The Platform: New Emirati series on Netflix shines light on extremist ideology
Damascus: The new Emirati mini-series, The Platform, aired on Netflix on September 3 2020, creating waves throughout the Arab World. Within a week, it was registered as the most popular Arabic show on Netflix, prompting one of its stars, Samer Ismail, to describe it as a “turning point in Arab and Gulf drama.” Such productions were previously reserved exclusively for Ramadan, and never aired outside its high season, fearing lower viewership.The 12-episode work features a frontline cast of Arab actors and is written by Syrian scriptwriter Hozan Akko. It is directed by German director Rodrigo Ki...
Meta-analysis confirms that multicultural ideology is associated with less racial bias
A recent memo sent to U.S. government agencies from the Trump administration directs these agencies to suspend trainings related to racial sensitivity, labeling this training “divisive, anti-American propaganda.” This development highlights a broader issue regarding the different, and often conflicting, ways people think about and navigate increasing diversity in society. In other words, the memo taps into fundamental differences in diversity ideologies.Diversity ideologies refer to the beliefs people hold regarding the importance of differences between groups in society, and the best way to n...
The defeat of the 'real' neo-Ottomanists
It’s hard to find a “neo-“ ideology that is so utterly detached from the original version than neo-Ottomanism, the political worldview associated with Turkey’s ruling Islamists, driven by a testosterone-filled re-imagination of a glorious imperial past.In fact, the neo-Ottomanism of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) is not only intellectually unrelated, but also diametrically opposed to the principles of the original Ottomanists, the nineteenth and early twentieth century proponents of pluralism, constitutionalism and parliamentarism in the Ottoman Empi...
Political ideology predicts susceptibility to believing fake news about the novel coronavirus pandemic
Political conservatism was associated with heightened susceptibility to believing fake news about COVID-19 in the early stages of the outbreak in the United States, according to new research published in Social Psychological and Personality Science. The study provides preliminary evidence that support for President Donald Trump plays a role in viewing COVID-19 as less of a personal threat and less severe in general.“When we launched the project in early March, Dustin Calvillo (the first author) and I were talking about the discrepancy with which the threat was being viewed by different people,...
Sri Lanka blasts show Asia is fertile ground for IS ideology
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) - The Islamic State group's self-proclaimed "caliphate" may have collapsed in the Middle East but Asia provides fertile territory for a resurrection, analysts say, as last month's bloody Easter Sunday suicide attacks in Sri Lanka have shown.Factors including poverty, discrimination, radicalisation via social media, weak governance, and poor gathering and sharing of intelligence mean the region is vulnerable to attacks by extremists operating under the IS banner -- even if they aren't directly supported by the group.IS lost the last of its Middle East territory in late March ...
Twitter not based on 'political ideology,' CEO tells lawmakers
Washington (AFP) - Twitter does not operate on the basis of "political ideology," chief executive Jack Dorsey said Wednesday, rejecting claims of bias against conservatives."Twitter does not use political ideology to make any decisions, whether related to ranking content on our service or how we enforce our rules," Dorsey said in prepared remarks to a congressional hearing with US technology giants."We believe strongly in being impartial, and we strive to enforce our rules impartially."Dorsey's comments come days after President Donald Trump accused technology firms of "censorship" and suppres...