Beehive is a product of the Doron Halpern Middle East Network Analysis Desk (MENAD), which studies noteworthy trends on Arab, Turkish, and Iranian social media. Beehive positions these trends within a broader context and provides an up-to-date perspective on issues that are being actively discussed by the people of the region. Advanced tools allow the Center's researchers to focus only on discussions that are significant in terms of their duration as well as the number of participants. It is edited by Dr. Harel Chorev-Halewa and Smadar Shaul.
Beehive: Middle East Social Media
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Moran Levanoni analyzes the question of whether the Syrian regime, partially in cooperation with Hezbollah, is involved in narcotics trafficking in rebel-controlled southern Syria, as an element of its overall campaign against the rebels.
Limor Lavie investigates the tension in Egypt between freedom of expression and limits imposed by government censors, as seen in the debate over a controversial movie directed by Khaled Youssef and regulatory laws currently being considered by the Egyptian Parliament.
Raz Zimmt reviews the campaign against the Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation, which allegedly transfers aid money to needy people in Gaza instead of relieving the distress of Iranian citizens.
Adam Hoffman analyzes the reactions of Iraqi social media users to the democratic elections for the Iraqi parliament held in mid-May 2018.
Raz Zimmt assesses the opinions of Iranian users regarding the US withdrawal from the nuclear agreement.
Michael Barak reviews the responses in the Arab world to recent events.
Guest author Dr. Tal Pavel examines how technologies developed in the West are often used by Middle Eastern states to monitor and even curtail their citizen's Internet use.
Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak reviews the responses on Turkish social media to the West’s military attack on the Assad regime, following the chemical attack on Duma.
Raz Zimmt discusses the farmers’ protest in the Isfahan province of Iran, which erupted because of the growing water shortage therein.
Ariel Koch follows the online activities of al-Qa'ida, with an emphasis on its presence on the encrypted messaging network Telegram, as part of its preparations for again becoming a leading player in the global jihad arena.