Media freedoms appear increasingly under siege around the world, with concerning signs that achieving middle-income status is no guarantee for an independent political watchdog in the form of the press. Farhana Haque Rahman, Director General of global news agency Inter Press Service issues a call to action.
The Journalists Syndicate's victory
In an outrageous move, Egyptian security forces stormed the headquarters of the Journalists Syndicate late Sunday night, 1st of May. But what was even more unexpected, perhaps, was the impressive emergency general assembly meeting that was held at the syndicate on Wednesday, May 3rd, with over 3,000 members present. An unexpected victory for the press,amid an unprecedented crackdown by the current administration on press freedoms in Egypt. (Ebticar/Mada Masr)
Stillborn under occupation. Documenting Palestinian checkpoint births
Samar Hazboun is a Palestinian photographer who has published several projects documenting life under occupation. Her latest project, “Beyond checkpoints,” documents the often forgotten stories of Palestinian women who have given birth at Israeli checkpoints, or been delayed for hours before being able to cross and go to a hospital. (Ebticar/Mashallah News)
Arab women in search of the disappeared
The crime of forced disappearance has contributed to the emergence of social movements comprised of the wives and mothers of the disappeared in the Arab region, whether victims of civil war or military rule. These women have become activists in their local communities and influenced decision makers. This article points to cases in Lebanon, Algeria and Egypt where women's appeals turned into influential movements.
Brussels, The Day After
Yesterday, once I heard about the terror attacks in Brussels, the first thing I did was to call a couple of very close friends to make sure that they were all right. In Europe, even someone who is not familiar with that city must know someone else there. One of my friends, passed by Maalbeek Metro Station 5 minutes before the deflagration took place…
“Are we going to die today?”
The questions Syrian children ask their parents. Forcibly uprooted from their homes, millions of Syrian children are growing up knowing nothing but war and terror. Though many families remain trapped in Syria’s war zones, others have been forced to make tough decisions to save themselves and their children.
On Giulio and the cost of doing business in Egypt
The death of Giulio Regeni exposes the continuous human rights violations that critical voices, activists, journalists are facing under the government of General Al-Sisi. Foreign diplomats and intelligence officers in Egypt “understand the dirty politics, the abuse, the broken bodies and shattered lives that keep Egypt ‘open for business’… But until now they have not appeared to care” writes Mada Masr.
A music-filled Tunisian film perfectly fits this doubtful moment
Through the creation of a fictional Arabic alt-rock band, Khyam Allami composed, arranged and produced a soundtrack that’s as nuanced, lo-fi and punk rock as Leyla Buazid’s award-winning debut movie, A peine j’ouvre les yeux (As I Open My Eyes)
Tough times for cinema in Algeria!
In the aftermath of independence in 1962, Algeria hosted 450 cinemas. Sixty years later, there are less than two dozen left. Minister of Culture Azzedine Mihoubi’s declaration last June that “95% of Algerian cinemas are closed and non-operating” came as a bolt out of the blue.
President Erdogan, free Cumhuriyet’s editors and all other detained journalists!
Can Dündar, the editorinchief of the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, and his Ankara bureau chief, Erdem Gül, have been held since the evening of 26 November. They are charged with spying and terrorism because last May they published evidence of arms deliveries by the Turkish intelligence services to Islamist groups in Syria.
Much Loved by Nabil Ayouch
In Morocco, the film Much Loved raised a heated debate. Not limited to simple condemnations or requests to ban its screenings. The film was discussed in the parliament and there were calls for the execution of its director, as well as the actress who played the main character, Loubna Abidar.(Ebticar/Arablog)
Toys of war
The ongoing project War-Toys recreates the memories of children affected by war with the toys that are found on site, in Palestine, Israel and Lebanon. Photographer Brian McCarty worked for more than twenty years for the major toys brands. Today, his camera tells a moving story of contemporary wars, while helping children overcome their trauma. (Ebticar/Mashallah News)
Contemporary sparks between video, performance and urban planning in Cairo
An art project in a cafe, a Japanese-Egyptian urban laboratory and the annual 2B Continued festival dedicated to performance art in all its forms: in Cairo contemporary art and the spectacle involve the audience in an original way. Three events reviewed by MadaMasr. (Ebticar/Mada Masr)
When the Arabs exported the tarab
Story. Between the Egyptian Revolution in 1919 and the beginning of the Lebanon war in 1975, the Middle East goes through a parenthesis of a blessed social and artistic freedom. On the trail of some of the protagonists of this period, in a story based on the latest graphicnovel by Lamia Ziadé, to immerse in a mythical heritage. Is it lost forever? (Ebticar/Le Desk)
2016: The black jubilee for the Gypsy
The July 21 Association launched an international appeal called #PeccatoCapitale (cardinal sin) to ask the City of Rome for a moratorium on forced evictions of informal settlements in the city. The operations have tripled since Pope Bergoglio announced the Extraordinary Holy Year.
Interview with Evelyne Pommer from Médiathèque Mateo Maximoff
Evelyne Pommerat receives you the Médiathèque Mateo Maximoff with precious attention. Responsible for an extensive archive devoted to Gypsies and travellers (gent du voyage), this veteran documentalist turned this place into an open window to the present, thanks to a vibrant cultural program.
Gabi Jimenez or the rage to create
He is immersed in Gypsy imagination but refuses to identify himself as an artist through the prism of a "specific Roma culture". His painting is a political act like a sharp sword ready to sever all forms of humiliation and discrimination inflicted on Gypsies. An interview
Gypsy culture in Turkey: From "half" to "whole"
Is it possible to talk about a universal, all-inclusive Gypsy culture? What are the distinctive characteristics of different Gypsy groups and how are they transmitted through generations in a community without a written culture? An interview with Turkish professor of music ethnography ?brahim Yavuz Yükselsin and a portrait of Turkish-Gypsy director Elmas Arus.
The gitano duende in Spain
From flamenco to rumba, through the literary productions passed down orally from generation to generation, to the young creators who today reinterpret the tradition with contemporary language. The reportage by Babelmed on artistic expressions of Romany communities in Barcelona and Andalusia.
Are known for their fresh take on hip-hop, reggae, dub, rock and Bosnian folklore. Initially, the concept of the band came through an urgent need to voice the problematic issues in Bosnian society, while also showing the rest of the world that life in the Balkans exists outside of the familiar and overused media stereotypes.
Boycott drive proposes martyrs, prisoners as parliamentary candidates
Some young activists are calling on Egyptians to boycott the parliamentary elections in honor of the martyrs of the revolution and imprisoned political dissidents. But given the boycott's limited outreach and a general political apathy, some dismiss the campaign as an elitist folly. (Ebticar/Mada Masr)
Rom of Rome
50 percent of the approximately 180 thousand Roma and Sinti in Italy have Italian citizenship, 4 out of 5 live in normal houses and many work in regular jobs.40 thousand live in poor housing conditions. The investigation of Babelmed in Rome, where about 9 thousand people live in inadequate housing according to the international standards of safety, peace and dignity.
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