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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Two years blogging for the Arab Spring

This diary is being published exactly two years, to the minute, after I published my first of 270 diaries on the social-political phenomenon that came to be known as the Arab Spring.

At the time, I was writing the still unfinished screenplay for Vietnam: People's Victory, the sequel to my 2008 Vietnam: American Holocaust, and I don't think I could have found Tunisia on a map without consulting Google first.

When I checked my email on the morning of 14 January 2011, I found a bulletin from EFF warning about a JavaScript exploit that the Ben Ali regime was using to track and arrest anti-government Tunisian bloggers.

It was my work in the area of Internet freedom that brought me awareness of the Arab Spring early on.

I decided to put my other tasks aside for a while and write a diary about it for the Daily Kos.
EMERGENCY: DKos Must Act Now to Protect Tunisian Bloggers! was the product and I never looked back.

This second anniversary would almost certainly have escaped my attention but for an impromptu twitter exchange with Robert Fisk yesterday.

Sunday, Common Dreams published Anonymous Comments, Gutless Trolls, and Why It's Time We All Stop Drinking This Digital Poison by Robert Fisk.

After reading it, I tweeted:



Which provoked the following exchange:










These are my early diaries on the Tunisia, Egypt and the Arab Spring:
EMERGENCY: DKos Must Act Now to Protect Tunisian Bloggers!
The WikiLeaks Revolution: Anonymous Strikes Tunisia
UPDATED: Tunis: This Photo was Taken 66 Minutes Ago
Is Libya Next? Anonymous Debates New Operation
Arrested Pirate Party Member Becomes Tunisian Minister
Anonymous plans Op Swift Assist in Tunisia
Tunisia: A Single Tweet Can Start A Prairie Fire!
BREAKING: Algerian Protesters Clash w Police as Anon starts OpAlgeria
Huffington Post Disses the Jasmine Revolution
Tunisians Thank Anonymous as North Africa Explodes
BREAKING: Protesters Plan Massive "Day of Wrath" in Egypt Today
UPDATED: Egypt Protests Continue, Tunisia Wants Ben Ali Back
North African Revolution Continues
Egypt is on Fire!
No Internet? No Problem! Anonymous Faxes Egypt
Huffington Post Disses the Jasmine Revolution Redux
Million Egyptian Protest Planned as Resistance Continues
They Should Have Helped That Street Vendor
Act Now to Stop Mubarak's Thugs From Killing More!
Act Now to Stop Mubarak's Thugs From Killing More! w Petition
Protesters roar back with "Day of Departure" for Mubarak
Tunisian Anonymous activists take on Egyptian cause
UPDATE: Google Goes Rebel, Supports Egyptian Protest
Tunisia's Revolution Continues
The Google Search for Wael Ghonim
BREAKING: Mubarak is Defiant
UPDATE: Egypt's Mubarak Has Resigned! - The Mubarak Screw Up & the Suleiman Danger
Tales of Tyrants: Ben Ali, Mubarak & Suleiman
Senior Egyptian Army Officers Ordered Massacre!
Algeria's 19 year long State of Emergency to end soon, President says
Are "mutinous officers" are being executed in Egypt now?
Secret U.S. Intelligence Source on Middle East Revealed!
Google Supports Revolts | Anonymous does too!
Californians Support North African Revolts
Who's running Egypt?
Occupy Nigeria - 1st African fruits of Qaddafi gone?
Occupy Nigeria Hollywood Protest
African Spring continues in Senegal
Mali Coup is latest post-Qaddafi fallout
BREAKING: Wade defeated in Senegal & other Africa Updates
People flex power in three African Countries.
Charles Taylor, Qaddafi goon, found guilty of war crimes in Sierra Leone
Prospects for peace in Sudan much better with Qaddafi gone
BREAKING: Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi removes Army leader

