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Chaos and destruction in Egypt as nationwide Internet ban continues until further notice

Civil unrest in Egypt has been so severe that the national government cut access to the internet on Friday.  The last working ISP in Egypt suddenly lost service on Monday evening, and the country is completely dark.

At the risk of severe economic suffering and criticism from world leaders, the Egyptian government preventing web access limits organization and communication between protesters, supporters claim.

Shortly after midnight on Friday, 93% of the nation's internet access suddenly shut off, however, users are finding ways to get around the ban.  Major ISPs across the country were left scrambling to explain to frantic users that their servers were also taken down, though a few ISPs remained available. 

The Noor Group, a small ISP responsible for keeping the Egyptian stock exchange online, was available over the Internet, but was shut down Monday evening (local time). 

The nation's internet ban will continue this week, even with a growing number of citizens finding new ways to communicate without direct access.  

Some users have turned to dial-up modems to connect to modem pools located in other parts of the region outside of Egypt.  Other users may find ways to access the internet, but voice calls and text/video messaging are expected to remain unavailable to most users.  

President Obama released a statement calling for Egypt to stop the active Internet ban as soon as possible.  Here is what Obama had to say when asked about the current situation in Egypt, including the ban: 

The people of Egypt have rights that are universal. That includes the right to peaceful assembly and association, the right to free speech and the ability to determine their own destiny. These are human rights and the United States will stand up for them everywhere. I also call upon the Egyptian government to reverse the actions that they've taken to interfere with access to the internet, to cellphone service and to social networks that do so much to connect people in the 21st century.

As protests continue in Cairo and throughout the country, the Internet will remain a vital tool to organize and promote efforts.  The use of dial-up and satellite ISPs offer users older, outdated methods of access with the outside world.  Cell phone coverage is working again, and landline telephone service was never eliminated.

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He says that....
By Breathless on 2/1/2011 10:59:35 AM , Rating: 5
But Obama wants to be able to do the same thing in a moments notice. After all, "China and Russia can, so we need to be able to as well"...

RE: He says that....
By kattanna on 2/1/2011 11:50:32 AM , Rating: 2

hypocrite much?

he wants a universal kill switch, but im sure it will only be used to help us!!

remember.. think of the children

RE: He says that....
By gamerk2 on 2/1/2011 1:35:25 PM , Rating: 1
To be fair, he's never said a thing about the bill; thats Congress' ball game, and heck, no Congressman want to look weak on security during a time they'll be cutting defense funding...

Frankly, I'd perfer if he started directing Congress, rather then let them do their own thing. Him NOT getting a public option was an embarrasment for democrats, esepecially given the 50/50 odds of the insurance mandate [first floated by Republicans, I might add] getting thrown out.

RE: He says that....
By SiliconJon on 2/1/2011 12:05:24 PM , Rating: 2
See: G20, Pittsburgh
See also: Provocateurs (for when the protesters don't break enough stuff to justify the hammer)

RE: He says that....
By Breathless on 2/1/2011 11:05:50 AM , Rating: 2
So you're pissed because you can't drive around stoned or coked up? Thats exactly what would happen more and more if all those drugs became legal. More death, and more ruined lives. And what does this have to do with this article anyway? Go smoke a dooby

RE: Wait...
By Breathless on 2/1/2011 11:07:56 AM , Rating: 2
this was a reply to wordsworm

RE: Wait...
By wordsworm on 2/2/2011 10:04:37 AM , Rating: 2
1. I don't drive. I take taxis or public transportation.
2. I don't drink.
3. I don't smoke drugs.
4. I don't inject drugs.
5. I don't take any prescription drugs.

I believe in freedom. I believe the US, Canada, and many other countries' presidents and prime ministers love situations like what's going on in Egypt because it gives them the opportunity to distract its population from the very real threat to its own liberty.

