Mohamed Nanabhay

The illusion of engagement: My chat with Downing Street

The first thing that popped up in my RSS reader on Tuesday morning was a post from Richard Sambrook who noted that the prime minister’s office in Britain had not only started to Twitter its press-release notices, but was also responding to questions. I decided to ask the question that is on everyone’s mind :…

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The end of a long relationship …

I’ve loved Firefox since the day I installed it. I was an early member of Spreadfirefox.com and have been evangelising it prior to version 1. I even had my name in the New York Times as part of an advert for Firefox 1.0. Sadly, almost four years later I’ve just switched. It was a tough…

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The end of a long relationship …

I’ve loved Firefox since the day I installed it. I was an early member of Spreadfirefox.com and have been evangelising it prior to version 1. I even had my name in the New York Times as part of an advert for Firefox 1.0. Sadly, almost four years later I’ve just switched. It was a tough…

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The coming war

Rumours are ablaze of an imminent attack on Iran by the United States. It seems that everyone has decided that the question isn’t if America will attack Iran, but when. Writing this from somewhere a few kilometres away from both US Central Command and the al-Jazeera newsroom, the spectre of war is very real. The…

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Crowdsourcing the campaign

In 2004, the Howard Dean campaign in the United States blazed the way in taking the election campaign online. Dean not only raised more than anyone else online, but more importantly also pioneered the use of the internet to gather and mobilise support both online and in real life. Since then we’ve seen social media…

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It’s Boksburg, not Baghdad …

After watching this video for the fifth time it stops being funny and starts becoming very worrying … Of course, we shouldn’t be too worried, though — it’s not like beauty-pageant contestants run the most powerful country on the face of the planet (even if they can’t quite place themselves on a map). Surely American…

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Turkey, WordPress and a little bit of honesty, please

Last week, a Turkish court issued an order to block WordPress.com in Turkey. Yes, the whole of WordPress.com, which hosts more than a million blogs. The blocking of is a result of a defamation claim brought by Adnan Oktar (aka Harun Yahya), who claims that a few blogs hosted by WordPress.com slandered both him and…

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Pan-Arab blog spat: The power of a good story

The treatment of Iraqis at Jordan’s Queen Alia Airport triggered a storm in the Middle Eastern blogosphere. What at first seemed to be a straightforward story of refugees being ill-treated by their neighbour’s security guards has spawned into a pan-Arab blog spat (the type of which is normally reserved for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict). Last week…

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