These are my articles on the Libyan Revolution:
Bani Walid Revisited
Bani Walid
BREAKING: Libya | BaniWalid falls!
US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens Murder Timeline
Libya: This is what democracy looks like - protesters take over HQ of Ansar al-Sharia
My answer to Secretary Clinton Re: US Death in Libya
Women and the Libyan Revolution
The Left and the Arab Spring
Libya's elected congress to take power today
The Elections and Libya's Violent Militias
#Libya at the crossroads: The ballot or the bullet
Is Libya better off than it was?
Libyan Elections to be held July 7th
Qaddafi forces Strike Back in Libya
Libya & Syria - two videos - no comment
BREAKING: Libyan High Court strikes down anti-free speech law
Where should Libya's Saif Qaddafi be tried?
MSM plays Hankey Panky with Libya
Qaddafi lies live on after him
Another "Houla style" massacre in Syria
Libya's Qaddafi helped US & Israel against Iran in Olympic Games
Why is Russia demanding NATO boots on the ground in Libya?
#LyElect Libyans register to vote 1st time in 60 years
Libya's Revolution: How We Won - The Internationale in the 21st Century
Good News from Libya
On Libya & Glenn Greenwald: Are the anti-interventionists becoming counter-revolutionaries?
UN: NATO killed 60 civilians in Libya
Libya in the news today
Amnesty International on Libya again
The Current Situation in Libya
Democracy Now & Amy Goodman gets it wrong again.
Why is Chris Hedges calling for "boots on the ground" in Libya?
The Worm Has Turned: Good Film on Libyan Revolution from PressTV
Why NATO's mission in Libya isn't over yet
Libya's Freedom Fighters: How They Won
Racism in Libya
Abdul Rahman Gave his Eyes to See the End of Qaddafi
BREAKING: Secret files reveal Dennis Kucinich talks with Qaddafi Regime
BREAKING: Libyan TNC won't extradite Lockerbie bomber
Who really beat Qaddafi?
#Feb17: @NATO Please help MEDEVAC wounded from #Libya
What should those that opposed NATO's intervention in Libya demand now?
BREAKING: Qaddafi's Tripoli Compound Falls!
Does PDA Support Qaddafi?
BREAKING: Operation Mermaid Dawn, the Battle to Liberate Tripoli is Joined
Helter Skelter: Qaddafi's African Adventure
Qaddafi's Long Arm
SCOOP: My Lai or Qaddafi Lie? More on the 85 Civilians presumed killed by NATO
Did NATO kill 85 Libyan Villagers As Qaddafi Regime Contends?
CCDS Statement on Libya - a Critique
The Assassination of General Abdul Fattah Younis
NATO over Tripoli - Air Strikes in the Age of Twitter
How Many Libyans has NATO Killed?
Qaddafi Terror Files Start to Trickle Out!
Have Libyan Rebels Committed Human Rights Abuses?
Tripoli Green Square Reality Check
Behind the Green Curtain: Libya Today
Gilbert Achcar on the Libyan situation and the Left
NATO slammed for Libya civilian deaths NOT!
2011-07-01 Qaddafi's Million Man March
NATO's Game Plan in Libya
February 21st - Tripoli's Long Night
Did Qaddafi Bomb Peaceful Protesters?
Tripoli Burn Notice
Libyans, Palestinians & Israelis
'Brother' Qaddafi Indicted plus Libya & Syria: Dueling Rally Photofinishs
An Open Letter to ANSWER
ANSWER answers me
2011-06-22 No Libyans allowed at ANSWER Libya Forum
Are they throwing babies out of incubators yet?
Continuing Discussion with a Gaddafi Supporter
Boston Globe oped supports Gaddafi with fraudulent journalism
2011-04-13 Doha summit supports Libyan rebels
Current Events in Libya
Amonpour Plays Softball with Gaddafi
Arming Gaddfi
North African Revolution Continues
Is Libya Next? Anonymous Debates New Operation

