A satirical song from The Simpsons is being used as proof that the U.S. engineered the Arab Spring.
"If you want to liberate a society," said Egyptian Arab Spring activist Wael Ghonim, "just give them the Internet." In retrospect, Ghonim should have qualified his statement to include the kind of Internet free societies need. For as...Show More Summary
According to a recent Egyptian television report, a close reading of a 2001 "Simpsons" episode "suggests that what is happening in Syria today was premeditated."
John Allen Gay reminds us of one of the now-forgotten justifications for …
IT MIGHT WORK BETTER IF OUR “BEST AND BRIGHTEST” BELIEVED IN IT: As is what we’re promoting abroad is not exactly democracy but hatred of America/Western civilization. Note the thing about the so called Arab Spring. But of course what they ask is Is Democracy Promotion a Failed Policy? (Also, democracy as such was always [...]
Cyber-utopians proclaimed that the "Arab Spring" could not have occurred without Facebook/Twitter. Iran youth was "Western" because it used social media. Oh-so-publicity-conscious Jared Cohen and Alec Ross, former State Department politically-appointed...Show More Summary
(CNN) – During the Arab Spring, Hillary Clinton heralded Al-Jazeera's coverage of momentous events in Egypt in 2011. "Like it or hate it, it is really effective," Clinton said of the network at a congressional hearing while she was secretary of state. FULL POST
Co-authored by Blythe Bowman A 12th century proverb warns, "Man fears time, but time fears the pyramids." That may have been true before the Arab Spring, but today, not even the pyramids are sacred. Egypt's rich archaeological heritage is falling victim to looters, thieves, and smugglers and it is not alone. Show More Summary
They've announced that Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi wins 2014 International Prize for Arabic Fiction as ?????????? ?? ????? by ???? ?????? took the prize. Gotta like the premise and plot (I think): Set in the spring of 2005,...Show More Summary
In the central part of the state of Euphoria there is a small city, Avicenna, which is the home of Euphoric State University. [“Avicenna” is a corruption of the Arabic Ibn Sina, the byname of the great eleventh-century Iranian Abu Ali...Show More Summary
When a Tunisian street vendor set himself on fire in 2010, igniting the Arab Spring, France 24 interviewed a man named Slimane Rouissi, who lived in the vendor's town. Rouissi's information, photos, and videos put France 24, a government-funded,...Show More Summary
Essam Bashary no longer goes to demonstrations in Cairo. A liberal, he's too disappointed by the way the Arab Spring has degenerated into a fight between military and Islamists in Egypt. But the 26-year-old Tahrir Square veteran has found a new cause to occupy his time — fighting sexual harassment. Show More Summary
We've seen how Twitter has motivated grass-roots movements such as the Arab Spring, when dissenters took o the streets to protest and unseat governments. This skillful use of social media proved so successful over the years, jihadists have taken his lead to use Twitter to recruit and add sympathizers to their ranks. In turn, the U.S. government followed suit.
Wisdom has it that we should be learning from our mistakes. In reality, this is hardly the case. Back in 2003, when Paul Bremer, then-U.S. Administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, decided to ban Saddam Hussein's Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party, things in this country started to tumble. Show More Summary
Even if the Arab spring has sorely disappointed, dictators, even benevolent ones, are not the answer. MANY people argue that it would have been better if the Arab spring had never happened. Think of the mayhem that would have been avoided...Show More Summary
As Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika secured his fourth term in office, many are wondering whether the 2010-11 Arab uprisings have had any lasting imprint on the region at all. Soon to be an octogenarian, Bouteflika -- once the...Show More Summary
Peter Tompa is discomfited by Monica Hanna's statement ('Monica Hanna: The Arab Spring and the State of Egyptian Antiquities'), based on her own knowledge due to her work in heritage preservation in Egypt that: 20% of the looting [was due to] locals selling to antiquities dealers and 80% was attributable to “the Mafia.” [...]Show More Summary
Peter Tompa's report of Monica Hanna's appearance at the Woodrow Wilson Centre ('Monica Hanna: The Arab Spring and the State of Egyptian Antiquities' CPO T uesday, April 15, 2014) largely skips over the details of what the speaker said but concentrates on what the US questioners were drilling away at. Show More Summary
More than three years after the Arab Spring began, the political situation in the Middle East is depressing. In Syria, a brutal civil war continues, with the forces of Bashar al-Assad gaining the upper hand. In Egypt, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who has overseen a drastic crackdown on political opponents, looks likely to be elected as President. Show More Summary
Well, that was nice – those few years we thought we could reach out over the internet to connect authentically. Heady with the success of the Arab Spring, and the galvanizing role of Facebook in organizing the Ukrainian protest group EuroMaidan, … Continue reading The post ZunZuneo: Social Media Falls Into the Wrong Hands appeared first on Flip the Media.