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In the Gulf, Dissidence Goes Digital

Rola Dashti’s cell phone buzzed on the heady evening of March 7, hours after she had helped lead the largest demonstration for women’s voting rights in Kuwait’s history, a clamorous protest that ended when hundreds of activists were expelled from parliament for shouting from the gallery. She pressed her phone’s text message button and read an anonymous insult circulating on hundreds of Kuwaiti phones, digital graffiti that attacked her family’s Persian ancestry and disparaged her Lebanese-born mother. “Here’s what voters will gain if they vote for Rola Dashti,” the text message read, as she recalled it. “They will learn the Iranian accent. They will learn a Lebanese accent. And they will learn how to work with the American Embassy to get money.”Full Story

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