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[3 Jun 2013 | No Comment | ]
Peaceful Protest in Ankara: Third Day Report

Hüseyin Camalan
Ankara, Turkey

Dear friends around the world,
I’m writing to report to you the events regarding the protests in Ankara on the third day of the protests (June 2) and the following night.
On the second day of protests, after some fighting, protesters were able to gain the Kızılay Square, but were unable to push through to the National Assembly Building or the Prime Minister’s Office, both of which are very close, because of the intense aggression by the police. (They aimed pepper gas canisters directly on our bodies.) There was also …

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[30 May 2013 | 10 Comments | ]
Egypt and the Candle

Yasmine Mahmoud Fakhry
Alexandria, Egypt
“While there may be conspiracies by governments, there are no boundaries for love and friendship to grow among people.”
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I didn’t know when my Italian friend Elisa gave me a candle as a symbol of friendship that this candle would be more than just a souvenir. For years, I have stored the candle to remind me of the good old days I spent in Italy during the cultural exchange.  I bet Elisa herself never thought when she gave me that candle it would light up the corners of my …

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[29 May 2013 | One Comment | ]
Legend of the Cipher and the Art of Self-Expression

Connection Point Director Yasmina Mrabet interviewed Moroccan-American Media Producer Zeen Rachidi, a member of the team that created Legend of the Cipher, the first hip hop card game.  Zeen shares his perspective on how women are portrayed in the gaming and hip hop industries, and how this card game provides a platform for dialogue and social change.
Can you share with us a little about your personal background, and the inspiration behind the new card game ‘Legend of the Cipher’?
I hesitate to call Legend of the Cipher something that was inspired. Rather, …

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[23 May 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
The New Red Line in Syria: One American's Perspective

Elaine Tucci
United States 

“What if this woman were your neighbor? Would you take notice then? Can you imagine living in such an environment? You might want to try. It might be time to tune in.”
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Humans are very good at creating false boundaries. We have carved up our continents into approximately 196 nations (we still squabble about some of these) and so divided we stand. We have frontiers for expanding (or seizing), margins for pushing, precincts to cast our vote, confines and limitations to overcome, fences to keep in or out, and of …