Friday, January 28, 2011

sorry egypt... it was just an idea...

So, last night i got an idea. Egyptians being without twitter is a real drag. so i set up a new blog: and a new twitter account: @egyptunite and set up forwarding so emails to would be posted to the blog and forwarded to twitter. seemed like a nifty idea at the time... one person used it to write this:

إقتراح بسد طريق للمطار و مانع هروب الحرامية
الناس إلي راحت تستقبل البرادعي ماتسيبشي امطرت وناس تانية يروحو ليهم

I have no idea what it says... probably something about dumb Americans thinking twitter can help egyptians find freedom.

whatev. it was just an idea.


I used some translation website to find out what those squiggly things mean:

"Suggestion barricaded a road to the airport and'd like people to escape the thieves began to receive ElBaradei Matsibshi it rains and people Erouho else about the matter"

i think the dude said it best:


Twitter killed the account. It still exists, but it is suspended. I've authored an appeal... not holding my breath.


Pierre V. Ross said...

i've been thinking about this alot, and i hope nobody minds, but i think we need some perspective...

copied comments from post "today we are all Egyptians!"

annagrace January 29, 2011 at 8:52 pm

I have been pouring over footage for this past week. Where are the women? Is this a revolution only for men? That brief period of the Green Revolution in Iran was filled not only with women’s voices but women martyrs. What I have seen in the streets of Cairo strikes me as something…. different. This frankly concerns me.


Patty Jones January 29, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Watch the new video I added to this post, you’ll see one woman’s face there. I’ve seen them in other videos, but the men out number the women by far. I noticed too.

pierreV.ross January 29, 2011 at 9:23 pm

interesting perspective. I think it’s purely an american perspective that is neither here, nor there. Quite frankly makes no difference in the grand scheme of things, whether the government is overthrown by a unisex movement or whether Egyptian women are told to stay home for their own safety, and the government is overthrown by men. The main point is to be sure that the government does not stand. This is a problem for the US. On one hand we would like to support a popular movement. on the other, we are not interested in seeing who takes control in a power vaccum. that regime most likely would not see eye to eye with US strategic interests. (for the sake of argument we can say may or may not, it’s moot- the devil you know…etc.) my question is this…. who is looting? why ? why would egyptian people loot their own museum(s) and neighbor(s) ?

are they opportunists?
are they Mubarak’s security forces?
are they a (foreign) party interested in discrediting this revolution for the foreign media?

think please

Pierre V. Ross said...

interactive map. pretty cool

Pierre V. Ross said...

i was watching aljzeera this morning online, they had live footage in Cairo and alexandria. For some reason, I can't access aljeezra right now. "Page not Found"

could this be from traffic?