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Alaa arrested

Let Alaa return to Manal

Originally by Socrates:

Alaa Abd El-Fatah was arrested today together with around ten more activists during a peaceful demonstration in solidarity with sixty activists who were arrested over the past two weeks in a non-violent sit in as well who were held in custody for two weeks under investigation for "crimes" that if anything would raise only mockery including: humiliating the president, possession of "publishing equipment"(graffiti spray) and blocking traffic. The first group of activists arrested two weeks ago was supposed to have their cases reviewed by prosecution today, so as to release or renew holding them under investigation. In solidarity with them 200 lawyers approached as a defense council, a number of judges, and a number of activists among whom were Alaa and his colleagues gathered around the court house. Authorities denied the activists entry to the court house, in addition to attempting to present the "detainees" files only, and not the detainees themselves to prosecution. For hours, Alaa and his fellow activists shouted slogans against the government, sang and showed solidarity with their detained fellow activists. At the end of the demonstration police forces surrounding the group increased, refused to let them leave and started picking those to arrest, Alaa and ten others. They were taken to the nearby police station were they were denied lawyers, or any visitors. Lawyers are now standing outside the station just monitoring in case the arrested activists are taken somewhere else, which is exactly what happened. Three of them were taken blindfolded to another police station and were released later.

Egyptian journalist detained

Alaa reports that armed state security forces detained the Egyptian journalist Ahmad Abdollah "Abo Islam". They broke in to his house on Monday. Five bloggers visited him and knew from his son that state security forces threatened his family at gun point and confiscated computer hard drives, CDs and books. He was a member of the Labour "El A'aml" party, former editor in ASha'ab newspaper and published two other newspapers. Currently he writes on a website called Balady Net. Abo Islam runs the Center for Islamic Enlightenment, which aims at bringing different religions closer together.

Instant Anonymity

If you don't want to end up like [Abdolkarim|http://www.google.com/blogsearch?as_q=&c2coff=1&btnG=Search+Blogs&as_epq=&as_oq=abdolkarim+%D8%B9%D8%A8%D8%AF-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%83%D8%B1%D9%8A%D9%85-%D9%86%D8%A8%D9%8A%D9%84&as_eq=soroush+karam903&bl_pt=&bl_bt=&bl_url=&bl_auth=&as_drrb=q&as_qdr=&as_mind=1&as_minm=3&as_miny=30&as_maxm=11&as_maxy=2005&filter=0&sa=N&start=0] and think that being anonymous is no easy feat. Check [TorPark|http://torpark.nfshost.com/]:
;:Download TorPark for your language, and put it on a USB Flash keychain. Plug it into any internet terminal whether at home, school, or public. Run Torpark.exe and it will launch a Tor circuit connection, which creates an encrypted tunnel from your computer directly to a Tor exit computer, giving the appearance of having the Tor exit computer's IP.

Aljazeera 2.0

Aljazeera responds to the [leaked memo about US wanting to bomb their HQ|http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/tm_objectid=16397937%26method=full%26siteid=94762%26headline=exclusive%2d%2dbush%2dplot%2dto%2dbomb%2dhis%2darab%2dally-name_page.html] using [web 2.0|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_2.0] tools. They are [blogging in first person narrative of personal stories just like bloggers do and allowing comments|http://dontbomb.blogspot.com/]. They are [using flickr|http://www.flickr.com/photos/23885066@N00/]. They are [tagging the photos|http://www.flickr.com/photos/23885066@N00/tags/aljazeera/]. They chose a [creative commons license for their photos|http://www.flickr.com/photos/23885066@N00/66454223/]. And you can send them emails to their [gmail account|mailto:dontbombus@gmail.com].

I wonder when will they store their video on archive.org, let us locate their reporters using google maps and hear their first podcast ?

Egypt: HIV+


I have nothing new to say. Probably people reading this already know that the moral stigma of HIV is getting more people infected. The ignoramuses fearing that people would be promiscuous because of sex ed, are helping no one. Arguments against teaching teenagers about sex, drugs and condoms are no longer justified. I think more delays in introducing such classes will be a landmark failure in proper reasoning by the Egyptian society.

From the [latest UNAIDS|http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4457208.stm] report ([full text|http://www.unaids.org/epi2005/doc/EPIupdate2005_html_en/epi05_11_en.htm]):
;:Official data from Egypt indicate an epidemic that is driven mainly by unprotected sex—with heterosexual intercourse accounting for about one half of HIV cases where the mode of transmission was noted, and sex between men for a further one fifth. Injecting drug use was the mode of transmission in just 2% of HIV cases. Yet, researchers have encountered high levels of risky behaviour among injecting drug users in Cairo, for instance, with more than half the surveyed injectors saying they used non-sterile injecting equipment in the previous month (Elshimi, Warner-Smith and Aon, 2004).

Religious harmony severed in Egypt

The Egyptian blogosphere has been agitated by the events in Alexandria that shook the country. Four died (3 killed by riot poilce), tens wounded and 100 detained after 5000 angry Muslim protesters demonstrated against a play that the protesters considered offensive to Islam. Protesters demanded an official apology from the Pope.

[Continue reading a round up of what the Egyptian blogs are saying about the tragic events|http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/globalvoices/2005/10/24/religious-harmony-severed-in-egypt/]

Batel (swearing-in) protest

I passed in front of the usual police and security personnel to enter and join the crowd. I noticed fewer cameras. Or was the number of journalists dissolved by the number of protesters ? I noticed copies of the "[Batel|http://mostafa.foolab.org/node/148]" poster. I started searching for other banners I made while searching for [Alaa|http://manalaa.net] or [Mohammed|http://digressing.blogspot.com] among the crowd, took me a while to find Alaa. I found [Noura|http://norayounis.com], [Mohammed|http://digressing.blogspot.com], [Amr|http://journal.gharbeia.org] and [Ahmed|http://zamakan.blogspot.com]. I was introduced to [Sandmonkey|http://egyptiansandmonkey.blogspot.com] and [Shamoussa|http://shamoussa.blogspot.com/] for the first time. I couldn't stop bragging about my posters. I felt I don't need to shout any of the slogan, I shouted already but visually!


The following graphics would better exist in the public domain. I volunteered to do a single poster after [Nora|http://nourayounis.com] asked, but it turned out to be several posters. They made an excellent impact [today at the protest|http://mostafa.foolab.org/node/149]. They were all created with [Inkscape|http://www.inkscape.org] graphics software which is a free/open source application that works on both windows and GNU/Linux. It is a very easy to use graphics application.

Handbook For Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents

I just finished reading the [Handbook For Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents|http://www.rsf.org/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=542] released today by [Reporters Without Borders|http://www.rsf.org]. The 86 pages PDF is easy to read, although written by several authors, most of the authors did a good job in this area.

Before I started reading it, I expected it to introduce people to blogging, lead the reader to start a blog easily and help him/her connect to the blogosphere.

The handbook was more than that. It starts with an introduction about blogs as a new media that stands between a means of self-expression and journalism. A good and simple introduction to what is a blog. A chapter about terminology. Insufficient and short review of blogging services. Then a good article about journalism compared to blogging and ethics of both. Very clear explanation to technical matters like getting picked up by search engines. Some nice tips and ideas about how to increase the readership of your blog.

Not this way

Rumors about Habib El-Adly and other top security cheifs leaving:
;:"An imminent change in the leadership of the Egyptian security services is expected ..."

;: "...the most senior national security directors are expected to resign or be replaced, possible along with the interior minister, Habib al-Adly."

[link to the source|http://www.adnki.com/index_2Level.php?cat=Security&loid=8.0.190369014&par=0]