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The Standard for Influence. Seeking Balance on the Mideast. Arabs angry over Syria crackdown but governments silent. By Andrew Hammond DUBAI Aug 1 (Reuters) - Arabs reacted strongly on Monday to the deaths of dozens of Syrians in Hama at the hands of the Syrian army but most Arab governments kept silent, apparently fearing the power of protest movements that have spread throughout the region this year.

"It's no longer possible to understand the silence of Arab and Islamic states and organisations before the massacres against Syrians," wrote Saudi columnist Hussein Shobokshi in the Saudi pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat. Rights activists said 80 civilians were killed in Sunday's tank-backed assault on the central Syrian city where President Bashar al-Assad's father crushed an armed Muslim Brotherhood revolt 29 years ago, killing many thousands of people. U.S. President Barack Obama led Western condemnation of the attack, but there is almost no desire to intervene as Western powers have in Libya, where NATO bombing in support of rebels has failed to dislodge Muammar Gaddafi from his Tripoli base. A rude Arab awakening. Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera's senior political analyst, answers questions about the current escalation - and what some see as setbacks - surrounding the uprisings in Libya, Syria, and Yemen.

A rude Arab awakening

Keffiyeh makers in Hebron turn to social media. James Zogby: Iran's Freefall. Iran's favorable ratings are in a "freefall" across the Arab World, with Iran's behavior in Iraq, Bahrain and the Arab Gulf region being viewed negatively by most Arabs.

James Zogby: Iran's Freefall

These are a few of the key findings of an Arab American Institute poll conducted by Zogby International during the first three weeks of June, 2011. The poll surveyed over 4,000 Arabs from Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, and has a margin of error of 3.5 percent (in Morocco, Egypt and Saudi Arabia) and 4.5 percent (in Lebanon, Jordan, and the U.A.E.). Back in 2006, Iran was viewed favorably in every one of these Arab countries -- and in five of the six Iran received a greater than 80 percent positive rating. Nehad Ismail: The Shameful Silence of the Arab World About the Crimes of the Syrian Regime. Most Arab States and Arab media have chosen to remain silent about the brutal crackdown by the Syrian regime against unarmed civilian protesters.

Nehad Ismail: The Shameful Silence of the Arab World About the Crimes of the Syrian Regime

The international stance has been disappointing but the shameful Arab silence is baffling. The impotent Arab League had given the green light for the no-fly zone over Libya and supported the UN Security Council Resolution 1973 which called for the protection of civilians in Libya. Yet the same Arab League has not taken any steps to protect the civilians in Syria. The Arab League's silence is interpreted by many as backing a murderous regime and giving it the green light to continue with its brutal abuse of the Syrian people. The Ettinger Report - The Road to Serfdom and the Arab Revolt.


The Ettinger Report - The Road to Serfdom and the Arab Revolt

Fuad AjamiThe Wall Street Journal, July 08, 2011 The late great Austrian economist F.A. Movie makers & Mideast leaders: unpopular films and policies flop. Poor leaders, like poor film makers, make blundering decisions that can result in less fans and supporters from the public and citizens and can be suicide for their careers.

Movie makers & Mideast leaders: unpopular films and policies flop

Ahmadinejad had an uprising on his hands when re-elected 2009. Bashar al-Assad is now passing punishment in place of reforms. Top Self-Defeating Moves in the Middle East Comparing movie makers to country leaders- when they flop, they flop, and really miss the mark. "The same conundrum exists with regard to bad public policy. Why Arabs love London. Above the Fray: Escaping the Isra... JPost - Opinion - Columnists.

While Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu insists that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state, his policies are encouraging a mass exodus of Jews from the country.

Above the Fray: Escaping the Isra... JPost - Opinion - Columnists

Today, the notion of a Jewish refuge in the Land of Israel is greatly at risk. Much has been made of what former prime minister Ehud Olmert once called a “demographic time bomb,” with the Palestinian birthrate soon to boost the number of Palestinians over the number of Israelis between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean. Yet Palestinian demographics aside, more Israelis are living abroad than ever, and many are eager to join them. Can Social Media Solve Serious Political Issues Like Israel-Palestine Conflict? By Leplan on July 24th, 2011 I believe Social Media is the answer to all the Social, Economic and Political issues.

Can Social Media Solve Serious Political Issues Like Israel-Palestine Conflict?

Solution is simple. The basis of Social Media is having it open and transparent, and when that happens everything comes up. It may be perception, real facts or others. Is hip hop driving the Arab Spring? 24 July 2011Last updated at 04:43 GMT By Cordelia Hebblethwaite BBC News Deeb is a banker by day and a rapper by night Music and revolutions have a long history.

Is hip hop driving the Arab Spring?

America in trouble in the Middle East. By James J. Zogby A few months ago, I had a quick exchange with President Barack Obama about the US standing in the Arab world. When I mentioned that we would be conducting a poll to assess Arab attitudes two years after his Cairo speech, he said he expected the ratings to be quite low and to remain low until the US can help find a way to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Beirut ranked 4th most expensive Mideast city. Social networking new craze among Middle East hoteliers - Travel & Hospitality. Social networking sites are proving highly popular among Middle East hoteliers looking to get on board with region’s the online marketing craze.

Social networking new craze among Middle East hoteliers - Travel & Hospitality

Websites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Youtube are gaining increasingly more attention from both value and luxury hotels, often playing a pivotal role in their wider marketing campaigns. According to hotel managers, the sites’ ability to communicate with thousands of potential customers makes them an effective medium for raising brand awareness, increasing customer interaction and plugging promotions. “We are using social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter for our food and beverage promotions and events,” said Kezia Da Rocha, business development and marketing manager at the Holiday Inn Dubai Al Barsha. “We have an in house dedicated team which is updating our offers and promotions and also interacting with our members constantly.” Also using the site to drive business is Dubai’s Crowne Plaza. Arabic to beat English as the most popular Facebook Language in Arab.

By Swati on July 9th, 2011 Use of the Arabic Facebook interface has skyrocketed to reach 10 million users.

Arabic to beat English as the most popular Facebook Language in Arab

It’s expected that within a year Arabic will overtake English to become the most popular Facebook language in the region, according to Jerusalem Post, one of Israel’s best-selling English Daily. Spot On Public Relations, a Middle Eastern publicity agency, specializing in social media, conducted a study which revealed that Arabic Facebook has grown about 175% a year, double the overall rate of the mushrooming use of Facebook worldwide. In some countries, like Algeria, it grew a whopping 423% annually. According to this research, 56% of Facebook users in Egypt (3.8 million) opt for the Arabic language version. “What’s fascinating for us is not Facebook’s overall growth in the Middle East, but its growth in Arabic.

Social media played a crucial role, helping people organize protests, during the Arab Spring. You might also like: Comments. Imad Naffa (imadnaffa) Twitter tweets related to: Middle east, Women, Sites, Necessity, Tnw and more. Arab-Social-Media-Report.pdf. Social Media & the Arab Spring~March 2011.

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Arab Entrepreneurs Forum. We are delighted to invite you to attend the “ Building Collaborations for Arab Entrepreneur Partnership Forum” to be held at Amman, Jordan on April 2-3, 2011 at Amman Marriott Hotel .