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I Speak for Myself #03: Demanding Dignity: Young Voices from the Front Lines of the Arab Revolutionsby Ahmed Shihab Eldin
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Demanding Dignity: Young Voices from the Front Lines of the Arab Revolutions brings together essays written by todayand#8217;s generation of Arab youth who have directly inspired and sparked a revolutionary spirit that toppled governments, unearthing the corruption of decades of dictator dominated countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
Their voices are as varied as their individual stories, but their destinies are shared. They are the connected generation.Stories come from the streets of Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, Syria, Yemen, Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Libya, and Palestine. Inspired in part by universal human values and aspirations, each story captures the changes revolutionizing the region and social mediaand#8217;s role in uniting like-minded citizens through civic engagement.
"The essays in the third I Speak for Myself series prove that the revolution was televised, tweeted, and updated on Facebook. Muhammad Radwan, an Egyptian-American, describes choosing between living or tweeting as he found himself in a standoff between protesters and pro-regime forces in Syria. Dina Sadek, an Egyptian English literature graduate with bleak prospects, became a well-paid translator for a U.K. journalist covering the revolution. The essays focused on Bahrain are particularly shocking, with one former member of the Bahrain Parliament describing his days-long detention and torture. Some pieces (particularly the editors' introduction) come across as self-indulgent and in stark contrast to the hardships, violence, and torture other contributors have endured and the sobering reality of the work that must be done yet. Most of the contributors are male, Western in outlook, and observers rather than organizers. Despite these shortcomings, the proud spirit of the young Arabs featured in this book shine through. Most readers will be inspired by little nuggets within, from the first all-Palestinian Model U.N. to the vendor selling 'freedom tea' in Egypt's Tahrir Square." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Demanding Dignity: Young Voices from the Arab Revolutions is a collection of essays written by todays generation of Arab youth who have directly inspired and sparked a revolutionary spirit that toppled governments, unearthing the aftermath of decades of suppression in the Middle East and North Africa.
Their voices are as varied as their individual stories, but their destinies are shared. They are the connected generation.
Their personal stories, told by 20 contributors from 9 different countries, meet at a crossroads somewhere between journalistic first-hand reports with accessible, intimate journal entries.
Inspired in part by universal human values and aspirations, each story captures the very changes revolutionizing the region: Social media's role in uniting like-minded citizens through civic engagement.
A Nubian take on revolution and restitution in Egypt. A Saudi-woman who steps into the driver seat to change her daughter's future because her mother couldn't change her present. The repeated reminder of torture in daily life. The tumultuous journey as a young Egyptian navigates his travels through social and political upheavals from Egypt to Syria.
Their journeys point to a vision of pan-Arab identity as seen in the manifestation of their shared spirit of connected struggles. Their voices together sound a culmination of calls for human dignity that reflect the voices of their fellow citizens and the struggles that come with challenging political, religious and conventional authorities.
About the Author
Maytha Alhassen is a doctoral student candidate in American Studies and Ethnicity at University of Southern California. Alhassenand#8217;s writings have appeared on CNN, The Huffington Post, Counterpunch and in academic journals, and she has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, and The Nation.
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin is a journalist, producer and co-host of Al Jazeera English's "The Stream." Ahmed worked as a multimedia producer at PBSand#8217;s award-winning documentary series Wide Angle, and The New York Times. He helped launch The Huffington Postand#8217;s World section.
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