Bloomberg: FTX Chaos Prompts Reckoning on Dubai’s Embrace of Crypto Giants

Bloomberg: FTX Chaos Prompts Reckoning on Dubai’s Embrace of Crypto Giants. “FTX was one of the first firms granted a license by Dubai’s Virtual Asset​s Regulatory Authority as part of the push to lure business, and the exchange set up its regional headquarters in the city…. With FTX and Bankman-Fried now facing investigations from the US to the Bahamas, officials have distanced themselves from that decision, even scrubbing its license details from the regulator’s website.”

Jordan News Agency: $2.3M US-Funded Project Launched To Set Up Database For Jordan’s Moveable Cultural Artifacts

Jordan News Agency: $2.3M US-Funded Project Launched To Set Up Database For Jordan’s Moveable Cultural Artifacts . “The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the American Center of Research (ACOR), on Thursday, launched a project to set up a database for Jordan’s first comprehensive and national inventory of moveable cultural artifacts with a value of about $2.3 million.”

Cairo Scene: The Arab Kissing Archive Reclaims On-screen Intimacy In Arab Film

Cairo Scene: The Arab Kissing Archive Reclaims On-screen Intimacy In Arab Film. “The Instagram account acts as a digital archive, posting snippets of kissing scenes from films made all over the Arab world, documenting titles, actors and filmmakers in the process. The project began in January 2022, with the anonymous founders amassing a dedicated Instagram following and a feed of Arab cinema’s remarkable pecks and smooches while reclaiming a cinematic narrative that is often forgotten.”

The National: ‘Ramy’, ‘Mo’ and the rise of the Arab social media comedy star

The National: ‘Ramy’, ‘Mo’ and the rise of the Arab social media comedy star . “With the new season of Ramy receiving rave reviews, and the recent success of Mo, which stars Mo Amer as the first Palestinian lead character on American television, Arab comedy is enjoying a renaissance. The effect can be seen across the comedy landscape and particularly among an emerging group of Arab comedians who have been carving out large audiences through social media platforms.”

Politico: Arabic social media remains an unchecked Wild West

Politico: Arabic social media remains an unchecked Wild West. “Suspected Kremlin agents peddle falsehoods masquerading as Instagram models. The terrorist organization Hezbollah posts propaganda updates as if it were a news organization. More than 2 million Iraqis join Facebook groups where guns are bought and sold without checks. Welcome to the world of Arabic-language social media — a Wild West where content moderation is minimal, foreign governments act with abandon, and jihadists foster online hate in arguably some of the world’s most war-torn countries.”

New York Times: Cooking Online, Arab Women Find Income and Community

New York Times: Cooking Online, Arab Women Find Income and Community. “The kitchen, historically the symbolic heart of domesticity in the Arab world, has often kept women tethered to household responsibility, and out of the work force. Only about 25 percent of women in the Middle East participate in the labor force — the lowest such figure in the world, even as female university graduates in the region often outnumber their male counterparts. But the rise of social media platforms, YouTube in particular, is changing the power dynamic for Arab women, allowing them to turn the kitchen into a source of income and influence.”

BBC: How TikTok is fuelling dreams of wealth in the Arab world

BBC: How TikTok is fuelling dreams of wealth in the Arab world. “Mohamed Ghadour spends four hours every day on his mobile creating new TikTok videos. He says the return is very rewarding, earning him a monthly income between $1,000 (£840) and $3,000 (£2,520). Although TikTok is not his only source of money, it is an essential one. He says a lot of people he knows are generating up to $10,000 from the video sharing app.”

Rest of World: Diaspora communities reframe history, one Instagram post at a time

Rest of World: Diaspora communities reframe history, one Instagram post at a time. “Marwan Kaabour has always been a collector. The London-based designer traces the hobby back to his childhood in Beirut, Lebanon. ‘Perhaps the most serious collection was an insanely well-organized collection of Spice Girls merchandise,’ he remembers with a laugh. Today, Kaabour is collecting photographs, video clips, and other rare visual media on the Instagram account Takweer, a digital archive with 16,000 followers that maps the intersections of queerness and Arab history.

University of Exeter: Experts to establish new archive of Kurdistan’s culture, history and politics

University of Exeter: Experts to establish new archive of Kurdistan’s culture, history and politics. “An international team of experts are establishing a major new archive of Kurdistan’s culture, history and politics. University of Exeter academics are working closely with colleagues from leading Kurdish archival repositories, the Kurdish Heritage Institute (کەلەپووری کورد ئەنستیتیوتی) and the Zheen Centre for Documentation and Research (بنکەی ژین) on the project.”

Pitchfork: The Syrian Cassette Archives Explore a Pivotal Era of Middle Eastern Music

Pitchfork: The Syrian Cassette Archives Explore a Pivotal Era of Middle Eastern Music. “In February, he launched the website for the Syrian Cassette Archives, a multimedia project that focuses on a vibrant cassette culture that flourished in Syria from the 1970s to the 2000s. Since founding the project in 2018, [Mark] Gergis and a small group of collaborators have spent countless hours digitizing his collection of around 400 tapes. He’s also amassed new acquisitions of tapes and conducted interviews with artists and tape sellers from Syria.”

Vanderbilt University: Heard Libraries acquire collection of jazz, world music master Yusef Lateef

Vanderbilt University: Heard Libraries acquire collection of jazz, world music master Yusef Lateef. “Vanderbilt’s Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries are now home to a rich collection of research materials from the life and career of Yusef A. Lateef, a Grammy-winning musician who played a pioneering role in bringing Middle Eastern and Asian sounds to American jazz. Lateef also was an author, visual artist, educator and philosopher. He died in 2013, but his cultural significance lives on through his artistry.”

Gulf Times: MoCI launches Qatar Business Map portal

Gulf Times: MoCI launches Qatar Business Map portal. “The business map portal provides a comprehensive database for users, allowing them to view the investment advantages of Qatar’s various regions through a search service for commercial establishments per region, and for the various available commercial activities. The portal also offers statistics on several commercial licenses registered in each municipality, new and signed-off commercial licences, and the latest commercial establishments registered in Qatar.”

Zawya: Ibtikar enables open access to digital library during UAE Month of Reading (PRESS RELEASE)

Zawya: Ibtikar enables open access to digital library during UAE Month of Reading (PRESS RELEASE). “Ibtikar, a UAE-based Educational Technology company, in cooperation with United Educational Publishing (UEP), a UAE-based Educational Press, has announced that 1,000+ Arabic stories on their reading platform, Al Diwan powered by Akadimi, is now available for access without log-in during the UAE Month of Reading this month.” I’m sorry this is so late in the month but the announcement is dated March 23. You don’t have to register to use the library, just click on a book and start reading.