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Photographs flow out of Egypt as Internet returns

The Internet has returned to Egypt, as demonstrated in a new graphic from Renesys, which looks a lot like its Jan. 27 graphic of the Web going dark but indicates the opposite: a sharp increase in "Globally Reachable Egyptian Networks."


That means at least one of the Egyptian bloggers we covered last week in a series of 10 portraits by Anastasia Taylor-Lind is back online, reaching the globe, and posting pictures with clear political intent, not all of it positive toward American foreign policy on Egypt.

Hossam el-Hamalawy, pictured here, has posted a number of pictures to his Flickr feed and tweeted (there is language in pictures of graffiti in the Flickr feed that some may find offensive.)

Distribute pix of the uprising for free. I don't want any money for them. Spread them around http://www.flickr.com/photos/elhamalawy/ #Jan25

Below are two pictures posted to his blog, 3Arabawy.org, under the headline "MADE IN THE USA: From Obama with love."

Hossam El Hamalawy via Flickr

A photograph updated to Flickr today, otherwise undated, with the caption: "Birdshots used on protesters in Mohamed Mahmoud Street, made in the USA."

Hossam El Hamalawy via Flickr

A photograph updated to Flickr today, otherwise undated, with the caption: "Birdshots injuries"

We are reaching out to el-Hamalawy and other Egyptian bloggers for more information on events in Cairo. Meanwhile, the Washington Post interviewed El Hamalawy in Tahrir Square. He explained some of his attitude toward the United States:

On Oct. 8, 2000, he was detained after pulling down a U.S. flag from the top of a building at the American University of Cairo, where he was a student. It was a protest against what he calls the hypocritical policies of the United States, which has supported Mubarak despite his autocratic rule.

Hamalawy was stripped naked, his hands were tied behind his back, and he was beaten for days, he said. State security interrogated him and threatened him with rape. After four days, he was released.

The flag was not replaced.

"I'm still proud of that," he said. (Full Washington Post story here.)

If you're taking pictures in Egypt, let us know and upload them here. If you're seeing other notable images from events there, you can public message @msnbc_pictures on Twitter.

You can see more pictures out of Egypt here, and follow fast-breaking developments over at World Blog or BreakingNews.com.