Each week we recap the posts we have had on social media. This is December 2 – 8.
The description of this blog consists of only three lines: “Because Libya is not only jihadist-terrorist attacks, heavily armed militias and terrifying beardoes. The photo sketchbook of a ‘mis-known’ country. A journalist by trade. Returned to Libya, Sept 2012.” See these beautiful pictures of everyday life in the country’s capital and elsewhere here.
Your Middle East
Aisha Habli writes about her an her peers’ – young people living in the MENA region – ongoing engagement for social change and peace. The youth, she says, “want safety and security. They want to be free from armed conflict and they want to take part in the development taking place in their respective countries.” Read more here
Fatima al-Majbri, the deputy chairwoman of the General National Congress’ media committee, comments in this interview on the Libyan media laws in the making: “The media was organised before the revolution to systematically serve the interests of one person and we all know that. Now there is free media in every sense of the word. There is expression through the media. It needs a legal framework that makes it responsible and purposeful.” Read more here.
The New York Times
Thomas Friedman argues that there are two Arab Awakenings:
the “radical” ones with a lot of media attention, “none of which yet have built stable, inclusive democracies”, and there is a more subtle transition happening in Saudi Arabia and other Arab Gulf states that is reflected in social media interactions: “The role of the Internet was overrated in Egypt and Tunisia. But it is underrated in the Gulf, where, in these more closed societies, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are providing vast uncontrolled spaces for men and women to talk to each other — and back at their leaders.” According to him, these subtle transitions are more likely to build stable democracies. Do you agree?
Read the full opinion piece here.
Meet the Middle East´s first all-female car racing team – the Speed Sisters of the Palestinian Motorsport and Motorcycle Federation, and find out their backgrounds in this photo essay by Tanya Habjouqa.
A satirical video went viral in Egypt covering sex education in the country. Within the story about a guy growing up, young Egyptians give their perception on the topic. This article on Al Monitor gives a more detailed analysis about the video but also mentions critiques that the video makers received: “They did expose a problem in Egyptian society, and kudos for that, but there is no solution being presented here except: forget God, forget religion, forget society. … How ignorant and immature.” – “I think it is 100% true,” countered Suzy, an Egyptian in her 20s and further states why she thinks so. Either way, the video definitely started a discussion. Read the article and watch the video here to see for yourself what you think of it.