· June, 2006

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from June, 2006

Immigration, Exile and Motherland!

  30 June 2006

Since the 1979 revolution millions of Iranian for various reasons have left Iran and started a new life somewhere else on this planet. Several university educated bloggers share their reasons why they left the country. More helpful in Iran but… Afkar, a US-based blogger, says when she came to USA,...

Arabisc: Arabic Bloggers Ken, War and Women Rights

  30 June 2006

Summer holidays, women rights, war in Iraq and war in Palestine. These are some of the permanent scene in the Arabic language blogsphere these days. Here is some of what few bloggers said: The daily life of a normal Iraqi is not what one can wish to go through. Tara...

Landing at the Iraqi Blogodrome

  30 June 2006

Its been a fascinating week – with so much to read I don't know where to begin. So here is my best effort. Read how the a mainstream media company created a blog that actually matters, how one Iraqi blogger wants to make peace with Israel, how bloggers rate the...

Iran: Pet Shop Boys & Executed Gays

  30 June 2006

KlaghSia writes that British band Pet Shop Boys has dedicated his new album to two executed Iranian homosexual teenagers (Persian). According to the blogger Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Mahroni were executed one year ago in Mashad.

Iran: Rationing Gasoline

  30 June 2006

Yek Livan Chaye Dagh criticised government's decision to halt gasoline imports from September 23 and start rationing gasoline supplies to motorists because of budget constraints. The blogger says government wants to reduce about 42 percent gasoline offer in Iranian market. According to the blogger this means more people will need...

Israel: Eliyahu was killed

  29 June 2006

The body of the Israeli kidnapped youth Eliyahu Asheri was found overnight near Ramallah. It was devastating news for everybody in the Israeli blogsphere. Sarah never been to a funeral in Israel before, but she decided to attended this funeral. She wrote a post describing it. Aussie Dave has an...

Egypt: We are cheap!

  29 June 2006

Why we are cheap? Zeinobia feels so and she writes why. She said: “For one man , one kidnapped solider , not even a dead , not even for a group of soldiers Israel is punishing one million person in Gaza Strip . I feel so cheap when three Egypt...

Lebanon: Medical Tourism

  29 June 2006

Raja describes his visit to what seems to be a tourism medical center. The first in Lebanon. The hospital feels like a five-star hotel. Family members take turns visiting their sick sibling, parent or child. While one or two are continuously present in the hospital, the others go shopping, head...

Palestine: Invasion Forecast

  29 June 2006

Christopher Brown writing from Palestine his “Today's Forecast“, he said: “Heavy rains of missiles and sonic blasts have been happening since Tuesday and are expected to continue throughout the week, and possibly into the foreseeable future… no reports of death due to this current storm, a number of arrests have...

Poland: Troops to be Relocated from Iraq to Afghanistan

  29 June 2006

The beatroot writes that 500 Polish troops are being transfered from Iraq to Afghanistan: “This will be a much more dangerous mission than the one the Poles got involved in, in the quiet area of central Iraq near Babylon after the invasion to oust Saddam.”

Global Food Blog Report #22

  29 June 2006

#1: Klephblog, no doubt over-caffeinated,  writes "How Coffee changed the Modern World," a great essay about this fruit of the Gods: This wondrous plant is a native of the new world and was sprung on an unsuspecting European public as these shores became colonized in the 15th century. By the...


  28 June 2006

No tricks or wittiness today folks, here is just the straight skinny on the Kurdish Blogosphere. Hiwa Hopes this week gives a great link to an article about the frustration of a Kurdish immigrant to the UK about the lack of mixer taps. And honestly, I didn't know that the...

Iran: Underground Churches

  28 June 2006

Achil, a blogger based in Tehran, was surprised to find a Bible in Persian in the mail box. The blogger says it seems there are more and more Moslem people who convert into Christianity in Iran (Persian). The blogger was informed by a Christian friend that Churches are afraid of...

Palestine: Palestine: From Gaza, with Love!

  28 June 2006

Mona El-Farra, a Palestinian blogger from Gaza, a physician and a human rights and women's rights activist, describe last night's Israeli attck on Gaza in a letter to here freind in UK, Hilary. She said: “I am writing while the jet fighters are in the sky , with their horrible...

Kuwait: To the Kuwaiti Women

  28 June 2006

It Kuwait parliament elections eve, the first election with women participation. Jelly Belly dedicate a post to the Kuwaiti women who fought for their political rights.

Israel: Major Israeli websites hacked

  28 June 2006

Hundreds of websites were damaged by hackers in recent hours, following the righteous IDF activity in Gaza to go in after one of her citizens. This is the largest, most concentrated attack on Israeli websites in recent years. More than 750 Israeli websites, on a number of different domains, were...

Egypt: World Cup, Monopoly and Islam

  28 June 2006

Zeinobia is a defended of Amr Khalid and supported him and his effort to improve the conditions of Muslim youth and youth in general. Yet, she record here anger on Mr. Khalid because of his support to the on going monopoly of Shekih Salah Kamal, the owner of ART Satellite...

Iran: Free Mossavi blog

  28 June 2006

FreeMossavi is a new blog to support Mossavi Khoeini, a former deputy who was arrested after 12 June demonstration. In this blog we read last night's gathering to call for his release brought many of Iran's dissidents together. This is how unity comes about, not in endless Paltalk chat rooms...

Morocco: Essaouira Gnawa Music Festival

  27 June 2006

Samir talks about the huge success of Essaouira Gnawa and world music festival. He said: “Once again Essaouira has turned on a world class music festival. More than 500.000 people attended between June 22 through 25. Last year's record of 450.000 was easily beaten.”

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