Update: Following Egypt events live on Twitter, video, liveblogs

[Video Link] Waseem Wagdi, an Egyptian living in London talks about recent events in Egypt during a protest outside the Egyptian Embassy, London.

A reminder of online resources for Boing Boing readers who are following the significant and fast-moving events in Egypt today. I'm keeping several browser tabs open for these three liveblogs: The Guardian, Al Jazeera English, and New York Times.

Here are three helpful Twitter lists, some of which focus on people reporting on the ground in Egypt, others also include smart analytical voices currently based elsewhere: New York Times, NPR, and Washington Post.

Al Jazeera English is kicking all other US-language TV news networks' asses on coverage of this event. AJE is not available on most US cable networks, but you can ask your provider to carry it here. The network's bureau in Cairo was shut down earlier today, but their coverage of Egypt events continues. You can watch the Al Jazeera live stream online, though I've found that to be very unstable and crashy, especially during peak traffic moments. I'm hearing good things about this Livestation mobile app. AJE's YouTube channel is here, frequently updated.

"55% of our Al Jazeera English web traffic is from the US and Canada tonight," says Al Jazeera's Mohamed Nanabhay just now.

Additional resources welcome in the comments.

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  1. Link TV will be broadcasting Al Jazeera English’s coverage from 8am – 12pm PT today, on DIRECTV 375 and DISH Network 9410.

  2. now or never….Egyptians take the lead in the Arab world.You lives once…..be proud of your past generations and make a difference……we you will be pray for your success inshallah you will be victorious

  3. There’s always The Angry Arab News Service: angryarab.blogspot.com
    relevant, frequent, and insightful updates.

  4. I’ve been following #oxfordgirl on Twitter for a few months. She is a former Iranian journalist with a lot of on the ground connections. The RTs have been comprehensive with background and info from a variety of sources.

  5. Seems as good a time as any to say “Thank you, Xeni,” for injections of political seriousness into the mix that is this in-other-ways-“wonderful” blog.

    BoingBoing attracts a lot of scary-smart commenters, and the threads inspired by your posts on political topics often help me sort through the issues.

    Oh, and: “People got the power!!!”

  6. Whoah, we got Al Jazeera’d!

    Thanks for the kind words all, but bleh, I don’t deserve thanks, just doing my blog-job. Just glad it’s helpful.

    1. Of course you do. All of you guys deserve it. The mainstream response seems to be to wonder if this will mean terrorist attacks on Americans. A flow of real information is necessary, and it’s been above and beyond that since this started.

  7. I find the coverage from http://www.enduringamerica.com/ very informative and useful. They combine the most interesting material from The Guardian, CNN (if they have any news), Al Arabiya and Al Jazeera coverage with the best of Twitter and other sources – and they offer in-depth analysis of what happens. They have a LiveBlog on Egypt, one on Tunisia, Sudan and Yemen as well as regular news on Iran and other countries in the region. Plus they publish pictures and videos that they find important or useful. I keep returning to their coverage – also to put other news into perspective.

    The German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, http://www.sueddeutsche.de, is also keeping what they call a Live Ticker, but it’s in German. http://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/live-ticker-proteste-in-aegypten-zahl-der-toten-nach-oben-korrigiert-1.1052842 (you may have to find a new link for tomorrow’s coverage).

    Following events on twitter is somewhat frustrating, due to all the re-tweets and double postings, and it gets even worse when you realise what topics really *do* trend (celebrities, reality tv, etc.).

    Anyway, I hope very much that the populations of Egypt and Tunisia (and of many of the other autocratic *democracies* in the region) will end up bettering their situations, and that their protests will help them to lead to more democratic societies.

  8. Parvez Sharma has posted some great articles. I think the best location to find them is Mondoweiss. Here’s one. Look for his first conversation with friend Yousry on Mondoweiss too:

    http://mondoweiss.net/2011/01/it’s-a-revolution-of-the-people-not-of-the-ikhwan-not-of-baradei-not-of-soliman-not-of-facebook-and-twitter-no-this-is-a-people’s-revolution.html#more-34820

    Mondoweiss.net has some very interesting coverage in general. I’ve been referring to it regularly, along with AlJazeera Live, Guardian, NPR and a bit of NYT.

    ALJazeera has really been informative. I haven’t watched “the news” for years and I don’t think I ever remember US news (except maybe Lehrer and co.) being so insightful. Haven’t watched any MSM US coverage yet and don’t intend to.

    Mona Eltahawy has also made many interesting observations:

    http://www.monaeltahawy.com/blog/?cat=22

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