1. Morocco eyes regional clout as a moderate Muslim model

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    In this article from Your Middle East, Morocco’s religious system is being analyzed as a possible model of moderate Islam. Morocco has been successful in combating extremism at home and squashing violent religious rhetoric in the years since 9/11. Neighboring countries that are concerned with threats or extremism have recently been looking to Morocco for help with guiding religious discourse in their own nations. So far Morocco has responded to this call for religious assistance in the region and embraced the role of “moderate Muslim model.” 
    The Moroccan state has an interesting relationship with religion, controlling the discourse in society and using religion to legitimize the regime. Will the Moroccan regime continue to embrace this trend and use this religious influence in the region as a form of soft power, and what will that mean for the MENA region as a whole? 

  2. Why Iraq is Not a Sectarian Conflict

     

    In this article from Your Middle East, Sofia Patel decries the simplification that the media has latched onto when referring to IS as ‘Sunni insurgents’. 

    This should not be understood as a deep-rooted Sunni-Shia conflict, but instead as extremists perverting and exploiting religious Islamic principles. 

    Patel discusses the social, historical, and political factors that have influenced instability in the region and shaped the nature and growth of this extremist movement. 

    When the media consistently uses phrases like ‘Sunni insurgents’ to describe IS certain images, thoughts, or assumptions come to mind.

    Words matter. 

    Narrative matters, and though there is clearly an element of sectarianism to IS, the words chosen should not dictate a story that this fight is one large Sunni-Shia conflict. The words we use about this group and the conflict do matter as we try to understand for ourselves what is going on from the outside. 

  3. #48KMarch to Jerusalem triggers deadly clashes (with images, tweets) · ajstream

  4. Paris bans Gaza protests over 'risk of violence' (with tweets) · ajstream

    Nothing like censorship in the guise of “security”. We know all about that in the USA. 

  5. In Iran, a spark of enthusiasm for America’s national pastime

    Baseball might just become the newest passion in sports crazy Iran.

    From WashingtonPost:

    Closer to the “Bad News Bears” than the major leagues, organized baseball has been played here since 1991. Few Iranians beyond the estimated 500 players, coaches and umpires who belong to the national association, however, have even heard of the game.

    The lack of exposure means baseball receives almost no funding from Iran’s powerful Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, and players actually have to pay — the equivalent of about $5 per month — to be on a team.

  6. Meet the Iranian Musician topping U.S. charts with classic Persian poetry

    From Al Arabiya:

    In an interview with CNN, Nazer said “I want to create a revolution with music, with love rather than hate, or chaos and bloodshed.

    “I came to New York with the hopes of integrating two cultures, and creating a new product that is no longer Eastern or Western,” he added.

  7. m7madsmiry:

Palestinians wake up every morning to teach the rest of the world life. „ AWESOOOOOOOOOOOOME
m7madsmiry:

Palestinians wake up every morning to teach the rest of the world life. „ AWESOOOOOOOOOOOOME
    m7madsmiry:

Palestinians wake up every morning to teach the rest of the world life. „ AWESOOOOOOOOOOOOME

    m7madsmiry:

    Palestinians wake up every morning to teach the rest of the world life.
    „ AWESOOOOOOOOOOOOME

    (via talldarkarab)

  8. ukinusa:

    The saddest flowchart you’re likely to see today. Help improve the lives of girls: girlsummitpledge.com

  9. unicef:

    “In my village there is one girl who is younger than I am who has not been cut because I discussed the issue with her parents. I told them how much the operation had hurt me, how it had traumatized me and made me not trust my own parents. They decided that they did not want this to happen to their daughter.”

    Meaza was 10 when she was subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM). She now campaigns to protect other girls from this harmful practice. FGM is declining in Ethiopia and many countries around the world, but still too many girls are at risk. We must do more.

    Meaza is inspiration that by speaking up to say NO to this harmful practice, we can change attitudes and change girls’ lives. Add your voice: http://uni.cf/GS14

  10. allthingsarabic:

    #toughasleather #neverhide #amnaisthebest

    Loving this video, Amna AlHadad is representing the middle east in Ray-Ban’s latest promotional campaign 'The Order of Never Hide’. 

    It’s been wonderful to follow her journey these past couple of years via her Twitter and Instagram accounts. Reading about how happy she was to receive her parents blessing, to setting up a make-shift gym in her home to her present day training for the Olympic games. Why do I think she’s amazing? Because of her genuine love for what she does and her all-out commitment to her goal. 

    Also featured in the RayBan campaign are rapper The Narcicyst, ATA’s favourite comedian Hisham Fageeh and KSA’s favourite croc* Temsa7ly.

    *KSA’s favourite croc competition results aren’t in, because they doesn’t exist, but if they did exist, he would win.