Social media recap: July 29 – August 4

Each week we recap the posts we have had on social media. This is July 29 – August 4!

Are recent developments in Egypt, Palestine, Turkey, Qatar and Iran suggesting that the people of these countries are turning to more moderate tendencies and leaders? Daoud Kuttab warns that this shift might not last for a long time: “For the time being, the political temperament of the Middle East is clearly moving toward moderation, but with little certainty of its duration.” Read the full article here.

Your Middle East
Researcher and blogger Atiaf Zaid Alwazir gives a welcome insight on the biased reporting about Yemen that is present in most mainstream Western media – and encourages journalists to challenge it.
“Al-Qaeda has overshadowed most reporting on Yemen. Mainstream media has not only perpetuated and enhanced stereotypes but by doing so, has unintentionally caused damage to Yemen’s reputation. Journalists are slowly erasing the long history of Yemen and its traditions, and depriving people of their voice.” Read more here.
Ever wondered why Qatar didn´t have its own revolution? Khalifa Saleh Al Haroon, founder of, gives economic stability as a reason to Gulfnews.

“To have a revolution you need to have unrest. When the people are happy, what are we going to revolt against?”, he says. “OK, yes, we don’t have a democratic state in the Western understanding of the term, but democracy means that you have a voice and I believe in Qatar that you do have a voice. … I know that if the people didn’t particularly like something in the country, we would be heard.”

What do you think? Do these reasons seem valid, or does it all sound too good to be true? Read more here.
Minorities in Lybia object the composition of the drafting committee of the constitution. Among them are the Amazigh who called for a boycott of the constitution, unless their representatives will be given veto power over issues that affect their heritage and rights. They also want their language to be recognized as an official language. According to this article, Lybians in general have a positive attitude towards the Amazigh language. 
“However when it comes to classifying Amazigh as an official national language, personal and political alliances start to play more of a role.” Read more here. English
Twitter has announced this week that it will create a “report abuse” button. This article on Al Arabiya shows how this will particularly benefit Arabic twitter users facing hate speech and insults.

“What’s wrong outside Twitter is wrong inside Twitter, but because you have a coded name, you feel free to insult,” Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi said to Al Arabiya. Read more here.
“So far the scenarios for possible political reform in the Gulf states seem to vary between maintaining the status quo, introducing painfully slow citizen empowerment steps or opening up suddenly and risking the unravelling of the state and ruling elites,” Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi argues.

“But what’s in it for the Gulf states leaders?,” he wonders and tries to give an answer in his opinion piece on Open Democracy. Read more here.


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