Social media recap: October 7 – 13.

Each week we recap the posts we have had on social media. This is October 7 – 13.

The Guardian

This is what capitalism goes humanitarian work looks like: The Swedish furniture giant Ikea has come up in a United Nations Refugee Agency cooperation project to substitute the current tents used in refugee camps with more lasting shelters.

“It is designed this way, like an Ikea bookshelf, to be easy to transport and easy to set up in the field,” says Johan Karlsson, project manager of Ikea’s Refugee Housing Unit. Read the full article here.


CounterPunch writer Patrick Cockburn questions in his opinion piece the Western coverage of the wars in Iraq, Afganistan, Libya and Syria as simplifying situations – and even pushing sometimes hostile parties to civil war.

“Libya’s descent into anarchy was scarcely covered by the international media since they had long since moved on to Syria, and more recently Egypt. Iraq, home a few years ago to so many foreign news bureaux, has also dropped off the media map although up to a thousand Iraqis are killed each month, mostly as a result of the bombing of civilian targets”, Cockburn writes.

He continues: “The very term ‘war reporter’, though not often used by journalists themselves, helps explain what went wrong. Leaving aside its macho overtones, it gives the misleading impression that war can be adequately described by focusing on military combat. But irregular or guerrilla wars are always intensely political… This doesn’t mean that what happened on the battlefield was insignificant, but that it requires interpretation.”

Read the full opinion piece here.

Open Democracy

Where is #Tunisia heading as of today?

According to #OpenDemocracy writer Omar Belhaj Salah the current political atmosphere in the country is polarized, which has made dialogue much more difficult: “The recurrent incidents of insecurity, economic instability and social unrest constantly challenge the people’s patience, plungeing them into speculation over the country’s elite capacity to realize the revolution’s core demands: employment, freedom and dignity.

Read the full article here.

Your Middle East

“Graffiti is more than expression; this year has shown that it is also a way for Moroccan youth, civil society and government to come together,” writes Al-Hussein Al-Midrat.

In June this year, the Municipal Council of Al-Dusheira and civil society organisations like Al-Dusheirah Associations Forum (Majd) joined together to celebrate International Environment Day by encouraging citizens to decorate walls in the city.

The results and positive impacts on the community can be seen up to now.

Read more about this project combining civil activism and politics here.

Human Rights Watch

Today was a busy day on international level with both the #NobelPeacePrize and UN #dayofthegirl. For both events Human Rights Watch drew linkages to MENA:

The Nobel Peace Prize went to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Some criticize this while others see hope concerning accountability for the chemical attacks in #Syria. Then, International Day of the Girl was a possibility to demand a minimum age for marriage in #Yemen.

Have a look at a Daily Brief, covering these matters and combining articles and news of the day with opinions coming in on twitter here.


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