Middle East Online, You can’t use Internet but we can! Iran officials criticised for using banned social media, 2 Dec 2013 “Iran’s police chief Esmaeel Ahmadi Moghaddam on Monday criticised officials who “cross red lines” by using banned social media networks, Mehr news agency reported.”
Middle East Online, Another step to breaking taboos: Rouhani tweets music video “A music video has surfaced on YouTube hailing Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a similar way to a famed 2008 paean to his US counterpart Barack Obama.”
And here is the video, directed by Hossein Dehbashi:
yNational Yemen, Cafe for Girls a Welcome Site [sic] in Sana’a “Nasim Mohsen, student, said that the café is a very comfortable place and she comes to it every day with her friends to study, “when I am in Girls Café, I feel as if I am at home, we can take our veils, laugh, eat, study and use the internet without the crowding of men. In Girls Café everything is convenient for girls.””
Maqpal Mukankyzy and Farangis Najibullah, RFE/RL, Kazakh Mullahs Get Web-Savvy, 22 Nov 2013, “Darkhan Syzdykov, deputy imam of Qostanay’s Maral Eshan mosque, supports the effort. Syzdykov, who took part in the local workshop along with 56 other religious leaders, believes that without the Internet and social media, mullahs would lose touch with their most important target audience.
“”Nowadays, young people spent most of their time surfing on the Internet. Nobody wants to bother to listen to mosque sermons,” Syzdykov says. “Young people prefer to get answers to their questions [about religion] without leaving their homes. That’s why imams should be proactive on social networks.”“
Recommended - BBC World Service, A Road Trip to War “Catrin Nye follows the British Muslims risking their lives to deliver medical supplies, blankets and dried food to the thousands of people affected by the on-going civil war in Syria. The group travel overland through France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Greece and finally to the Turkey-Syria border where they cross into Syria. They deliver aid by hand and dodge snipers to administer medical treatment in hospitals.” Available to download/listen.
Daily Mail, The British Muslims waging ‘five-star jihad’ for Al Qaeda: At least 17 extremists post messages about experiences in war-torn Syria “The group is called the British Kataa’ib, meaning British Brigades.
“As well as operating social media accounts that detail their activities, some of the group also operate blogs and even participate in question-and-answer sessions with supporters, often urging others to join them ‘while the path is clear’.”
ninemsn.com.au, Aust websites targets by Indon hackers, 25 Nov 2013 “Indonesian hackers are targeting Australian police and other government agencies’ websites as payback for spying on their president but no critical police information has been compromised.”
Diana Moukalled, Asharq Al-Awsat, 26 Nov 2013 “A young, modern, married couple sits calmly on a sofa with their baby between them. The father is holding up a piece of paper that reads “I am Shia” while the mother holds up one that reads “I am Sunni.” The child, sitting between his parents, is holding up a piece of paper of his own. It reads: “I am Sushi.””
Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL, Iran’s Hard-Liners Criticize Alleged Efforts To Unblock Facebook “Lawmaker Fatemeh Rahbar, known for her hard-line stances, told the semi-official Fars news agency that presidential adviser Mohammad Reza Sadegh discussed lifting the block on Facebook with representatives of six ministries — including the ministries of science, culture, and intelligence.”