Tag: Saudi Arabia

Qatar World Cup
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The political dimensions and human rights elements (++) of the Qatar World Cup are a given and should not be ignored (see earlier post). From my research position, it's interesting to track social media on related issues. The KSA victory today against Argentina was spectacular, with attendant social media coverage (understandably) given the nature ...

KSA
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Social distancing has eased in Mecca, as represented in the photographs below, where the distancing stickers have been removed from the precincts. This gives the impression of normalising the pilgrimage situation for umrah and hajj. No doubt the authorities will continue to follow this closely. It's interesting to see how social media is being ...

Al Jazeera, 16.8.21
Afghanistan
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Collected links on the situation in Afghanistan, with a subtext on social media and internet concerns, are below. As always, posting does not necessarily mean endorsement. In line with the central area of my research, my focus is on internet use in relation to this situation (I'm not an Afghanistan expert). Please be patient with accessing this page, ...

KSA
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Guardian, Calls for Saudi Dakar Rally boycott while women’s right to drive activist in prison

"Supporters of women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul, who campaigned for women’s right to drive in Saudi Arabia, have called for a boycott of the Dakar Rally for “sportswashing” the reputation of the conservative kingdom while Hathloul remains ...

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