The Internet and Freedom in the Middle East

Two interesting pieces from today’s opinion pages pertained to the Internet and politics in the Middle East. The first, by our own Guy Taylor, appeared in Beirut’s Daily Star. “Syria Today: Online and Hard-Line,” was adapted from an earlier article Guy wrote for Reason. Here’s a taste: The last six years have seen an Internet explosion in Syria. Close to 1 million of the country’s 18 million people are now online, compared with just 30,000 in 2000, when President Bashar Assad ascended to power. Syrian writers are churning out blogs, news and commentary Web sites in a fashion that – […]

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