Global Heat Map of Protests in 2013

My colleague Kalev Leetaru recently launched GDELT (Global Data on Events, Location and Tone), which includes over 250 million events ranging from riots and protests to diplomatic exchanges and peace appeals. The data is based on dozens of news sources such as AFP, AP, BBC, UPI, Washington Post, New York Times and all national & international news from Google News.
CNN International censors self-produced doc on Bahrain

The news giant CNN is under criticism for refusing to air a documentary it had commissioned and produced that featured a lengthy segment on the uprising against the U.S.-backed regime in Bahrain.

The segment featured interviews with Bahraini activists facing repression and footage of U.S.-armed government forces shooting unarmed protesters. The documentary, called “iRevolution: Online Warriors of the Arab Spring,” aired once on CNN for a U.S. audience.

But it never aired on CNN International as initially intended, meaning no audiences in the Middle East or elsewhere outside of the United States ever got to watch it. CNN has refused to provide an explanation for the move, but critics call it political censorship.

Censorship at CNN?

A scandal is developing at CNN after it emerged an award-winning program that detailed the heavy-handed tactics of the Bahraini Government during the Arab Spring was conspicuously denied an airing on the station’s international syndicate.

The program, “iRevolution”, was broadcast on CNN, but (allegedly) denied a viewing on CNNi - where it would have been seen by Bahraini audiences - due to pressure from the Bahraini regime.

Interview #23: CU tomorrow. Breakfast 9 A.M. *
  • Barack H. Obama:Welcome to the family, folks! What's up, these days?
  • Keith B. Alexander:Who sampled that, dude?
  • Simon T. Hawm:Somebody told me Avenged Sevenfold's former drummer Rev – the posthumous death cab of little Maddie!
  • John O. Brennan:Who's around me, dudes?!
  • Michelle I. Williams:Keep calm, John! It's all just in your head!
  • Barack:Probably we've come together to introduce Adam & Eve of a brave new iWorld to our 7 billion iFolks rocking all over the world. So be welcome, SY & MY!
  • Simon:That must be a profiling mirror problem, Mr. President! This Michelle is mine – and I'm not faithful.
  • Barack:Ohh really?! (laughs)
  • John:No one in here is faithful. We all are hollow man – sons of a bitch as you would prefer it in your slang!
  • Michelle:In SY's slang?! That must be just another iPeer of him!
  • Keith:Seems like we are hacked by the FileZilla iTeam!
  • Barack:Hacked?! Not possible!
  • Simon:I would prefer the term iRadioheads or iMinds. By the way: Focus to your phonetics! The link of this inception leads us to France.
  • John:(lighting a cigarette)
  • Michelle:By the way: Term is a gap. It's your WISE booster, folks! I'd recommend to call Lou – to let him program it to our new, much more entertaining WhoSampled iPort for this fucking old and creepy killing WISE boosters. Aren't the CIA and NSA strong enough to create their own systems?!
  • Keith:We're just spokes in the wheel – operated by Kent P. Wayne's nexQtech iMatrix!
  • John:Who's Kent P. Wayne?!
  • Simon:Just another invention of my inventor Toby M. Winkler.
  • Barack:And who the hell is that?!
  • Michelle:Just another sexual spastic, who likes to kid the secret services. So don't worry, it's not FileZilla. It's just TY using it as just another port to entertain us!
  • Keith:Right then, off we go!
  • Simon:Who, the NASA?! I'd like to introduce my brand new plans for the SPINTROTTER / nexQtech iSpyderQ1. The iWorld's 1st satellite mind phone!
  • Barack:We know that already. It's just another pale imitation of Michael Knight's iWatch – and by the way just another construction of your iMind as Toby imagines it to be built!
  • Michelle:Ohh really?!
  • John:Where have you snatched this iVoice, Michelle?! It's Barack's Michelle's voice!
  • Simon:Ohh really?! I'd recommend to check this legal gap exactly. Call Jony in our iHeadquarter to solve that!
  • Barack:Gorgeous idea, SY! Who the fuck are you?!
  • Simon:Just another British knight in New York!
  • Keith:Your iMindgames are without any equal, SY!
  • Michelle:Who sampled?!
  • John:The equals?! (smiles)
  • Barack:So come on, putting butter on the fish: I love my label as it is. What do you want from me, SY?
  • Simon:I'm not taking the Mickey. Nothing. But nice to meet you anyway!
  • John:Somebody told me, that you think the CIA could help you to realise your iSpyder plans in order to build a brand new MEDIOPOLITAN iWorld in the name of progressive love, science, education, spiritualism, media & meta-capitalism. Who the hell do you think, that we are!
  • Simon:For me all of our departments are just another brick in Kent's nexQtech box – joining all the secret services and their connected industrial enterprises in one single box.
  • Michelle:Just to simplify it! (smiles)
  • Barack:Hope, we are the strongest part in this box! (smiles)
  • John:Probably!
  • Simon:Think so! Englishman – but with an American heartbeat!
  • Keith:Who sampled?!
  • Barack:Survivor?!
  • Michelle:Our eyes of a tiger will leave this space still alive.
  • Simon:Cheers, darling!
  • Barack:Why so serious?!
  • Simon:I'm just sampling ideas – inbetween I'm marking the points in your matrix, that have to be optimised! Tracking not possible – that's the job of my connected programmer Lou and my engineering iTeam around Jony. So don't worry! In the end just another booster kill in our iWorld's matrix, that will make all of us stronger. At the latest after all of us have slep on it for just another night.
  • Michelle:Put the rest into our iSpyder's iDreams boxes. Matilda's calling!
  • John:That's the way I like it, folks!
  • Barack:When he's right, he's right!
  • Simon:Everything's got both sides of a gun!
  • Barack:Who sampled?! (laughs)
  • Simon:Michelle?!
  • Michelle:Think it was Ben Harper.
  • Keith:Was?! He's still alive!
  • Barack:So long. Thanks for all the fish, dudes! CU tomorrow. Breakfast 9 A.M.
  • Michelle:You're welcome!
  • Simon:Cheers – and good night, ladies!
  • * Fictional Journalism
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Social Media: The First 2,000 Years | iRevolution


