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How Egypt’s Activists Became ‘Generation Jail’

Joshua Hammer reports for The New York Times:

[…] It was just six years ago that Ahmed Maher was celebrated around the world as a symbol of freedom and democracy. 407 more words

Middle East & North Africa

Western Culture is No Longer Cool

IN 1991 Metallica played an open air concert in Moscow attended by 1.6 million young Russians:

The soviet union had just collapsed. Rock and Roll was here at last. 1,247 more words

Dying for a Song

In this recently broadcast radio programme, BBC Radio 4 speaks to musicians from across the globe who have been persecuted for their art. Some have risked being banned or exiled from their communities for speaking out against perceived injustices and corruption; others are being tortured, imprisoned and even killed. 337 more words

Music Discourse

Syrian teen whose graffiti, arrest sparked civil war speaks out

It’s been six years since graffiti sprayed on a wall in the southern Syrian city of Deraa sparked a civil war that has since taken hundreds of thousands of lives and forced millions to flee the country. 382 more words


Egypt's ousted leader Hosni Mubarak to be released, prosecutor says

CAIRO – Egypt’s ousted president Hosni Mubarak was ordered to be freed from detention on Monday, according to the prosecutor who signed his release order – ending nearly six years of legal proceedings against the long-ruling autocrat. 769 more words


The Coming Islamic Culture War

Western observers are often blind to social currents within the Muslim world. During the Arab Spring revolutions of 2011, outside analysts confidently predicted that the uprisings would marginalize the jihadist movement in favor of more moderate and democratic reformers. 9 more words

Middle East

Once Again - FITNA - A Film By Geert Wilders

If you have never seen this fifteen minute masterpiece, here it is.  It’s well worth your time. 76 more words