Egypt Offline

by Belinda Munoz on January 28, 2011

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Down went civilian
Shooting went viral
Not the plan
Tyrant downward spiral

Pulled the plug
Lifeline lost
Connection dropped
At what cost?

Hide the truth
No proof to see
Live action
This revolution ain’t free

Who’s out? Who’s in?
Whose tale is it to spin?
When’s protesting a sin?
In this battle, who wins?

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This is a Friday Flash 55.

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I’m not exactly sure what’s happening in Egypt but a video of a protestor gunned down is out and now the country is without internet connectivity as citizens gear up for demonstrations calling for Hosni Mubarak to step down.  I’d prefer to see a peaceful protest in this story but something tells me otherwise…
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1 ayala January 28, 2011 at 4:00 am

Chaos and unrest. The Internet which was a key tool is shut down- where will this end? I agree, a peaceful solution would be the road to take but I think otherwise.

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2 Felicitas January 28, 2011 at 4:52 am

You’ve illustrated this situation beautifully! At the moment, I don’t think anyone in Egypt is winning, but my bet is on the people, eventually.

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3 brian January 28, 2011 at 5:02 am

great social commentary…and very apropo…hard to hide the truth no matter how hard they try….great 55

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4 Eric (Bubba) Alder January 28, 2011 at 5:12 am

I’m with you on the peaceful protest idea. A real-life inspired 55!

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5 Alice Audrey January 28, 2011 at 7:15 am

Wow, until this moment, I had no idea.

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6 G-Man January 28, 2011 at 8:03 am

Belinda..
I love current event submissions.
I’ve been following these happenings myself.
Excellent 55 My Friend.
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End…G

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7 meg January 28, 2011 at 8:35 am

spot on!

From what I can understand, the internet is partially responsible for the unrest–doesn’t it have something to do with the WikiLeaks cable dump?

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8 frontline ink January 28, 2011 at 8:42 am

A powerful depiction.

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9 Claudia January 28, 2011 at 10:06 am

a political 55 – you are really good with difficult topics like this – well written!

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10 Fr. Michael January 28, 2011 at 11:16 am

Sad situation in Egypt. Our cook at the seminary is from Egypt. I was talking to him about it this morning. People are tired of power being consolidated in the hands of a few.

Praying for peace!

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11 Akelamalu January 29, 2011 at 2:45 am

Your words illustrate what is happening in Egypt perfectly.

Such a sad situation. 🙁

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12 Tess The Bold Life January 29, 2011 at 6:06 am

God bless us everyone from the inside of a Christmas card. I don’t know who said it but that line makes sense to me right now!

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13 Talon January 29, 2011 at 11:52 am

Shocking what’s happening…sadly, always many many more losers than winners in these scenarios. Awesome 55.

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14 Raven January 29, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Who wins indeed? Sometimes I am thoroughly annoyed by America, but then I see something like this a realize how bad things could be.

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15 magiceye January 30, 2011 at 11:18 pm

price always high for freedom

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16 Margaret Bednar January 31, 2011 at 9:34 am

who wins. Great way to end this as it is unsettling. Probably no one…

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17 Giulietta Nardone January 31, 2011 at 6:58 pm

You’re quite the poet!

Great line, “Whose tale is it to spin? Everyone’s trying to call the outcome instead of seeing where it goes. It will go where it goes …

thx, G.

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18 Rudri January 31, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Great illustration Belinda. I have a very good friend who is Egyptian and she has so much family back in Egypt. Want it to be peaceful on so many counts, but I’m afraid, the oppression is going to fuel an uncontrollable fire.

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