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Al-Sakkaf says, “You fear what you don’t know, and you hate what you fear.” This, she believes, is why it’s so important for foreigners to find out more about her country. Harvard researcher Ethan Zuckerman agrees with her; learn more about the international blogging community that Zuckerman co-founded in his TED talk, “Ethan Zuckerman: Listening to global voices” at http://www.ted.com/talks/ethan_zuckerman.html.Pick a country or culture you don’t know much about. Research how this country or culture is covered by foreign journalists. Compare this to accounts authored by journalists, bloggers, or others inside the country or culture. What are the similarities and differences? What did you learn about the country or culture that surprises you?A few months after Al-Sakkaf’s TED talk, Yemeni activist and journalist Tawakkol Karman was named a co-recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. Karman is the first Yemeni, the first Arab woman, and the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize to date.Learn more about Karman and the group she co-founded, “Women Journalists Without Chains.” How did Karman get involved in activism? What sacrifices has she made? And what’s happened to her in the wake of the Yemeni revolution of 2011-2012?The Nobel Peace Prize: Tawakkol Karman http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2011/karman.htmlYouTube: "SHEROES: Interview with Tawakkol Karman" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvIQi5jhrykNPR: "In Yemen, a woman leads the call for revolution" (08/15/2011) http://www.npr.org/2011/08/15/139652128/yemeni-protest-movement-darling-frustrated-by-pace-of-changeWomen Journalists Without Chains http://womenpress.org/index.php?lng=englishThe Yemen Times http://yementimes.com/Shake the Dust http://www.shakethedust.orgTED: "Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story" http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story.htmlTED: "Alisa Miller shares the news about the news" http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/alisa_miller_shares_the_news_about_the_news.html
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