The Pierhead Sessions was proud to welcome the renowned linguist, scholar and political analyst Noam Chomsky during a rare visit to Wales. During an intimate question and answer session with Jane Davidson AM (Minister for the Environment, Sustainability and Housing) he discussed a wide range of issues including wikileaks, American foreign policy under Bush and Obama, New Labour, the Welsh Assembly, the Middle East, Twitter, the environment, religion, oil, nuclear weapons, the Chilcot Inquiry, language, Aristotle, inequality, and the British laws on terrorism, amongst many others.
AlJazeeraEnglish | February 05, 2011
Despite the best efforts of Hosni Mubarak’s government, images of millions of Egyptians protesting on the streets of Cairo, Alexandra and Suez have been beamed around the world. But while the clashes between anti- and pro-Mubarak protestors dominated the airwaves, the journalists covering the fighting became targets themselves. Many were harassed, arrested and beaten while others had their equipment confiscated, but they continued to cover the story.
The government pulled the plug on the country’s internet connection, cut the phone lines for a time, poured propaganda out on state-controlled media but the momentum of the demonstrators was unstoppable. We trail the coverage of one of the biggest political protests in Arab history, one that came together online, dominated the headlines and sent tremors all the way from Sanaa to Washington.
The U.S.-based social-networking monolith Facebook has begun an all-out assault on its members, deleting three active groups that advocated for progressive and radical causes, permanently banning the accounts of four individuals who administered one group, and sending threatening messages to others.
The groups deleted include Boycott BP, a campaign against the Big Oil company responsible for one of history’s worst ecological disasters; the PFLP Solidarity Group, based in New Zealand with members around the globe, in support of the Palestinian resistance movement; and Free Ricardo Palmera, a group advocating support for a leftist Colombian guerrilla leader who is imprisoned in the U.S. in violation of international law.