Social media recap: February 10 – 16!

Each week we recap the posts we have had on social media. This is February 10 – 6.

“We know that Russia is actively seeking a compromise, but Moscow’s ability to influence Damascus is probably not as great as some of Russia’s partners believe. Incidentally, the same could be said of Washington’s ability to influence the opposition.” Vitaly Namkin, from the Russian Academy of Sciences, shares his thoughts on the Syrian negotiation process and the Russian perspective. Read more here.

Global Voices
“Mass surveillance programs violate our right to privacy and infringe on our rights to freedom of expression and association. They harm the freedom and openness of the global internet, and go against democratic values.” Did you take part action against mass surveilance? More info about the campaign here.

The Huffington Post
Ferrari Shepard, editor-in-chief of, reports about his experiences on a recent trip to the West Bank: “Contrary to what’s been reported in the news for years, there is no Israeli-Palestinian conflict. None, zero, zilch, diddly-squat. I can say with confidence that Palestinians have no agency. The Israeli government controls everything in the country. This total control which is most magnified in the West Bank, concerns everything from where Palestinians are permitted to travel, to how much water they consume per month. Currently, there is no ‘conflict,’ only the omnipresent power of the Israeli government and those who resist it. This is important to understand.” Read more here.

“qahera is a female visibly muslim superhero who combats misogyny and islamophobia amongst other things,” the artist states on the tumblr page of the comic series Qahera. “This is less of a superhero comic and more of a tribute. I remember at one point during the revolution, people would use statistics of attacks on women to discredit political movements – and Egyptians – at large. This keeps happening, consistently, both locally and internationally. People will abuse statistics as they see fit, but they will always ignore the women at the base of those statistics. So, politics and superpowers aside, here is my attempt at a tribute to real-life superheroes,” she writes under part 4 of the series called “On Protests. Read the comic here.


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