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Palestine

AFP/VOA, Spoons Become a New Symbol of Palestinian 'Freedom'

"When the six Palestinian militants escaped through a tunnel on Sept. 6 from the high security Gilboa prison, social networks shared images of a tunnel at the foot of a sink, and ...

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Influencers

Al Jazeera, Sheikh Jarrah’s El-Kurd twins make TIME top 100 list

“Through online posts and media appearances, sibling activists Mohammed and Muna El-Kurd provided the world with a window into living under occupation in East Jerusalem this spring ..."

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DNA

Jacklin Kwan, Wired, Mohammed is Palestinian. Why does 23andMe think he’s Egyptian?

"Genetic ancestry tests such as 23andMe attempt to place individuals into neatly-defined country groups. But people from Palestine are finding their heritage erased."

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Indonesia

Antonia Timmerman, Rest of World, How one coder became Indonesia’s misinformation guru

"Influence operations — bot-driven, automated, paid-for messaging — are ingrained in Indonesian social media, used liberally by the government, the opposition, and corporate marketing alike. They ...

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Indonesia

Al Jazeera, Indonesia quells COVID, but is a new wave on the way?

"Daily cases and deaths have dropped sharply in Jakarta and Java, but experts say limited testing and contact tracing have allowed the virus to surge elsewhere in the archipelago."

Issues of data transparency are significant here.

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Taliban

Secunder Kermani, BBC News, Afghanistan: Life under Taliban rule one month on

Recommended: "At Afghanistan's border with Uzbekistan a cargo train rolls over a bridge and into the newly created "Islamic Emirate". The Taliban's white and black flag flutters next to the Uzbek ...

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Hacking

RFI, Three US ex-intelligence officials admit to hacking for UAE

"The federal district court in Alexandria, Virginia agreed to defer prosecution for three years in the complex case, which highlighted the global market ...

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Taliban

Stefani Glinski, The National, Taliban fighters eat ice cream as a slowly changing Kabul watches a month on

"Two Taliban fighters sit waiting for fruit juice, guns resting on their legs, while children ...

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Egypt

Al Jazeera, Egypt begins trial of researcher Patrick George Zaki

"In the indictment, Egypt’s State Security Supreme Prosecution (SSSP) cited as grounds for arrest an article, written by the researcher two years ago, in which he gave ...

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Marvel

Shaf Choudry, CAGE, On Marvel, Hollywood and the Dehumanisation of Muslims

Analysis/opinion: "Shaf Choudry describes how films such as Marvel’s Iron Man fit within a long-running project of Hollywood projecting and reinforcing dehumanising depictions ...

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