Monday, April 07, 2014

A Woman Blogger’s Scoop Helped Save Tunisia From Islamists

A Woman Blogger’s Scoop Helped Save Tunisia From Islamists - The Daily Beast "The most famous investigative reporter in Tunisia is a 32-year-old blogger named Olfa Riahi. She broke the country’s biggest post-revolutionary news story—known as Sheratongate –and helped to save the country’s liberal revolution from the Islamists. When Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa met with President Barack Obama on Friday he was promised $500 million in loan guarantees and heard America’s enduring commitment to Tunisia’s democratic transition. But without Riahi, that transition might have come to a dead end."

Leftward Shift by Conservative Cleric Leaves Saudis Perplexed

Leftward Shift by Conservative Cleric Leaves Saudis Perplexed - NYTimes.com "Mr. Awda had something akin to a conversion moment during the Arab uprisings of 2011, and since then has become a passionate promoter of democracy and civic tolerance. He has more than 4.5 million followers on Twitter and several million on his regular YouTube broadcasts, making him a significant thorn in the side of the Saudi monarchy. He can be dangerously blunt, at least by Saudi standards, and the government has made its displeasure clear, barring him from print media, television and foreign travel." Salman al-Oadah is discussed in this article.

Saudi Arabia: 'ID cards revolution' inflames YouTube against regime

middleeastmonitor.com, Saudi Arabia: 'ID cards revolution' inflames YouTube against regime "Under the emblem of "the ID cards revolution" the Saudi youth protest movement has shifted from twitter to YouTube. A group of Saudi young men have begun recording individual video clips separately to convey messages to the king complaining living hardships, criticising the performance of the authority and denouncing corruption."

Friday, April 04, 2014

British woman Roya Nobakht could be executed in Iran after insulting Islam on Facebook

Independent, British woman Roya Nobakht could be executed in Iran after insulting Islam on Facebook "A British woman has been locked up in Iran for five months after posting derogatory comments about the country's government on Facebook and fears she will be executed, her husband has said."

The Islamic Sex Cult Supporting Turkey’s Prime Minister

balkanist.net, The Islamic Sex Cult Supporting Turkey’s Prime Minister "Followers of Harun Yahya wear drag make-up and practice a “sexed-up, Disney version of Islam” that helps promote conservative Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s vision of a modern, Muslim Turkey. Step inside this surreal world where religious piety meets psychedelic softcore porn, led by the world’s foremost Islamic creationist."

Syria war: British Muslims on the front line

Darshna Soni, Channel 4 News, Syria war: British Muslims on the front line "Channel 4 News speaks to a couple from Essex who say they have left their old lives behind to become charity workers on the front line in Syria's civil war." This was an outstanding report.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Why Google Maps gets Africa wrong

Why Google Maps gets Africa wrong | World news | theguardian.com "To return to Jonathan Swift, our 21st century cyber-cartographers may not be filling in the gaps with "savage pictures" anymore, but that may be because from 10,000 miles and a universe away, these gaps simply don't exist."

Cleric Omar Bakri 'on the run' in Lebanon

BBC News - Cleric Omar Bakri 'on the run' in Lebanon: "The Sunni Muslim cleric is among 200 individuals wanted in connection with their alleged role in clashes that have left 30 people dead in recent weeks."

Mapping Digital Media: Indonesia

New Report: Mapping Digital Media: Indonesia | Digital Islam "The Open Society Foundations released its report Mapping Digital Media: Indonesia written by Kuskridho Ambardi, Gilang Parahita, Lisa Lindawati, Adam Sukarno & Nella Aprilia. "The Mapping Digital Media project examines the global opportunities and risks created by the transition from traditional to digital media. Covering 60 countries, the project examines how these changes affect the core democratic service that any media system should provide: news about political, economic, and social affairs."" I look forward to reading this

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Britain orders probe into Muslim Brotherhood

Britain orders probe into Muslim Brotherhood - Al Arabiya News "
"A Downing Street spokeswoman said: "The Prime Minister has commissioned an internal government review into the philosophy and activities of the Muslim Brotherhood and the government's policy towards the organization.""



Monday, March 31, 2014

Turkey’s online censorship just took a sinister Orwellian turn

Turkey’s online censorship just took a sinister Orwellian turn – Quartz "Over the weekend, Google reported that Turkey had intercepted traffic to its public domain name system (DNS) service—part of prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s increasingly draconian crackdown against the social media networks that are being used to distribute damaging information about him."

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Real-time Tracker: #انتخبوا_العرص - Keyhole

Real-time Tracker: #انتخبوا_العرص - Keyhole:



Tracking the viral hashtag #انتخبوا_العرص - which relates to al-Sisi (other hashtags are available).   Also see middleeastmonitor.com, Anti Sisi hashtag goes viral

French and Belgian Jihadists Boast About the Syrians They Slaughter

French and Belgian Jihadists Boast About the Syrians They Slaughter - The Daily Beast "A cable news station in Paris has aired shocking video of French-speaking jihadists at work in Syria. The footage broadcast Thursday night on BFMTV played like a macabre postcard home, only the latest reminder that hundreds of French and thousands of European jihadists are waging war against Bashar al-Assad. The news channel has called it evidence that France’s own are “direct actors in the atrocities committed in Syria.”"

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Radicalisation online

Social media is new weapon in war on British jihadis - UK Politics - UK - The Independent "Diplomats have quietly opened a new front in efforts to stem the flow of Britons travelling to fight in Syria by spending nearly £200,000 on "social media activity" to deter would-be jihadis from leaving the UK, The Independent on Sunday can reveal."