[Foundation-l] Wikimania and the Muhammad pix

Dan Rosenthal swatjester at gmail.com
Thu Feb 21 04:29:03 UTC 2008

To supplement what Nathan included for UK citizens,
I'd recommend that even non UK citizens take a look.


On Feb 20, 2008, at 10:13 PM, Nathan wrote:

> I'm no expert, but wouldn't it be somewhat accurate to predict that  
> any
> organized activity/demonstrations planned against Wikimania would  
> require
> some political support? Perhaps someone with a depth of knowledge of  
> the
> political background in Egypt can describe the likelihood that such
> demonstrations would enjoy the support of the Muslim Brotherhood,  
> and thus
> come under heavy scrutiny by the (far more secular) Egyptian  
> government?
> From what I remember reading over the last few years as tensions in  
> that
> area have risen, demonstrations of a fundamentalist Islamic nature  
> have been
> dealt with fairly harshly by the Egyptian military.
> At any rate, I think it would be rational for those planning on  
> attending to
> contact the embassy of their nation in Egypt, particularly if there  
> is one
> in Alexandria, to request information on steps to take in case of a
> difficult or emergent situation. I don't think that the Wikimania  
> organizers
> can reasonably be expected to ensure the complete safety of  
> attendees, given
> restrictions on resources etc, so its incumbent upon those folks to  
> take
> appropriate precautions. Of note is the fact that while there has been
> Islamic terrorist activity in Egypt between 2004 and 2006, none of  
> it seems
> to have occurred in Alexandria.
> *
> For Americans: *
> http://cairo.usembassy.gov/ *(Main site of the US Embassy in Cairo)*
> http://cairo.usembassy.gov/consular/acs.htm *(Citizen services  
> (including
> registration) Cairo embassy)*
> http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/registration/ 
> registration_1186.html
> *(General
> tips on registering with embassies)*
> http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1108.html
> http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/emergencies/emergencies_1212.html
> http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/emergencies/emergencies_1206.html
> http://cairo.usembassy.gov/acalex%5Cindex.htm *(American Center in
> Alexandria (consular services))
> Citizens of the UK:
> *
> http://www.britishembassy.gov.uk/servlet/Front?pagename=OpenMarket/Xcelerate/ShowPage&c=Page&cid=1062157948289
> *(UK Embassy, travel advice for Egypt)
> *Nathan*
> *
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