All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Arab Spring’

Kerdasa Raid: Pro-Morsi Town Targeted by Military

At 5:30 yesterday morning, Egyptian security forces entered the town of Kerdasa, 14 miles west of Cairo and only 3 miles from the Pyramids of Giza. Since the ousting of president Morsi in July, Kerdasa has become a stronghold for Islamic militants who oppose the coup. This raid comes after another raid that occurred earlier this week in the southern …

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Facebook Adding Office in Dubai

Facebook, which is currently being sued over an allegedly botched IPO, is set to open an office in the global city of Dubai next week, right near the nameless body of water featured on Google Maps, which Iran points out as being called the Persian Gulf. The Dubai office will be the first location where the social network has set …

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Internet Use Promotes Democracy in Free Countries

Although use of the internet has been credited with helping spur democratic revolutions in the Arab world and elsewhere, a new multinational study suggests the internet is most likely to play a role only in specific situations. Researchers at Ohio State University found that the internet spurs pro-democratic attitudes most in countries that already have introduced some reforms in that …

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Social Media Helps Teens See Other’s Needs

Parents, social media may not be that bad for your teen after all. According to a new study, conducted online in January by Harris Interactive, more than half of teens (55%) say social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have made them more aware of the needs of others. This is a huge increase from 2011 when a little more …

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Twitter Should Embrace Openness, Not Censorship

As we reported and as you all are most likely aware of by now, Twitter will begin censoring tweets. The idea of censoring tweets does raise a few concerns, especially among those who used it in revolutionary protests last year in the Middle East. It’s still being used by different factions within activist and protest groups to spread the word …

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Twitter May Selectively Censor Local Tweets Yet Permit Them Globally

Shortly after the start of the January 25 protests in Egypt last year, a movement where activists removed their sitting president and arguable lit the fuse for the Arab Spring that would burn throughout 2011, Twitter made an announcement: The open exchange of information can have a positive global impact. This is both a practical and ethical belief. On a …

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Syrian Blogger Charged With 3 Insanely Vague Crimes

For all of the news that the rest of the world gets about Syria, one couldn’t be blamed for believing that the country has all of the activity of an abandoned amusement park; it’s a near-blackout. But then news like this emerges from a neighboring country via Amnesty International and you realize, no, that quiet impression is about as far …

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Syria Bans iPhone To Suppress Protesters

Attention iPhone dependents: Could you imagine what it might look like if your government told you that you couldn’t use your beloved, probably integral-to-your-new-way-of-life iPhone? Well, in Syria, it looks like this: That’s a photo of the mandate (which is currently making the rounds on Twitter and Facebook) being issued to activists in Syria by the country’s Customs Department of …

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Muammar Gaddafi Dead According To Reports: Twitter Reacts

According to the National Transitional Council in Libya, the current de-facto rulers of Libya, former leader Muammar Gaddafi has succumbed to multiple wounds and died. Apparently, Gaddafi was captured and shot in both legs near dawn on Thursday. He was reportedly fleeing rebel fighters in a convoy when NATO warplanes attacked. He was rushed away in an ambulance. “He (Gaddafi) …

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