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· September, 2009

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from September, 2009

Iraq: Ready for January elections?

Iraq is gearing itself for the January presidential elections. Iraqi Pundit shares his views in this post.

Lebanon: How Lebanese is Hummous?

Are Tabbouleh, Hummus and Falafel Lebanese? Beirut Spring jumps straight into the medley.

Bahrain: Observations from Dubai

Bint Battuta in Bahrain travels to Dubai and here are her observations.

Oman: Lost in The Lost Symbol

Omanizer was away from blogging for a few days and she has an excuse. She couldn't put Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol down.

Bahrain: Life Changing Decisions

Bahraini Mariam had to plan her next three years in a matter of hours. Find out why in this post.

Kuwait: Blogging under the Spotlight

Kuwaiti blogging came under the spotlight during a workshop organised by IREX entitled The Role of Blogging in Kuwait. Global Voices’ Kuwait author Abdullatif AlOmar, who was a panelist at...

Israel: Losing Patience with Obama

“We are losing patience with Obama as well, and so are many of the American people,” writes Israeli Goyisherebbe, at Shiloh Musings.

UAE: Dubai Metro Pride

This month's opening of Dubai Metro has attracted a lot of commentary on UAE blogs. Buj Al Arab notes: “Such a fantastic project for Dubai, the UAE, and the Arab...

Egypt: Another journalist to be deported

"Your name [is] on the computer." With those words Cairo-based Swedish journalist and blogger Per Bjorklund is being turned away from the Cairo Airport, where he landed a few hours...

Israel: The Meaning of Home

Absolute Carmel‘s Carmel Vaisman contemplates notions of home. “I fear that the concept of home, like love or identity, is a complex chaotic fractal, a secret formula, that if I...

Israel: Ideas for Household Water Conservation

After receiving an expensive water bill, Baila decided to implement some water-saving rules for her household. Read here to find out more. Comment to add your own suggestions.

Israel Switches to Winter Clock

Israel changed to the winter clock on Saturday night. Find out why A Mother in Israel thinks that was a “dumb idea.”

Israel: New Army Technologies

The Muqata posts descriptions and photos of new technologies from the Israeli army. Should this be classified? You decide.

Iran: Protest in Tehran University

Iranian students protested against Iranian government in Tehran University yesterday. Here is the film.

Middle East: Arabisk, Blog Competition and Debate

Newly launched Arabisk is an annual competition to select the best Arabic blogs. First welcomed by bloggers, Egyptian bloggers are now complaining that they have been sidelined from the contest....

Syria: First Bloggers’ Contest Winners Announced

The winners of the first Syrian blog contest have been announced. Many bloggers commended the initiative and hoped it becomes an annual event. However, a few of them expressed some...

Syrian Students Banned From Using Supercomputer at KAUST

Wael Alwani said on his blog [ar] that Syrian Students at King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST) are forbidden from using Shaheen, a US made supercomputer, due to...

Israel: “Ajami” Reveals Nuanced Look at Israeli Society

The film "Ajami" was the big winner at last night's Ophir Prizes and will continue on to international audiences as Israel's foreign film nominee for the 2010 Academy Awards. Israeli...

Arab World: Artificial Virginity Made in China

Moroccan blogger Mounir writes on Des maux à dire [Fr] about artificial hymens, made in China, apparently much appreciated by a growing base of Arab customers. “In the Arab region,...

Israel: Leonard Cohen Performs to Rave Reviews

Songmaster Leonard Cohen visited Israel this week, performing to a sold out crowd of 47,000 fans. Israeli bloggers who were lucky enough to attend gave rave reviews.

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