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Nasser Weddady

I am a native of Mauritania, and grew up in Libya and Syria, traveling extensively through the Middle East, before coming to the US as a refugee in 2000. A few days after the September 11 attacks, I was falsely detained by the FBI because of my ethnic appearance.

I have been a long-time activist in the struggle to end slavery in my homeland, I have also organized conferences for young activists across the Middle East; published in the International Herald Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and Baltimore Sun; appeared on Fox’s Hannity & Colmes, BBC World Service, Al Jazeera, and Radio Liberty; and testified to Congress’ Human Rights Caucus. Fluent in five languages, I have lectured at the US Institute of Peace, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and diverse interfaith settings

Currently, I am the Outreach Director with American Islamic Congress (AIC) and  working on the Hands Across the Middle East Support Alliance initiative (HAMSA) and also am chair of AIC’s New England Council.

9 responses

27 12 2009
gjoez

WOW! I am impressed, I am sad i haven’t heard about you before. Definitely on my google reader

Greetings from Egypt.

25 02 2011
Susan Bergmann

I just joined twitter to follow what is going on in the world, and I am following you. THANK YOU! for all your posts! I am your newest fan.

5 03 2012
Pleinrim » Mauritanie : “Facebook est au centre de la nouvelle contestation électronique”

[...] Nasser Weddady est mauritanien et vit aux États-Unis. Depuis la révolution tunisienne, ceux qui suivent l’actualité Moyen Orient-Afrique du Nord sur Twitter le connaissent par son compte, le très suivi et très influent@weddady, qui s’apprête à publier aux Etats-Unis un ouvrage de témoignages et de réflexions sur le monde arabophone et ces soulèvements. Mais qu’en est-il des médias citoyens dans son pays, la Mauritanie, où là aussi les Printemps arabes ont été le levain de la contestation ? Interview lors d’une conférence donnée à Tunis. [...]

5 03 2012
Mauritania: “Facebook is at the Center of the New E-Dissent” · Global Voices

[...] Nasser Weddady is Mauritanian and lives in the United States (US). Since the Tunisian revolution, those who follow North-African/Middle Eastern current affairs on Twitter know him by his username – the very influential and widely followed @weddady, who is about to publish in the US, a book of reflections and testimonies on the Arabic-speaking world and its uprisings. [...]

5 03 2012
Mauritania: “Facebook is at the Center of the New E-Dissent” :: Elites TV

[...] Nasser Weddady is Mauritanian and lives in the United States (US). Since the Tunisian revolution, those who follow North-African/Middle Eastern current affairs on Twitter know him by his username – the very influential and widely followed @weddady, who is about to publish in the US, a book of reflections and testimonies on the Arabic-speaking world and its uprisings. [...]

10 03 2012
Pleinrim » La cyber-révolution mauritanienne en marche

[...] de la Coalition de la jeunesse du 25 février qui réclame des réformes. Selon le mauritanien Nasser Weddady, résidant aux Etats-Unis, auteur du livre Arab Spring Dreams (ouvrage de réflexion sur le monde [...]

30 12 2012
Mauritanians Find a Voice Online in 2012 · Global Voices

[...] to Nasser Weddady, a US based Mauritanian activist (@weddady) “Facebook is at the center of the new [...]

22 01 2013
cker17

What a wonderful find through” War In Context”Thankyou Nasser Weddady your insightful article on Mali the French and the essence of the sad situation.I notice you have not been on “Press TV.ir” yet I sincerely hope you will very soon .I believe i am a fan .happy 2013 with all the challenges.

2 02 2013
Mauritanians Find a Voice Online in 2012 | My Black Networks® -The Latest News from The African Diaspora

[...] to Nasser Weddady, a US based Mauritanian activist (@weddady) “Facebook is at the center of the new [...]

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