Artículos con la etiqueta ‘la Casa de Saud’

Online Social Media in the Syria Conflict: Encompassing the Extremes and the In-Betweens

Por • 7 feb, 2014 • Category: Política

Computer scientists have used the pattern of social media communication in Syria to reveal the structure of opposing forces in the civil war. Social media has become a fundamental tool of social change all over the world. Nowhere is this more evident than the middle east. Platforms such as Twitter and Youtube played a major role in the Arab Spring, the civil uprisings in 2010 that spread from Tunisia to Egypt to Libya to Yemen and beyond. So an interesting question is to what extent does social media activity reflect the situation on the ground. That’s exactly the problem addressed today by Derek O’Callaghan at University College Dublin and a few pals.

That rocky road to Damascus

Por • 23 nov, 2011 • Category: Internacionales

No wonder some sound minds in Damascus, watching the tea leaves, decided to take some action. Damascus did send secret couriers to sound out Washington’s mood. The price to be left alone; to cut all ties with Tehran, for good. The Assad regime was left wondering what would they get in return. The Alawites, roughly 12% of the population and members of the ruling elite, won’t desert the Assad regime. Christians and Druze expect only the worst from a possible, hardcore, Muslim Brotherhood-dominated new order. Same for a crucial neighbor, the Nuri al-Maliki government in Baghdad. Russia knows that if the current Libyan model is reproduced in Syria – and with Lebanon already under a de facto NATO blockade – the Mediterranean will indeed become that dream, a NATO lake, which is code for total US control.