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Social Media in the Arab Countries

July 2013
Edition Number: 
12

Intercultural Affairs

Understanding resilience
IRIN News

No one working in the aid community in recent years could have avoided the buzzword «resilience» - but what does the term mean practically, and how has it helped shape action on the ground? UNDP proposes to define it as a «transformative process of strengthening the...

On forgotten shores: Migration in Middle East studies, and the Middle East in migration studies
Andrew Arsan, John Karam & Akram Khater, Mashriq & Mahjar Journal

For all their apparent differences, the colonial and nationalist discourses of the twentieth century shared a vision of the world as an aggregate of discrete bundles of land and people, hermetic units sealed off from one another and defined by their particularities. In so doing, they...

A Sea-change in Attitudes
Joseph Croitoru, Qantara

A group of Israeli historians and archaeologists is calling for a radical rethink in the way the region's past is viewed. They want a stronger focus on Palestine's Islamic eras, which have in the past been neglected in favour of its Jewish history...

Why turkish youth matters
Aslihan Agaoglu, Your Middle East

«Having lived my entire adult life in Istanbul, I have been exposed to two different cultures harmoniously and was lucky enough to grow up with an understanding of both Eastern and Western cultures. I did not, however, realise the influence this unique condition had on my...

Les marges renaissantes: Amazigh, Juif, Noir. Ce que la révolution a changé dans ce «petit pays homogène par excellence» qu’est la Tunisie
Stephanie Pouessel, L'Année du Maghreb

L’inscription du répertoire de la « diversité culturelle » prend toute sa place dans les enjeux politiques qui suivirent le 14 janvier 2011 puis les premières élections démocratiques visant à constituer une assemblée constituante. Dans cette phase de refonte des représentations de la...

English-language media play a vital role in telling Egypt’s story
Dalia Rabie, Egypt Independent

Local English-language media continues to face political and economic blows as it struggles to survive in an Arabic-speaking country. Nonetheless, although grossly outnumbered by Arabic counterparts, local English-language media can sometimes have more influence in terms of...

Positioning Gender Fluidity in Francophone Maghrebi Literature
Samia Errazzouki, Jadaliyya

The journey of self-discovery is a recurring theme in Francophone Maghrebi literature and film. Authors and directors place characters in a struggle against forces in both French and Maghrebi society, evoking various themes through which characters define themselves. While these...

Multikulti on the Ground
Cafebabel

In the framework of a trasnational editorial mission, the European online magazine cafebabel.com is posting over 40 young journalists and photographers 'on the ground' in the context of multiculturalism in European societies...

Art awareness to defeat hunger
Raziqueh Hussain, Your Middle East

In Dubai, 32 contemporary artists from the region, mostly Iranians, highlight the plight of millions of starving people in the Middle East. And the message rings loud and clear – food to feed the body, art to feed the soul...

Islamic Religion Classes in German schools: Who Decides?
Claudia Mende, Qantara

After years of discussion and debate, the first German states are now introducing Islamic religion classes in public schools. However, because there are many different branches of Islam and no central authority to offer guidance, the question as to who should be allowed to decide on teachers and lesson content is leading to serious conflict...

La démocratie glocale en devenir des villes portuaires europénnes
Thierry Baudouin, Michèle Collin, Arnaud Le Marchand, Multitudes

Si les villes portuaires ont une profonde culture historique de la circulation des marchandises et des hommes, les bouleversements de leurs activités et leurs gouvernances liés à la mondialisation font que cette culture change elle aussi fortement. Dans la période qui s’ouvre…

In Focus

Survey: Arab Internet users most politically outspoken worldwide
Al-Akhbar English

A survey of 20 nations regarding Internet and social media usage conducted by American think tank Pew Research Center found that Arab users of social media are the most politically vocal on social networks worldwide, despite less access to the Internet. Results showed that networkers...

Rise of Arab social media
Zawya Daily

The Arab World is warming up to social media sites with astonishing speed, according to latest statistics from the Arab Social Media Report. The report is a project of the Dubai School of Government (DSG), a research and teaching institution focused on public policy in the Arab...

‘Arab Spring may change Western media’s view of Middle East’
Rand Dalgamouni, The Jordan Times

The way Western news media deal with the Arab world may change in the aftermath of the Arab Spring if countries in the region are able to make successful transitions into democracy, according to an Arab-American journalist...

Social Media Firms Move to Capitalize on Popularity in Middle East
Sarah Hamdan, The New York Times

The use of social media exploded during the Arab Spring as people turned to cyberspace to express themselves. On the back of that, social media networks, including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, have moved into the region commercially, setting up offices to sell advertising products...

Silence over sexual violence: Arab women take stand on 'absurd honor'
Tim Hume, Inside the Middle East (CNN)

Two campaigns are currently running to highlight injustices against women throughout the region. One asks people to submit photos with a message of solidarity with women in the region written in Arabic. The other encourages women to share their stories of violence, abuse and...

