Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs
Egyptian Awesomeness
• Policing Up Tahrir Square
• Egyptian Geeks on the Job
• And Tyrants Quaking World-Wide

Not one to give you a moment's rest from news of the Egyptian Revolution, nor to pass up an opportunity to trumpet the Egyptians' awesomeness . . .

Here are Egyptian folks self-organising to clean up Tahrir Square (not to mention provide medical care, and feed people). These guys make me proud just to be a human being.

We can't even manage to pick up our rubbish in Trafalgar Square. (And that's without several hundred thousand people camped out for a week, plus doing battle with government thugs.)

Here's the Egyptian Geek Corps on the job.

I could have sworn it was Orwell who said something to the effect that freedom anywhere is a threat to dictators everywhere. (For once I can't find the darned quote, if it was him.) Anyway, the assertion seems to be bearing up:

Iran seems a little nervous about giving its own reputedly Twitter-powered dissidents in the Green Movement too much inspiration from the anti-government protests in Egypt. Since Monday, Iranians’ access to outside political news from Yahoo, Google and Reuters, some of the few remaining such outlets available in Iran, has been cut off without explanation.

China has blocked internet searches for "Egypt" and reportedly ordered Chinese media to follow the state-run news service Xinhua’s line on the protest movements, which has emphasized the disturbance caused by the protests at the expense of explanations of their political grievances.

It probably doesn't help that the Western press keeps mentioning Tahrir Square in the same breath as the 1989 Tiananmen square protests and subsequent crackdown. It’s a chapter of history banned from discussion in China.

Look upon the power of the people, ye mighty despots – and tremble.

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Fuchs is the author of the novels The Manuscript and Pandora's Sisters, both published worldwide by Macmillan in hardback, paperback and all e-book formats (and in translation); the D-Boys series of high-tech, high-concept, spec-ops military adventure novels – D-Boys, Counter-Assault, and Close Quarters Battle (coming in 2016); and is co-author, with Glynn James, of the bestselling Arisen series of special-operations military ZA novels. The second nicest thing anyone has ever said about his work was: "Fuchs seems to operate on the narrative principle of 'when in doubt put in a firefight'." (Kirkus Reviews, more here.)

Fuchs was born in New York; schooled in Virginia (UVa); and later emigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived through the dot-com boom. Subsequently he decamped for an extended period of tramping before finally rocking up in London, where he now makes his home. He does a lot of travel blogging, most recently of some very  long  walks around the British Isles. He's been writing and developing for the web since 1994 and shows no particularly hopeful signs of stopping.

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