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Steurt Strickland, Dec. 7, 2011

Russia cracks down on election protesters:

Russian police have arrested leading political opposition figures and prominent internet bloggers. Alexei Navalny, Russia’s best known blogger, a renowned Kremlin critic, was arrested for protesting against fraud in last weekend’s election.

http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2011/s3385172.htm

Bloggers Alexei and Andrew are waiting and say they’re not surprised by the large numbers of detentions during one of the biggest protests in Moscow in years.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=JdqJAIa9268
Steurt Strickland
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  • JP Lopez JP Lopez Dec. 8, 2011
    I think that such political leaders may view their undemocratic actions as a consolidation of their personal power which they will hand down to their progeny. Also, the personal wealth such leaders illegally amass (think Mugabe, Ghadaffi, Putin, etc.), in their minds, will insulate their progeny from the instability and misery created by their undemocratic leadership.
  • srini n srini n Dec. 8, 2011
    @ JP Lopez: Yes I too suspect that they live under such illusions. (Hope they are illusions!) The point is can the progeny live in peace, freedom and enjoy those illegally amassed wealth? Unlikely. In which case what use grabbing so much wealth?

    Like Victor Hugo said we are just candidates for humanity - make it homo sapiens!
  • Steurt Strickland Steurt Strickland Dec. 11, 2011
    Their children can usually “live well” with the protection of their own personal armies…until the day they veer to the wrong side of the super-power [foreign government or corporation] that supported their dictatorship in the first place… and then the story has a bad habit of repeating itself far too many times
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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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Jessie Rhodes, Nov. 9, 2011

Forecasts for a “CHINESE SPRING” :: The Chinese government has been exceptionally shrewd at monitoring and restricting its citizens’ Internet use, so far. But Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales insisted in a presentation last week that China’s government can’t keep the information out forever.

http://www.wfs.org/content/forecasts-for-%E2%80%9Cchinese-spring%E2%80%9D

Wales predicted that Chinese Internet activism will eventually galvanize a mass general strike. Once mobilized, this mass uprising would shake the whole country and destroy the reigning Communist Party. “The new generation of bloggers, Wikipedians, people on Twitter, people on social networks—they are there and they are becoming stronger.

Here’s the podcast of Jimmy Wales’ speech ath the BBC sponsored Free Thinking Festival 2011

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b016kgfd
Jessie Rhodes
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Gloria Maria Cappelletti, Oct. 27, 2011

I am an art dealer supporting artists working at the furthest reaches of technological experimentation as well as those responding to the broader aesthetic and political implications of new tools and media. My project @ Einztein is dedicated to the presentation, promotion, and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology in the internet age. Einztein serves here as a platform for exchange and collaboration to encourage and expand the communities around these practices. This project includes discussion, archives and artists portfolios. I would like to share and draw attention to the complex interrelationships between technology, art and culture.

http://www.gloriamariagallery.com
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Nina Dumas, Oct. 8, 2011

Syria’s protesters turn to Facebook to expose ‘citizen spies’: Activists use the internet to find and unmask those they suspect of reporting their neighbours to security forces

During nearly half a century of one-party rule, Syria’s Ba’ath regime has maintained its iron grip on a nation of 22 million people through a network of civilian informers known as the awainiyya – the watchers.

As the uprising against Assad’s regime approaches its eighth month, security services are relying ever more heavily on their network of citizen spies to suppress protests, activists said.

As the attempted revolution in Syria transforms power relations in one of the world’s last police states, protesters are using social media to fight back. Facebook now hosts dozens of sites run by Syrian activists on which the names, addresses and photos of suspected informers are posted.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuP5BI2UXAk
Nina Dumas
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Bert Breton, May 7, 2011

In Syria, Friday’s clashes with anti-government protesters claimed 30 lives. The protests born of internet activism continue. The video footage speaks volumes…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIjpp1u99ZE&feature=fvst
Bert Breton
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  • Tamara James Tamara James May 7, 2011
    Haunting video. I hope the courage of the Syrian people will be rewarded.
  • Bert Breton Bert Breton May 7, 2011
    The Syrian populace has lost their fear. The video makes that clear. This is usually the beginning of the end for any dictatorial regime.
  • Bert Breton Bert Breton Sept. 30, 2011
    Tris video footage is the most powerful I've seen in a long time!
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Kim Hsu, April 27, 2011

United Arab Emirates security agents have arrested at least five Internet activists over the past month. The swift government action to snuff out any whiff of dissent shows that, despite the UAE’s transformation into a cosmopolitan showcase, it has never outgrown its tribal-style rule that keeps power in the hands of just a few.

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_17938234?nclick_check=1
Kim Hsu
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Jenny Rothberg, April 23, 2011

Yemeni security forces opened fire on anti-government protesters, killing at least three as international concern rises over the situation in the strategically located nation. Clashes also erupted between anti and pro government protesters. The country’s opposition, inspired by the internet uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, says nothing short of President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s immediate departure would end the unrest. Tens of thousands took to the streets in the capital Sanaa and thousands demonstrated in Aden, Ibb, al-Hudaydah, Taiz and other cities where most of the shops were closed in support of the protesters.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiiak60taHE
Jenny Rothberg
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Bert Breton, Feb. 11, 2011

Democracy protests bring down Egypt’s Mubarak
…the genesis of the force that overthrew Mubarak. The protests were started by a small core of secular, liberal youth activists organizing on the Internet who only a few months earlier struggled to gather more than 100 demonstrators at a time. But their work through Facebook and other social network sites over the past few years built a greater awareness and bitterness among Egyptians over issues like police abuse and corruption.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110211/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_egypt
Bert Breton
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