Miriyam Aouragh

Tweets and the Streets

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Paolo Gerbaudo

As activists well know the internet can be used in multiple ways. Two of its characteristics are as a space of debate and dissent, and a tool of resistance. These two things could overlap, but are not the same and too often they are conflated resulting in a one-dimensional or boring analysis. The Arab revolutions have guaranteed that this will be a popular topic in media studies. Tweets and the Streets belongs to a better category of books that have flooded the market since the Arab Revolutions that manage to balance between dystopian and utopian accounts of the internet.

Yearning for a third Intifada

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Miriyam Aouragh reports from Nablus in the West Bank, where Israel's assault on Gaza provoked a new upsurge of protest and has further isolated the Palestinian Authority

Israel's "Pillar of Clouds" attack (the less fanatical-sounding "Pillar of Defence" was only used for English speaking audiences) sounded like a paperback thriller - but for Gazans it was an episode of real-life terror. The biblical reference was to a description of the form God adopted to protect the Children of Israel by striking terror into the heart of Egyptians. For a week a cloud of bombs rained down on Gaza, the most densely populated area in the world.

Friend of the Palestinians?

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Miriyam Aouragh dismisses the claim that a revolution in Syria would be a disaster for the Palestinians

Syria lies at a very sensitive nexus in the Middle East. It borders Israel, a state that poses a very real threat to it. The country lacks it own natural resources, and is dependent on other states economically. US president George Bush described Syria as a "state sponsor of terrorism", and the regime sees itself as standing alone. So it looks to ally with other anti-US and anti-Israel movements, such as Palestinian Hamas and Hezbollah in Lebanon, in order to strengthen its position.

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