Did you ever see the episode on Mythbusters when they compared sleep deprivation driving to drinking and driving? Hell, they did worse without sleep than they did on their way to drunk. So what are you going to do, make drinking and staying up illegal, or driving while impaired? In other words, those substances may cause a lapse in judgment while in control of a potentially lethal vehicle. That's the important thing, not the source. I also read awhile back that the number one cause of accidents is folks playing with the radio. There's also the cell phone. Are you going to make those illegal because it causes accidents despite the fact that those who use those things while not driving would also therefore be deprived?

No, of course not. The problem is that people have to pay attention to the road, follow the laws and rules around driving, which are invented to reduce accidents. Laws against people smoking a bowl on their back porch, or from injecting god knows what into their arms, or snorting a few lines, are just as retarded as are laws against the use of the Internet. Stop pointing the finger at other countries and wake up to your own situation.

RE: Wait...
By TSS on 2/2/2011 11:31:24 AM , Rating: 1
Bullshit. I live in holland, and i can guarrantee you if you make weed mandatory for anybody driving age 16-23, you cut accidents in half. It mellows out all those teenager's urges to accelerate as fast as they can, take turns as fast as they can, run red lights "because they think they can make it" etc.

Everybody who i've ever been a passenger with while stoned and sober i'd prefer it if they where stoned. Much more relaxed ride every time. Once you've grown up and mellowed out by nature, that's a good time to start driving sober.

Coke i can agree on though. I know 1 heavy coke user who i've been in the car with, and he drives quite fast. While he lives in a quiet village, still i doubt he drives different in other areas.

But this dicussion is moot as long as alcohol remains in play.

Third world country
By HoosierEngineer5 on 2/1/2011 11:53:19 AM , Rating: 2
"The use of dial-up and satellite ISPs offer users older, outdated methods of access with the outside world."

Got news for you. Lots of the US falls into this category. That's what you get when you prevent competition, and rely on Comcast and AT&T to provide service.

RE: Third world country
By StraightCashHomey on 2/1/2011 12:24:26 PM , Rating: 1
Well yeah, except for every other country ahead of the United States in high speed connectivity that was paid for by the establishment.

RE: Third world country
By Souka on 2/1/2011 5:46:38 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think the US is behind very many countries far as Broadband...per captia

(percentage is Total subscribers / Total country population)
US is around %27 have broadband interent
China is at %7
Brazil %8.5
Russia %7.5
Japan %26.3 (I'm very suprised at this one)

RE: Third world country
By snyper256 on 2/2/2011 2:27:08 PM , Rating: 2
Depends on how you define "broadband".
USA and Canada's bandwidth:price ratio are far inferior to many places.

why is anyone surprised?
By kfonda on 2/1/2011 11:48:56 AM , Rating: 2
If this is a revolution, like most news sources are reporting, then this should be expected.

Isn't one of the first things you do in a war is try to take out your opponents ability to communicate?

RE: why is anyone surprised?
By roykahn on 2/2/2011 3:48:52 AM , Rating: 2
If you consider that the public is an enemy of the government then you should not be surprised. For the rest of us who think that the government should represent and be accountable to the public then it should be a surprise.

What should not be a surprise is that the US government continues to back the undemocratic governments in Egypt and other countries.

By Indigo64 on 2/2/2011 12:00:35 PM , Rating: 2
Obama is calling them to turn the internet back on?

The government can't see that because they can't access their Gmail because of the ban.


When the US...
By wordsworm on 2/1/11, Rating: -1
RE: When the US...
By FaceMaster on 2/1/2011 11:06:08 AM , Rating: 2
Who's talking about drugs?

RE: When the US...
By GuinnessKMF on 2/1/2011 11:18:29 AM , Rating: 3
As was already said, what does this have to do with drugs? Second, even though I'm for legalizing pot, I think it's incredibly stupid to claim it should be legal just because it's a "plant". That's like saying it should be legal to possess weapons grade nuclear material because it's a "rock".

Stop being moronic and realize things are made illegal not because of what they are, but because how they're used, and it's unreasonable to allow the legalization of some object but then make it illegal to use that object. I'll agree with you if you say that it's less likely to cause harm to an individual user or third party than other chemicals like alcohol, just stop arguing like an idiot and throwing it into unrelated topics.

