Andy Carvin http://weku.fm en A Nonstop Tribute To Nelson Mandela http://weku.fm/post/non-stop-tribute-nelson-mandela They have assembled in front of the hospital by the dozens: church groups, families, even a motorcycle club, their engines revving at full throttle. Mothers encouraged their shy children to squeeze through the crowd and place a bouquet of flowers at the base of a makeshift shrine. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 20:19:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 47168 at http://weku.fm A Nonstop Tribute To Nelson Mandela The 'Standing Man' Of Turkey: Act Of Quiet Protest Goes Viral http://weku.fm/post/standing-man-turkey-act-quiet-protest-goes-viral As protests against the Turkish government enter their third week, activists are taking increasingly creative measures to maintain their momentum. <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/15/191996090/anti-government-protesters-in-turkey-refuse-to-leave-park"></a><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/15/191996090/anti-government-protesters-in-turkey-refuse-to-leave-park">Over the weekend</a>, police removed their tent city and re-opened Istanbul's Taksim Square to traffic, while maintaining a strong presence in the area. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 21:05:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 45944 at http://weku.fm The 'Standing Man' Of Turkey: Act Of Quiet Protest Goes Viral In Turkey, Protesters Proudly Call Themselves 'Looters' http://weku.fm/post/turkey-protesters-proudly-call-themselves-looters Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has shown no sympathy for the tens of thousands of protesters who've taken to the streets across the country. In fact, he seems to have energized the protesters by calling them <em>capulcu,</em> or "looters" in Turkish.<p>Demonstrators have gleefully embraced the label, spreading it far and wide on social media and turning a local protest into an event that has attracted international attention.<p>It all started because of a grove of trees. Thu, 06 Jun 2013 18:08:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 45357 at http://weku.fm In Turkey, Protesters Proudly Call Themselves 'Looters' Can You Hear Me Now? A Lighter Look At NSA Snooping http://weku.fm/post/can-you-hear-me-now-lighter-look-nsa-snooping As news broke about the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/06/189132530/spy-agencys-collection-of-phone-records-reopens-controversy">NSA collecting telephone records</a> through Verizon, people took to Twitter to voice their opinions. As an experiment, NPR senior strategist <a href="http://www.npr.org/people/129257771/andy-carvin">Andy Carvin</a> asked his followers to respond to the hashtag #CallsTheNSAKnowsAbout. Their responses ranged from the hilarious to the poignant. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 06 Jun 2013 15:25:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 45348 at http://weku.fm After Two Years In Hiding, A Bahraini Blogger Escapes http://weku.fm/post/after-two-years-hiding-bahraini-blogger-escapes The Arab world was aflame in March 2011. Longtime rulers in Tunisia and Egypt had been toppled. NATO was poised to attack Libyan government forces. The Syrian uprising was just beginning. And on the small island nation of Bahrain, the government was cracking down on pro-democracy protesters.<p>Across Bahrain, protest leaders were rounded up and some were quickly tried, convicted and sentenced to prison. The writing was on the wall for the leaders of the movement, including Ali Abdulemam.<p>He was perhaps the country's most prominent online activist. Wed, 15 May 2013 18:23:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 44265 at http://weku.fm After Two Years In Hiding, A Bahraini Blogger Escapes Another Boston Bombing Mystery: Who Is @Al_FirdausiA? http://weku.fm/post/another-boston-bombing-mystery-who-alfirdausia <em>(Andy Carvin, NPR's senior strategist for social media, sends us this dispatch about a Twitter account that may hold clues in understanding the surviving Boston bombing suspect.) </em><p>Social media became a large part of the story last week as amateur sleuths scoured the Internet for clues about the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 19:22:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 43195 at http://weku.fm Another Boston Bombing Mystery: Who Is @Al_FirdausiA? Syrian Activist: 'It's Snowing And We're Shaking Here' http://weku.fm/post/syrian-activist-its-snowing-and-were-shaking-here According to activists inside and outside Syria, the government's 27-day siege against the opposition stronghold of Baba Amr <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/03/01/147714382/anti-assad-fighters-said-to-be-retreating-from-beseiged-syrian-district">has now succeeded</a>. Initial reports suggest that forces are entering this neighborhood in the city of Homs, but details are sketchy at best because most of the reporters and citizen journalists covering the story have either fled or died.