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A plague of Twitter bots is roiling the Middle East - The Washington Post, June 2, 2018
Our research shows that Persian Gulf regimes create — or order the creation — of thousands of bots to tweet in a coordinated fashion. This time last year, one of the authors found that 17 percent of a random sample of Arabic tweets mentioning Qatar were tweeted by bots. By this May, the number had climbed to 29 percent.
Twitter  Gulf_region  Qatar  Saudi-Arabia 
4 days ago by elizrael
Middle East Centre – Tribal Social Evolution and Gender: Conflict in Urbanized Tribal Units, July 13, 2018
She tweeted about her poem in reaction to the forced divorce of a tribal woman – Salma – from her husband of thirteen years and father of her five children as he was of non-tribal background, and thus an unfit match by tribal standards. Other evidence of the difficulty tribal mores can cause women, in particular in a modern urban setting, are plentiful.

Haya al Mughni has pointed out such difficulties are also pervasive in established urban tribes as well as the more recently settled bedouin population. She describes how the merchant class and elite Kuwaitis control women through arranged marriages and through placing a disproportionate amount of responsibility on these women for the preservation of family honour: “those of the elite and the merchant class have been the most eager to preserve the kin relations from which they gain prestige and access to many privileges. Their loyalty to their own class has often superseded their loyalty to members of their own sex”, up to and including issues surrounding their right to marry and bear children if a socio-economically suitable match was not available to them.
tribes  Qatar  women_rights  UAE  ModestyObsession 
14 days ago by elizrael
Saudi Arabia Planned to Invade Qatar Last Summer. Rex Tillerson’s Efforts to Stop It May Have Cost Him His Job.
If the Saudis had succeeded in seizing Doha, they would potentially have been able to gain access to the country’s $320 billion sovereign wealth fund.
SaudiArabia  qatar 
14 days ago by yorksranter
RT : Articles on LGBT topics are being censored in host —including one I wrote for (ironical…
WorldCup  Qatar  from twitter
16 days ago by dgmcgillivray
to Invest $500m in 's "10 New Balis" focusing on Indonesia's 10 priority destinations including La…
Qatar  Indonesia  from twitter_favs
17 days ago by hwileniu
Disposable People, Dying to Build a City in the Desert
On the precarious labor situation in the Gulf, as seen through the literary imagination.
GCC  UAE  literature  reviews  labor  India  Qatar 
5 weeks ago by micahrobbins
Building New Gulf States Through Conscription - Carnegie, Sada, April 25,2018
The Gulf monarchies are gradually reshaping their traditional pattern of civil-military relations, which had been strictly based on regime security and coup-proofing strategies wherein there was a clear separation between soldiers and citizens. In mobilizing national identities, soldiers are now playing the role of “modernizers” forging a strengthened relationship between society and the armed forces. In this framework, Gulf states increasingly conceive of and use conscription as a national engineering project to give them the public support needed to make the transition to post-rentier models amid a tense regional environment.
USE  nationalism  Qatar  military  recruitment  Kuwait 
8 weeks ago by elizrael
A New Standard for the Gulf States | LRB blog
Pretty shocking stat from Oliver Miles: over 1200 workers have died in last 3 years in Qatar, largely on World Cup 2022 projects.
qatar  labor 
8 weeks ago by arabist
Fifa threatens action against BeoutQ for infringement of broadcast rights | The Drum
- this is interesting given that BeoutQ seemed to be a way of attacking Qatar-owned sports TV stations that come under the gulf states stand off with Qatar
saudiarabia  qatar  legal  ip  totwitter 
9 weeks ago by renaissancechambara

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