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Safineh
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Safineh | babelmed | mediterranean cultureSafineh | babelmed | mediterranean cultureGab Ferneiné is a Lebanese media consultant who dedicated his latest experimental video, Safineh (Arabic for “boat”), to the Beirut port. Mashallah News asked him a couple of questions about his work that we are happy to share here. (Ebticar/Mashallah news)

 
Youssef Alimam: “Denial flows in our veins like the water of the Nile in the middle of Egypt”
Marianne Roux   

Youssef Alimam: “Denial flows in our veins like the water of the Nile in the middle of Egypt”  | babelmed | mediterranean cultureYoussef Alimam: “Denial flows in our veins like the water of the Nile in the middle of Egypt”  | babelmed | mediterranean cultureYoussef Alimam is a 22–year-old musician, composer, independent filmmaker, actor, scriptwriter and photographer. He graduated from the High Cinema Institute in Cairo and also has a background in sound engineering and production. Libido, his graduation project, won Youssef Chahine’s Student award for best short documentary in 2012 and the Rotary Award for Best Film on Peace in 2013. (Ebticar/Mashallah news)

 
Sahara Rocks
Arnaud Contreras   

Sahara Rocks | babelmed | mediterranean cultureSahara Rocks | babelmed | mediterranean cultureFrench reporter Arnaud Contreras has been travelling for many years in the whole Saharan regions and explored extensively the local musical culture. He launched a crowdfunding campaign that will allow him to finish his project “Sahara Rocks”. (Ebticar/Mashallah news)

 
PirateBeirut. Free sharing to create culture
Cristiana Scoppa   

PirateBeirut. Free sharing to create culture | babelmed | mediterranean culturePirateBeirut. Free sharing to create culture | babelmed | mediterranean cultureBorn in 2009 to “preserve the cultural heritage of Lebanon”, the “pirate” file-sharing site has helped launch stars that now are internationally acclaimed, such as Mashrou’ Leila. And it is chosen by a growing number of musicians to reach the public in more than 150 countries.

 
Crowdfunding in the Mediterranean: humble but promising beginnings
Younes Djama   

Crowdfunding in the Mediterranean: humble but promising beginnings | babelmed | mediterranean cultureCrowdfunding in the Mediterranean: humble but promising beginnings | babelmed | mediterranean cultureAccording to a study conducted by the Financement participatif Méditerranée (FPM) association, this type of “popular patronage” is still underdeveloped in the Maghreb countries. Funds collected so far through crowdfunding reach just 200,000 euros in Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco. But it is a growing market, tells Maghreb Emergent. (Ebticar/Radio M)

 
The vulnerability of Turkey’s Alevis in the Syrian crisis
Övgü Pinar   

The vulnerability of Turkey’s Alevis in the Syrian crisis | babelmed | mediterranean cultureA Kurdish-Alevi soccer player’s recent experience could shed some light on what effect the Syrian war and the Islamic State’s “caliphate” is having on Turkey.

 
“Routes”. A new multimedia series on Mashallah News
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“Routes”. A new multimedia series on Mashallah News | babelmed | mediterranean cultureMashallah News announces a call for submissions for its latest series! A collaboration with Knooz Room, “Routes” will be the first project to be featured on the Mashallah News “2.0.” website.

 
Turkey: Authoritarian Drift Threatens Rights
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Turkey: Authoritarian Drift Threatens Rights | babelmed | mediterranean cultureTurkey under the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government is taking far-reaching steps to weaken the rule of law, control the media and internet, and clamp down on critics and protestors, Human Rights Watch said in a report.

 
The Long Run
Cristiana Scoppa   

The Long Run | babelmed | mediterranean cultureThe Long Run | babelmed | mediterranean cultureMENA, the Middle East and North Africa region has an unexpected record. In a region where marriage age is the primary mark for independence (from the family), the average age for marriage for men is now the highest among all developing regions. The high unemployment rate for men can be blamed for this result, according to this impressive infographic by Visualizing Impact. (Ebticar/Visualizing impact)

 
“Arab Media: The Battle for Independence” - 7th ARIJ Conference Comes to Amman
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“Arab Media: The Battle for Independence” - 7th ARIJ Conference Comes to Amman | babelmed | mediterranean culture“Arab Media: The Battle for Independence” - 7th ARIJ Conference Comes to Amman | babelmed | mediterranean cultureGIJN member Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) will host its seventh annual forum for Arab investigative journalists in Amman, Jordan, this December. The theme of the three-day conference, which begins on December 5, will be "Arab Media: The Battle for Independence". (Ebticar/ARIJ)

 
Oh Filmmaking, Save Us!
Gianluca Solera   

Oh Filmmaking, Save Us! | babelmed | mediterranean cultureThe Universal Forum of Cultures, organized by UNESCO took place between 20-25 October in Naples, in spite of all the organizational setbacks. Organized by Cinema e Diritti association, the festival brought together 30 guests from about 20 countries and hosted films about the most forgotten among the poor and the bravest activists who defy cowardice and violence.

 
The new role of the Kurds in the Middle Eastern chessboard
Federica Araco   

The new role of the Kurds in the Middle Eastern chessboard  | babelmed | mediterranean cultureThe violent attacks in Iraq and the siege of Kobanê are raising public awareness on the largest stateless people in the world which has turned into a key ally in the anti-jihadist international coalition. Interview with Iraqi Kurdish journalist Adib Fateh Ali.

 
Smuggled futures: the dangerous path of a migrant from Africa to Europe
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Smuggled futures: the dangerous path of a migrant from Africa to Europe | babelmed | mediterranean cultureThe Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime report explores motivations, methods and impacts of the increasingly potent and lucrative business of migrant smuggling from Africa to Europe.

 
Kobane faces its end amid mounting Kurdish anger
David Barchard   

Kobane faces its end amid mounting Kurdish anger | babelmed | mediterranean cultureIS closes in on small enclave in Syria; fears for massacre of remaining inhabitants, high risk to Ankara-Kurdish peace process.

 
Fight against IS helps PKK gain global legitimacy
Amberin Zaman   

Fight against IS helps PKK gain global legitimacy | babelmed | mediterranean cultureWestern officials say that given the Islamic State threat, it is only a matter of time before their governments initiate formal ties with the Kurdistan Workers Party and the Democratic Union Party, despite objections from Turkey.

 

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