Ethan Zuckerman’s online home, since 2003
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Fascinating account from an American journalist visiting Tehran, who argues that we misunderstand how much support the Ahmedinejad government has, how limited to the Tehran elite the green movement is, and how oddly open to western reporters he found Iran.
Amazing set of first-hand accounts of the riots/revolution in Bishkek, from a freelance journalist swept along with the mobs. Talks about the hatred of Bakiev's son Maxim, the escalation of violence, disturbing anti-semitic undertones. Some amazing details: "'Lenin … now that was a revolutionary,' mutters an elderly devout Muslim man, 'he robbed from the rich and gave to the people. … Today the rich fight each other using the people.'"
Joshua Keating contrasts the violent overthrow of the Kyrgyz government with the previous Tulip Revolution and previous "color revolutions". Curious whether this analysis will hold up, now that the revolt appears to have resulted in a new government in apparent control of the country. Is it not a revolution when a pro-Moscow government takes control? Or just when it's a violent movement, not a photogenic set of protests?
UC San Diego Professor Ricardo Dominguez is conducting a "virtual sit-in" to protest education cuts in the California state budget. He's put up a program which invites people to come and participate in a DDoS attack against the university's servers. Art, protest or crime?