16 June, 2009

The World is Watching... or really trying to!

Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Article 20.1
Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.

Article 21 looks likely to apply, as well: the right of people to participate in their government through free, fair and universal elections.
Trying to stay atop the news from Iran and worried about friends there...
Yes, I realize that lots of citizen journalist outlets are down at the moment and professional journalists are being prevented from reporting on everything, but why is this not a major news story in the U.S.? Yes, I know the concept of sustained, quality coverage of vital things actually happening beyond our borders is a radical one but come on..
This whole thing is lessening my dislike of Twitter significantly, especially their decision to delay their service outage.
Nobel Prize winner Shirin Ebadi, who I had the honor of hearing speak twice recently at my university, spoke out today from Switzerland about the arrest of her human rights colleagues in Iran.
Global Voices
Juan Cole
Nico Pitney's live-blogging/collecting of information
Checking the Iranian blog rolls as well...
And the hunt for good, instant information continues...
YouTube, Twitter, even Flickr is serving as a news outlet...
The power of all these relatively new information outlets only leaves me thinking of past actions and movements and how different they might or might not have been if these tools had been available.
A rather chilling, but useful blog here.
For now, we're going green in solidarity.

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