arab spring

  • A Poem Leads to a Life Sentence in Qatar

    The Arab Spring has faded from headlines, but that doesn't mean governments have ceased oppressing their people. Case in point: Mohammed al-Ajami was just sentenced to life in prison in Qatar after reading a poem aloud at his house to a group of...

  • Is SpongeBob SquarePants the New Che Guevara?

    Spongebob SquarePants has become a symbol for rebellious youth in Egypt. Student leaders in the fight against conservative President Mohamed Morsi have adopted him as their symbol, and he's inspired dozens of Egyptian Facebook fan groups, including at...

  • The Revolution Is Still Going on in Egypt—in Tiny Flashes

    What I had witnessed was not one of the vast, telegenic protests of the Egyptian revolution. It was one of thousands of smaller acts of rebellion against authority taking place throughout the country every single day. One human rights group recorded...

  • How to Shut Down Internets

    After shutting the internet down, most megalomaniac dictators believe they will still be around to turn it back on. They take their future for granted, and believe they only need to hide the corpses it will be built on.

  • Things Are Still Going Terribly in Bahrain

    To find out about the country's mostly ignored human rights crisis and the actions the government has been taking against its own people, I spoke with Maryam al-Khawaja, the acting president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, who told me people...

  • The Writing Is on the Wall

    Tarek Algorhani launched a human-rights internet project centered around tagging anti-regime graffiti throughout the streets of Syria. In mid-October I called him up to ask how the fight was going.