The Blog — Youth
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 part of our ongoing series of Cyber Activist profiles, we recently spoke with Mehman Huseynov, a 22-year old photojournalist and blogger from Azerbaijan who has faced significant government repression for his work to promote free expression in the country. Huseynov recently founded the independent news, commentary, and satire website Sancaq ("Pin" in the Azerbaijani language) that brings people together by lampooning current events. A previous interview we conducted with Azerbaijani cyber activist Emin Milli- conducted by live Twitter chat- can be seen here.
Aliaa El Mahdy, an Egyptian university student, has created a facebook page called “Resounding Cries,” which asks Egyptian men to post photos of themselves donning the hijab (Muslim veil). Mahdy feels that it is unjust that only women are required to wear the hijab, which reflects the unequal status of women in Islam.
Anver M. Emon, Ellen Lust, and Audrey Macklin interview Ahmed Saleh in Cairo and Nadine Wahab in Washington, D.C. about their experience as admins of the Facebook page which served as an information hub during the 2011 Egyptian Revolution.
The revolution in Egypt is unfinished business. While new online tools are used to strengthen civil society, activists are still struggling with the digital divide when it comes to mobilizing masses against the army and the remains of the old administration.
In her article, "Auc Strike: And the flag Mania reaches to the New AUC Campus" @zeinobia provides excellent insight and overview to the events at the American University in Cairo this week where students and workers were on strike.
Students and staff at the American University in Cairo striked today and used FB, Twitter, and YouTube to report and debate on the days events.
OneVoice Palestine’s youth activists have launched a campaign which uses online video and leverages sports communities in support of the fast-approaching Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-14820291 Brazilians Use Social Networks, Masks, and Clown Noses to Protest Corruption
Massive anti-corruption protests have taken place across Brazil this week. Brazilians are wearing clown noses to represent the "circus" that politics in Brasilia have become as well as wearing Guy Falkes masks- a popular symbol of protest.