Technical problems

Arabist.net was down last night (Cairo time) for several hours. The problem resulted with a spike in access to the databases that the blogs run on. While this blog and 3arabawy have been restored, the Review and Hatshepsut remain down.

We are trying to get them back up as soon as possible, as well as better protect the server so that this does not happen again (we do not know whether it is simply a Digg effect of a sudden spike in traffic or a malicious attack.)

Thanks to Scot, the webmaster of our excellent (and environmentally conscious!) host Birdhouse, for his help on this.

Update: All problems now resolved, hopefully!
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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.