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We should all walk the walk – like Egyptians.

Um. How appropriate is this today?

If you are reading this –  and you feel the need to walk.

Do it like an Egyptian.

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Mubarak – overthrown by Twitter?

Is Hosni Mubarak the first Dictator to be ousted with the help of social media?

The Twitterverse has been rife with updates on the uprisings – Tweets from within Egypt. The authorities tried to shut down information networks but to no avail. Protesters used social media to get the word out to each other and the rest of the world. Popular uprisings succeed only if momentum is maintained, and the social media fed into this momentum.

Yet this is indeed great news. But questions remain.

Will the Army relinquish control when free elections are held?

Dictators are often replaced by dictators – will this be the case in Egypt?

What country is next?

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Egypt

Democracy seems to be catching.

But I am more than a little worried that this may not turn out well in the end as Mubarek desperately clings to power.

From this G&M report, it sounds like anarchy reigns at the moment in the streets of Cairo. Cell phone service is sketchy. SMS capability has been cut off. The Interweb has been shut down. The government is doing all it can to keep protesters from communicating with each other and organize protests. But it doesn’t seem to be working. More riots, more looting and more uncertainty.

Almost all businesses have remained closed today, except for those cleaning up from the overnight attacks by roving gangs of looters. The posh Arkadio shopping mall near the World Trade Centre and beside the Fairmont Hotel was looted and set ablaze last night. In early afternoon, black smoke continued to pour from the building.

Today, a couple of fighter jets did a low and slow fly-over of the protesters.

Surely they wouldn’t turn their guns and bombs on their fellow citizens, would they?

And which Arab nation is next?

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