December 2012

The role of soccer clubs in the Arab Spring:
“For decades soccer has constituted an alternative public space in the Middle East. Largely unnoticed by international experts, soccer provided a venue for the expression of pent-up anger and frustration against authoritarianism. By the time the Arab revolt erupted in December 2010, soccer had emerged as a key nonreligious, nongovernmental institution capable of confronting repressive regimes. Nowhere was this more pronounced than in Egypt, where militant, politicized, often violent ultras—organized clubs of soccer fans—played a key role in the protests that forced President Hosni Mubarak to resign in February 2011. Since his resignation, Egyptian ultras have continued to play a prominent role in Egyptian street politics.”
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Big data is the new polling. Fascinating deck on the Obama campaign’s digital team, extensively footnoted.
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RT @NYCMayorsOffice: For every day we wait, 34 more people are murdered with guns. Today, many of them were five-year olds.
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2nd act of Nutcracker much like 2nd act of Hair: child soldiers dance, psychedelia and love in the fallout of war. cc @jleonyc, @ABTballet
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China erases architectural / internet symbol of defiance.
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“I saw the camera could be a weapon against poverty, racism, all sorts of social wrongs. I had to have a camera.” Remembering Gordon Parks.
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