Each week we recap the posts we have had on social media. This is August 26 – September 1!
#Darja is a dialect spoken widely in North Africa. As journalist Naila Missous puts it, this “colloquial mishmash of the region’s linguistic heritage” is not a new phenomenon, but one that changes all the time and becomes popular through media, mainstream music and film.
Maybe you or your friends too use written words like ‘mar7aba’? Read the full article here.
In Syria, the possibility of an US-led air strike has increased in the past days. Robert Cockburn turns an eye on the almost forgotten possibility of still trying to bring the parties to the peace negotiation table.
“What armed intervention by foreign powers in Syria will not do is bring an end to the present bloody stalemate in the two-and-a-half-year-old civil war… The priority should be to prevent the continuing escalation in the violence and the further disintegration of Syrian society.” Read the full article here.
“My issue with attempts like Gaga and other emancipatory attempts for women in hijab is, to begin with, how the world is obsessed with it”, writes journalist Farahnaz Zahidi. She continues: “Often, the notion of hijab is over-simplified and Muslim women practicing it (or not) are homogenized. We are all clubbed together. I personally even have a problem using the term ‘we’ actually. We Pakistani Muslim women are so varied, each so unique, that I can’t even speak for all of them, leave alone Muslim women of the world.” Read the whole blog post here.
Reporters Without Borders
“Syria is now the world’s most dangerous country for journalists, citizen-journalists and other information activists,” Reporters Without Borders states in a publication.
According to the statement, both foreign and Syrian journalists are being assailed, not only by the army but also by opposition groups in areas they control. Around 100 journalists have been killed in Syria since the start of the conflict in March 2011.
But this piece gives not only numbers; many of these journalists and their cases are mentioned individually. Have a look at it here.