Commentary, Digital Life, Human Rights

The atrocities will be tweeted

Why social media may be the great equalizer in the Arab-Israeli propaganda war.

A version of this article was originally published on Now Lebanon on 25 July 2014.

Rihanna is no stranger to controversy. The singer is notorious for her outspoken social media presence, and has more than once been suspended from Instagram for posting racy content. There was one message, however, that proved too contentious even for the most uninhibited of celebrities: #FreePalestine. Continue reading


A student of politics in Beirut

“Welcome new students to the American University of Beirut for the 2012-2013 year. Congratulations on being accepted into this world class institution, it is an honor to welcome you here today.”

The orientation for international students arriving on exchange to the AUB began with the same feel-good speech that most western universities dole out to their freshmen. The presentation then turned to more practical topics – talk of the sports facilities, plagiarism policies, and the procedures for course registration.

Suddenly, the mood in the room changed. Continue reading