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
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 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
On the fifth anniversary of the Arab Spring uprisings, thousands of Moroccans and Egyptians are mobilising against mobile phone operators using social media--the same tool which arguably catalysed and sustained the revolts against Arab regimes in 2011.Read More
Wael Ghonim, one of the figureheads of the 2011 Egyptian uprising and an iconic digital activist, told a conference that people need to think about how to design social media experiences that promote civility and reward thoughtfulness.Read More
A Muslim woman was killed by her uncle and male cousins for eloping with her Christian neighbour and converting to Christianity, Egyptian media reported.. The man's family was evicted from its home village. This murder did not occur in the Islamic State’s “caliphate” but in a village in the oasis of Fayoum, southwest Egypt.Read More
Digital technology and social media have been widely praised for being the tools that facilitated the organizing and spreading of the Arab uprisings of 2011. But as in the rest of the world, they have proven to be a double-edged sword.
Palestinians on social media have been warning their fellow countrymen of the “Musta’ribeen” (the Arabized), Israel’s undercover security units whose members operate as disguised Palestinians.Read More
A station of the religious police in Saudi Arabia was stormed by a group of people angered by the detention of one of their relatives by the official enforcers of Islamic behaviour and morality in the kingdom, according to local media.Read More