#Qatar- #Mauritania discord story outsourced by #Jordan website?

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  1. An image from AlAkhbar English. The story has been published on several websites in Arabic and English. Everyone loves a good rumor! Al Babwa stands out because it doesn’t love its own stories enough to post them to Twitter, but has been incredibly fortunate in finding others willing to do it instead.
  2. 1. The flagship website of the Jordan-owned Al Bawaba Network, albawaba.com quoting Mauritanian Siraj newspaper, but neglecting to mention the Arab Press Network (http://www.arabpressnetwork.org/) description of it as a “pro-Islamist daily edited by Ahmad Al Wadi’a, a leading spokesperson of the Islamist movement”. For an indication of the quality of “news” favored by AlBawaba.com, check out this page from June 2011 highlighting another rumor, about the Emir of Qatar’s wife Sheikha Mozah allegedly spending $2m on plastic surgery to trim her derriére. Oddly enough, there are no tweets from @AlBawaEnglish to promote their story.
    The Al Bawaba Network also operates menareport.com.
  3. 2. A more influential Twitter user, the Iranian journalist Borzou Daragahi, aka @borzou, Pulitzer-listed former Baghdad bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times and now Middle East correspondent for the Financial Times and based in Cairo. If you’re reading this Borzou, I hope both you and your editor find it interesting to see you included in this group. 
  4. #Mauritania moving more & more into “resistance” camp; allegedly “expels” #Qatari emir bit.ly/xCyZtr
  5. “@borzou: #Mauritania moving more & more into “resistance” camp; allegedly “expels” #Qatari emir bit.ly/xCyZtr
  6. RT @borzou: #Mauritania moving more & more into “resistance” camp; allegedly “expels” #Qatari emir bit.ly/xCyZtr
  7. 3.  @atlantisconsult & @atconsultmaroc Sister accounts for a “security & intelligence” services company, according to their Twitter bios: 

    Atlantis Consulting es una corporación de ámbito Internacional . Atlantis Consulting is an International field corporation Security & Intelligence

    Atlantis Consulting est une société espagnole de niveau international crée pour répondre aux demandes existantes dans les secteurs de la sécurité etIntelligence

    We know very well what kind of intelligence service is typically interested in spreading rumors on social media. The kind involved in cyber warfare and spreading misinformation or disinformation.

  8. Other accounts that repeated the rumor as fact include @Arabic_News “Independent news & views from the streets of the Arab world” - http://www.roadstoiraq.com and @GLobalLinkInc - with a logo-style avatar that reads “Consulting International” but no url in their bio.
  9. Report: #Mauritania “expels” #Qatar|i emir h3r0.ca/wWpn42
  10. “@Arabic_News: Report: #Mauritania “expels” #Qatar|i emir h3r0.ca/wWpn42
  11. Here’s the rest of the happy band of tweeters, included here as a courtesy because I wouldn’t want to miss anyone out.
  12. Report: Mauritania “expels” Qatari emir | Al Bawaba bit.ly/xIL9ug @Albawaba
  13. #Mauritania expels #Qatar emir bit.ly/yrP5xz Quote: “These are not revolts, these are conspiracies” #arab Spring
  14. RT @larkidesi: #Mauritania expels #Qatar emir bit.ly/yrP5xz Quote: “These are not revolts, these are conspiracies” #arab Spring
  15. DTN Syria: Report: Mauritania “expels” Qatari emir: Media sources in Mauritania reported on Monday that the rece… bit.ly/An3MDM
  16. “@Arabic_News: Report: #Mauritania “expels” #Qatar|i emir h3r0.ca/wWpn42
  17. Report: Mauritania “expels” Qatari emir dlvr.it/14H3Sg
  18. Here’s the ‘@Happy_Arab’, Rashad alDabbah, of Orange County & Jeddah, generously giving Arabic language Twitter account @AlBabwa a mention in his tweet of their English news version of the story. What a fascinating bio Rashad has: “Saudi-American of Palestinian & Armenian descent. I organize the community in @LittleArabia and beyond. Communications Director, Syrian American Council. http://happyarabnewsservice.blogspot.com “
  19. Report: Mauritania “expels” Qatari emir Sheikh Hamad | Al Bawaba bit.ly/xqLITH @Albawaba #Qatar #Mauritania
  20. Last word goes to Ahmed Alfi.
  21. How will this play out??? Report: Mauritania “expels” Qatari emir albawaba.com/news/report-m…

#Syria: Non-Violence, Not Military Intervention – Gene Sharp

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Despite an Arab League observer mission in Syria, there has been no let up in the bloodshed. Author and scholar Gene Sharp told RT in an exclusive interview that non-violence is the only way for people to bring about a democratic change.