<p>One man, though, continues to bear witness. Thu, 01 Mar 2012 17:19:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 22405 at http://weku.fm On The Syrian Border, Getting Too Close Could Get You Shot http://weku.fm/post/syrian-border-getting-too-close-could-get-you-shot Our car pulled over along a deserted traffic circle in a small Jordanian village. An old man freshly covered in thick, wet sleet climbed into the back seat, his cold breath reeking of cigarettes.<p>"This is Khaled," my Syrian contact said. "He will show us to the border."<p>It took the better part of today to get from Amman, Jordan, to the Syrian border. A freak rain storm followed by a sudden blizzard had turned what should have been a two-hour drive into something much worse, as Jordanians seem to drive in snow as poorly as my fellow Washingtonians do. Wed, 29 Feb 2012 21:00:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 22343 at http://weku.fm Gadhafi's Compound, Slowly Being Erased From History http://weku.fm/post/gadhafis-compound-slowly-being-erased-history "I don't know why the traffic is like this," he said. "It's Friday just before prayers; where are all these people going?"<p>My friend Emad and I had been driving around the perimeter of Bab al-Azizia, Gadhafi's notorious compound just outside downtown Tripoli. It was here that NATO concentrated many of its bombing runs, as did President Reagan in the 1980s. Now the outer walls are a crumbling mess, covered with anti-Gadhafi graffiti.<p>It probably would have been faster for us to walk than drive at this point, but there was still nowhere to park. Fri, 24 Feb 2012 23:46:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 22085 at http://weku.fm Gadhafi's Compound, Slowly Being Erased From History From War Correspondents In Libya, A Toast To Fallen Comrades In Syria http://weku.fm/post/war-correspondents-libya-toast-fallen-comrades-syria We arrived nearly an hour late, our taxi drivers lost in the potholed, half-flooded streets of Tripoli. Our Libyan host, who would never have fathomed an on-time start anyway, invited us upstairs, where he had managed to arrange an impressive array of hors d'oeuvres and beverages on such short notice.<p>People arrived in groups of three or four at a time. Everyone knew almost everyone else. Thu, 23 Feb 2012 17:30:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 21971 at http://weku.fm From War Correspondents In Libya, A Toast To Fallen Comrades In Syria A Year Later, One Libyan Fighter Says 'Nothing Has Changed' http://weku.fm/post/year-later-one-libyan-fighter-says-nothing-has-changed A lanky Libyan man leans hard against the railing, looking out at the waves of the Mediterranean crashing below us on the seafront in Benghazi. He's lost in thought for a moment, then shakes his head and takes a long drag from his cigarette.<p>"They were dropping like flies," he says. "I knew I was going to die next."<p>But somehow, he didn't. He goes by the street name Danny Vampire, a name that he picked up as a teenager nearly a decade ago. Tue, 21 Feb 2012 16:45:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 21831 at http://weku.fm A Year Later, One Libyan Fighter Says 'Nothing Has Changed' Paying Respects To A Fallen Journalist In Libya http://weku.fm/post/paying-respects-fallen-journalist-libya A light mist of cold rain started falling on us from the moment we reached the cemetery. If I hadn't felt it on my face, I probably wouldn't have even noticed it, as the hardscrabble stretching throughout the grave yard appeared just as parched as one might expect in a desert country.<p>I had driven to the southern outskirts of Benghazi to visit the grave of a friend -– a virtual friend who I had never met in person, and quite honestly, had only interacted with on a limited basis. Sun, 19 Feb 2012 12:57:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 21734 at http://weku.fm Paying Respects To A Fallen Journalist In Libya Independence Day Parade, Benghazi-Style http://weku.fm/post/independence-day-parade-benghazi-style Stepping out of my hotel on Friday evening, I could see cars backed up for miles, stretching all the way around the Benghazi's biggest lake, not far from the shores of the Mediterranean.