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Al Jazeera 14 Feb 2020

For love of the nai: Reviving the reed flute in Jordan


In Jordan, Rabee' Zureikat is on a mission to revive a musical instrument from 3,000 years ago.
His search for a nai teacher led him to co-found the House of Nai, which works to spread knowledge of this ancient instrument throughout Jordan.
Al Jazeera's Natasha Ghoneim reports from Amman, Jordan.

Vote comes after PM Abdul Mahdi recommended that parliament take urgent measures to expel foreign troops from Iraq.
Iraq's Parliament has passed a resolution calling on the government to expel foreign troops from the country as tensions escalate between the United States and Iran on Iraqi soil following the killing of Qassem Soleimani.
A special edition of The Listening Post on a new kind of reporting: open-source journalism.

Citizen journalism allows anybody with a mobile phone to document current events and produce content that is now routinely used by news organisations.

Open-source journalists often start with that kind of material - and then they apply some of the same investigative techniques that are used by police and intelligence agencies. It is a growth industry, partly because of the decline in press freedom across many parts of the world.

Tariq Nafi explores how open-source reporters have proved valuable on the story in Syria.

Dubbed the first "YouTube conflict", the Syrian civil war has produced a goldmine of raw material - hours of images and information - for open-source investigators to analyse, interpret and authenticate without having to go there and take the risks that come with the assignment.

Daniel Turi goes on to examine how open-source researchers in China have proven the existence and the location of so-called re-education camps for Muslims in the province of Xinjiang - camps whose existence Beijing had previously denied.

And even if the authorities are successful in shutting down specific individuals, there are more open-source researchers out there. That is Beijing's challenge on this story, as it is for the Bashar al-Assad government in Damascus. It is not just the reporters doing this kind of work - it is also the technology that makes their work possible. And that is a much more difficult thing to suppress.

James Palmer - deputy editor, Foreign Policy

Shawn Zhang - law student, University of British Columbia

Adrian Zenz - open-source researcher

Yuan Yang - China tech correspondent, Financial Times

Eyal Weizman - founding director, Forensic Architecture

Hadi al-Khatib - founding director, The Syrian Archive
How likely are you to vote in the Democratic primary election or caucus in your state to choose the Democratic nominee for the 2020 Presidential Election? The Hill/HarrisX daily poll takes a look. This survey was conducted online within the United States from January 13-14, 2020 among 1,001 registered voters by HarrisX. The sampling margin of error of this poll is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. The results reflect a nationally representative sample of registered voters. Results were weighted for age within gender, region, race/ethnicity, income, political party, and education where necessary to align them with their actual proportions in the population.
For almost two years, a group of dedicated young women in a conservative neighborhood of Pakistan has been working to beat the odds and change the culture around them. The women are doing it by cycling. VOA's Ayesha Tanzeem reports from Pakistan's largest city Karachi

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