The Blog — Middle East and North Africa
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
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.
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.
This week, #MovementsMonday takes a look at travel bans, and how authoritarian regimes are using them to scare, silence, and supress dissidents around the world. Photo: Generación Y Blog.
Movements Monday: Emin Milli Free, Burmese Journalists Hacked, Vietnamese Blogger in Mental Hospital
In this week's roundup of trending news at the nexus of human rights and digital activism: Azerbaijani activist Emin Milli is released from jail, Journalists in Burma are the victims of state-sponsored hacking,
Two years after #Jan25 and the subsequent #DayofRage on January 28 2011, Movements.org hosted the next in its series of MovementsMonday live Twitter chats-- this time with Egyptian activists fighting to preserve the gains of the #Jan25 uprising. Photo: Hossam el-Hamalawy
As part of the ongoing Movements Monday series focusing on digital human rights activism around the world, this past week Movements.org joined a panel of young Saudi activists to discuss the building momentum for human rights reform in Saudi Arabia. The January 14 TwitterChat took place two years to the day after Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was forced to flee his country by popular uprisings and was granted safe stay in one of the world's most repressive nations.
In Saudi Arabia— one of the world’s most repressive countries—a human rights movement is building momentum. At 12 noon EST this Monday, January 14 we will host the next in our series of Movements Monday features: this time a live Twitter chat with young Saudi cyber activists who will share their perspective on the human rights situation in the Kingdom of Repression and explain where their cyber movement is headed.
As Egyptian opposition protestors marched in unprecedented numbers to the Presidential Palace, social media streams tracked the day's events.