An unwilling symbol of Israel’s identity complex — +972 com

A Palestinian resident of the Tel Aviv city-state publishes a nasty racist letter from an anonymous neighbor, and becomes a local celebrity. Ziad “Zizo” Abul Hawa was thrust into the local media spotlight this week when he discovered that one of his neighbors wanted to get him evicted from his Tel Aviv apartment because she…

Is Love Winning in the Israel-Iran Social Media Wars? — Forward com

While Israelis from left to right lamented the Iran nuclear deal signed in mid-July, Ronny Edry, a 44-year-old graphic designer in Tel Aviv, took the opportunity to speak directly to Iranians. “We’re coming for Shabbat!!” he wrote on his Facebook page, Israel-Loves-Iran. Three years ago, after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened a military strike…

Afghanistan: “My Best Weapon to Fight the Taliban is My Voter Card” — Voice of civil society on Global Voices Online org

With less than a week before the first-ever democratic transfer of power in Afghanistan, violence across the country has increased dramatically with daily explosions and gunfights. Dozens have been killed in these assaults. Taliban insurgents have vowed to derail the presidential and provincial council elections on April 5 with bombings and assassinations. (…) Voting in…

Brown daily Herald com: Aga Khan stresses importance of pluralism

 Aga Khan emphasizes collective responsibility, cracks jokes in talk on tradition and technology     (…) After his lighthearted foray into social media humor, the Aga Khan adopted a more serious tone. “We often think about technological innovation as a great source of hope for the world, (and) we hear about how the Internet can…