In his new book, Professor Cole charts the ‘Arab Spring’ revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, touching upon Syria and Yemen. He credits the Millennial Generation (those born between 1977 and 2000) as a major force behind the varying attempts to change the status quo. As he wrote, “the millennial generation of young Arabs took to the streets, in the millions, chanting ‘bread, freedom and social justice.’ Basically calling for ‘dignity’ (karama), a sense of personal autonomy and rights to freedom of one’s person and one’s political beliefs that must not be infringed by the security forces of each ‘Republican Monarchy.’” Utilizing the latest social media tools on the internet, the youth were very adept at networking and coordinating the numerous direct actions that rattled the regimes.
|By: CTuttle Sunday September 7, 2014 1:59 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday May 10, 2013 10:25 am|
The United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York, the New York field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Ray Kelly, the New York Police Department (NYPD) officer, have stopped another individual from committing an act of terrorism. So it seems.
|By: CTuttle Tuesday April 9, 2013 7:00 pm|
For some real retrospect…
|By: Michelle Chen Monday April 1, 2013 12:10 pm|
Originally posted at In These Times
This year’s World Social Forum, a transnational gathering of social activists, took place in Tunis, a city bubbling with unrest as it struggles to shake off a legacy of authoritarian rule while navigating tensions over women’s rights, labor and nationalism. At the gates of the gathering last week, these faultlines became starkly apparent when a caravan of trade unionists and rights advocates found themselves unexpectedly blockaded. Border police, under official orders, refused entry to a delegation of 96 Algerian activists that included members of the embattled union SNAPAP, known for its militancy and inclusion of women as leaders and front-line protesters.
|By: E. F. Beall Monday March 25, 2013 7:35 am|
This diary is a preliminary attempt to specify a general conviction of mine that the way forward in the Middle and North Africa region (MENA) is through cooperation between the “democratic” secular movements and the Moderate Islamist movements (Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, Tunisia’s Ennahda Party, and Hamas in occupied Palestine), and that this understanding is something U.S. progressives should support.
The title refers to one possible element of the specification. Given that the idea of a two-state solution, meaning Israel and a secular Palestine has become a mere fantasy that no longer has a realistic possibility of implementation, perhaps Fatah and Hamas can finally realize that it is vital for them to settle their differences, and come to an understanding on international issues to struggle for, of which one element might be a new two-state proposal.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday February 4, 2013 5:00 pm|
Love them, hate them, fear them, mock them…however you feel about Anonymous, the notorious hacktivists, you can’t deny that they have changed things. From rickrolling, chocolate rain, and looooong cat to directed denials of service, defacing government websites around the world and exposing the names of millions of corporate customers online, Anonymous is a chaotic force for — well for lots of things. For teh lulz and for the win.
|By: Lisa Derrick Sunday February 3, 2013 6:00 pm|
We Are Legion is an in-depth look at Anonymous, tracing its history back to the early hacking culture, through 4Chan, Chanology, through Wikileaks/OpPayback, Tunisia, LulzSec, betrayals, backstabbings, FBI raids, and prison sentences, and their support of Occupy.
Please join us and We Are Legion‘s director/writer/producer Brian Knappenberger Monday at 8pm ET (5pm PT).
|By: David Dayen Tuesday October 25, 2011 6:30 am|
The News Roundup from Monday night, October 24, 2011 — more on the Administration’s refi plan, Tunisian elections, GOP opposes jobs and infrastructure to prevent tiny tax on tiny number of rich, Ambassador Ford comes home, Libya, Occupy coverage, Herman Cain’s campaign, and much more . . .
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday May 20, 2011 2:00 pm|
The core of Obama’s speech aims to highlight the value of ordinary citizens sparking movements for change. But this focus is deceitful on many levels.
|By: David Dayen Thursday May 19, 2011 2:20 pm|
Obama’s speech on the Arab uprising was delayed, apparently because of late rewrites. And I think that’s apparent in the text, which is a real tightrope. There’s a tension to fit all of the past and present actions of the United States in that part of the world under one coherent theme. The President spoke of how “America values the dignity of the street vendor in Tunisia more than the raw power of the dictator,” and this is impossible to square with tacit support for dictators before this moment, and more importantly, during it.