February 4, 2011

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Friday, February 04, 2011

Al Jazeera in Cairo. What is the "Arab street" anyway? And an update on our "Blow the Whistle" project.

Tweeting from Egypt's Tahrir Square

Amid the chaos in Egypt this week, protesters kept the Twittersphere buzzing with first-hand information about what was happening on the ground. Among the vigorous tweeters was Mona Seif, an activist, blogger and post-graduate student at Cairo University. She spoke to OTM from Tahrir ...

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What's Al Jazeera's Role in the Egyptian Protests?

Al Jazeera has managed to provide non-stop coverage of the events in Egypt, despite having its Cairo bureau shut down, its equipment confiscated and its reporters harassed by Egyptian authorities. The network has been criticized for its role in fueling the uprisings from Tunisia to Egypt, but

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What is the "Arab Street"?

The news coverage of Egypt has made great mention of the demands of the "Arab street". York University Professor Muhammad Ali Khalidi studied the origins of the phrase, and he says it’s not just used by journalists and commentators in the U.S., Arabic-language journalists and commentators use it ...

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Modern Egyptology

Egypt’s uprising has put the country in an unusual place—the front pages of American newspapers and all over television news. In many cases, journalists were caught flat-footed as they scrambled to find suitable experts to discuss the chaos. Former CBS Middle East correspondent Lawrence Pintak talks about some of the ...

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Egyptian Hero to the Press

Egyptian political exiles around the world are watching the events in Egypt closely. One of those exiles is Saad Eddin Ibrahim , a sociologist, human rights activist and professor at Drew University in New Jersey. An outspoken critic of Hosni Mubarak, Ibrahim has served time in Egyptian prisons ...

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Reforming the Senate's 'Secret Holds'

On January 27th, the Senate agreed to reform the practice of "secret holds," making it much harder for anonymous Senators to anonymously block legislation, like they did with the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, from reaching the floor for a vote. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, who sponsored ...

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The Personal Cost of Blowing the Whistle

When Franz Gayl went to Iraq as a civil servant science advisor in 2006, he learned of equipment shortages that were endangering soldiers. But when he tried to address these shortages through his chain of command he was ignored. By reaching out to Congress and the press, he brought

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