Lessons from North Africa

The Dynamics of Displacement

Dennis Smith Loughborough University

The North African Uprisings
The wave of revolutionary uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East, from Morocco to Bahrain – demanding liberation, democracy and the right and means to live a full life – has been watched throughout the world. Cyberspace and new information technology have played a key political role. Cell phones and laptop computers helped protestors to organise and also sent vivid depictions of mass resistance to a global audience. They provided vital guidance for the international media that dispatched their men, women and cameras to the region as soon as they were convinced that this was a ‘big story.’ 

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