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Smart Mobs in Egypt

From a story in the Wall Street Journal this morning on the role Islamist groups may play in future Middle East democracies:

When the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood died last fall, Egypt's secular government tried hard to keep popular reaction to a minimum. It barred newspaper notices of Mustafa Mashhour's death and blocked the streets leading to his funeral.

Yet with only a day to organize, the Muslim Brotherhood got tens of thousands of mourners to show up. "We have cellphones and the Internet and we live in the modern world," says the dead leader's deputy, Mamun Hodaibi. "There was no secret to the word getting out."

Found here.


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