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Tunisia Revolution

Toppling Dictators with a Lethal Dose of Technology and Nonviolent Action

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Stephanie Rudat

Ahmed Salah, an Egyptian journalist and activist who had survived torture while incarcerated in jail for pushing against the regime, brought his mission to the United States.

Muslim Women's Self-reliance and Clinton's Guidance Could Ensure Reforms

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

In this crucial post-coup stage, women who fought for change should heed the betrayals of gender rights in Algeria and Iran during periods of crisis.

Tunisian Bloggers Win Online Media Award

AP | ANGELA CHARLTON | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

PARIS — Reporters Without Borders on Friday gave its annual award for online media freedom to a Tunisian blogging group – highlighting the...

Zimbabwe May Emulate Tunisia, Egypt, Libya...

Clarence Lusane | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Clarence Lusane

The likely fall of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi is not a good sign for Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe. No other international figure has been more politically and economically friendly to Mugabe than he.

Turkey's Unity Threatened: Polarization Over Kurdish Policy

Tulin Daloglu | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tulin Daloglu

Turkey has approached a very crucial turning point in its dealings with its Kurdish citizens. Kurds made gains in the 2009 local elections, but many worry that the AKP is trying to destroy them politically.

Don't Downsize Democracy -- Here or Abroad

Milburn Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Milburn Line

Massive budget cuts in our capacity to support democracy abroad could take the United States out of play just when the global tipping point may have finally been reached.

The Poetry Of Revolution

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

If you have any doubts as to the power of a great poet's witnessing, you need only look at the impact of Al-Shabi's century-old words on Tunisia, and on Egypt and beyond.

Their Victory, Not Ours

Aaron Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Ross

In an article today for Slate, entitled "America is Freedom, and Freedom is Winning," Eliot Spitzer grandly presents the popular uprisings in the Midd...

'You Say You Want a Revolution'

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Alan Singer

Not all revolutionaries and revolutions are remembered with the fondness of Byron and Guevara.

'Rage, Rap and Revolution: Inside the Arab Youth Quake'

Time | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

At 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 15, as thousands of people gathered to protest against their ruler at a busy intersection in Manama, the capital of the small isl...

Adventures in Tunisia and Crowd-Funding

Aida Alami | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aida Alami

Berlin reporter Jabeen Bhatti and I created a project on the crowd-sourcing platform Kickstarter to help fund a trip to Tunisia to go to ground, talking to people and figuring out what is really going on, then telling those stories.

Internet Freedom and Cyber-Pragmatism

Elisa Massimino | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Elisa Massimino

In Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's speech on internet freedom today, she surely will -- and should -- point to Tunisia and Egypt to argue that the Internet can facilitate sweeping social change.

The Debate on Social Media and Revolutions: Reality Steps In

Don Tapscott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Don Tapscott

Just like the Internet lowers transaction costs in the economy leading to networked models of innovation and wealth creation, one effect of the digital revolution on society is to lower the transaction costs of dissent and insurrection.

Africa's Youths United Can Never be Defeated

Alemayehu G. Mariam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alemayehu G. Mariam

Mubarak, Irhal! A specter is haunting Africa and the Middle East - the specter of an awesome army of youths on the move, in revolt, marching for free...

The Dignity Revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia -- and America?

Carla Seaquist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

We Americans might, for a switch, take a cue from the Arab street. The whole world would benefit incalculably by embracing what those lion-hearted protesters are demanding: Dignity.

Al Jazeera and the Promise of the Arab Revolution

Nabil Echchaibi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nabil Echchaibi

Al Jazeera is not a perfect news network, but it serves a critical purpose in the Arab world: it speaks on behalf of ordinary people.

The Resilience of Egypt

Jim Cowie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jim Cowie

The Egyptian "kill switch" was simultaneously a technical success and a mystifying strategic blunder. Could other governments implement such a kill switch?

Arab Leaders Pin Hopes On Subsidies To Allay Anger

AP | ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BEIRUT — Arab leaders are scrambling to boost salaries and subsidies in a bid to head off the kind of popular uprisings that have threatened the...

The Winter of Their Discontent: What Will the Arabs Do?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Deepak Chopra

In the end, what determines the fate of a society is very mysterious -- the movement of collective consciousness. No one can predict when the collective will decides to change, yet once it does, its power is always unstoppable.

Malcolm Gladwell Proves Too Much

David Weinberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
David Weinberger

Malcolm Gladwell is going further out on a creaky limb. His reading of the role of social media in Tunisia and Egypt actually seems to lead to conclusions that I think he would acknowledge are extremely unlikely.

Leave Egypt Alone

Simon Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Simon Jenkins

We are hypocrites. We cheer on the brave Tunisians and Egyptians as they assert the revolutionary power of the street. Hands off, we cry. Let them do it their way. We gave no such license to the Iraqis or Afghans.

Noam Chomsky on Middle East Protests: "This Is the Most Remarkable Regional Uprising That I Can Remember"

Democracy Now! | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Democracy Now!

In recent weeks, popular uprisings in the Arab world have led to the ouster of Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the imminent end of Egyptian...

For Once, a Chance to Root for the Arab Street

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Deepak Chopra

No image frightens the average American more than the Arab street portrayed on TV -- an angry mob ready to hate us without provocation. But behind those outraged young men lie real grievances that run very deep.

Egyptians Demonstrate Digital Citizenship

Stephen Balkam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

We in the West and those of us laying the foundational stones for digital citizenship, have much to learn from our Arab friends. They have shown a remarkable degree of self-organization using the new technologies.

What's Missing From the Egyptian Protests?

Saad Khan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Saad Khan

The Egyptian president has failed to bottle the public anger and has started seeing the end of his thirty year iron-fist rule. This all looks like the perfect formula for the victory of the public and a revolution that is knocking at the doors. It is not.