How Twitter Could Beat the Trolls, And Why It Won’t

Twitter has a troll problem. It has from the beginning, really. But it's been particularly loud this month, thrown into sharp relief with the sickening attacks on Robin Williams' grieving daughter, Zelda. Twitter's response has been tepid at best—and as far as squashing trolls goes, it's the most we can ever expect. » 8/20/14 4:58pm 8/20/14 4:58pm

Twitter Censors Its First Account. What Does This Mean For Activists?

Well, it's happening. Twitter, the hangout for people who find tumblr too much work, disclosed that it's blocking users in Germany from viewing the tweets of Besseres Hannover, a group of neo-Nazi skinhead psychos. This is the first time the microblogging behemoth has ever censored an account, and you can be sure… » 10/18/12 12:05pm 10/18/12 12:05pm

Now that It Doesn’t Have to Impress the EU, Turkey Could Curtail…

Turkey, formerly eager for an invite into the European Union clubhouse, has drifted away from the continent it has played historical boogeyman to in the wake of the Arab Spring, and gravitated towards the more conservative values of an Arab world it sees an opportunity to dominate. As a result, according to the New… » 4/29/12 4:00pm 4/29/12 4:00pm

Why Does the Middle East Hate Women?

"Why Do They Hate Us?", Egyptian-born, U.S.-based journalist Mona Eltahawy's cover story for Foreign Policy's first-ever "Sex Issue", is an uncomfortable and obligatory read. Eltahawy argues that the Arab Spring movement is just as misogynistic as the regimes it replaced, and that true revolution is impossible until… » 4/24/12 10:40am 4/24/12 10:40am

Syria's First Lady Has Quite the Luxury Shopping List

The Guardian obtained several thousand emails exchanged between Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and his wife, Asma, over the past year, and the details of the sheltered, privileged life the first couple lead are both fascinating and disgusting. While Syria entered into a massive and deadly civil war — some estimate… » 3/15/12 10:50am 3/15/12 10:50am

Egyptian Court Clears Awful ‘Virginity Test’ Doctor

The BBC is reporting via Egyptian state media that a military court — because those are always conducted by the most fair-minded citizens — has cleared a doctor named Ahmed Adel of charges that he carried out "forced virginity tests" on female protesters at the start of last year's civil unrest in Egypt after a judge… » 3/11/12 1:30pm 3/11/12 1:30pm

Egyptian Government Issues Apology, Will Likely Continue Treating Women…


In response to international outcry over a photo of a female protester getting her clothing ripped off as she was dragged through the streets of Cairo, the Egyptian government has finally dropped the "they were provoking us!" act an issued an apology. The military junta in charge of the government has vowed to root… » 12/21/11 3:30pm 12/21/11 3:30pm

Egyptian Women March Against Violence Government Claims Isn't Really…

This weekend, a picture of a female Tahrir Square protester having her clothes torn off while a soldier prepared to kick her renewed global concern that perhaps the new government of Egypt isn't being quite so awesome to the ladies. Today, thousands of Egyptian women took to the streets of Cairo to protest the ruling… » 12/20/11 5:50pm 12/20/11 5:50pm

Secrets From 'Black Flower' Robot-Saint Condoleezza Rice

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has written a book. Unfortunately, much of that book tries to justify all that lying the Bush administration did to get us into Iraq. Fortunately, she spends some of the book indulging the public's desire to learn about how everyone in the Bush White House was behind closed… » 10/24/11 4:30pm 10/24/11 4:30pm