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Women bloggers face triumph & threats as they speak up on global corruption | WNN – Women News Network

Women bloggers face triumph & threats as they speak up on global corruption | WNN – Women News Network | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

"“I started being a journalist ten days before the protests started. At the time, I wasn’t very enthusiastic about the use of social media, I liked my simple phone with no Facebook or anything, but then I went into the streets on January, 21st,. I had my notebook and pen to write notes as I usually do, but I noticed something historic was really happening and I couldn’t describe it on paper. So I got a little camera in one hand, my phone on the other, and I learned how to use Twitter. Since then I realized it has to be a tool for any journalist working in the area,” said Heba Afify who has now over 6000 followers on her Twitter account @HebaAfify.""


"Women bloggers make up the majority of bloggers found online today says Nielsen, the internet analytics giant. Today 6.7 million people who want to publish their opinions are reaching the public via the internet, many of them using blogging as a way to do this. Another 12 million bloggers write using social networks platforms. It is not a surprise that women who want to reach the public with their ideas care about human rights and social justice.

 

As a Yemeni freelance writer, journalist and blogger Afrah’s work hasn’t been ignored. On the contrary, her work has been featured as one of the “10 must-read blogs from the Middle East” by CNN.com. She recently spoke in Mexico City during the Female Bloggers Forum as part of DHFEST, Mexico City’s International Film Festival for Human Rights where WNN – Women News Network caught up with her and the other women bloggers who came to speak.

 

“It all started before the revolution. I was thinking that I would not report on politics,” outlined Afrah Nasser who’s work focuses on women’s rights, democracy and politics. Since May 2011 she has written in exile from her base in Sweden, a choice she did not want to make. As she began to expose corruption in the region, Naseer faced increased threats because of her writings and opinions.

 

“So I reported [on Yemen] only on cultural and social topics. But the thing is, the more you report about social problems the more you see that the political system has to change,” Nasser continued.


Four other smart and courageous women bloggers joined Nasser recently on stage in front of a large crowd, more than a 1,000 people on October 3, 2013 at the University of Claustro de Sor Juana. The star group of expert women bloggers included Heba Afify from Egypt; Judith Torrea Oiz from Spain living in Ciudad Juárez; Malaika Mahlatsi of South Africa; and Claudia Calvin Venero from Mexico.


Blogging for Freedom of Expression

“[The] Internet has allowed for the empowerment of women,” outlined Mr. Frank La Rue at the opening of the event.

 

...the ability for bloggers to blog on conditions from their locations as they face dangers ‘on-the-ground’."

 

 



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Shutdown coverage fails Americans | Al Jazeera America

Shutdown coverage fails Americans | Al Jazeera America | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
Commentary: We need journalists to hold politicians accountable for extremist actions, not to enable them

 

And also: A selection of Videos, articles,  humour about the Us government Shutdown

http://www.scoop.it/t/interesting-reading-to-learn-english-intermediate-advanced-b1-b2-c1/?tag=Shutdown

http://www.scoop.it/t/brainfriendly-motivating-videos-to-learn-english-b1-b2-and-over-european-standard/?tag=Shutdown

 

 More specifically Journeyman Pictures :ABC Australia : "Party of No". The shutdown Modern Partisan American Politics

http://sco.lt/9EiGOH

 

http://www.rue89.com/2013/10/04/shutdown-americain-explique-a-ceux-ont-rate-debut-246305

 

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Le « shutdown » américain expliqué à ceux qui ont raté le début - Rue89

Le « shutdown » américain expliqué à ceux qui ont raté le début - Rue89 | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
S'il avait duré une journée, le "shutdown", décrété le 1er octobre, aurait été un épisode folklorique de plus dans la vie politique américaine.

 

 

 

 And also:

A selection of Videos, articles,  humour about the Us government Shutdown

http://www.scoop.it/t/interesting-reading-to-learn-english-intermediate-advanced-b1-b2-c1/?tag=Shutdown

http://www.scoop.it/t/brainfriendly-motivating-videos-to-learn-english-b1-b2-and-over-european-standard/?tag=Shutdown

 

More specifically: an excellent documentary by"ABC Australia" by from Journeyman Pictures : : "Party of No". The Shutdown: Modern Partisan American Politics  http://sco.lt/9EiGOH

 

C’est quoi, ce bordel ?

 

 Qui est responsable de la situation


La situation peut-elle durer ?


Obama va-t-il sortir grandi de l’affaire


Y a-t-il un scénario catastrophe ?


« Falaise de la dette » Le « fiscal cliff » expliqué par les Simpsons


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    •    Aux Etats-Unis, une campagne vidéo anti-Obamacare cible les jeunes
    •    Quelles sont les différences entre l’« Obamacare » et l’Assurance maladie ?

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Journeyman Pictures :ABC Australia : "Party of No". The shut down Modern Partisan American politics ( video with Transcript)

Journeyman Pictures :ABC Australia : "Party of No". The shut down Modern Partisan   American politics (  video with Transcript) | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

Transcript

 

And also:
http://www.scoop.it/t/interesting-reading-to-learn-english-intermediate-advanced-b1-b2-c1/?tag=Shutdown

http://www.scoop.it/t/brainfriendly-motivating-videos-to-learn-english-b1-b2-and-over-european-standard/?tag=Shutdown

More specifically, in French

 

http://www.rue89.com/2013/10/04/shutdown-americain-explique-a-ceux-ont-rate-debut-246305

 

 

Journeyman Pictures :ABC Australia : "Party of No". The shut down Modern Partisan American politics

 

"In light of the government shutdown in the US, we bring you a film that paints one of the most insightful and up-to-date pictures of modern partisan American politics. As an unthinkable US default looms, how has the divide between Republicans and Democrats become so bitter and entrenched that even the day to day running of the country has become impossible?

 

There was a time not so long ago when Democrats and Republicans could get over the most intractable disagreements, "The culture of congress was quite different in the 1980's ... the idea that you opposed what the other party was for but you didn't throw up insurmountable road blocks..."

Even Ronald Reagan, the modern Republican party's poster boy was happy to work cross party, "Reagan had democrats in the white house all the time", but those days are now long gone.

 

Republican politicians are now "almost all signing up to a pledge never to increase taxes." A position that has directly led to this showdown over Obamacare and the debt ceiling. Through revealing interviews this report explores how the Republican Party's hatred of Obamacare, increasing conservatism and the emergence of the Tea Party movement has contributed to the most partisan and least productive period in US political history."

 

ABC Australia

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