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Joe Biden says Egypt's Mubarak no dictator

8:46 pm - 01/27/2011
... and wonders what the Egyptian protesters want.

Vice President Joe Biden spoke to the PBS NewsHour tonight with the most direct US governent comments yet about the gathering Egypt protests against President Hosni Mubarak's 29-year reign.

Mr. Biden's comments are unlikely to be well-received by regime opponents, as they fit a narrative of steadfast US support for a government they want to bring down. About eight protesters and one policeman have died this week as Egypt has sought to bring down the heavy hand of the state against opponents. Since the US provides about $1.3 billion in military aid to Egypt a year, the repressive apparatus of the state is seen by many in Egypt as hand in glove with the US.

Tonight in Cairo, activists said that internet service was being systematically blocked, as was the use of instant messages on local cellphones, despite repeated calls from the US State Department for Egypt to allow social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to remain available to the nation's people. Egypt is bracing for a showdown tomorrow. Organizers have called for massive protests against the regime after noon prayers on Friday, seeking to build on the unprecedented wave of public demonstrations this week calling for an end to Mubarak's rule.
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thecityofdis 28th-Jan-2011 03:18 pm (UTC)
I'm disappointed, but not completely surprised considering he advocated the partition of Iraq.

Oh, Joey B. Why you do this to me.
chaya 28th-Jan-2011 03:20 pm (UTC)
tiger0range In light of Egypts actions:28th-Jan-2011 06:03 pm (UTC)
I am kind of spamming all threads with this. I don't know if this is against the rules, but I think it is a good idea that needs as many eyes on it as possible.

Okay, I am going to put this idea out there for anyone who might actually have the backing/expertise to pull it off in this community:

I think recent events show more than ever that we need to form a non-profit organization devoted to making and distributing 802.11s mesh networking dongles with preloaded twitter/social networking type applications.

Let me explain: We see governments move to cut internet access everytime a mass movement like this occurs. It is possible because the backbone of the internet is still a centralized and controllable entity. Mesh networking, on the other hand, depends on device to device transmission. It might not be enough bandwidth to allow a Netflix transmission, but it is more than enough for text, low bandwidth sound, and even high resolution pictures. It can be made very hard to jam. It can be made to pass unabtrusively through civilian and non-civilian bandwidths without interfering or being interfered with. While anybody could grab and read what is being transmitted, it would be mobile enough to afford the sender limited protection.

An USB dongle can be mass produced for a few cents to a couple of dollars. Pass it to enough people and they can organize without having to depend on unreliable network backbones.
holdyourdevil 28th-Jan-2011 06:21 pm (UTC)
Lolololol, Joe Biden and the rest of the US government? STFD and STFU.
trf_chan 28th-Jan-2011 07:01 pm (UTC)
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