Thursday, January 27, 2011

guys what is our plan if the government pull the plug of internet tomorrow ??

Dave is home, allhumdillallah. Big protests planned for tomorrow. Facebook, Twitter, text messaging all shut down, though people have been finding ways around the blocks. People downtown are unlocking their wifi to allow protesters to upload text and video. Thought this was interesting from Twitter feed:

"RT @Zeinobia guys what is our plan if the government pull the plug of internet tomorrow ?? #jan25 "

These guys in power are on the ropes and they are not kidding around. It's possible protesters will get fired on tomorrow. we are safe-- our neighborhood is far from all of this. No mothers I know are planning to go, though most of us would like to. But if they did shut down all access to the internet tomorrow? I don't even know if it's possible, but that would be the end of it. TV News is not really covering the protests-- even Al Jazeera. Not sure why-- corruption probably. If activists lost internet contact . . . it would be much harder to find the courage to face the police I think.

As sympathetic as the protest movement is, and it is-- what I've seen is totally inspiring and amazing-- it's not clear it would be all that great if Mubarak stepped down. In an ideal world, this would take a few months and people could think a bit about what they would like to happen next. The tension is that this momentum won't last forever. If protesters don't keep up the pressure now, they may lose their chance.

Ok, this is all off-topic for the K boys blog, but it's pretty fascinating.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

مظاهرات يوم الغضب فى مصر 25-1-2011 وشجاعة المتظاهرين.



Check out brave guy at @ 1:18. Seems as if protests were amazing-- thousands of people, all peaceful-- until police marched in around midnight last night and blasted tear gas and rubber bullets to clear the main square. Now, there are reports of huge security presence downtown but also rumors of more protests. If people protest on the scale they did yesterday, they are very brave. This could tip either way right now . . .

Update

I should add that we are all fine. Dave is still in Tunisia although the story is moving to Egypt. The "day of revolt" here was very quiet in our neighborhood. The protests were anticipated and everyone knew to steer clear of downtown.

Thomas, to his credit, was incredulous when I told him that protests were coming to Egypt but that we would not be going. We have been talking about why Daddy is in Tunisia, and he knows that there was a bad leader and that the people told him to leave. He knows that the leader here is considered "bad" too. When he heard that people were going to march in Tahrir Square, he insisted, with that hard logic of the very young, that we go too. I explained that it would be too dangerous- there would be lots of people and what if he and Emmett started wandering in two directions at once? He said very seriously, "Mommy, I will stay close to you. You can look after me, and I'll look after Emmett."

We did not go-- nowhere near. I wish that we could have though.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

In praise of Kompass

Here are some photos of Thomas' days at Kompass. We really love this place.


This boy, Ryosuke, is a bit of a mystery. The teachers insist he is one of Thomas' best friends, but Thomas says he doesn't like him at all.









Sand drawing is a big part of every day.