Here are my related diaries on Syria:
Defections and Murder [#Syria #Assad]
50 countries want Syria referred to ICC, US should join them!
Diane Sawyer's insensitivity towards Syrian children
BREAKING: Taftanaz, Assad's biggest air base falls in Syria
Syria: Friday of the Death Camps
NY Times: Assad has sarin in bombs at airfields
Syria: Assad must be defeated on the battlefield
Syrian opposition says still receiving no help
BREAKING: UN says 60,000 killed in Syrian conflict
5,000 Syrians murdered in 2011, 40,000 in 2012, what will 2013 bring?
MSM finally reports on Syria massacre story I broke here yesterday
Prediction: In 2013 Syria will see the last of Assad
BREAKING: Massacre in Homs Syria right now! 150 burnt corpses found
Why did this Syrian mother try to kill her own child?
BREAKING: Another high level defection in Syria
BREAKING: Defecting General confirms use of chemical weapons in Syria
Sticking to their story: UNAC's new 'Statement on Syria'
Why I think #Syria is so important
Bashar Assad reported willing to leave Syria with entourage of 142
BREAKING: 300 killed in air strike on breadline in #Syria
BREAKING: Chemical weapons first use reported in Syria
BREAKING: Russia takes control of Syrian chemical weapons
Syria: Assad Regime enters the Deathwatch Phase
SecState[?] John Kerry and his 'dear friend' Bashar Assad
A Libyan rebel speaks out on Jihadists in Syria
Does what Obama said at Newtown apply to Syria?
BREAKING: Heavy fighting in Damascus as coup attempt reported in progress
Assad's jets bomb Palestinian refugee camp
Jabhat al-Nusra is a Threat to the Syrian Revolution
AP weighs in on Obama's Green Light for Assad's slaughter in Syria
Syrian opposition says "Thanks but No Thanks!" to foreign intervention
BREAKING: Assad firing Scud missiles at Syria
Is Assad using white phosphorus in Syria?
BREAKING: Obama recognizes opposition in Syria
Speaking for the murderous regime in Syria
State of the war in Syria: Most of Damascus now in FSA hands!
Syria: Obama's moves Assad's "red line" back as SOHR reports 42,000 dead!
UPDATED: Syria goes dark as "cleansing" begins in Damascus
BREAKING: Assad's Troops Wipe Out a Playground Full of Children in #Syria
BREAKING: Russia denies Syrian army on brink of collapse
BREAKING in Syria: Explosion rocks Damascus as people use "Truce Day" to protest regime
We condemn Israel. So why the silence on Syria?
Norodom Sihanouk at his finest & more on Syria
Meet a Syrian who doesn't think both sides are equally bad and is betting her life on it!
Two statements about Syria
Syria Today: New videos from the revolutionary war
Syrian Defector: Assad behind "terrorist" bombs
How Assad fights "terrorism" in Syria
REVISITED: FSA says it killed Russian General in Syria
Turkey attacks Syria
Truth Out: How Assad helped France kill Qaddafi
Panetta: Unilateral U.S. Military Intervention in Syria Would Be a Serious Mistake
BREAKING: 305 Syrians slaughtered in bloodiest day yet
Syria: Secret source of rebel arms revealed
BREAKING: Amnesty on Syria - Assad Regime guilty on indiscriminate slaughter
Syrian Revolution Digest shows "disgusting" photos!
Syria: The Killing Field the World is Learning to Live With
Barack Obama's Courtship of Bashar al-Assad
LIVE VIDEO: “World Silence is Killing Syria” Rally in #DC
Free #Syria responds to Robert Fisk
UPDATED: #Assad: "#Syria doesn't need a green light!"
Obama opposes French support for #Assad's opposition in #Syria
BREAKING: Amnesty site hacked, Assad propaganda posted
BREAKING: 630 Slaughtered in new massacre in Syria
Special message from Syrian children to Obama
Assad's Redline and Obama's Greenlight!
General Meade at Gettysburg
Tell US gov't to stop endangering Syrian activists
UPDATED: Obama "green lights" #Assad's slaughter in Syria
Syria: Turning Battlegrounds into Playgrounds
BREAKING: Bashar al-Assad is alive as deaths in Syria reach 25,000
The Left and the Arab Spring
Iran increasing its intervention in Syria
Syria: Images from the Battle of Aleppo
Fears grow of WMD attack in Syria
UPDATED: FSA says it killed Russian General in Syria
