In this episode, MobileCoin’s Lucy Kind interviews Faisal Saeed Al Mutar, a refugee of the Iraq Civil War, whose life’s work is facilitating the freedom of information and knowledge in authoritarian nations in the Middle East. Faisal shares his experience growing up under the regime of Saddam Hussein without free access to information. He explains how he created Ideas Beyond Borders to translate and disseminate thousands of articles, books, and websites into Arabic and other languages, with the goal of stopping radical extremism. Faisal also gives an insider view into the chaotic removal of US troops from Afghanistan and explains how Taliban rule will impact access to secular ideas. Lucy and Faisal discuss why there is hope for progress in the region.
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