Stories by Reza Aslan

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    State Department Launches Farsi Twitter Feed

    By now, it’s clear that social media has played a critical role in fomenting and sustaining public protests across the Middle East. The Facebook page set up by Google executive Wael Ghonim—which racked up nearly 400,000 followers before a single protester entered Tahrir Square—has been credited with almost single-handedly starting Egypt’s revolution. An overstatement, perhaps—but as Hillary Clinton warned a group of U.S. ambassadors at the height of the Egyptian protests, “social media is going to change things.” If the U.S. isn’t on top of driving the message, she said, “we are going to be left behind.”