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The Best Protest Songs From Egypt, Tunisia, And Iran

Computers are not usually credited with motivating twentysomethings to hit the streets -- but technology seems to have helped do exactly that when it comes to the recent spate of antigovernment protests erupting in the Middle East and North Africa.

In Egypt, Iran, and Tunisia, a new wave of powerful music videos -- some original, some mashups -- are being circulated among young activists. Here's a rundown of videos that are helping inspire a generation.

Egypt: "Voice of Freedom" (click CC to get English subtitles):

Tunisia: "I Am Free, My Word Is Free"

Iran: Golshifte Farahani's "Be Of A Strong Heart"

Egypt: Popular Anti-Government Rap Song

Iran: New Version Of Traditional Student Movement Protest Song

-- Kristin Deasy and Hannah Kaviani

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