BREAKING: Syria releases new images of Bashar al- Assad | Are they fakes?
NOT BREAKING NEWS: Just another massacre in Syria
UPDATED: Syrian prime minister defects
Syria: FSA says Iranian pilgrims really Republican Guard
Syria: Aleppo under Siege!
BREAKING: UN votes to condemn Assad Regime as Reuters posts false story on Syria
BREAKING: Kofi Annan resigns as envoy to Syria
Syria: Bashar al-Assad not heard from on Armed Forces Day!
BREAKING: Senior Syrian diplomat to Armenia defects
BREAKING: Big Explosion hits #Damascus #Syria
UPDATED: Syria's Charge D'Affaires Quits London Post
BREAKING: Ground assault on Aleppo begins!
BREAKING: Protests across Syria in spite of Assad regime violence
ALEPPO: Step outside the Matrix and witness the Horror
UPDATED: US fears massacre in #Aleppo, #Syria
BREAKING: Reports of clashes between Jordan Army & Assad's Syrian army
BRAKING: Obama stops Putin from re-arming Assad in Syria
Syria: Foreign meddling increases as crisis builds
BREAKING: Aleppo, Syria bombed with fighter jets
BREAKING: Syria issues a correction, it has no WMD to use
BREAKING: Arab League asks Assad to step down!
Bashar al-Assad: New images released as slaughter continues in Syria
no blood for oil
BREAKING: Activists report toxic gas attack in Deir ez-Zor, Syria
Glenn Greenwald sees Islamist Terrorism as main issue in Syria
Will Syria's Assad make a chemical attack in Damascus on Saturday?
BREAKING: I know where Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is!
BREAKING: Massive Fire near #Assad's Presidential Palace in #Damascus, #Syria
BREAKING: Is Syria's Bashar al-Assad dead or dying?
BREAKING: Damascus explosion kills Defense Minister, other key figures
The battle for Damascus is coming
BREAKING: General Strike in Damascus
BREAKING: Intense fighting reported in Damascus now!
BREAKING: Syrian defector spills beans as important new defection reported.
Does Syria's Assad have something on Kofi Annan?
Tremseh Massacre in Syria: What we know
BREAKING: ~227 reported massacred by Assad's forces in Tremseh, Syria today!
Syria: Is Assad regime on the verge of collapse?
BREAKING: Russian Warships reported in Syria
BREAKING: #Russia changing on #Assad but not as fast as conditions in #Syria
UN Observers say violence in Syria is ‘Unprecedented’
BREAKING: Defection of major Assad insider reported in Syria
BREAKING: WikiLeaks releases 2.4 million #Syria emails
When did "Never Again" become "Whenever?" | #Douma
BREAKING: Incredible mass rally in Aleppo, Syria today!
BREAKING: HRW releases torture report on Syria
BREAKING: Syrian General defects with 293 to Turkey
BREAKING: Items not in the MSM on Syria
My response to Phyllis Bennis: Where is the non-violent opposition in Syria?
BREAKING: Syrian Air Force attacks Douma, 10m from Damascus, thousands flee
BREAKING: As Syria Burns, UN Blows More Smoke
BREAKING: Kofi Annan to propose Syrian unity gov't sans Assad!
BREAKING: Douma, Syria under massive attack, another massacre feared
BREAKING: Another mass defection from Syrian army
BREAKING: #NATO says No War in #Syria shoot down of #Turkey jet
NATO meetup tomorrow as more defect from Syria
BREAKING: Turkey calls for NATO consult on downing of jet by Syria
BREAKING: Senior Syrian Officers Defect
UPDATED: Russia reported to be preparing to evacuate from Syria
BREAKING: Syria fighter pilot defects
BREAKING: Britain stops Russian ship carrying attack helicopters for Syria
BREAKING: Russian troops headed to Syria
Qaddafi forces Strike Back in Libya
BREAKING: UN suspends mission in Syria
Libya & Syria - two videos - no comment
BREAKING: Russia denies supplying Syria with NEW attack helicopters
Syrian people rise up against the massacre
Another "Houla style" massacre in Syria
Fake Houla Massacre Photo: Was the BBC set up?
Idlib, Syria protest today on anniversary of Kent State killings
BREAKING: Massive protests in Syria following Friday pray
Syria is bleeding
Syria: Ceasefire faltering as mass protests breakout
BREAKING: Massacre in Homs Syria right now! 150 burnt corpses found

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