<p>Horns blared in every direction, but not just car horns: bull horns, oo-gahhorns, vuvuzelas, aerosol-powered horns, even a bagpipe or two. The air smelled of exhaust, gasoline and the occasional whiff of hash. Sat, 18 Feb 2012 12:14:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 21697 at http://weku.fm Independence Day Parade, Benghazi-Style Celebration As Improv: In Libya 'We Don't Know How To Celebrate' http://weku.fm/post/celebration-improv-libya-we-dont-know-how-celebrate I've spent the day in the company of Malik L, a Benghazi-based hip hop artist who seems to get stopped every 100 feet by either a friend or a fan. In between these conversations, I asked Malik about what celebrations were scheduled for tonight.<p>"I have no idea," he replied. "No one does. Libya has never done this before. We don't know how to celebrate an anniversary."<p>It's an extraordinary thought. Though Libyans came out by the hundreds of thousands to celebrate the fall of Moammar Gadhafi, today is the first time they've reached an anniversary related to the revolution. Fri, 17 Feb 2012 20:58:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 21675 at http://weku.fm Celebration As Improv: In Libya 'We Don't Know How To Celebrate' #Feb17: A First Visit To Revolution Central: The Benghazi Courthouse http://weku.fm/post/feb17-first-visit-revolution-central-benghazi-courthouse While pretty much any corner of Benghazi is a fine place to celebrate this week, the heart of the celebrations are taking place at the courthouse and its public square, where some of the revolution's first protests took place.<p>As a brutally chilly rain peppered us from the Mediterranean, I wandered down there for a few hours, where at least one thousand men had begun their own celebrations. The crowd was awash in Libyan independence flags as young men in the middle pounded drums to punctuate each revolutionary chant. Fri, 17 Feb 2012 17:29:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 21655 at http://weku.fm The Libyan Art Of Honking http://weku.fm/post/libyan-art-honking The streets of Benghazi have turned into the world's most joyous parking lot.<p>Every single vehicle, moving slower than a toddler walking, is honking its horn in a variety of patterns to celebrate the first anniversary of the revolution.<p>While Libyans often use certain honking patterns in everyday driving – two honks for "Hey there" and three honks to show your displeasure – the honking Thursday night can only be described as poetic. The most common horn pattern is two sets of five beeps: <em>beep beep beep beep BEEP, beep beep beep beep BEEP</em>. Fri, 17 Feb 2012 16:06:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 21639 at http://weku.fm The Libyan Art Of Honking #Feb17: Excised From The Record http://weku.fm/post/feb17-excised-record The plane landed at Benghazi airport, about an hour late, which seemed just about right to most people on board. Elderly women sported tattoos from their bottom lip to the tip of their chin; several men carefully removed plants that somehow survived being crushed in the overhead luggage bins.<p>Inside the airport, there were two desks with immigration officers sitting at them — one for Libyan passports, the other for everyone else. The entire plane queued up in front of the Libyan passport desk, while I approached the other desk, no one in front nor behind me. Thu, 16 Feb 2012 19:12:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 21582 at http://weku.fm #Feb17: Excised From The Record #Feb17: The Long Road To Libya http://weku.fm/post/feb17-long-road-libya <em>With Twitter and other social media, NPR's Andy Carvin monitored immediate, on-the-ground developments during the upheavals of the Arab Spring from Washington, D.C., <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/acarvin">through thousands of tweets</a> and an army of followers that numbers in the tens of thousands. Now, he is in Libya, meeting face-to-face with some of those activists. Thu, 16 Feb 2012 17:05:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 21570 at http://weku.fm Egyptian Blogger To Face Retrial; His Hunger Strike Approaches 50 Days http://weku.fm/post/egyptian-blogger-face-retrial-his-hunger-strike-approaches-50-days An Egyptian military appeals court ruled today that blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad, who was sentenced to prison this spring for insulting government authorities, would receive a new military trial. The decision is regarded as a setback by his supporters, who were hoping for a reduced sentence or a retrial in a civilian court.