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Senator Calls for Maikel Nabil’s Release

On Friday, April 8, CyberDissidents.org arranged a conference call between Senator Mark Kirk, Dr. Maikel Nabil Sanad’s brother, and formerly imprisoned blogger Kareem Amer. Following the call, Senator Kirk and Congressman Frank Wolf sent an open letter to Egypt’s military regime calling for the release of Nabil and for “a new era of human rights and democracy in Egypt.”

To view the letter, please click the file to the right.

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Arab Spring Weekly Update

Syria: As violence and turmoil continues to escalate, many well-known Syrian dissidents have gone into hiding. Those who remain above ground have reported on Twitter and Facebook that the army has executed soldiers who refused to kill unarmed civilians. In Daraa, security forces have been targeting imams and community leaders.

Morocco: Prominent dissident and journalist Rachid Nini was recently arrested in Casablanca. He faces trial for “propagating ideas that threaten the security of the homeland and its citizen” because he criticized security forces in his articles. Cyber-dissidents like Mohamed Erraji commented on the arrest,...

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Syria’s Immovable Forces: Activists, Regime Dig In

The following first appeared in The Daily Beast. To access the original, click here.

...A rash of media attention followed recent reports of the arrest of Amina Abdallah Arraf, a Syrian-American blogger in Damascus who’d become popular in the West. It has since become unclear whether Arraf is a real person or a hoax. But in addition to the 1,300 civilians who have been killed since the protests began, rights groups have counted more than 10,000 very real arrests.

Some of those detained were released in a recent amnesty measure, part of autocratic President Bashar al-Assad’s pattern of offering small concessions even as his regime...

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Iran Blocks Google+

Only 16 days after Google launched its social network Google+, Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance blocked the website.

The ministry’s Development Center for Information Technology and Digital Media (DCITDM) yesterday stated, “Google+ is western countries’ newest project for spying on Iran.”

“Google hastily started its ‘Real Time’ service on February 14,” said Ruhollah Momen Nasab, the head of DCITDM, referring to one of the opposition Green Movement’s days of protesting, “and their aim was disrupting public security, but [this attempt] was neutralized with immediate and intelligent reactions from...

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Prominent Women’s Rights Activist Arrested in Syria

Syrian cyber-dissident and women’s rights activist Hanadi Zahlout was arrested by Syrian security services a week ago.

Several sources have confirmed that she was placed in solitary confinement and subjected to severe psychological torture as prison officials brutally beat her friends in front of her.

Zahlout was one of the leading Alawite voices in Syria - the religious sect that to which President Bashar Assad and many top army officials belong. Since she was arrested, she has been denied the right to meet her lawyers and has been unable to communicate with people outside the prison. Zahlout’s friends are deeply concerned for her...

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