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· August, 2009

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from August, 2009

Israel: Church Photos of Jerusalem

Poet and professor Karen Alkalay-Gut of Tel Aviv Diary features a photographic look at the churches of Jerusalem.

Israel: Advocating Breastfeeding in Public

A Mother in Israel weighs in on breastfeeding in public. “The idea that public breastfeeding should be prohibited because it makes people uncomfortable is as absurd as keeping pregnant women...

Israel: Influence of Hippies on Israeli Culture

“Israel's always had a little more than its share of hippie tendencies,” writes My Urban Kvetch's Esther Kustanowitz, “From communal living arrangements (kibbutzim, moshavim, the army) to sandals and other...

Israel: Celebrating 25 Years of Immigration

Consummate blogger Jacob Richman celebrates 25 years in Israel with a reflective timeline.

Israel: For the Love of Food

With the Jewish High Holidays approaching, food seems to be on everyone's minds. The Jewish blogosphere is ripe with sumptuous tidbits and contemplations about the cultural implications of food, food...

Iran: Protest in Second Life

Max Burns wrote an article on the Iranian opposition's presence in Second Life.

Iran: “United for Baha'i Human Rights”

The Muslim Network for Bahai's Rights share with us a short animation video about Bahais’ problems in Iran since 1979.

Israel: Social Media Advances Jewish Identity

How can social media enhance identity? eJewishPhilanthropy reports: “For a people who have fretted over a loss of identity for generation after generation… innovations like Twitter and Facebook are nothing...

Israel: When Translations Go Wrong

Literal translations aren't always your best bet when moving between Hebrew and English, explains How to Be Israeli. She writes that the movie title “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” which...

Israel: Hollywood in the Holy Land

September is a major month for Hollywood in the Holy Land. Israel will welcome Madonna, Leonard Cohen, Faith No More, Julio Iglesias, MGMT, and Dinosaur Jr. Both Madonna and Cohen's...

Bahrain: One Ramadan and One Eid

The beginning of the holy month of Ramadan depends on the actual sighting of the new moon, resulting in different dates for its start among the various Muslim sects. This...

Arab World: Welcoming Ramadan

Ramadan is an important month in the Muslim calendar. Bloggers writing in Arabic celebrate the month, already in its first week, in this post, where we share some of the...

Palestine: Waiting for the Iftar Cannon in Gaza

The war on Gaza has made many traditions a distant memory. Palestinian blogger Hazem [ar] laments the end of a Ramadan ritual, which his grandfather remembers and which is no...

Arab World: Young People Gather to Learn Social Media Tools

Young people from eight Arab countries and Sweden met last May to learn certain leadership and organizational skills, and how to use the tools of social media to advance social...

Blogging About Poverty And Development In The Arab World

In some Arab countries, more than half of the population lives in hunger and want. In this post we hear from bloggers writing about poverty and development around the Arab...

Jordan: Who supports the wife beaters?

Do 85 per cent of Jordanians support the beating of wives by their husbands? Qwaider tackles this issue in this post.

Morocco: Death on a Plane

The View from Fez reports on a mystery death on board a flight from Morocco.

Jordan: Congrats Maktoob

Jordanian Qwaider addresses Arab blogging portal Maktoob, which has just signed a deal with Yahoo! saying: “Well done my friends. Not only because someone like Yahoo recognized you. But because...

Jordan: Yahoo! Maktoob in New Deal

Jordanian blogger Naseem Tarawnah comments on the recent Maktoob-Yahoo! deal.

Qatar reflects on spirit, practice of Ramadan

Residents of Doha, Qatar acclimate to Ramadan and the special perks and restrictions that come with it.

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