Each week we recap the posts we have had on social media. This is October 21 – November 3.
menac – minority voices report
The report for our study session Minority Voices is out! The project took place in Budapest from 22-28 April 2013. The objective of Minority Voices was to raise the critical thinking skills of participants and to provide them with the tools necessary to assess information impartially, thoroughly, and rationally. Read the report here.
In times of internet surveillance by governments, internet governance on an international level is an important issue to look into. Therefore, the Humanist Institute for Co-operation with Developing Countries (Hivos) is organising an advanced 10-week online training programme on Internet Governance in the MENA Region (IGMENA). Deadline for applications is November 10. Read more here.
International Crisis Group
The International Crisi Group has issued their Middle East Report No 146, discussing #Syria´s political #opposition.
“Syria’s political opposition reflects the contradictions, misunderstandings and conflicting geopolitical interests upon which it was founded. That its main political bodies have failed to overcome their inherent weaknesses and play a proactive role is regrettable. But so too is the opposition’s Western and Arab allies’ striking failure to address the ways in which their own mixed signals, independent agendas and poor coordination have undermined the structures they ostensibly seek to empower,” the Executive Summary of the 40 page report says. It does not only state the problems but continues to ask: “What can be done?” Read their answers and also find the full report to download here.
The #women2drive campaign in Saudi Arabia has sparked a lot of controversy in the kingdom. Fageeh´s satirist video went viral alongside the campaign. He was very careful with his statement on Al Arabiya: “Our job is to make people laugh. We are not political analysts or anything. We don’t really care to have agenda we want to be neutral and entertain people.” But Abdullah Hamidaddin, a Saudi author and columnist, sees more in the video: “It is not going to have any policy implications or change the opinion of those who are against women driving but it does help a lot. It speaks a lot to minds and maybe the feelings of so many people and that is very, very, important. It is one of the best thing comedy does,” he concludes. What is your take? Is satire simply entertaining or can it change people´s political perceptions? Read the article here and find the video below.
Euro-Mediterranean Youth Meeting
Call for participants to attend the Euro-Mediterranean Youth Meeting to be held in Barcelona next 7-11 April 2014. The meeting aims to facilitate the encounter between young people from different countries within the Euro-Mediterranean region that have common interests on youth needs and share similar difficulties. Deadline for applications: November 15 2013. Find the call here.
Nada Alwadi is a Bahraini journalist and activist who reported openly about events happening in her country. As founder of the Bahraini Press Association, she is fighting for the right of journalists to report stories freely. She was detained for her activism and also lost lost her job at a newspaper. Alwadi then left the country and now lives in Washington, D.C, where she continues to speak up against injustice in #Bahrain: “It is also safe to say that there is no real freedom of expression in Bahrain now. With the media being controlled by the government, independent journalists being attacked, and bloggers and photojournalists being jailed, the real story in Bahrain doesn’t really get covered.” Read the full interview with her in Frontline magazine here.
“Hardly any electricity, no Internet, no rotary press, and not even a salary.” – These are the conditions under which #Syria´s first Kurdish magazine Nu Dem (“New Time”) is producing. “Publishing an edition every 15 days is a real challenge for all of us. That is our contribution to society in these war times,” said Qadir Agid, the editor-in-chief. But the journalists writing for the magazine face many more challenges. Read more about their backgrounds, their work and their ambition on Al Jazeera here.