Shakir Essa

Impact of Social Media on Political Mobilization in East and West Africa

Africa needs journalism that innovates and supports innovation in a modernizing continent, he says, one that not only grows, but promotes growth and the development of society. It needs journalism that not only generates the ideas that are the engine of social transformation, but also moderates the debates that emerge from these societal changes. Digital …

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Facebook reportedly had evidence that its algorithms were dividing people, but top executives killed or weakened proposed solutions

But Zuckerberg and Facebook’s policy chief, Joel Kaplan, repeatedly nixed proposed solutions because they feared appearing biased against conservatives or simply lost interest in solving the problem, The Journal reported. One report concluded that Facebook’s algorithms “exploit the human brain’s attraction to divisiveness,” according to The Journal. Facebook’s internal research found that it encouraged polarization, …

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A new film set in Djibouti City presents a searing class critique of Somali girlhood.

In the popular imagination, Somali women are viewed as passive, oppressed subjects, the hapless victims of their patriarchal culture and religion. Where they are visible, it is often through the iconography of the veil and female circumcision. Lula Ali Ismaïl’s Dhalinyaro (Youth)—the first full-length feature film by a Djiboutian woman—is a radical departure from this corpus in depicting …

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Marriage proposals, dresses, feasts and dances – the story of two weddings in Somali, with traditions old and new.

When it comes to weddings, Somalia has many approaches. Some couples stick with tradition while others go for more modern marriage ceremonies. This film tells the story of two weddings, one in a small desert village and the other in a busy city, while highlighting everyday life in different parts of the country. It also …

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Somali press media

Things look grim for independent journalism in Somalia. This can also be concluded from the country’s ranking in the World Press Freedom Index: close to the bottom of the list of 180 countries. Still, the local situation does vary from region to region. In the south in particular, journalists work in fear of their life. …

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Shakir

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Shakir is both a surname and a given name, similar to the surname or name Shakur. Notable people with the name include: Ahmad Muhammad Shakir, Egyptian scholar of Hadith (prophetic traditions) Faiz Shakir, American Democratic political advisor and campaign manager for Bernie 2020 Hannah Sabbagh Shakir (1895–1990), Lebanese-American businesswoman and club founder M. …

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