Stories about Middle East & North Africa from January, 2008
Palestine: Noor's First Rally
Palestinian Leila Haddad takes a break from her maternity leave and attends a Gaza rally in the US, with her toddler – Noor – in tow.
Jordan: Who's to Blame for Accident?
From Jordan, Ola Aliwat discusses a tragic road accident and who's to blame.
Palestine: Stranger at Home
Ever felt like a stranger when you returned home for a short holiday? Palestinian Sugar Cubes describes the feeling in this post.
UAE: Egg Shortages and Contests
Despite an egg shortage in the market, Bu Jassem from the UAE says there is a contest to break the Guinness record for carrying eggs with one hand being held in Dubai.
Iraq: Today's Toll
Iraq Today rounds up today's toll on Iraq in this post.
Iraq in the State of the Union Speech
Iraqi blogger Raed Jarrar discusses Iraq in the US State of the Union speech. ‘Last year, it was more about “we're loosing, we have to stay and fight”, this year it's “we're winning, we have to stay and fight”,’ he writes.
Iraq: Baghdad Dentist
Iraqi blogger Salam Adil introduces us to Baghdad Dentist in this post.
Iraq: One Million Iraqis Killed in War
“One million Iraqis have been killed because of the US occupation, but US interventionists from both the “right” and “left” are still giving excuses to stay in Iraq,” notes Raed Jarrar, from Iraq.
Iraq: Libya Sponsoring Terrorism
After Iran, Syria and others it's now Libya's turn to sponsor terrorism in Iraq, notes Omar, from Iraq the Model.
Saudi Arabia: Women Right's Group Soon
Lou from Saudi Arabia reports that her country will establish a women's rights group.
Saudi Arabia: Women Football Players
Saudi women are now given a chance to show off their sportsmanship, according to Muneeb, who says that female Saudi women football players staged their first public match.
Egypt: Gaza Coverage
Egyptian Nora Younis posts some of her coverage of the recent incidents in Gaza here .
Egypt: Al Jazeera's Arab Unity Series
The Arabist from Egypt sheds light on a television production, by Qatar-based Al Jazeera, on Arab unity.
Bahrain: Away from Blogging
Silverooo, from Bahrain, discusses what is keeping her away from her blog in this post.
Bahrain: Rotary Commitments
Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif sheds light on his social commitments in this post.
Algeria: Elections and Media
Nouri discusses Algerian politics, media and his country's presidential elections and compares them to the situation in the US in this post.
Lebanon: Did the civil war really end?
French Eagle on the recent terrorist attack in Lebanon writes in a post entitled “Human Stupidity” [Fr]: “Civil war? Did it ever really end? Perhaps the Syrian occupation was a local anesthetic and its end liberated the old demons…”
Lebanon: Deconstructing Hassan Nasrallah
Heuristiques Libanaises muses over an image [Fr] of Hassan Nasrallah‘s raised finger and furrowed expression, wondering if Lebanon is at the sunset of Hezbollah's “divine victory” or merely its dawn.
Yemen: Free Kareem Site Blocked
Yemeni blogger Sami Noman says that the Free Kareem site is blocked in his country. Free Kareem was set up by activists to call for the release of Egyptian blogger Kareem Nabil Sulaiman, who has been sentenced to four years for insulting Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and Islam on his...
Egypt: TV Producer Howida Taha Arrested
“Howida Taha Al-Jazeera's producer who is standing in front of the Egyptian courts for the charges of defaming and spreading lies about Egypt , the Egyptian police and interior ministry was arrested today for filming documentaries without permission !!!” announced Egyptian blogger Zeinobia.
Bahrain: Washington Date for Blogger
Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif has been invited to speak at the Rand Corporation Conference, being held in Washington DC, next month.