Stories about Middle East & North Africa from November, 2007
Iraq: Islamic Army Denounces Annapolis
The Islamic Army has issued a statement denouncing the Annapolis Peace Summit. Ladybird from Iraq posts the communique here.
Syria: Even Amazon is Blocked
Egyptian blogger Zeinobis lists some of the sites blocked in Syria – which include Amazon, hotmail, Skype, blogger and Facebook.
Israel: One/Two State Solutions
“For those of you who dislike the two state solution, perhaps consider that it's a lot better than the one state solution which appears to be the only alternative,” writes Expat Egghead, who lives in Israel.
Jordan: Lost for Words
Jordanian Ohoud is lost for words after reading that an Israeli has opened four shops in Dubai.
Jordan: Sundance Special
Two years of hard work are finally paying off for Jordanian Laith, whose film will be shown in the Sundance Festival.
Kuwait: Culture Dead
Is culture dead in Kuwait? asks Kuwaiti blogger Hanan.
Egypt: Wedding of the Year
“The Egyptian newspaper in the last two weeks has nothing to speak about except the wedding of the year Ahmed Ezz and Shahinaz El-Nagger in a very stupid way,” explains Zeinobia .
Bahrain: Narrowing Digital Divide
Bahraini blogger Esra'a writes about the narrowing digital divide in the Arab world here.
Israel/Palestine: Off the Wall Comedy
Ray Hanania performs at the Off the Wall Comedy Club in Palestine and Israel and writes about his experience here.
Egypt: Is Bush Mr Palestine?
Is Bush Mr Palestine? Egyptian blogger D B Shobrawy has a different stance.
Egypt: Annapolis Joke
Heard the latest Egyptian joke on Annapolis? Zeinobia delivers it here.
Egypt: Activist's Yahoo Account Suspended
Egyptian blogger Wael Abbas, whose YouTube account has recently been suspended, suffers a new blow (Ar) – this time from Yahoo – which has since disabled his Yahoo email account.
Egypt: Seven Years for Murder
Egyptian bloggers this week rejoice over the imprisonment of corrupt police officers, who tortured a carpenter to death. The celebration is all the more special, following the sentencing of men in uniform who tortured Emad Al Kabir. In this post, bloggers remind us that their happiness is short-lived, as abuse is rife and freedom of expression continues to be curtailed.
Special Coverage: Middle East Peace 2007
The Middle East Question has grabbed the international headlines for more than half a century. It is now the turn of the region's netizens to vent off and add their perspectives to events touching their lives and the security and stability of the countries they live in. Read about what the region's most outspoken bloggers have to say in our Middle East Peace 2007 Special Coverage page.
Israel: Blogger's Views on the Annapolis Summit
The Annapolis Conference, held on November 27, 2007 at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, ended with the issuing of a joint statement from all parties. Over the past week, Israeli bloggers shared mostly pessimistic voices around the topic of this conference. Many are cynical to the possibility of peace emanating from these leaders who have little support from their people.
Egypt: Sudanese Teddy Bear Scandal
Heard about the teddy bear scandal? The Arabist, from Egypt, has more.
Egypt: Back to Blogging
Egyptian blogger D B Shobrawy is back .. and this is the reason for his break.
Egypt: Syrian/Iranian Alliance
“Interesting interview with the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood leader, suggesting Syria would abandon Iran alliance if the regime fell,” notes The Arabist, which links to the interview here.
Bahrain: Cultural Guerrillas
Cultural Guerrillas? Bint Battuta, who is based in Bahrain, explains some more.
Bahrain: YouTube Wrong
Bahraini cyberactivist Esra'a reacts to the suspension of Egyptian human rights campaigner Wael Abbas‘ YouTube account here.
Jordan: King's Visits a Boon
To know why Jordanian Ohoud wishes her King would visit more areas in Jordan, read this post.