Les hackers dans la cité arabe
Sabine Blanc & Ophelia Noor

Série de documentaires qui montre dans quelle mesure les hackers des pays qui n’ont pas connu de révolution préparent un changement de régime, et interroge ainsi la notion de hacker d’une région à l’autre, d’un individu à un autre. La série suivra un arc de cercle de Beyrouth à Baghdad...

Les hackers dans la cité arabe
Sabine Blanc & Ophelia Noor

Série de documentaires qui montre dans quelle mesure les hackers des pays qui n’ont pas connu de révolution préparent un changement de régime, et interroge ainsi la notion de hacker d’une région à l’autre, d’un individu à un autre. La série suivra un arc de cercle de Beyrouth à Baghdad...

الإعلام الجديد وحراك التغيير في العالم العربي

استطاعت حركات التغيير التي يشهدها العالم العربي ململة رؤية الغرب إلى هذه المنطقة من العالم وأظهرت أن قيم الحرية والديمقراطية قيم كونية، في وقت لعب فيه الإعلام الجديد دورا هاما في حراك التغيير الذي يهب على المنطقة العربية ...

EuroMed Media Review

A Wave of Citizenship in the Mediterranean
Schulz and Azoulay

The Mediterranean stands torn between renewal and crisis. New political, social and cultural realities struggle through the pain of birth. To north and south there is a palpable sense of expectation and uncertainty, and no clear path to follow…

A brand New Arab League
Middle East Online

The role that Arab League has been playing during the Arab Spring is different; instead of solving the disputes, it became source of legitimacy for various powers to intervene militarily or politically in the region, says Armenak Tokmajyan...

World Press Freedom Day, Outcomes of Anna Lindh Mediterranean Forum Media Programme
Anna Lindh Foundation

Dublin, 3 May 2013: Building on the success on the Mediterranean Forum recently celebrated in Marseille, with the participation of more than 1,500 participants, the Anna Lindh Foundation will reinforce its activity with Media and Journalists, ´to promote the...

Citizens for the Mediterranean launch action on renewed Euro-Med Partnership
Anna Lindh Foundation

Conclusions of the landmark Anna Lindh Forum and the first summit of Presidents of the parliaments of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) announced in Marseille...

Launch of the Anna Lindh Mediterranean Journalist Award 2013
Anna Lindh Foundation

Journalists from the 42 counties of the Union the Mediterranean who work on cross-cultural reporting are invited to submit their works for the 7th edition of the Anna Lindh Journalist Award until the 30th of June, while the prize will be announced in London, in October 2013…

The launch of the 6th Edition of the Sea of Words Contest
Anna Lindh Foundation

The Anna Lindh Foundation, in collaboration with the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), is launching the Sixth Edition of Sea of Words literary contest with the objective of contributing to the promotion of dialogue between peoples and the...

Short-movie competition about EU Cooperation projects in Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Belarus
ENPI Info center

If you like art and you want to help the others to find out more about EU projects – here is a challenge for you! The Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus CBC Programme is launching an international short-movie competition this summer. The results will be announced on the European Cooperation Day, on September...

Appel à contributions: Besoins d’Histoire. Historiographies et régimes d’historicité au Maghreb à l’aune des révolutions arabes
L'Année du Maghreb

Consacré à l’historiographie et aux régimes d’historicité, le dixième numéro de l’Année du Maghreb –que l’on pourrait intituler «Besoins d’histoire du Maghreb»– tenterait de comprendre et de reconsidérer les usages ou les manières de faire de l’histoire, et les questionnements...

Library

Cyberactivists Paving the Way for the Arab Spring: Voices from Egypt, Tunisia and Libya
Mohammed El-Nawawy & Sahar Khamis, CyberOrient

The wave of Arab revolutions and uprisings that has been shaking all corners of the Arab Middle East since 2011 and that has come to be known as the Arab Spring owed a major portion of its success to online activism. This study utilizes qualitative, on-the-field interviews with cyberactivists to provide a unique perspective into how they have paved the way for a new era...

Opening Closed Regimes: What Was the Role of Social Media During the Arab Spring?
Project on Information Technology and Political Islam (PITPI)

Focused mainly on Tunisia and Egypt, the research for this report included creating a unique database of information collected from Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. The research also included creating maps of important Egyptian political Websites, examining political...

Democracy’s Fourth Wave?
Muzammil M. Hussain & Philip N. Howard

Did digital media really “cause” the Arab Spring, or was it one of several important factors behind what might become democracy’s fourth wave? An unlikely network of citizens used digital media to start a cascade of social protest that ultimately toppled four of the world’s most...

Arabités numériques
Yves González-Quijano

Qui sont ces jeunes gens et ces jeunes filles descendus dans les rues du monde arabe pour crier leur colère et leur soif de changement, armés de leur laptop et de leur seul courage ? Ce livre revient sur les combats des militants qui ont inventé le cyberactivisme arabe, grâce auxquels un...

Youth and Citizenship in the Digital Age: A View from Egypt
EU Centre in SingapoLinda Herrera, Harvard Educational Review

Egyptian youth have been learning citizenship, forming a generational consciousness, and actively engaging in politics in the digital age. Author Linda Herrera asks how members of this generation who have been able to trigger revolt might collectively shape the kind of sustained...