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JR’s TED Wish: Turn the World Inside Out with Art

Meet JR, a French street artist with global ambitions. JR travels around the world with his 28mm wide-angle lens trying to capture the unguarded, funny, soulful, and above all, REAL faces of our fellow human beings. He blows up these images and pastes them on urban surfaces for all to see and consider. Images of Parisian thugs are pasted up in bourgeois neighborhoods; photos of Israelis and Palestinians are posted together on both sides of the walls that separate them. In his own words, he wants to “create projects so huge with the community that they are forced to ask themselves questions”.

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The Arab Spring!

The Arab Spring is a revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests occurring in the Arab world with the beginning on 18 December 2010. To date, rulers have been forced from power in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen. Civil uprisings have erupted in Bahrain and Syria. Major protests have broken out in Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait and Morocco and minor protests have occurred in Lebanon, Mauritania, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Western Sahara as well as clashes at the borders of Israel in May 2011 and protests by the Arab minority in Iranian Khuzestan.

The protests have shared techniques of mostly civil resistance in sustained campaigns involving strikes, demonstrations, marches, and rallies, as well as the use of social media to organize, communicate, and raise awareness in the face of state attempts at repression and Internet censorship.

Many demonstrations have met violent responses from authorities as well as from pro-government militias and counter-demonstrators. These attacks have been answered with violence from protestors in some cases. Major slogans of the demonstrators in the Arab world has been Ash-shaʻb yurīd isqāṭ an-niẓām (“the people want to bring down the regime” and Dégage! (Go away).

Source wikipedia.