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· March, 2009

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from March, 2009

Palestine: Land Day

body on the line’s Palestine-based author writes about her experience with Land Day. The blogger visited towns in which Palestinians have resisted as well as the towns and villages of...

Israel/Palestine: Photos from Both Sides

American blogger Cory Driver of 32n5w, who as a Peace Corps Volunteer became an honorary member of the Moroccan blogosphere, has posted a series of photos from a recent observation...

Syria: American Language Centre Re-Opens

Syria News Wire reports that the American Language Centre in Damascus, which closed last year after a US attack on Syrian soil, is set to re-open.

Morocco: Different Names, Same Story

Despite outward progress, Morocco has faced a number of setbacks for press freedom over the past few years. Most recently, it was reported that Ali Anouzla and Jamal Boudouma, managing...

Palestine: Commemorating Land Day

March 30 is Land Day, on which Palestinians everywhere, but especially those within Israel, commemorate the day in 1976 when six unarmed Palestinian citizens of Israel were killed by the...

Water: One Take International Video Contest

“Is access to clean, safe water for drinking a basic human right? Why? or Why not?”. That is the question One Take is asking for you to answer in your...

Palestine: Traditional Dress

Sameh Abo Wadih writes about the traditional Palestinian thobe [Ar].

Palestine: The Changing Face of Jerusalem

Ned, who lives in Ramallah, writes about the changes he has seen taking place in Jerusalem: “Israel is clearly trying to change the whole face of Jerusalem, making it more...

Israel: A Letter to Bernard Kouchner

Dr Hatim Kanaaneh has written an open letter to Bernard Kouchner, French foreign minister: “The news that you have preemptively spoken against any official objection to the expected appointment of...

Iran: A new dynamic Green news site

Sepehr Salimi informs[fa] us that Zista, the first Iranian site covering environmental news, in its seven months activity has published around 670 news and articles.

Bahrain: Lightning and Rain

It's raining in Bahrain and Hypnotic Verses captured lightning with her phone camera.

Saudi Arabia: Censoring Skin

From Saudi Arabia, Susie describes the ‘trouble’ censors go through to ‘cover up’ women's skin: “Certainly seeing all that tempting erotic skin, and coloring in all those feminine body parts...

Iran:Iranian football coach sacked

Several Iranian sites and bloggers reported that Ali Daei, Iranian national football coach was sacked after Iran suffered a humiliating 2-1 defeat against Saudi Arabia in its fifth World Cup...

In Love With Syria

Global Voices Online Morocco author Jillian York describes [en] her short visit to Syria in this post, where she explains why she had the time of her life.

Qatar: Rain and Hail

Qatar had rain and hail. Here's the latest buzz from Qatar Living.

UAE: Mystery installations

Samuraisam has spotted strange installations in the middle of the desert in the UAE after a closer look at Google Earth maps. Help him find out what they are.

UAE: Call for censorship feedback

A censorship watchdog is encouraging Internet users in the UAE to submit their feedback over the blocking of photo sharing site Flickr, reports the UAE Community Blog.

UAE: Will VAT be Introduced?

Will VAT be introduced in the UAE? Tune into the discussion at the UAE Community Blog.

Syria: Fruit Juice Envy

Sasa from Syria News Wire says Syria has the best fruit juice in the world.

Iran: “Ahmadinejad, the most active President”

Mosalmane Irani, an Iran based blogger, calls [fa] Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,the most active President in the world. The blogger says Ahmadinejad has visited 32 countires and delivered 950 speeches.

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