Andy Carvin en A Nonstop Tribute To 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 33003 at A Nonstop Tribute To Nelson Mandela The 'Standing Man' Of Turkey: Act Of 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=""></a><p><a href="">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 31692 at The 'Standing Man' Of Turkey: Act Of Quiet Protest Goes Viral In 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 31054 at In Turkey, Protesters Proudly Call Themselves 'Looters' Can You Hear Me Now? A Lighter Look At NSA Snooping As news broke about the <a href="">NSA collecting telephone records</a> through Verizon, people took to Twitter to voice their opinions. As an experiment, NPR senior strategist <a href="">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 15:25:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 31039 at After Two Years In Hiding, A 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 29915 at After Two Years In Hiding, A Bahraini Blogger Escapes Another Boston Bombing Mystery: Who Is @Al_FirdausiA? <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 19:18:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 28845 at Another Boston Bombing Mystery: Who Is @Al_FirdausiA? Syrian Activist: 'It's Snowing And We're Shaking Here' According to activists inside and outside Syria, the government's 27-day siege against the opposition stronghold of Baba Amr <a href="">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 7786 at On The 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 7733 at Gadhafi's Compound, Slowly Being Erased From History "I don't know why the traffic is like this," he said. "It's Friday just before prayers; where are all these people going?"<p>My friend Emad and I had been driving around the perimeter of Bab al-Azizia, Gadhafi's notorious compound just outside downtown Tripoli. It was here that NATO concentrated many of its bombing runs, as did President Reagan in the 1980s. Now the outer walls are a crumbling mess, covered with anti-Gadhafi graffiti.<p>It probably would have been faster for us to walk than drive at this point, but there was still nowhere to park. Fri, 24 Feb 2012 23:46:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 7499 at Gadhafi's Compound, Slowly Being Erased From History From War Correspondents In Libya, A Toast To Fallen Comrades In 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 7392 at From War Correspondents In Libya, A Toast To Fallen Comrades In Syria