Assad’s Next Facebook Status

Everything that could be said has been said about this crazy part of the world I live in, and once again, all eyes are on the Middle East (this time on the right place) with the anticipated attack of “the west”, lead by the US, on Syrian targets.

Yet, the only sign of anything being wrong, as far as Assad goes is the fact that his Instagram account hasn’t been updated in nearly 2 weeks, and even then, no sign of the 2 year civil war, chemical weapons used on civilians or the threats of international intervention. Just your same ole award ceremonies, Bashar busy at his desk and the beautiful Asma, hugging kids and cooking for the poor. Bashar Assad on Instagram

The last presidential tweet left the fingertips of team Assad 3 days ago, babbling about some visit of a Yemen delegation.

While the world decides not to wait for him to explain why he felt it right to gas people, Assad gives an interview to Russian news site Izvestia complaining about terrorism and explaining the Geneva Convention articles and at the same time, using his and his minority of supporters’ social networks, reassuring all of us crazy people around the world, that the streets of Damascus have never been livelier. Seriously Bashar, WTF?

Yesterday morning, I was out for brunch with a group of friends when I received a text message from my army unit asking me to be prepared for reserve duty should there be a need, and although I replied diligently, all I could think of is how damn wonderful life could be if it where taking place in Assad’s Facebook page.

If this blog post finds its way to anyone on the Syrian side suffering from the Assad Family’s game of thrones, be sure that there are many in the world and yes, even your estranged neighbors who feel for your pain and wish you only the best.

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The Limits of Twitter Diplomacy by Christopher R. Hill – Project Syndicate

See on Scoop.itDigital Diplomacy

“Twenty-first-century statecraft,” we have been told repeatedly, promises to go further and deliver more than in the past, for now diplomats have Twitter, Facebook, and other social media.
See on www.project-syndicate.org

US Embassy Digital Job Opportunities

US embassy jobs

For people interested in Digital Diplomacy, please note that you don’t have to be an organic part of your country’s foreign service. Emabssies and Consulates outsource specific jobs, many of them in communications and social media.

Such a job can be a great professional and personal experience and will help you makes career decisions in the future.

For those seeking to work for the US foreign service in a digital-oriented job –

I know of one in Tel aviv and another internship in Stockholm.

Note that the deadlines are up very soon.

Good Luck!

Job Opportunity UK Embassy Kyiv – Media and Digital Communications Manager

The British Embassy Kyiv is seeking to recruit a fixed-term Media and Digital british embassy ukraine

Communications Officer (LEIII) to support the work of the Policy Delivery Team.

The Media and Digital Communications Officer will lead on day-to-day digital engagement, handle publicity and support public diplomacy activities of the Embassy.

  • Deadline for applications: 31 August 2013
  • Interviews to take place: 12 September 2013

Click for full discription of the Media and Digital Communications Manager job.

Best of Luck to you!