Stories about Middle East & North Africa from August, 2005
Blog Day 2005 is making waves throughout the global blogosphere. The one-day celebration, which encourages bloggers to introduce their readers to five new weblogs from other cultures or perspectives, has been adding nearly a page of relevant posts to Technorati every hour. Romanian blogger, Carmen Holotescu asks her readers to...
Mahmood talks about the recent bogus religious proclamations in key Shi'a areas at Bahrain.
Ibrahim Owais says that the Royal Film Commission (RFC) in Jordan continues its search for a script or an idea for a script to produce a Jordanian feature film of high international standards.
Yazan Malakha shares with us some links for Palestinian rappers and their lyrical hip hop resistance.
Abu Aardvark is on his way to to Washington for the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, where he will be presenting his “Anti-Americanisms in Arab Politics” paper.
Aqoul started translating some news clips from what is published in one of the big Lebanese newspapers that doesn't have an English edition already on line. He didn't find that an easy job!
Boris Anthony, our good friend and Global Voices’ beloved graphic designer/toolsmith, recently offered this observation: “….In the last 6 months, I have not worked on a single ‘weblog': it's all been various types of aggregators.” As blogging becomes mainstream around the world and journalists, corporations, politicians and non-governmental organizations join...
I would like to share with you some important issues about our blogging history. Of course it is a personal way to look to Iranian blogistory: 1- Genesis: On 7 September 2001 Salman become first blogger in Farsi. A few days later Derakhshan wrote simple instructions on “How to make...
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information reports that a regional civil society forum in Iran, grouping 40 Iranian and international delegates to talk about the Internet and information society was banned a few hours before the start of the event.
Mustapha says that you could almost smell the tension in Lebanon. Everyone is afraid, afraid from the unknown, from the harm yet to be caused.
As the Israeli unilateral disengagement from Gaza draws to a close Laila from Gaza lists her top ten most memorable moments moments of the past two years.
WickeD of ‘Paradise in Me’ blog from Oman, writes a review on the annual Salalah Festival. She says that it needs more than the annually repeated concerts, poetry readings, painting and crafts exhibitions.
Secular Canuck-Iranic is wondering if Ayatollah Khamenei is beginning to show some moderation on women's position in Islam?
“In a country where most major newspapers are state-owned or affiliated to a party, the Internet is offering an unprecedented freedom and platform for an increasingly bold opposition to the regime.” This is how Agence France-Presse (AFP) described the present status of Egyptian bloggers, who are setting new standards in...
In reference to the recent shooting of Waleed Khaled, a soundman for Reuters TV, by US military snipers in Iraq, Ethan writes on how dangerous the war has been not just for military and civilians, but for journalists.
Maryam of q80girl, achieved one of her dreams. She talked to Sergei Krikalev on the International Space Station (ISS) while it was passing over Kuwait.
Wondering what Bataranzi means? Laith writes the face and reason behind the name “Bataranzi”.
Tikun Olam wonders, Blogging and Blog Comments: Freedom to Say Anything or Civil Discourse?
Iraq Rising writes ‘A Dangerous Constitution’: It seems that other than the Kurdish and Hakim’s/Ja3fari alliance, everyone else in Iraq is opposed to this constitution. And the reasons are quite clear. The major issue is the nature and powers of the Federal state visa-ve the Federal regions… The constitution, if...
Farid Pouya at Iranian blog Webgardian points us to a story in French on Projet Internet du Rue (The Street Internet Project) about a homeless Internet user in Paris who's been able to complete an online job search despite having no permanent address. Farid offers a partial English translation of...
The Egyptian Person is following the Middle East Times, which occasionally has an article called “Only in Egypt“, which has a collection of weird and wondrous news items from Egypt. Chceck some of his collection.