Andy Carvin http://upr.org en A Nonstop Tribute To Nelson Mandela http://upr.org/post/non-stop-tribute-nelson-mandela They have assembled in front of the hospital by the dozens: church groups, families, even a motorcycle club, their engines revving at full throttle. Mothers encouraged their shy children to squeeze through the crowd and place a bouquet of flowers at the base of a makeshift shrine. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 20:19:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 27529 at http://upr.org A Nonstop Tribute To Nelson Mandela The 'Standing Man' Of Turkey: Act Of Quiet Protest Goes Viral http://upr.org/post/standing-man-turkey-act-quiet-protest-goes-viral As protests against the Turkish government enter their third week, activists are taking increasingly creative measures to maintain their momentum. <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/15/191996090/anti-government-protesters-in-turkey-refuse-to-leave-park"></a><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/15/191996090/anti-government-protesters-in-turkey-refuse-to-leave-park">Over the weekend</a>, police removed their tent city and re-opened Istanbul's Taksim Square to traffic, while maintaining a strong presence in the area. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 21:05:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 26282 at http://upr.org The 'Standing Man' Of Turkey: Act Of Quiet Protest Goes Viral In Turkey, Protesters Proudly Call Themselves 'Looters' http://upr.org/post/turkey-protesters-proudly-call-themselves-looters Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has shown no sympathy for the tens of thousands of protesters who've taken to the streets across the country. In fact, he seems to have energized the protesters by calling them <em>capulcu,</em> or "looters" in Turkish.<p>Demonstrators have gleefully embraced the label, spreading it far and wide on social media and turning a local protest into an event that has attracted international attention.<p>It all started because of a grove of trees. Thu, 06 Jun 2013 18:08:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 25648 at http://upr.org In Turkey, Protesters Proudly Call Themselves 'Looters' Can You Hear Me Now? A Lighter Look At NSA Snooping http://upr.org/post/can-you-hear-me-now-lighter-look-nsa-snooping As news broke about the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/06/189132530/spy-agencys-collection-of-phone-records-reopens-controversy">NSA collecting telephone records</a> through Verizon, people took to Twitter to voice their opinions. As an experiment, NPR senior strategist <a href="http://www.npr.org/people/129257771/andy-carvin">Andy Carvin</a> asked his followers to respond to the hashtag #CallsTheNSAKnowsAbout. Their responses ranged from the hilarious to the poignant. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 06 Jun 2013 15:20:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 25640 at http://upr.org After Two Years In Hiding, A Bahraini Blogger Escapes http://upr.org/post/after-two-years-hiding-bahraini-blogger-escapes The Arab world was aflame in March 2011. Longtime rulers in Tunisia and Egypt had been toppled. NATO was poised to attack Libyan government forces. The Syrian uprising was just beginning. And on the small island nation of Bahrain, the government was cracking down on pro-democracy protesters.<p>Across Bahrain, protest leaders were rounded up and some were quickly tried, convicted and sentenced to prison. The writing was on the wall for the leaders of the movement, including Ali Abdulemam.<p>He was perhaps the country's most prominent online activist. Wed, 15 May 2013 18:23:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 24536 at http://upr.org After Two Years In Hiding, A Bahraini Blogger Escapes Another Boston Bombing Mystery: Who Is @Al_FirdausiA? http://upr.org/post/another-boston-bombing-mystery-who-alfirdausia <em>(Andy Carvin, NPR's senior strategist for social media, sends us this dispatch about a Twitter account that may hold clues in understanding the surviving Boston bombing suspect.) </em><p>Social media became a large part of the story last week as amateur sleuths scoured the Internet for clues about the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 19:22:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 23514 at http://upr.org Another Boston Bombing Mystery: Who Is @Al_FirdausiA? Syrian Activist: 'It's Snowing And We're Shaking Here' http://upr.org/post/syrian-activist-its-snowing-and-were-shaking-here According to activists inside and outside Syria, the government's 27-day siege against the opposition stronghold of Baba Amr <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/03/01/147714382/anti-assad-fighters-said-to-be-retreating-from-beseiged-syrian-district">has now succeeded</a>. Initial reports suggest that forces are entering this neighborhood in the city of Homs, but details are sketchy at best because most of the reporters and citizen journalists covering the story have either fled or died.<p>One man, though, continues to bear witness. Thu, 01 Mar 2012 17:19:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 3375 at http://upr.org On The Syrian Border, Getting Too Close Could Get You Shot http://upr.org/post/syrian-border-getting-too-close-could-get-you-shot Our car pulled over along a deserted traffic circle in a small Jordanian village. An old man freshly covered in thick, wet sleet climbed into the back seat, his cold breath reeking of cigarettes.<p>"This is Khaled," my Syrian contact said. "He will show us to the border."<p>It took the better part of today to get from Amman, Jordan, to the Syrian border. A freak rain storm followed by a sudden blizzard had turned what should have been a two-hour drive into something much worse, as Jordanians seem to drive in snow as poorly as my fellow Washingtonians do. Wed, 29 Feb 2012 21:00:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 3310 at http://upr.org From War Correspondents In Libya, A Toast To Fallen Comrades In Syria http://upr.org/post/war-correspondents-libya-toast-fallen-comrades-syria We arrived nearly an hour late, our taxi drivers lost in the potholed, half-flooded streets of Tripoli. Our Libyan host, who would never have fathomed an on-time start anyway, invited us upstairs, where he had managed to arrange an impressive array of hors d'oeuvres and beverages on such short notice.<p>People arrived in groups of three or four at a time. Everyone knew almost everyone else. Thu, 23 Feb 2012 17:30:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 2961 at http://upr.org From War Correspondents In Libya, A Toast To Fallen Comrades In Syria A Year Later, One Libyan Fighter Says 'Nothing Has Changed' http://upr.org/post/year-later-one-libyan-fighter-says-nothing-has-changed A lanky Libyan man leans hard against the railing, looking out at the waves of the Mediterranean crashing below us on the seafront in Benghazi. He's lost in thought for a moment, then shakes his head and takes a long drag from his cigarette.<p>"They were dropping like flies," he says. "I knew I was going to die next."<p>But somehow, he didn't. He goes by the street name Danny Vampire, a name that he picked up as a teenager nearly a decade ago. Tue, 21 Feb 2012 16:45:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 2839 at http://upr.org A Year Later, One Libyan Fighter Says 'Nothing Has Changed'