Category Archives: Arab Spring

Suspending Political Satire in Egypt

  Bassem Youssef’s popular Egyptian television show ‘El Bernameg’ was recently suspended for mocking the current military installed government in Egypt. Youssef hosts the popular satellite program which is modeled on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.  Being one of the … Continue reading

Posted in Al Jazeera, Arab Spring, Censorship, Diplomacy, Egypt, Free Speech, Freedom of Expression, Globalization, Human Rights, Journalism, Media, Media Repression, Middle East | 1 Comment

Israelis and Syrians Come Together in Jordan

By Stephanie Brown There are a lot of numbers being thrown around in the Syrian refugee crisis. Six million people forced out of their homes. Two million driven out of the country. Tens of thousands more crossing the border everyday. … Continue reading

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Syria’s SNN: An Alternative Voice

by Gabby LaVerghetta One of the major sources of the violent images and videos coming out of Syria has been SNN. No, that’s not a typo. SNN stands for the Shaam News Network, a Damascus-based media aggregator of citizen journalism … Continue reading

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Sarkozy Blames the Internet for Jihadist Violence

by Rick Rockwell French President Nicolas Sarkozy is winning plaudits for his handling of the killing spree that gripped Toulouse, France last week.  By taking a strong stand to bolster a grieving nation and pushing his security forces to their … Continue reading

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Iran’s Electronic Curtain

by Gabby LaVerghetta A new curtain has descended between the East and West. This time it’s electronic. To commemorate the Persian New Year, called Nowruz, this week President Barack Obama delivered a YouTube message to the Iranian people.  In the … Continue reading

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