What do Papyrus rolls and Twitter have in common? Both were used as a means of “instant” communication. Indeed, a careful reading of history reveals just how ancient social media really is. Further, the questions we pose 


CNN censored iRevolution Documentaries (Amber Lyon)

We are looking for a new King

Just in case our MEDIOPOLITAN iRevolution (Progressive Party Program: can’t be realised as soon as we wish to, SPINTROTTER is watching you. Take the crown, apply to become the leader of our iRevolution in the name of love and 90.5 FM – and we make you the new King of our upcoming iWorld!

Applications to:
CNN and the business of state-sponsored TV news

The network is seriously compromising its journalism in the Gulf states by blurring the line between advertising and editorial.

“[T]elevision and internet viewers are left with little indication that the programing isn’t news, but rather a flashy infomercial exploiting CNN’s waning credibility.”

Today I reported on the refusal of CNN International (CNNi) to broadcast an award-winning documentary, “iRevolution”, that was produced in early 2011 as the Arab Spring engulfed the region and which was highly critical of the regime in Bahrain. The documentary, featuring CNN’s on-air correspondent Amber Lyon, viscerally documented the brutality and violence the regime was using against its own citizens who were peacefully protesting for democracy. Commenting on why the documentary did not air on CNNi, CNN’s spokesman cited “purely editorial reasons”.

Even so, the network’s relationships with governments must bear closer examination. CNNi has aggressively pursued a business strategy of extensive, multifaceted financial arrangements between the network and several of the most repressive regimes around the world which the network purports to cover. Its financial dealings with Bahrain are deep and longstanding.

CNNi’s pursuit of and reliance on revenue from Middle East regimes increased significantly after the 2008 financial crisis, which caused the network to suffer significant losses in corporate sponsorships. It thus pursued all-new, journalistically dubious ways to earn revenue from governments around the world. Bahrain has been one of the most aggressive government exploiters of the opportunities presented by CNNi.

These arrangements extend far beyond standard sponsorship agreements for advertising of the type most major media outlets feature. CNNi produces those programs in an arrangement it describes as “in association with” the government of a country, and offers regimes the ability to pay for specific programs about their country. These programs are then featured as part of CNNi’s so-called “Eye on” series (“Eye on Georgia”, “Eye on the Phillipines”, “Eye on Poland”), or “Marketplace Middle East”, all of which is designed to tout the positive economic, social and political features of that country.
Building Egypt 2.0: When Institutions Fail, Crowdsourcing Surges

 “After the revolution, the police force just disappeared, there is no police; and there is no traffic control. But this drove more crowdsourced traffic control, crowdsourced police, crowdsourced services. And this has been happening in the last year alone. Crowdsourcing revolution. But not a revolution to overthrow a tyrant but a revolution to build a developed country. […] People going to clean the streets, planting trees, repainting the streets. And they are feeling ownership of their campaign.”

Adel Youssef addresses the way Egyptians are using online activism to organize offline participation.

Great gig yesterday in Ahlen / NRW / Germany, that has led me through a dark day for a dark knight – with a great Hardcore Kirmes Death Metal Combo from Emsdetten / NRW / Germany: New World Depression. The Storm Is Coming – gorgeous!

