Treasure trove of UAE: Free Gulf Archives now online (Gulf News)

Gulf News: Treasure trove of UAE: Free Gulf Archives now online. “When people think of the UAE, the images that frequently come to mind are the nation’s impressive feats of modern architecture, rapid modernisation and technological development. The Arabian Gulf Digital Archive — a major new digitisation project between the UAE and the UK — provides a fascinating insight into the early stages of this transformation. It provides details of specific projects undertaken, of the political interests that lay behind many of these plans, and of local reactions to the changes that were taking place.”

Ozy: Distrusting The Press, Arab Youth Turn To Social Media

Ozy: Distrusting The Press, Arab Youth Turn To Social Media. “Ahmad couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw the headline. It was December 2017 and Mada Masr — Egypt’s last independent outlet — published an investigation detailing how a front for the Egyptian intelligence agency bought seven of the country’s most prominent media outlets. ‘I knew never to trust mainstream Egyptian media again,’ says Ahmad, a 23-year-old activist who asked not to disclose his last name for fear of reprisal. ‘From then on, Facebook became the only place where I could get my breaking news, but I also check Mada Masr.'”

Financial Times: The keen collectors battling to preserve Arab music

Financial Times (often FT articles are paywalled, but I found this one was not): The keen collectors battling to preserve Arab music . “Egypt and the Levant have a rich and varied musical heritage that has been preserved in recorded form since the 1890s. Yet the sound that dominates airwaves and memories today — what to many is ‘classical Arab music’ — represents only a narrow part of this spectrum: mid-20th-century singers such as Egypt’s Umm Kulthum, who, backed by stirring orchestras, soundtracked a golden age of cultural confidence, political independence and pan-Arab nationalism. While undeniably rousing, this music has tended to eclipse the region’s other traditions.”

The Art Newspaper: Arab photography archive releases 22,000 historic images online

The Art Newspaper: Arab photography archive releases 22,000 historic images online. “The Arab Image Foundation, Beirut’s pioneering non-profit archive of Middle Eastern photography, has launched an online platform that makes 22,000 images from the collection accessible and searchable for the first time.”

Phys .org: Podcasters find niche in the Arab world

Phys .org: Podcasters find niche in the Arab world . “Rana Nawas left the corporate world nearly two years ago to produce and host a podcast—one that is now considered the most popular in the Arab world. The English-language series, ‘When Women Win’, tells the stories of successful women from all over the world and, according to Apple, has become the most listened to podcast in the Middle East.”

The National: Treasure trove of priceless UAE archives now online

The National: Treasure trove of priceless UAE archives now online. I mentioned the initiative for this archive back in 2017. “The online portal contains 250,000 priceless archives. The majority are text documents and come from British foreign office files about the Gulf but photographs and video footage from the UAE are also included…. Work on digitising the documents began two years ago and the collection that has gone online is vast. Letters, treaties, maps and telegrams chart 200 years of intrigue, political strife, war, independence and progress. It would take researchers months to go through them all but some catch the eye immediately.”

Syrian Network for Human Rights: A New Update to the World’s Most Comprehensive Database on the Syrian Conflict, Now Including the Data of the Syrian Network for Human Rights and Airwars for 2018

Syrian Network for Human Rights: A New Update to the World’s Most Comprehensive Database on the Syrian Conflict, Now Including the Data of the Syrian Network for Human Rights and Airwars for 2018 . “The international center, which specializes in analyzing data from conflicts worldwide, confirmed that the data which it has included from the Syrian Network for Human Rights on the Syrian conflict in 2018 led to the inclusion of more than 1,100 additional events to its database for 2018, with this information mostly covering events which were not previously documented in the Center’s database for the year.”