Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Manchester explosion

Independent, Manchester explosion: Isis supporters share messages celebrating explosion

Sky News, Tracing the Manchester bomber: Was he part of a network?  

De los imames a los nuevos predicadores: liderazgos en la interpretacion del Islam en Europa

Lina Klemkaite, CIDOB, De los imames a los nuevos predicadores: liderazgos en la interpretacion del Islam en Europa "The aim of this article is to analyse the locus of Muslim religious authority in Europe. It has shifted, leading to an increased number of Muslim voices demanding space for critical and intellectual participation and a degree of rivalry for religious and social authority. Those competing for religious au- thority have primarily been men, but women – contrary to prevailing opinion – have not been wholly excluded. We may thus af rm that women also participate in this compe- tition for authority, although only to a cer- tain degree. Ultimately, there are ever more Muslim social, political and religious lead- ers advocating a range of causes with the aim of satisfying the sophisticated demands of the individualised Muslim community."

Friday, May 19, 2017

Abu Zubaydah

Rob Hastings,inews, Exclusive: 'The terrorist I helped capture shouldn't be tortured', 16 May 2017 "Former CIA analyst John Kiriakou helped capture alleged terrorist Abu Zubaydah - and was the first CIA source to confirm he was tortured."

Instagram 'worst for young mental health'

BBC News, Instagram 'worst for young mental health' "Instagram is rated as the worst social media platform when it comes to its impact on young people's mental health, a UK snapshot survey suggests."

Iran's election and social media issues

Here's a quick round-up of selected coverage on Iran's election, focusing on the impact of social media:

BBC News, Iran's Instagram election sees rivals fight battles on social media

The Slate, What Did Iranian President Rouhani Actually Achieve? Channel 4,  Qom report  (Jon Snow report)

Deutsche Welle, Posting political opinions: how Iran's social media is shaping its presidential election

NYT, Iran Has Its Own Hard-Line Populist, and He’s on the Rise 

NPR, The Rise Of The Internet-Based Economy Shows What's Changed In Iran
 
Vocative,  Iranian Hardliners Finally Join Social Media Ahead Of Elections  "Supporters of the hardline camp are now widely visible online, in thousands of posts on Twitter or joining dozens of channels and groups affiliated with their candidate on the Telegram messaging app, which used by an estimated 20 million people in Iran."


Reuters, Iran hardliners join social media free-for-all before vote, "By far the most popular social media outlet is Telegram, a chat service that is a niche player in most Western countries but has some 20 million users in Iran, according to a report by the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA)."

CNBC, Iran's election is too close to call. Tehran's role on the world stage hangs in the balance

Arab News, Mock election poster calls on Iranians to elect Snoop Dogg as president 


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Countering terrorism by telling a better story

Deo Akiiki, Countering terrorism by telling a better story | defenceWeb military perspective/opinion

How a woman in England tracks civilian deaths in Syria, one bomb at a time

Greg Jaffe, washingtonpost.com, How a woman in England tracks civilian deaths in Syria, one bomb at a time "Haddad spent the last part of her day, before her children returned from school, searching online for Amaq, the Islamic State affiliated news agency. Much of the site is devoted to Islamic State propaganda, but it can also be an important source of information, photos and video on civilian casualties in places, such as Raqqa, where the Islamic State’s brutal clampdown has made it exceedingly dangerous for Syrians to communicate with the outside world." Very interesting article.

How Facebook Helps to Reveal the Fate of Missing Syrian Refugees

wired.com, How Facebook Helps to Reveal the Fate of Missing Syrian Refugees Just read this excellent piece in the latest Wired (UK print version)

The Myth of the Muslim World

Chronicle, The Myth of the Muslim World  



Cover: The Idea of the Muslim World in HARDCOVERCemil Aydin's book 'The Idea of the Muslim World' reviewed by Asma Afsaruddin. This sounds like a must-read.  

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

New & Noted

Digital Resistance in the Middle East New Media Activism in Everyday Life - Deborah L. Wheeler 

Big Data

 
Posted by  Mostafa Gaafar‏ @imGaafar May 14:

Egypt: 1 Ransomeware: 0

Our Man in the Middle East

BBC, Our Man in the Middle East - Series 1, The Giant Awakens Jeremy Bowen reflects ...
Gulf News, UAE’s strategy to counter cyber terrorism can be a model for others "As the threat of cyber terrorism grows with no international consensus on defining what cyber terrorism is, the UAE’s strategy in confronting cyber threats can be used as an example that other countries can look into in their own fight against the menace, said a government official at the International Conference for the Criminalisation of Cyber Terrorism (ICCCT) on Tuesday."

After name ban, China arrests Muslim for 'tweeting Quran'

The New Arab, After name ban, China arrests Muslim for 'tweeting Quran'
"A Muslim woman in China's troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang has been arrested for posting passages from the Quran and other religious material on social media."

Monday, May 15, 2017

Afghanistan: Breaking down cyber barriers

qantara.de, Breaking down cyber barriers "Groups of teenage girls huddle around computers in a bright blue classroom, some typing furiously, others browsing blogs with the latest fashion trends. Just outside, people go about their daily business in Afghanistan's bustling city of Herat, famed for its ancient fortress and beautiful blue-tiled mosque.

"A few months earlier, these teenagers didn't know how to switch on a computer. These days, the girls at Goharshad Begum High School in Afghanistan's third-largest city, post to Facebook and Twitter, update their blogs and code with ease."  More info here: Digital Citizen Fund (DCF)

Meet the Muslim Vloggers Creating Change Through YouTube

ummahsonic.com, Meet the Muslim Vloggers Creating Change Through YouTube

Riyadh to host forum on terrorism and extremism

arabnews.com, Riyadh to host forum on terrorism and extremism "The city will host a forum on terrorism and extremism on May 21 under the sponsorship of the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT), the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said."

Saudi religious police’s new fieldwork strategy includes iPads, but no return to previous powers

arabnews.com, Saudi religious police’s new fieldwork strategy includes iPads, but no return to previous powers "The plan defined field members’ tasks, namely intensifying their presence in public places, communicating with the field supervisor, briefing him on all violations and reporting them via an app on their iPads."