By the way I’ve met an old dear friend of mine, Matilda M. Jablonka (27). We were just talking about our SPINTROTTER Projects and she inspired me to hire a new member for our iTeams’ Chief Board. Can’t believe, that SY and me haven’t noticed before, that we need a financial expert in our iTeam to realize our iRevolution – although we just wanna burn the complete money of our Brave New iWorld down in order to create a Brand New iCoyne System. Our readers and followers have noticed that yet, I think. But Matilda just said: “Even if you just wanna burn all the money down, you need an expert filling your visions with life working for your own enterprise.”

So here we go, Matilda, our new Chief Economic Officer – and our third CEO working for SPINTROTTER.

Until now she was working as Industrial Manager for a big brand of our iMarket for Fast-Moving Consumer Goods – and she’s self-taught as SY, me and the most ones of our iTeams’ members. The best base to go further on with our MEDIOPOLITAN iRevolution, waltzing Matilda! Looking forward to a brand new start without SY – but with him in our iHearts and iMinds all day and night long.

The brotherhood of men (and women) grows and grows.
Thank you, iDudes!

Greets, TY


I don’t know exactly, what all of your iTeams are doing, Hawm Brothers. But I’m reading your blog for a long time now - and I think, I’m working in a familiar business. The most impressive paper is your MEDIOPOLITEN Party Paper, that’s really opened my eyes for the possibilities of our technologies in order to create an iWorld, no one had ever imagined to be realized in our lifetime. The revolution in the name of love and fair trade seems to be so near, when I’m reading or listening to your ideas!

So maybe you’ll try to go further on with an idea, I’ve sampled all my down from a Foxconn meeting in China. It could work to solve your problem trading with all of our corrupt morals playing their particular roles on our iSports Stages: Let’s start in the German Bundesliga - and let’s boost all the Ista-counters bringing their rates to a higher level than all the clubs have ever imagined since they were founded!

You know best, that all of us - and it doesn’t matter, whether we know or not - are working harder than all the sportsmen to save the success of our clubs and leagues. But all of us get less than nothing for that! Then I read, that Borussia Dortmund celebrates itself to be the strongest brand on the market. That really makes me wonder, how and whether our Brave New iWorld will ever learn to give all of our new generation iSlaves the chance to get just a little part of all the profits, that they make using, hunting and hurting our iMinds every single day.

Think of all the workers and tradesmen, who’ve realized the Russian Olympic Games without getting anything or a dumping price for their work. Our television and radio stations don’t cast the Tour de France because of mad doctor challenges - but they will never think of going without casting the Olympic Games! So just let’s set a warning sign starting with my idea. I think, it’s nearly as good as your famous iSpyders and your MEDIOPOLITAN iLove Satellite!

Regards, Peter Albrecht

P.S. I really like reading all of your information and educational stuff. But it’s time to bring our old world to a final end - starting the next level of human progress!

—  SPINTROTTER Reader Peter Albrecht (59 / Industrial Manager)
Chat #05: Come away with me
  • ...
  • Man:What would you do if I’d sang out of tune?
  • Woman:I never look down to anyone unless helping him up.
  • Man:So what would you do?!
  • Woman:I would try to help you out.
  • Man:If we wouldn’t have this fucking sick breed of society around we all would forget about our hunting bullshit inbetween 3 days – maybe faster, but at a max of 1 week.
  • Woman:I know. But all the fucking sick folks around will never change!
  • Man:Why not?!
  • Woman:Cause they think, it’s their job to burn you down!
  • Man:I don’t need anyone to burn myself down!
  • Woman:Then leave them behind!
  • Man:I leave them behind every single night I go to sleep with you.
  • Woman:But the next day they're back, I know.
  • Man:I’d give my right arm to make them see what ultimately counts.
  • Woman:You’re a little too altruistic I think, isn’t it?!
  • Man:Maybe.
  • Woman:Don’t be any maybe, CHANGE the world, darling!
  • Man:All the folks I meet like my ideas to change it ...
  • Woman:... but in the end they all spend you nothing more than the feeling of being gammy?!
  • Man:Some kind of that!
  • Woman:I know myself what a source of anguish life is.
  • Man:;-)
  • Woman:To hell with them!
  • Man:I really don’t know any other place to be for them!
  • Woman:It’s your job to bleed them all out, I guess. I hope in the end we both will be free. Otherwise all what we are doing hasn’t made any sense since we were born.
  • Man:That’s so true!
  • Woman:Go further on – and don’t stop believing!
  • Man::-)
  • Woman:Hope we’re still alive when your visions come true, my dear!
  • Man:I don’t know.
  • Woman:Otherwise we’ll just live our life – and move on from!
  • Man:Just come away with me, babe!
  • Woman:For sure, honey!
  • ...

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