Tunisia and Egypt Liberated, Rest of the World to Follow?

Posted: February 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

After the successful liberation of Tunisia and Egypt, mass protests are spreading to Bahrain, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Iran, Yemen, Jordan, Algeria, Sudan, Italy, Albania…even Wisconsin? In light of the successful utilization of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter in these revolutions, the U.S. State Department has issued a statement regarding its promise to defend the openness of the Internet and other connection technologies: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2011/02/156623.htm

While the initial revolution in Tunisia was set off when a young person set himself on fire after his only source of income, a street vending cart, was taken away from him by police, Wikileaks has been credited with opening the public’s eyes to the rampant corruption taking place through a series of leaked cables known as “Cablegate.” The hacktivist group Anonymous aided the Tunisian people, bringing down government pages and generally causing mayhem after officials tried to block access to secret-sharing website.

Protesters have for the most part been nonviolent even in the face of brutal repression from their governments, raising the question of why on earth America has spent so many billions of dollars and contributing so much death and destruction to bring democracy to Iraq when less than 10 years later civilian populations are in the process of liberating themselves.

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Comments
  1. SFFS says:

    The Obama administration is leading a global effort to deploy “shadow” Internet and mobile phone systems that dissidents can use to undermine repressive governments that seek to silence them by censoring or shutting down telecommunications networks.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/12/world/12internet.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha2

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