In April 2011, Bahraini human rights activist Maryam Al-Khawaja, then 23 years old, was in the United States when her phone rang. Back in Bahrain, a government crackdown on the massive prodemocracy uprising was proceeding at a ferocious pace. On the line was Nabeel Rajab, the president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights. “Maryam,” he said. “I need you to write this down, it’s very important.” Maryam grabbed a pen and paper while Rajab launched into a graphic description of a man who had just been arrested and tortured by the county’s security forces. His jawbone was broken and his face so disfigured that his friends were unable to recognize him. Maryam wrote down every detail.
“Oh,” Rajab said at the end of the call, “And write that his name is Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja.” The tortured man was Maryam’s father.
Maryam’s family had staked everything on the struggle for democracy in Bahrain for as long as she could remember. She had learned to be tough in moments like this one.
She turned to her laptop, opened her email, and wrote an urgent news release about her father’s torture as if he were any other political prisoner. “As a human rights defender, we depersonalize the cases,” she said.
Maryam Al-Khawaja on the Struggle for Human Rights in Bahrain
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FEMEN supports brave Turkish activists! Activists who are not scared of gas, bullets and violence of police. FEMEN is joining the fight for liberation of Turkey from oppressive government! As you are we are against islamisation of Turkey! They cannot cut down your rights as they cut down the trees at Taksim square.
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In The Syrian Rebellion, Fouad Ajami offers a detailed historical perspective on the current rebellion in Syria.
In The Syrian Rebellion, Fouad Ajami offers a detailed historical perspective on the current rebellion in Syria. Focusing on the similarities and the differences in skills between former dictator Hafez al-Assad and his successor son, Bashar, Ajami explains how an irresistible force clashed with an immovable object: the regime versus people who conquered fear to challenge a despot of unspeakable cruelty. For more information visithttp://www.hooverpress.org/productdet…
Noam Chomsky (2013) on “Silicon Valley, the Internet, Google, Wikileaks and…..
Noam Chomsky, Professor Emeritus
Department of Linguistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Interviewed in person at his office in the MIT Stata Center on August 15, 2012 by Critical.Org’s Jegan Vincent de Paul
This interview of Noam Chomsky was conducted as part of Compare and Contrast: Codes of Conduct, a project by Jegan Vincent de Paul commissioned by ZERO1 and curated by Regina Moller with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. For further information about the project please see: http://www.zero1biennial.org/jegan-vincent-de-paul
This is one of a series of four interviews by Jegan Vincent de Paul on comparing Washington, DC to Silicon Valley on a number of different terms. The interviewees are Noam, Chomsky, Joi Ito, Susan Crawford and John Perry Barlow.