Friedman Claims Google Earth as a Factor in Middle East Unrest

by Matt Ball on March 2, 2011

Thomas L. Friedman wrote a column today that looks at the forces at play in Middle East unrest. In it, he makes the claim that Google Earth was at play, particularly in Bahrain.

“While Facebook has gotten all the face time in Egypt, Tunisia and Bahrain, don’t forget Google Earth, which began roiling Bahraini politics in 2006. A big issue in Bahrain, particularly among Shiite men who want to get married and build homes, is the unequal distribution of land. Bahraini activists have encouraged people to take a look at the country on Google Earth, and they have set up a special user group whose members have access to more than 40 images of royal palaces.”

Read the full column here.

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