Stories from Quick Reads and Lebanon
Investigative journalists and people interested in social media in Lebanon are in for a treat at the end of this month.
The hands-on training will take place from 2pm to 6pm and covers topics related to the emergence and development of citizen journalism in the MENA region, reporting for the Web and online media verification.
Launched in March 2015, Global Voices Checkdesk is powered by the globally minded team at Meedan; working from San Francisco, Cairo, Vancouver, London and Beirut. It is a multi-year project combining research and open curriculum development with our University partner Birmingham City University, open curriculum development and training with a set of community media initiatives, and content creation through a growing network of regional media partners.
GV Checkdesk is run by Global Voices Lebanese author Joey Ayoub and Global Voices Bahrain author Faten Bushehri, who, along with a team of volunteers, have been tracking citizen media reports on breaking news across the Middle East and North Africa region. The goal is to collect witness accounts and other reports under one platform, and then verify the news, before it is used as part of our coverage at Global Voices Online. To join our GV Checkdesk team, please sign up here.
To find out how Checkdesk works, sign up here for the workshop. Hurry up as seating is limited.
Blogger Royayah Chamseddin, a Sydney based Lebanese-American journalist and commentator, shares a list of books on Islam, feminism and racialization in this blog post on her blog Letters from The Underground.
The list, which will continue to be expanded, includes links to some books which are available for free download in PDF format.
“To further its vision of showcasing and promoting as best as it can the local talent”, the Musical Collective “Beirut Open Stage” has launched its online platform.
Their new website, which compliments their YouTube channel, allows live viewing of performances as well as staying up to date with their latest events and spotlights. Aspiring artists can also apply and have their talent recognized by the ever-growing community that is Lebanon’s crazy artists.
Beirut Open Stage has been a leading advocate in promoting some of Lebanon's greatest bands and singers, including Adonis, Allen Haze, BandAge, Charlie Rayne, Eileen Khatchadourian, Elepheel, Etyen, FareeQ el Atrash, Flum Project, Halib el Nawar, Jammit The Band, Joy Fayad, Karim Khneisser, Lazzy Lung, Loopstache, Mashrou’ Leila, Maya Aghniadis, Michelle & Noel Keserwany, OAK, Pindoll, Poly, PostCards, Rama's Whisper, Ramly, Sae Lis’, Sandmoon, Scrambled Eggs, Split Second, Tania Saleh, Tanjaret Daghet, The Banana Cognacs, The BnB Project, The Flying Filangees, The Incompetents, The Missing Pixels, The Wanton Bishops, Vladimir Kurimilian, Wake Island, Who Killed Bruce Lee, Yasmine Hamdan, Youmna Saba and Zeid Hamdan.
The question “How Should Middle Eastern Women Dress in Public” posed by the University of Michigan is attracting hilarious spoofs online. The content is so rich that an additional post to our first one was necessary.
When Washington Post Max Fisher shared the original image on Twitter, he wasn't expecting this response by WSJ blogger Tom Gara:
— Max Fisher (@Max_Fisher) January 9, 2014
But the spoof that got the most attention was undoubtedly Karl Sharro's of KarlreMarks:
An Arab university ran this fascinating poll about what is most appropriate for American women to wear in public. pic.twitter.com/uIta80i1f8
— Karl Sharro (@KarlreMarks) January 9, 2014
Interviewed on PRI, he explained his motivation:
“It's almost like putting Muslim women on a scale from 1 to 6, from being fully covered to not being covered at all, which I think is pretty absurd.”
The account set up on October 27 has attracted about 17,000 followers so far — and a confirmation from the man himself.
Yes it is me
— Walid Joumblatt (@walidjoumblatt) October 27, 2014
Lebanese blogger Mustapha Hamoui quips:
After a three day hiatus after starting the account, the man went on a Twitter storm. To date, he has amassed 666 tweets, all in English, discussing Lebanese and regional politics and other tidbits.
Aaron Ross reports on his investigation in the heart of the ongoing human trafficking of young women from Madagascar to Middle Eastern countries:
For some enterprising businessmen, the collapse heralded a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. So-called placement agencies sprang up in Antananarivo and other cities across Madagascar, promising the good life in Middle Eastern “Eldorados,” where monthly salaries usually ran around $200. The agencies would pocket upward of $2,000 for each successful transaction [..] As Madagascar’s economy spiraled downward, the number of migrants grew anyway. Some headed clandestinely to Lebanon with the collusion of government officials. Of late, however, the most popular destinations have been Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
Ross also details the consequences from of economic sanctions of the coup in his report. The topic was also discussed by national observers here.
Lebanon's traffic authorities have launched a don't drink and drive campaign ahead of New Year's eve celebrations. On Twitter, the traffic department shares this photograph:
Six world powers and Iran are discussing Iran's nuclear programme in a two-day meeting in Geneva. Lebanese satirist Karl Sharro comments on Twitter:
The Western sides at the P5+1 talks with Iran are playing good cop, bad cop, over-enthusiastic cop and insufferably pretentious cop.
— Karl Sharro (@KarlreMarks) November 9, 2013