After following the Arab Spring for the past 18 months I've followed what I like to think is a finely honed list of Twitter accounts that provides me with useful news and information from across the Middle East without having to wade through hundreds of irrelevant Tweets. Here's a selection of 25 accounts I'd recommend to anyone keeping their eye on the Middle East, or for anyone thinking of starting up a new Twitter account.
Bjørn H Jespersen - Blogs and Tweets about the various weapons and equipment used by both side of the conflict.
Jenan Moussa - Roving Al Alan reporter, visits and Tweets from a lot of trouble spots across the Middle East, recently including al-Kufra in Libya.
Sami al-Hamwi - Hama based Syrian activist, well connected, and a great source of Syrian news.
Dan Murphy - Works for the Christian Science Monitor, good source of nonsense free news and opinion on the Middle East.
Andy Carvin - Senior strategist for NPR, great source of information on events in the Middle East, and communicates well with the Twitter community about events there.
Michael Nahum - Operates the Syrian Scenes Youtube channel, providing translations of videos from Syria. My preferred Syria translation channel, more quality than quantity.
Ahmed Al Omran - Saudi blogger and journalist, good source of news from across the region.
Brian Whitaker - Guardian Middle East specialist and blogger, good source of articles without any white noise Tweets. Frequently moderates the Guardian Middle East Live Blog.
Ismael - Commonly know as Change In Libya, a reliable source of Libya news since the beginning of the Libyan Civil War.
Borzou Daragahi - Financial Times Middle East and North Africa correspondent, another good source of news without a lot of white noise Tweets.
Edward Dark - Syrian activist posting a good mix of interesting videos and breaking news.
Austin Tice - Freelance photojournalist working inside Syria, and getting some unique insights into the conflict.
BSyria - A good source of news and opinion from Syria.
Hadeel Al-Shalchi - Libya based Reuters correspondent, keeping an eye on Egypt as well.
Rana Jawad - Libya based BBC correspondent
NMSyria - Syria activist and blogger, good source of news from across Syria.
Sultan Al Qassemi - Commentator of Arab affairs, good source of breaking news from across the region.
James W. Foley - Journalist and blogger reporting from across the Middle East, currently focused on Syria.
Arabist - Twitter account for the Arabist blog, offering interesting commentary and insight into events in the Middle East.
Nuff Silence - Syrian activist, and a good source of information coming out of Syria.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights - Posts interesting videos gathered from a variety of Youtube channels.
Javier Espinosa - Roving El Mundo reporter, currently spending a lot of time with the FSA in Syria.
Armchair Arab - A good source of news and opinion from Libya.
Rena Netjes - Egypt & Libya Correspondent for a number of Dutch titles, mainly Tweets in English though.
James Miller - Editor of EA Worldview, keeping a close eye on the Middle East.
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