<p>During the Egyptian uprising, Sanad was arrested, beaten and tortured for carrying a sign that read "We want it civil, not religious or military." He was released after two days. Tue, 11 Oct 2011 14:31:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 14062 at http://weku.fm Egyptian Blogger To Face Retrial; His Hunger Strike Approaches 50 Days 'Gay Girl ln Damascus' Is American Man In Scotland http://weku.fm/post/gay-girl-ln-damascus-american-man-scotland It's been revealed that a widely-read Syrian blog, "Gay Girl In Damascus" was in fact written by an American male grad student living in Scotland. The blogger's accounts were watched even more closely in recent months as the Syrian government cracked down on the popular uprising that's spread throughout the country. Mon, 13 Jun 2011 08:00:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 6259 at http://weku.fm 'Gay Girl In Damascus' Apologizes, Reveals She Was An American Man http://weku.fm/post/gay-girl-damascus-apologizes-reveals-she-was-american-man Over the last several months, Amina Arraf, a blogger who said she was Syrian-American and went by the name Gay Girl In Damascus, captured the world's attention. Her blog caught on just as the protests against President Bashar al-Assad<em> </em>of Syria became widespread and the crackdowns more violent.<p>On June 6, it all came to a <a href="http://damascusgaygirl.blogspot.com/2011/06/amina.html">screeching halt</a> when Amina's cousin declared on the blog that Amina had met the fate of many bloggers in authoritarian regimes: Assad's police had taken her into custody. Sun, 12 Jun 2011 23:03:00 +0000 Andy Carvin & Eyder Peralta 6231 at http://weku.fm 'Gay Girl In Damascus' Apologizes, Reveals She Was An American Man NPR's Andy Carvin: On The Experience Of A 'Twitter Interview' http://weku.fm/post/nprs-andy-carvin-experience-twitter-interview Over the years, I've participated in a number of online chats and live blogs, but today was the first time I interviewed a person that way while they were in the same room with me. Following President Obama's Mideast policy speech today, I had a chance to sit down with Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser and author of the speech. I was joined by Mark Lynch, aka @abuaardvark, of FP.com's Mideast Channel.<p>The idea behind the interview was pretty straightforward: collect questions from people on Twitter, select the ones we wanted to ask, then ask them. Thu, 19 May 2011 22:04:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 4258 at http://weku.fm NPR's Andy Carvin: On The Experience Of A 'Twitter Interview' Obama's Mideast Speech: Join NPR's @acarvin For A Twitter Conversation http://weku.fm/post/obamas-mideast-speech-join-nprs-acarvin-twitter-conversation There's been no shortage of online buzz this week in anticipation of <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/05/16/136345994/obama-pressed-to-get-mideast-peace-talks-moving" target="_blank">President Obama's Thursday morning speech</a> on U.S. Mideast policy. Much of this buzz is happening on Twitter, which along with other social media tools has played an unprecedented role in the Mideast uprisings.<p>It's in that spirit that I'm going to co-host a conversation on Twitter during and after the president's speech, which is scheduled to begin Thursday at 11:40am ET (1540 GMT). Wed, 18 May 2011 17:47:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 4123 at http://weku.fm A Libyan in Tunis: A Refugee's Story http://weku.fm/post/libyan-tunis-refugees-story It was almost as if he had come back from the dead.<p>In early March, a Tripoli resident who goes by the name of @<a href="http://twitter.com/#!/abukhir">abukhir</a> on Twitter, disappeared from the Internet. For two weeks prior to that, before western journalists arrived in Libya, @abukhir had provided some of the most riveting citizen journalism to come out of the country. He uploaded photos of people making Molotov cocktails and military helicopters flying overhead. Thu, 12 May 2011 21:23:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 3598 at http://weku.fm A Libyan in Tunis: A Refugee's Story