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25 January 2016

Are You Scanning Me, or Am I Scanning You? The Power Dynamics of China's WeChat

"Our phones have become extensions of our social  and physical  selves. When these devices touch, it’s an intimate gesture with the ability to convey identity, power, and intention."

20 January 2016

Warlords to the Lebanese People: Let’s Forgive and Forget!

25 years after the end of the civil war Lebanon remains a deeply divided country, and attempts by former warlords to paper over the past can only worsen the situation.

On Criticising Charlie Hebdo on Facebook, and the Perils of Selective Freedom of Speech

Did Facebook remove Efe Levent's post because he used the term "cracker"?

11 January 2016

It's David v. Goliath, as Citizens of ‘Europe's Greenest’ Region Take On an Italian Energy Giant

Italian energy giant Terna SpA slaps an activist with a 16 million-euro lawsuit as it pushes forward a mega-project in Abruzzo—"Europe's lungs". Which will triumph: business or socio-environmental dissent?

30 December 2015

Finding the Cultural Bridges of the Middle East in Literary Istanbul

Conversations with literary masters in Istanbul lead Arash Azizi to ponder the cultural disconnect, especially in terms of literature, between the countries of the Middle East.

22 December 2015

The Syrian Conflict Won't Steal My Christmas

In a country in the throes of war, celebrating Christmas can be an act of both profound naïvete and staunch resistance.

16 December 2015

The Liberation of Dhaka and the Whitewashing of Pakistan's History

Pakistan's official account of their Armed Forces' surrender in Dhaka 44 years ago ignores the realities of the bloody conflict that resulted in Bangladesh's secession.

A Year on From the Peshawar School Attack, the Wounds are Still Fresh

"The auditorium smelt like an abattoir. “This is where the most children were killed,” we were told." One year later, a journalist revisits the experience of the Peshawar school attack.

15 December 2015

Is the World Forum for Democracy a Space of Genuine Dialogue?

At this year's World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg, tolerance for debate and differences of opinion left something to be desired.

11 December 2015

Syria's Most Vulnerable Live a Hard Life in Jordan's Refugee Camps

Yemeni blogger Noon Arabia visits a few of the camps where some of Jordan's 650,000 Syrian refugees are living under difficult circumstances.

7 December 2015

To Solve Gun Violence, Americans Need to Aim Higher

"I’m angry over the shootings in so many other places, no matter what twisted, dehumanizing vision motivates them. But I also want to be true to myself and my values."

3 December 2015

Is Open Government Political Theatre for the Corrupt?

There he was on stage talking about the importance of transparency, of openness, and of technology for government. Then one week later, he resigned as prime minister of Romania.

29 November 2015

Thoughts on Women, Power, Privilege and Black Friday Videos in Pakistan

Privilege and power exist on a spectrum and the video only made me question the conditions that could create this madness in Pakistan.

21 November 2015

On Covering the Paris Attacks, and Other Thoughts on Journalism

"Landing in Paris a day after the attacks with 24 hours to tell a story. Go where? Talk to whom?" An Iranian journalist reflects on his craft and its context.

16 November 2015

The Refugees Stopping at Vienna's Train Station of Hope

A look back at the scenes at Vienna's central train station in September, two months before the deadly violence from which many refugees are fleeing would touch Beirut and Paris.

15 November 2015

After the Paris Attacks: For It to Be Unity, It Can't Be Partial

"Scrolling up and down Facebook, reading impressions, testimonials, opinions, statistics, I see that the main victims of the attacks are people of all colours, and over 15 nationalities."

14 November 2015

The Streets of Paris Are as Familiar to Me as the Streets of Beirut

"We do not get a "safe" button on Facebook. We do not get late night statements from the most powerful men and women alive and millions of online users..."

4 November 2015

Bay Area Intifada: Identity Politics with a Capital ‘I’

The dream of Third World liberation and decolonization is alive in Oakland, California.

28 October 2015

Defending Gaza Using Social Media's Double-Edged Sword

Palestinian social media power user Omar Ghraieb chronicles his journey through the minefield of social media.

On Drawing Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution as a Comic Strip

One year after Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution, cartoonist Jason Li reflects on his social advocacy comic experiment.

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