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Published on January 28th, 2011 | by Ali Gharib


Egypt Dispatch: Mobile phones, internet down

I just spoke by landline with Emad Mekay, at home just outside Cairo. Here’s my notes from our brief conversation. I’ll update later if we’re able to get back in touch.

No internet for quite some while.

The mobile phone networks are down. These are private companies; Vodaphone is British.

I didn’t imagine that they would go that far and cut the phones.

More than 60 million Egyptians have cell phones. Imagine if people need to call an ambulance.

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Ali Gharib is a New York-based journalist on U.S. foreign policy with a focus on the Middle East and Central Asia. His work has appeared at Inter Press Service, where he was the Deputy Washington Bureau Chief; the Buffalo Beast; Huffington Post; Mondoweiss; Right Web; and Alternet. He holds a Master's degree in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. A proud Iranian-American and fluent Farsi speaker, Ali was born in California and raised in D.C.

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  1. avatar Jon Harrison says:

    Anything from Mekay regarding reports that the army and the police are fighting each other in Cairo?

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