“You get bloody mess when you get people standing up and saying we want a change because dictators don’t want to be told “We don’t love you anymore”. They do not like to be told “It is time for you to go” and they will use whatever means of control,” Sharp says.
Meanwhile, reports of bloodshed in Syrian cities escalate daily. Syrian activists said Monday that government troops opened fire on protesters in the restive city of Homs, killing more than a dozen people.

The UN estimates that more than 5,000 people have been killed since the country erupted into conflict in March.
Gene Sharp says that if Arab world follows a violent path, more casualties are guaranteed.

Sharp says that change can be brought out by many ways. “But what kind of change?” he asks.

What Sharp warns about is that change might pave the way to new dictatorship, but not to democracy.
“Change can be from dictatorship to a new dictatorship,” he concludes. Sharp believes that military intervention as an option to solve the situation in Syria will lead to chaos instead of new democratic regime in the country.
Speaking about the previous bitter experience, referring to Libya, Sharp says that the US has no right to meddle in other countries’ foreign affairs. “My opinion is that the US government should not be intervening military in the name of establishing democracy,” he says.

Meanwhile, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad delivered a 100-minute speech on Tuesday which failed to impress as he repeated previous statements, mocked the Arab League, and failed to offer any hope for an end to the ongoing bloodshed. In his first speech since June 2011,  al-Assad said he’s “not someone who abandons responsibility”. Once again blaming unrest on “foreign planning,” Assad promised to “fight terrorists with an iron fist.” He also made vague promises of reform, saying Syria might hold a referendum on a new constitution, maybe in March. Later today, The UN Security Council will also meet for the first time this year to discuss the situation in the embattled country in another closed-door meeting.

Meanwhile, there may be a new way to end the bloodshed in Syria in the offing. Avaaz activists have covertly compiled a harrowing report of crimes against humanity conducted by Assad’s regime, and it is making world headlines. Using that list of atrocities to as a call to the UN Security Council might help bring a case against Assad and the leadership of his forces before the International Criminal Court (ICC).

via RT News - US-World News - CNN - Yahoo News

Relief effort for #Syria’s Refugees in #Jordan

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Syrian Refugees Flee Across the Border

Syrian Refugees Flee Across the Border (Photo: UN)

Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA), a relief and development organization based in the D.C. metro area, announced today its humanitarian effort to assist nearly 5,500 displaced Syrian refugees in Jordan. According to the latest estimates by the United Nations, more than 5,000 civilians have been killed as a result of the escalating violence in Syria. Neighboring countries are witnessing a mass influx of refugees fleeing the crippling violence and harsh winter conditions. IRUSA’s latest initiative, a project called Urgent Assistance to Syrian Refugee Families in Jordan, will provide help to 5,500 Syrian refugees in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

In collaboration with the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization (JHCO), Islamic Relief USA will provide monthly food packets consisting of rice, sugar, vegetable oil, pasta, powdered milk, baby formula, white beans, salt, tomato paste, cheese, and chicken bouillon cubes. Also, families will be supplied with non-food items such as diapers, hygiene products and detergent.

“The human toll of the Syrian uprising is undoubtedly grave,” said Abed Ayoub, CEO of Islamic Relief USA. “Families who are fleeing the violence are bringing almost nothing with them as they make the long trip across the border in search of safety, food and shelter. From experience we know that as the violence continues, the number of refugees fleeing the violence will only rise. This initiative is a lifeline to those we are able to reach.”

Islamic Relief USA to Assist 5,500 Syrian Refugees in Jordan – MarketWatch.

Brookings Conference Int’l Responsibility After #Libya Transcript http…

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Brookings Conference: Int’l Responsibility After #Libya – Transcript http://snup.us/nP9
Speakers:
Edward Luck, Special Adviser on the Responsibility To Protect, United Nations;
Jared Genser, Managing Director, Perseus Strategies, and President, Freedom Now;
Richard Williamson, Nonresident Senior Fellow on Foreign Policy, Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement

Presider: Elizabeth Ferris, Senior Fellow and Co-Director, Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, The Brookings Institution

Location: The Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.
Time: 10:05 a.m. EST
Date: Monday, January 9, 2012