5 Useful Twitter Feeds to Follow for Egypt Clashes

Egypt is in full bore crisis mode with the military regime making good on its promise to violently disburse protests encampments by supporters of the toppled Mohammed Morsi.

Here are 5 useful resources on Twitter and beyond to stay on top of this story.

@LeilaFadel, NPR Bureau Chief in Cairo. Sample Tweet:

As we left the hospital, intense gunfire. We ran through an alleyway to safety. A man dropped in front of us, shot and injured. #Egypt

@MikeGiglio, correspondent for Newsweek/Daily Beast. He was beat up and arrested by the police this morning while trying to report from Rabaa.

Behind the police front lines was a large group of more senior officers, many of them in plainclothes—polo shirts and flak jackets. I saw that they had arrested someone, so I walked over to see what was happening. I also wanted to ask if there was a way into Rabaa, so when I got to the group, I asked if anyone spoke English. Instantly security personnel surrounded me; forceful but not violent at first. They took my phone, my ID. Then they opened my bag and took out my laptop. They opened it, and the password screen appeared. An officer kept asking for my password and I politely refused. This went on for about five minutes intermittently, as I dealt with other officers inquiring about my job and ID. Finally the man I took to be the one in charge—a stout older guy in a black beret—stepped in and demanded the password. I apologized again and declined. So he slapped me hard. Asked for the password again, I declined again, and so he slapped me again. At one point there were several cops punching and slapping me in the head, so I relented and typed in the password. They took a special interest in the file labeled Sisi, with basic reporting on the head of the armed forces, Gen. Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. Then they took the laptop away.

@mosaaberizing, Mosa’ab ElShamy a photographer who just posted a stunning set to Flickr. 

screenshot from the Twitter page of Mosa'ab elshamy


@ahauslohner, Abigail Hauslohner is the Washington Post’s Cairo bureau chief.  Her front page story today.

@AbuAardvark, George Washington University professor and Foreign Policy blogger Marc Lynch. His observations from afar distill some of the key policy challenges that this situation poses to the Obama administration.

His advice to the White House:  Cut Egypt Loose

The hard truth is that the United States has no real influence to lose right now anyway, and immediate impact isn’t the point. Taking a (much belated) stand is the only way for the United States to regain any credibility — with Cairo, with the region, and with its own tattered democratic rhetoric.

Any other suggestions? Let me know in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @MarkLGoldberg