The real technological impetus for change in the Arab World was never Facebook some_where_in_the_city_this_blood_is_real.jpg 
Posted on 17/10/2011 - 15:13
Perhaps the only aspect of the Arab World’s recent social change more amusing than the passionate debate it inspires is the frequently pathetic attempts by “experts” to explain how one (a clearly very hypothetical “one”) could have seen it all coming. For multiple reasons, “social media”—a euphemism for Facebook and Twitter—is among the most popular chic explanations of our infallible gurus. However, the social media effect is grossly exaggerated. Actually, the greatest technological instigator of social change arrived in the region when Mark Zuckerberg was in elementary school.
"New Nasser" emerging from Ankara? Map Ottoman Empire.jpg 
Posted on 19/09/2011 - 19:20
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been busy gearing up for an "Arab Spring tour," somewhat prematurely, in which he has visited Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, whose leaders recently have been overthrown.
Ten Years after 9/11, Arab Press Continues to Disseminate Conspiracy Theories whospet11.jpg 
Posted on 10/09/2011 - 15:11
On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, as in previous years, mainstream Arab media are circulating conspiracy theories regarding the terrorist attacks, while avoiding an in-depth discussion of the events and their perpetrators.
Syria: an uprising so far, so close Carole_Alfarah_Syria_082011.jpg 
Posted on 20/08/2011 - 15:58
So far, pictures coming from Damascus were very rare. Between July 4 and August 8, Carole Alfarah, a young Syrian photographer has interviewed Damascenes from the middle-class by asking them two questions: "How do you perceive the revolution in progress?" and "How do you see Syria in the future?" Below are their answers, which do not belong in any way to the photographer herself. (First published by Le Monde.)
Arab Unrest: The latest developments from each country Arab_Unrest_Syria_Libya_Yemen_Jordan.jpg 
Posted on 22/06/2011 - 15:00
Countries in the Middle East and North Africa have been swept up in protests against longtime rulers since the January revolt that ousted Tunisian strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. In many cases, these demonstrations and movements have been met with brute force and escalated into seemingly unending violence.
Women in Saudi Arabia demand their freedom and dignity Saudi_Women_driving_cartoon.jpg 
Posted on 17/06/2011 - 15:32
The kingdom's women are oppressed even by the standards of their region. But some are defying a ban on driving.
Citizen journalism keeps Syria uprising alive Syria_Citizen_ Journalism.jpg 
Posted on 26/05/2011 - 13:33
Defying a state-imposed media blackout, Syria’s citizen journalists are keeping protest coverage alive, in a country that until only a few months ago barred access to social media networks.
Defiant Syria vows protest crackdown to continue ap_syria_protest_dr_110422_wmain.jpg 
Posted on 28/04/2011 - 19:11
Syria defiantly vowed to restore "security and stability" across the country despite growing international censure for its violent crushing of dissent, as activists called for more protests on Friday.
Bahrain detains columnist; journalists located in Libya; violations in Yemen limiting-free-speech.jpg 
Posted on 26/04/2011 - 19:15
The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Bahraini authorities to disclose the whereabouts of Haidar Mohammed al-Nuaimi, a columnist for the daily newspaper Al-Wasat.
An unconventional news source, enemy and leader Arabic-social-media-world_efouz.jpg 
Posted on 31/03/2011 - 16:20
Whether a hero to applaud or a virus to blame, social media has held an important role in the Arab uprisings this spring. Through its global outreach, it has redefined the media and political landscape of the Arab world. Lebanese graduate Mariam Itani offers her thoughts.
Media playing central role in Arab uprisings arab media.jpg 
Posted on 12/03/2011 - 13:35
Social media may have played a central role in uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt but mainstream media is also growing in importance across the Arab world.
Mixed sights, sounds and scents of a revolution in Cairo's liberation square protest-in-egypt.jpg 
Posted on 10/02/2011 - 00:17
Tahrir sq, standing at the heart of the nation-wide 25 January revolution, presents a plethora of images, sounds and smells.