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Discussions Discussion Internet’s Role in Popular Uprising
Henry Hamilton, Dec. 4, 2011

An Activist Stands Her Ground in Bahrain:

During a protest in Bahrain on Saturday, an American journalist named Matthew Cassel reported on Twitter that he had just witnessed something remarkable: a lone female protester who refused to move as police officers in riot gear charged past her, firing tear gas shells just a few feet from her head.

The woman standing her ground in front of a line of police vehicles was uploaded to Twitter, readers of Mr. Cassel’s feed identified her as Zainab Alkhawaja, an activist whose own Angry Arabiya Twitter feed is devoted to documenting the protest movement in Bahrain.

Here’s an interview with Ms. Zainab Alkhawaja:

http://video.nytimes.com/video/2011/12/01/multimedia/100000001202278/extended-interview-with-zainab-alkhawaja.html
Henry Hamilton
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Discussions Discussion Internet’s Role in Popular Uprising
Marco Masoni, April 23, 2011

Exiles Shaping World’s Image of Syria Revolt
By ANTHONY SHADID
Published: April 23, 2011

“These activists have completely flipped the balance of power on the regime, and that’s all due to social media.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/24/world/middleeast/24beirut.html?_r=1&hp
Marco Masoni
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  • Amy Sutherland Amy Sutherland April 24, 2011
    Unlike the revolts in Egypt, Tunisia and even Libya, which were televised to the world, Syria’s revolt is distinguished by the power of self-styled activists abroad to ferry out images and news that are anarchic and illuminating, if incomplete. For weeks now, the small number of activists, spanning the Middle East, Europe and the United States, have coordinated across almost every time zone and managed to smuggle hundreds of satellite and mobile phones, modems, laptops and cameras into Syria. There, compatriots elude surveillance with e-mailed software and upload videos on dial-up connections. Their work has ensured what was once impossible. Cyberactivists outside of Syria fashion slogans of unity for a revolt that the government insists is inspired by militant Islamists.

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