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Alaa Abdel-Fattah
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For some people it's not so easy to blog. (via Instapundit)

Even from his cell in an Egyptian prison, Alaa Abdel-Fattah is blogging — scribbling messages on slips of paper that make their way to the Internet and spread around the world.

The 24-year-old Abdel-Fattah's blog, which he does with his wife Manal Hassan, has become one of the most popular pro-democracy voices in Egypt. He has continued writing despite being arrested in early May during a street demonstration in Cairo — part of a crackdown on reform activists by Egyptian security forces.

I've become friends with an Egyptian student here in our program, who was a student of this guy's mother. Egypt isn't mentioned much when we talk about repressive Middle Eastern countries...we normally think of Iran, Syria, and so on. But human rights and free speech suck pretty bad in Egypt as well.

Here's the actual website, a mix of English and Arabic. It seemed worthwhile to remember people around the world who are struggling for some of the things we value the most, in some of the worst circumstances.

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