RE: When the US...
By LRonaldHubbs on 2/1/2011 4:48:56 PM , Rating: 2
As was already said, what does this have to do with drugs? Second, even though I'm for legalizing pot, I think it's incredibly stupid to claim it should be legal just because it's a "plant". That's like saying it should be legal to possess weapons grade nuclear material because it's a "rock".

No, it's not even remotely like that. Your analogy is ridiculous because 1) the ramifications of each scenario are orders of magnitude different and 2) you don't just find weapons grade nuclear material in nature.

Furthermore, you missed the point entirely. He's saying that when the government unfucks it's own stance on issues at home and stops derailing peoples' lives over harmless private activities, then they might actually have some justification in lecturing other countries about morality. And in a sense, he's right.

RE: When the US...
By GuinnessKMF on 2/2/2011 5:23:52 PM , Rating: 1
The US has its problems, I'll grant you that, I personally am pro decriminalization. Stupid arguments like "it's a plant" or other garbage reiterated through an inarticulate pothead just don't strike a chord with me.

The fact that the US has problems doesn't mean we should ignore other injustices, if we're pointing the finger at other countries with human right violations while we have our own, I think that's better than doing nothing at all. There might be people in jail for having been caught with whatever amount is just too much pot on them... but they knew it was illegal. This isn't like we're oppressing people for speaking their mind. They could make possession of Red Bull a felony tomorrow, I would think it was bullshit and try to stand up against it... you know what I wouldn't do? Have any fucking Red Bull on me. It's hardly oppressive. (Speaking of.. I want Four Loko back)

RE: When the US...
By Adonlude on 2/1/2011 5:54:30 PM , Rating: 2
Weapons grade plutonium is to plutonium as cocaine is to coca plants.

Cocaine and weapons grade plutonium are both highly refined and purified. I dont see a problem with legal pot or coca plants but refining them into their ultra strong derivatives should be illegal. Most of these drugs in their natural plant forms are much more benign. Same is probably true for opium poppies but I have not acutally researched that one.

RE: When the US...
By Silver2k7 on 2/2/2011 6:58:55 AM , Rating: 2
seen a few of those in peoples gardens last summer, poppies I mean.. thought if people plant them because they are pretty or something else ive no idea..

Unless there is some simmilar plant looking like poppies

RE: When the US...
By wordsworm on 2/2/2011 9:56:06 AM , Rating: 1
How is it that you should dictate to me, or to any 'free' man or woman what he or she might do with his or her own body? I just find it retarded that people so quickly point the finger at Egypt's government and Egyptians' struggle with its government while complacently allowing the government to lock up hundreds of thousands of Americans whose crimes were nothing more than the pursuit of happiness using an artificially illegal substance.

RE: When the US...
By GuinnessKMF on 2/2/2011 5:15:09 PM , Rating: 1
Some of the bongs I've seen can be comparable in complexity to nuclear centrifuges.

It's not like you're just eating the plant. If you want to go stand in a field, wait till a lightning strike causes a forest fire and inhale the smoke, be my guest, call that natural. You're applying a human process to the plant, it's not "natural" to get that kind of THC dose in the human body.

Don't get me wrong, I don't care if you smoke, I really don't, I'm certainly no strait edge, but don't bullshit me and call it natural.

RE: When the US...
By wordsworm on 2/2/2011 9:52:29 AM , Rating: 1
It's about stupid Americans going off with their mouths about how other countries are fascist in whatever way in which they are fascist. Stop pointing fingers and start looking at your own governments policies. God knows how Americans can cry out every time a government puts someone in jail for whatever crime it invented when America itself does the same on a much larger scale. This article was about repression of people. When I heard Obama going on about that, I had to laugh. When America is free, maybe it can become an expert on freedom.

RE: When the US...
By FaceMaster on 2/9/2011 4:54:12 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, why does everybody think that I raised the thing about drugs? I was simply questioning the person before me as to why he thought it was necessary to bring drugs up in this article.

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