Facebook provides a platform for Israel to communicate to an Arab audience unadulterated propaganda messages about its army, its capabilities, technologies and “moral values”. A daily dosage of propaganda is delivered by Avichay Adraee, the head of the Israeli army’s Arabic media desk.Read More
The head of the Israeli army’s Arabic Media Desk, Avichay Adraee, celebrated the 10th anniversary of his first television appearance on Arab satellite channels to explain his country’s position on its war on Lebanon.
Videos of recent Arab history have become popular recently. One that is garnering huge numbers of views in Egypt chronicles the day King Farouk I, then 18, ascended to the throne of Egypt in 1936.Read More
CNN’s coverage of the crash of Egyptair flight MS804 over the Eastern Mediterranean has drawn ire on Egyptian social media. The American network faces not just complaints about its perceived bias but accusations of conspiracy to harm Egypt.Read More
“I’m supporting Assad…and you?,” an Egyptian man asked his friends on Facebook. The comment is not what it may seem; the man was not casually expressing his support for Syrian President Bashar al Assad, a position shared by a section of Arab public opinion.Read More
People who don’t have access to the Internet in the Arab world or don’t watch the Arabic-language satellite television channels of Western broadcasters--the BBC, France 24 and Deutsche Welle--are not likely to know the full story of the Panama Papers.Read More
Terrorist attacks, on the scale of the Brussels explosions, invariably incite a spectrum of reaction among Arabs from shock and compassion to a blaming of the West, which in turn spawns yet more anger and resentment.Read More
Abla Fahita, a sassy puppet character, who was previously investigated for ‘spying’ in Egypt, has turned her vicious wit on the country’s autocratic regime and its unrelenting crackdown on freedom of expression.Read More
Iraq has had a difficult history of trying to enforce universal conscription into its army. These difficulties are not helped by Iraq’s tumultuous military record. This is why a proposed bill to reinstate compulsory military service may not get wide support in the country with its multi-ethnic, multi-sectarian demographic structure.Read More
Benghazi, the cradle of Libya's revolution, has borne the brunt of the current fighting in the country. Abdullah Doma, a Libyan photojournalist working for AFP, documented some aspects of life in the embattled city—destruction as well as the joy of life.Read More
Moroccans on social media posted pictures and videos purportedly of people injured and assaulted by police during a demonstration by teacher trainees in the city of Casablanca against new plans to limit hiring in public education sector.Read More
An Egyptian court sentenced three Coptic Christians to five years in prison for contempt of religion and inciting sectarian strife after they appeared in the video above apparently mocking the cursing style of Muslim preachers.
A 21-year old Moroccan man found an unusual place to keep fit: the rooftops and streets of Morocco’s capital, Rabat.
An Islamist group, believed to be involved in a campaign of violence targeting businesses in Egypt, claimed on its Facebook page an arson attack on the headquarters of an insurance company in Cairo.
A Jordanian political activist questioned in a post on Facebook the rationale behind the building of mosques in Jordan—about 150 a year—while rural areas are in dire need of basic infrastructure and health care units.
A Facebook post critical of the traditional animal sacrifice at the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha earned secular Egyptian writer Fatma Naoot three years in prison along with a fine of 2,000 Egyptian pounds ($255).Read More