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The Filmmakers Leading A New Wave Of Iraqi Cinema

shockwebpic_newwaveofiraqicinemaIn this short profile by the Creators Project we are shown the determination to create as we are taken inside war torn Baghdad where rising Iraqi filmmakers such as Mohamed Al-Daradji and Yahya Al Allaq are leading a new film movement that is getting recognition despite their challenges of limited resources and life threatening environments.

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► Ana Tijoux – Somos Sur Feat. Shadia Mansour

shockleewebpic_AnaTijoux_somos-SurThis colorful Ana Tijoux and Shadia Mansour multilingual collabo off her latest release comes hard with the resistance. It could very well be the alternative anthem for the World Cup event.

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Julian Assange: ‘Facebook Is The Most Appalling Spy Machine That Has Ever Been Invented’

In this candid interview, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange talks about Facebook being ‘The Most Appalling Spy Machine That Has Ever Been Invented’ and points out that the social network along with other services like google and yahoo are building comprehensive databases that contain your personal info. All your details such as names, addresses locations and conversations with friends and family are being kept on record and can be freely used by U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies without a complicated subpoena process.

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The Global Art Project Changing the Face of the World

French Artist JR was just awarded the 2011 TED Prize which is awarded annually to “an exceptional individual who receives $100,000 and, much more important, “One Wish to Change the World.”

JR’s winning project is INSIDE OUT, a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Everyone is challenged to use black and white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world.

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Egypt’s Cry for Freedom Heard: Revolution 2.0

This anti-Mubarak protester’s gloves read, “You will leave by the hand of youth.” This image illustrates the sentiment surrounding the event that has had the entire world glued to their screens. The youth movement in the North African/Middle Eastern region was first sparked in Tunisia when a young street vendor named Mohammed Bouazizi set himself on fire in a fit of rage in protest of the poverty and unemployment surrounding him.

In December 2010, Tunisians took to the streets and started demonstrating against government corruption, poor living conditions and their lack of freedom of speech. 28 Days later, President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country and further fueled youth movements in the surrounding region.

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