… I re-post an interview with Arslan CHIKHAOUI, CEO and chairman of Nord-Sud Ventures in Algier. He is also a senior consultant to Algerian Government bodies and senior analyst on international affairs for national and international media. I’ve met Arslan last November and we’ve had a long conversation on what’s going on in Algeria. I think these videos give some insights on daily life in Algeria and help to understand why Algeria is different from Egypt and Tunisia.
Even though I do hope for the people that they will have the power to stand up!
Netizens are deeply concerned about repressive measures used by Tunisian authorities in response to the current protests and political unrest in the country. It urges the government to refrain from the unnecessary use of force against peaceful protesters and to respect the fundamental rights of its people, including the right to freely express dissenting opinions.
The unrest began nearly two weeks ago when a young Tunisian man, Mohamed Bouazizi, set himself on fire to protest the country’s high unemployment rate. The incident, which took place in the provincial town of Sidi Bouzid, became the catalyst that sparked widespread protest and riots that have become a referendum on the government of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Protesters are calling for an end to corruption, nepotism, and restrictions on basic freedoms. There have been reports of Tunisian security forces opening fire on protesters as well as large scale arrests and torture of prisoners. Although traditional media in Tunisia is heavily restricted and authorities have sophisticated methods for repressing internet freedom, reports of the protests have spread through non-traditional forms of media as bloggers and regular citizens have been tracking the events.
And – this is what strikes me most – hardly any news on this in “western” media.
So I felt very happy yesterday, when I got the chance to interview Lina Ben Mhenni, a Tunisian Teacher Assisstant of linguistics at Tunis University and a blogger. Thanks again to Hisham who connected us. Lina is mainly blogging about freedom of speech, human rights (especially women rights and students rights), social problems, and organ donation awareness . She likes photography, reading, writing, watching movies. Lina is also an athlete but within a special team: The Tunisian National Organ Transplant Team.
“People are customized to follow in China!” says Isaac Mao, one of the first Chinese bloggers. He started blogging in 2002 and he soon became one of the young digital leaders in China. Since then he is expressing his views of a modern Chinese Democracy – both: peacefully and wisely.
In the passed years I have done a couple of interviews with him, but I’ve never heard him some relaxed and enthusiastic. The reason: The Nobel Prize for Peace Laureate: Liu Xiaobo. Liu was of course the mayor topic during our conversation, but we also talked about the influence social media has on activism and how big the chances are to overcome censorship in China:“I can see, that censorship in China will be gone within the next 5 years!”The interview was audiotaped via SKYPE, so please excuse that I cannot provide video. But I couldn’t resist the fact, that I am still running an unregistered version of SNAPshot on my new laptop and this is why I provide the still;-))