Global warming didn't pause at all during Cairo's recent rebirth. In fact, every month of inaction on Earth's climate emergency makes recovery that much harder and costlier.
A siren song is this Cairo freedom fire, the Tunisian spark now a roaring flame.
A new Mecca in Tahrir Square.
I close my eyes and wander to the city of my birth, and I'm just eight years old in the helio-polis my Armenian family called home, playing in the Cairo sands, my father's 1940s Studebaker winding up the road to the Pyramids. And I'm now back in this moment, wondering, what exactly is this social media liberation hour we're in? The words come like this:
regime jam, the people's tram
stronger than the aswan dam
pyramid scheme a nation's dream a peoples' stream
Lightweb Darkweb: Three Reasons to Reform Social Media Before it Re-Forms Us
The following is an excerpt from the preface of the new book Lightweb Darkweb: Three Reasons To Reform Social Media Before It Re-Forms Us by acclaimed children's singer Raffi Cavoukian, which is a critical response to the suicide of Vancouver teen Amanda Todd after years of online harassment and calls for the reform of social media in the areas of safety, intelligence and sustainability.