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Those who like reading history and want a background on Egypt might enjoy these books of mine:
Napoleon’s Egypt: Invading the Middle East. This is written for a general audience and you will have some deja vu as you read about the Cairo revolt of October, 1798.
Engaging the Muslim World, revised Paperback October, 2010– has a chapter on the Muslim Brotherhood and the radical Muslim movements in Egypt as well as chapters on countries likely to be affected by the Egypt events such as Saudi Arabia.
For those who like pretty serious academic history, my Colonialism and Revolution in the Middle East: Social and Cultural Origins of Egypt’s Urabi Revolution may be rewarding.
For more general reading on the modern Middle East, there are suggestions on the top left of this page.
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You’ve seen the crowds in Tahrir Square during the extended wait for the results, but this shot shows a really rare scene in Cairo: the Corniche and the bridge approaches empty in mid-afternoon: everyone was either at their TV (or the coffeehouse’s TV) or in Tahrir.
My apologies that this has been reposted so many times on Twitter and Facebook that I’m unsure of the original photographer. If someone knows I want to give proper credit.
From The Arabist, via Twitter, your ‘Omar Suleiman joke of the day.
Much as I hate to explain a good joke and perhaps ruin it, for those who came in late, the beating death of Khaled Said by police in Alexandria in 2010 became a major provocation for the protests that led to the revolution; then the Facebook page “We are all Khaled Said” (originally started by Wael Ghonim) became a major rallying point. As a revolutionary slogan, “We are all Khaled Said” became famous.
Instagram 'tremendous investment' for Facebook
Facebook has announced it is to buy Instagram, the popular photo-sharing smartphone app, at a cost of $1bn. Instagram allows smartphone users to take and share photos with one another and apply special effects to their pictures give them a vintage look …
Instagram for Android hits 5 million downloads in six daysSlashGear
News Express: Facebook Agrees to Buy InstagramBloomberg
Instagram: what is Facebook getting for $1bn?The Guardian
Inquirer –ABC2 News
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newstrackindia.com/ANI, Pakistan – The new kid on the block – The Difa-e-Pakistan, "They are there on web pages, on FaceBook and Twitter and, using the latest technology, wish to push their society back to the Dark Ages. This is the creed of the newly formed Difa-e-Pakistan Committee -Defence of Pakistan Committee (DPC)."
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On Mother’s Day (in the Arab world), this picture and poster is circulating wildly on Facebook and Twitter. It reads: “Neither I nor my mother will ever recognize “Israel” “. Enjoy.