Iranian men are taking cross-dressing selfies for an online movement protesting a sexist punishment for criminals in Kurdistan. Our own Solmaz Sharif covers a powerful (and fun) digital protest that has sprung up in response to a judge's offensive decision, a violent police crackdown, and an underlying gender bias.
Saudis are constantly in danger of facing retribution for speaking their minds, whether it’s on social media or on a street corner. But that isn’t stopping many of them from taking to Twitter with renewed calls for the release of three political prisoners. New hashtags making the rounds are: #اطلقوا_تركي_الحمد# ,اطلقوا_حمزة_كاشغري# ,اطلقوا _رائف_بدوي translated as “Release Turki Al Hamad”, “Release Hamza Kashgari”, and “Release Raef Al Badawi”. Who are these guys?
Internationally acclaimed Turkish pianist Fazil Say has been convicted and sentenced to a suspended 10-month jail term for insulting Islamic religious values in comments posted on Twitter.
In Gaza, how you wear your hair has become the government's business.
A new twitter hashtag in Egypt is the latest salvo in the PR battle for your hearts and minds: #tweet_like_an_egg
Rappers, artists, and dissidents are under attack across North Africa for speaking out against their new governments. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
Fugitive? Revolutionary hero? Liar, liar, pants-on-fire? Who exactly is Dr. Bassem Youssef? Several weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting the "Jon Stewart of the Arab World." He did not disappoint.
Ignored by local media, arrested and beaten by police, hundreds of protestors in Bahrain stood their ground Friday in support of imprisoned activist Nabeel Rajab.
Though he was cutoff from technology while in police detention, Bader Al Rashidi's Twitter account continued to rant against Kuwait's Emir for months. Then his sentence for attempting to overthrow the regime got bumped up to five years and hard labor.
By all accounts, Iran is the worst place in the world to be of the Baha'i faith. Yet somehow, it's getting worse.
Cuba is a tough place to get to know, at least if you want independent perspectives. Activists have their movement and speech restricted, media is tightly controlled, and the internet is not widely accessible. That makes an opportunity to speak with one of the foremost voices for free expression, democracy, and rule of law so valuable. So join us on Reddit for the latest in our series of activist chats as we talk with Yoani Sanchez, the blogger and well-known activist.
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The Green Movement uprising began in June 2009, and over 50 journalists fled Iran soon after, fearing a new wave of arrests. Many other Iranian citizens also left Iran in pursuit of a better life, and safety and security. The introduction of social media helped Iran become an all-inclusive “cyber-country,” giving Iranians throughout the world to opportunity to partake in our history.