Voices from the Arab Meedan Event Report

by Kate, originally appears on: blog.meedan.net

On Saturday March 26th, Meedan and the Arab Resource and Organizing Center co-hosted an “Voices from the Arab Meedan.” For those who aren’t familiar with the word, ‘meedan’ is an Arabic word that means town square or gathering place. With this event we created a small gathering place, enabled by technology, where activists in the Middle East North Africa region could have a conversation with Bay Area community members. Continue reading

Arab Uprisings: What the February 20 Protests Tell Us About Morocco

re-posted from the Nation, by Laila Lalami | February 17, 2011

With the ouster of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak, the Arab world has erupted in popular protests in favor of democracy and dignity. Morocco, long considered one of the most stable Arab countries, is not immune to this regional trend. Inspired by the cases of Tunisia and Egypt, a group of young activists are using social media to spread the word about a protest in Casablanca on February 20. Continue reading

The workers, middle class, military junta and the permanent revolution

[Reposted from www.arabawy.org]  Since yesterday, and actually earlier, middle class activists have been urging Egyptians to suspend the protests and return to work, in the name of patriotism, singing some of the most ridiculous lullabies about “let’s build new Egypt,” “Let’s work harder than even before,” etc… In case you didn’t know, actually Egyptians are among the hardest working people in the globe already.. Continue reading

Crisis in Egypt: Blogger/journalist first-hand stories


Interview with Hossam el-Hamalawy, originally appears on Washington Post

Monday, January 31, 2011; 12:00 PM

Hossam el-Hamalawy, an Egyptian blogger and journalist from Cairo who writes the popular blog Arabawy, was online Monday, Jan. 31, at Noon ET to take questions about what is currently happening on the ground in the Egyption capital.

El-Hamalawy has been an editor at several Egyptian papers and is currently at Al Ahram English, a leading English-language daily. Continue reading

Upsurge in repression challenges nonviolent resistance in Western Sahara

Aminatou Haidar and Sahrawi activists

Written by Stephen Zunes, on www.OpenDemocracy.net

On November 8, Moroccan occupation forces attacked a tent city of as many as 12,000 Western Saharans just outside of Al Aioun, in the culminating act of a months-long protest of discrimination against the indigenous Sahrawi population and worsening economic conditions.   Not only was the scale of the crackdown unprecedented, so was the popular reaction:  In a dramatic departure from the almost exclusively nonviolent protests of recent years, the local population turned on their occupiers, engaging in widespread rioting and arson.  Continue reading

Al Jazeera: Tensions in Western Sahara:

VIDEO LINK: Al Jazeera: Tensions in Western Sahara
How will the deadly camp clashes impact UN-led talks between Morocco and the pro-independence Polisario Front?
Inside Story Last Modified: 10 Nov 2010 13:59 GMT
At least seven people have been killed and many more injured when Moroccan forces raided a protest camp near Western Sahara’s main city of Laayoune, which is under the military control of Morocco. Continue reading