Each week we recap the posts we have had on social media. This is January 20 – 26.
SEC head Nabil Salib says 38.6 percent (more than 20.5 million) of registered voters cast ballots in last week’s referendum on the draft constitution, surpassing the 32% turnout of 2012 constitutional referendum. Read the full story here.
The Beirut Report
With the Hariri trial being the theme of last few days in major news outlet, we should also bear in mind some of his other legacies. The Beirut downtown, the prime example of development and reconstruction gone wrong. How many other post-conflict reconstructions went the wrong way? Is there a way that public can prevent such things from happening? Read more here.
Egypt’s revolution is set for a new phase. The country’s armed forces have taken their turn writing and winning support for a constitution entirely of their own making. On Jan. 14 and 15, Egyptians voted on a heavily revised version of the December 2012 charter authored by President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood — an illiberal document that alienated the military and secular groups and helped precipitate a coup against Morsi last July. The constitution is expected to pass with resounding support. Read the report from Washington Post here.
“Yemen is not the image in your head, on television or in magazines: all about poverty, corruption, terrorism, and people killing each other. This is not Yemen. There is life here.” 23-year old Yemeni photographer Thana Faroq explores the streets of her country throughout her work, showing the world that there is more to #Yemen than violence. She portrays all of life’s richness, warmth and tenderness, in a country where a young and female street photographer is all but common. Read the article here.
Last summer, a sign in a Casablanca apartment building sparked debate in and outside of Morocco. The sign warned that “it is strictly forbidden to rent to Africans”. The incident shows that discrimination of black Africans is still widespread in Morocco, says Moroccan teacher Mohammad Benaziz. And the issue goes well beyond racism, he argues, up to modern practices of slavery. Read the article in Al-Monitor here.
Stay tuned for updates on this one: Al Arabiya is holding a panel discussion in Davos in cooperation with the World Economic Forum on the future of the Middle East considering social and political changes. Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Massoud Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, are speaking at the event. They will discuss “how fundamental shifts in the region may be translated into stability and prosperity for future generations.”Access the Al-Arabiya Davos reports here.
Your Middle East
“Media is shaped both by history and humans, and as such cannot ever be free of bias, as much as it may try. Education, perhaps the most promising solution to cultural misunderstanding, simply cannot provide an intellectual overview of every world affair; especially to young minds naturally more attracted to their immediate surroundings.” Domhnall O’Sullivan writes in his piece about the chances of cultural exchange programmes. But he also sees very high chances for global impact through these programmes. Read why on Your Middle East.
At least 450 people have been arrested in #Egypt on the third anniversary of the January 25 revolution. Mada Masr lists some of the arrests that took place. The reasons vary from possession of flyers calling for protests to burning and storming police stations. The article also mentions “random” arrests. Lawyer Ahmed Ezzat reported that police stations are “closed off to lawyers trying to reach arrested activists”. Two lawyers attempted to reach a group of activists arrested from a protest in Maadi, but failed due to threats and violence by the police. Read more details here.