crews, and were chased off by young men wielding sticks and chanting, "Jazeera! Jazeera!".

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper said his crew was also assaulted on Tuesday night after being mistaken for an Al Jazeera crew.

anderson cooper attacked again!

 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/03/anderson-cooper-car-attacked-egypt_n_818170.html

Anderson Cooper has been attacked for the second day in a row in Egypt. On Thursday, Cooper tweeted: "Situation on ground in #egypt very tense. Vehicle I was in attacked. My window smashed. All ok."

Cooper was attacked by pro-Mubarak mobs on Wednesday, and was punched at least ten times. Journalists have become targets as the violence in Egypt escalates; dozens have been detained by the army and some have been beaten by government supporters.

The Arab world is on fire

Dialogue with a Syrian anarchist

 http://www.anarkismo.net/article/18645

It seems that all of a sudden massive waves of protests are shaking the foundations of long standing oppressive regimes in the Arab world... were there any signs that these protests could happen?

That is one of the interesting things about this revolutionary wave spreading in the Arab world, it struck exactly when almost no one was expecting it. Few days only before the mass demonstrations in Egypt, the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, declared the Egyptian government to be stable, and now nothing is stable in the area: the masses are on revolt and everywhere the repressive regimes are expecting the worst. There are things in common to these big incidents, which went unnoticed to the regimes, the statesmen and even the intellectuals, such as the anger which was there, hidden, silenced by the repression of the States, the poverty and unemployment that were on the rise everywhere... but the governments, local and western alike, thought that this anger could be kept under control... we now know how wrong they were.

read the rest, from anarkismo...

from the same article:

The great revolts shaking the Arab world in Yemen, Algeria, Tunisia and now Egypt have caught everyone by surprise. They are, without a doubt, one of the most significant events of our time sending clearly out there the message that no place on this world is doomed to be some imperialist-backed-dictator's playground. Extraordinarily authoritarian regimes like that of Ben Ali were shown completely powerless in the face of a united and determined people on struggle. The people carrying these rebellions are youth, workers, unemployed, the poor, who are right now shaping the face of the region, sending cold shivers to the cliques sitting in Washington and Tel Aviv. Not all the weapons amassed by the Mubarak regime, not all the US military aid have had the power to stop the protest from growing. They are showing the might of the people and the working class when they come together, they are showing the political capacity of ordinary people to build organisms of dual power with a clear libertarian instinct and they are proving the world that we are in an era of revolutionary change. We have had a quick dialogue with our comrade and friend Mazen Kamalmaz in Syria, editor of the Arabic anarchist blog, who talks about the importance of this splendid political development.

 http://www.ahewar.org/m.asp?i=1385

reposted from endtimesnews

 http://endtimesnews.wordpress.com/2011/02/03/media-war-in-egypt/