#chicagoGirl - The Social Network Takes on a Dictator - Debate with activist Ala'a Basatneh

#chicagoGirl - The Social Network Takes on a Dictator
Voertaal: Engels

When & where?

dinsdag 25 maart 2014 - 19:15
Theater aan het Spui Grote Zaal

Accompanied by Kirsten van den Hul, activist Ala’a Basatneh and Ahmad Fawzi will have a conversation about the course of what started as the ‘Arabic Spring’ and the reaction of the international community. Ahmad Fawzi worked 20 years for the United Nations and was also a spokesman for the ‘UN Joint Special Envoy for Syria’ along with Kofi Annan.

The Syrian Ala’a Basatneh is a 21 year old student pursuing her Bachelor Degree in political sciences at the Loyola University of Chicago. Next to her academic activities, she is also a human rights and political activist, playing an important role in the Syrian Revolution. From behind her computer, she has been helping coordinating the revolution through diverse forms of social media. And with 1,200 Facebook friends and 2,000 followers on Twitter, she has built up an impressive network. Read more about Ala'a Basatneh.

Ahmad Fawzi joined the UN after a career in broadcast journalism; working for Reuters Television, he covered the Middle East and Eastern Europe, and was based in London, Cairo, Prague and New York.  He re-retired from the United Nations at the end of 2012 after working with the Joint Special Envoy for Syria Kofi Annan and his successor Lakhdar Brahimi as Communication Advisor and Spokesman.

Kirsten van den Hul is an independant change agent. Her motto: ‘Without change no butterflies’. In 2011 she was appointed UN Womenrepresentative. She writes a weekly article for the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.