Mideast Youth on blogging

Mideast Youth is an essential Bahrain-based portal for news, views and activism about online freedom in the Muslim world. I was interviewed this week about my book, The Blogging Revolution, and what online players can do to highlight ever-tightening censorship.

Standing up to growing intrusion

The Global Network Initiative is a new idea designed to tackle the growing issue of censorship: From the Americas to Europe to the Middle East to Africa and Asia, companies in the information and communications industries face increasing government pressure to comply with domestic laws and policies that require censorship and disclosure of personal information…

A price too far

The devastating face of militant Islam, courtesy of Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper: Parents of 18-year-old Tasleem Solangi, who was killed in an extremely inhumane manner allegedly by some elders of her tribe, have appealed to President Asif Ali Zardari and Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah to provide them protection as the killers are still at…

Change is only a word

Alexander Cockburn, co-editor of Counterpunch, on a necessary reality check: Obama invokes change. Yet never has the dead hand of the past had a “reform” candidate so firmly by the windpipe. Is it possible to confront America’s problems without talking about the arms budget? The Pentagon is spending more than at any point since the…

The choice is damn clear

Crikey’s Guy Rundle on the political divide (as only he can write it): …Your average urban left-liberal is a (non-Arab) keffiyah-wearing Sezuan-cuisine cooking yoga attendee, busy carbon-neutralising their retrostyled Altona brick veneer, ahead of that big Latin American hiking trip… – but they tend to have better lives than the Right, who eat steak and go…