How Iranian, Qatari media glorified Qassem Soleimani

It was not at all surprising, following the successful US strike that killed the commander of the Quds brigade Qassem Soleimani, that the Iranian media would attempt to ease the big blow to the regime in Tehran by portraying the late Soleimani as a “martyr” - who actually always wanted t


Mixed reaction on social media in Lebanon to Carlos Ghosn's arrival

The news of Carlos Ghosn's escape from Japan and arrival in Beirut received different reactions from the Lebanese community on Twitter.   Comments included statements such as “Ghosn recruited thousands of people to shield him and to facilitate his movement worldwide, he defected to Leba


Who was Qasem Soleimani, the Iranian commander killed by a US airstrike?

By Nectar Gan (CNN)Qasem Soleimani, who was killed by a US airstrike ordered by President Donald Trump at Baghdad International Airport on Friday, was hailed as a hero in Iran -- brave, charismatic and beloved by the troops. Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, once called him a "living


Is this the best fast-food burger in America?

ByDM CHAN In-N-Out, the West Coast’s most famous burger chain, remained America’s favorite burger joint on the newest list of 2019, the CBS LA news channel reported Friday. The final list was published by Food & Wine website, who surveyed 7,600 consumers about their satisfaction le


Saudi MBS tends to dialogue with enemies: NYT

Saudi foreign policies are undergoing changes, the New York Times sees, as Saudi leaders try a new strategy of talks with rivals in the absence of US security guarantees. In the months since a missile and drone attack widely seen as the work of Iran left two Saudi oil facilities smoldering, the Sau


Facebook says it can locate users who opt out of tracking

SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook can determine where users are even if they opt out of having their whereabouts tracked, the company revealed in a letter sent to US senators.In the missive, which was widely shared on social media Tuesday, Facebook explained ways it can still figure out where people are afte


Instagram bans influencers from promoting vaping products

Social media influencers will be banned from promoting vaping, tobacco products and weapons on Instagram as the Facebook-owned platform doubles down on its existing ban on companies advertising these products.Product endorsements are rampant on Instagram as celebrities and others with large followin


Yemeni Houthis deny talks with Saudis, criticize Washington

 Sana'a - Yemen- Member of Houthi Supreme Political Council said on Saturday no talks are held with Saudi Arabia to end the war in Yemen, although there are contact and arrangements with slack moves. "There is some contact that cannot amount to negotiation, and slack-stepped, backstage ar


China biggest jailer of journalists, as press dangers persist: watchdog

WASHINGTON - At least 250 journalists are jailed around the world, with the largest number held in China, amid a growing crackdown by authoritarian regimes on independent media, a press watchdog group said Wednesday.Many of those imprisoned face “anti-state” charges or are accused of pro


Pensacola attack was Yemeni American, Mohammed Haitham

‬One of the victims of the Pensacola attack was Yemeni American, Mohammed Haitham, 19 years of age, training to be in U.S Navy after graduating from high school. May he Rest In Peace.


Lebanon protests are dividing the country’s struggling media

Adèle Surprenant The ongoing protests in Lebanon have divided the country’s media along new lines and placed further stress on an already struggling industry – but also offered opportunities for new platforms to emerge. “One camp supports the revolution, and the other stil


Arab female journalists face up to industry challenges at Riyadh seminar

RIYADH - Ways of overcoming some of the challenges and prejudices faced by female Arab journalists topped the agenda at a Saudi conference on Wednesday. Women writers from throughout the Middle East and North Africa region gathered at the headquarters of the Saudi Press Agency in Riyadh for the thi


Iraq to close nine TV stations for ‘inciting violence’

BAGHDAD - The Iraqi Communications and Media Commission (CMC) has decided to warn five TV channels, and close nine, for “violating articles of media licensing regulations,” and “publishing content inciting violence” during coverage of demonstrations, observers told Arab News


Palestinian journalist may lose eye after shot by Israel

Relatives of a Palestinian freelance photographer said Sunday that he has lost vision in one eye after apparently being struck by Israeli fire while covering a demonstration last week in the occupied West Bank. Muath Amarneh’s case has drawn significant attention among Palestinians and in sev


Photojournalism key to promoting tolerance in digital age, world summit told

Every picture tells a story and with the rise of digital media the camera may be a journalist’s only tool to accurately convey information while playing a role in promoting tolerance among the masses. Sharing this view was a panel of journalists and media professionals speaking at the World T


Taboo Talk offers Egyptians an offline space to engage in hard conversations

CAIRO - In an ultraconservative society full of contradictions, such as Egypt’s, taboos are discussed with extra caution. Topics such as gender equality and sexuality can barely be tackled even behind closed doors until an Egyptian-Australian social worker attempted to break the barriers with


Stockholm pact not condition to push Yemen political process: Griffiths

The Stockholm Agreement reached by Yemeni warring parties last December is not a condition for the political process to proceed, the UN envoy for Yemen said Thursday, though the Yemeni official government insists on the pact. We should remember that the Stockholm Agreement was a humanitarian deal t


Barack Obama challenges 'woke' culture

Former US President Barack Obama has challenged "woke" culture telling young people: "The world is messy." He made the comments at the Obama Foundation's annual summit in Chicago on Tuesday. Mr Obama said that calling people out on social media did not bring about change, and that change was compl


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