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The Sociology Elders on The Social Movements in Tunisia and Egypt

First, Manuel Castells (roughly translated from Italian, via Stephanie Wojcik) correctly notes that revolutions with people in the streets come first, the significance of Al-Jazeera, then social media catch on: “The protests that overthrew the dictator Tunisian Ali Ben once again demonstrate the power of spontaneous social movements in the era of digital communications. The process, which in […]

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Slums, however deadly and insecure, have a bright future

UN Habitat has just published its State of African Cities 2010: Governance, Inequality and Urban Land Market. Globally, the 21st century is and will continue to be an urban century, but especially so in the periphery. As the report states: “In 2009 Africa’s total population for the first time exceeded one billion, of which 395 million (or […]