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January 28, 2011
And a Quick Political Note
One of the authors (Mostafa Fekry) of the paper mentioned in my last post is at Cairo University. Which means that things must be rather uncertain for him right now, as it is for everyone in Egypt.
Readers will recall the mentions here of the 2009 unrest in Iran (behind-the-scenes note: my wife is Iranian), and this seems to have moved rapidly to an even more extreme stage. I have to say, I don't mind seeing autocrats and dictators (and their security forces) chased through the streets. I do wonder, though, what might replace them (which speculation seems to be helping tank the stock market today). Let's hope for the best.
I advised readers during the most recent Iran unrest (there will be more, I'm sure) to pitch in by helping to run Tor relays. This time, though, since the Egyptian government seems to have pulled the internet plug completely out of the wall, in what must (economically and socially) be a shower of plaster fragments, that may not do as much good. But events are young.
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