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· November, 2009

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from November, 2009

Iran: Students surprised Ahmadinejad's advisor in Paris

Iranian students in Paris criticized Iranian government and its repression policy against Iranian students and opposition in a meeting with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iranian president's advisor in Paris. Here are the...

Egypt: Spotlight on Zabbaleen

Regine, at we make money not art, introduces us to photographs by Bas Princen of Cairo's Mokattam Ridge or Garbage City (Zabbaleen) – where a community of mainly Coptic Christians...

Iran: A blogger released, another arrested

Iranian authorities released Mohammad Ali Abtahi,former vice president and blogger on a $700,000 bail one week ago after his lawyer said he had been sentenced to six years in prison....

Saudi Arabia: Raed on Air

Saudi blogger Raed, who blogs at Falsafat, posts a chat with his nephew Khalid [Ar] as his debut vlog at Raed On Air.

Lebanon: Bulldozing Ancient Ruins in Beirut

Lebanese Blogger finkployd at Blogging Beirut posted photos of a bulldozer clearing ancient ruins facing Martyr Square in Downtown Beirut to make way for another building.

Saudi Arabia: Citizens’ Fury At Flood Deaths

Saudi Arabia's second largest city, Jeddah, was struck by heavy floods last week, and the death toll has risen to more than 100 people. Poor infrastructure and mismanagement of city...

UAE: .il unblocked?

samuraisam, from the UAE Community Blog, asks: “Has anyone else found the Israeli TLD to be unblocked from the UAE? On my Etisalat connection it seems to be open.”

UAE: Call for Action

UAE blogger An Emirati's Thoughts calls for action following the “recent slump in the confidence in Dubai's debt management capabilities.”

Yemen: An Architectural Gem

Yemeni Omar Barsawad shares with us information on the Yemeni capital San'aa. “Be it in Sana'a Old City or the mud bricked houses of Hadhramout, Yemen's architecture remains very much...

Yemen: The Greatest Journey

Yemeni Omar Barsawad reflects on Hajj, the fifth pillar of Islam.

Jordan: Brass Award for The Black Iris

Naseem Tarawnah's The Black Iris won the Brass Crescent award in the Middle East category for the second year in a row.

Egypt: A fine line between patriotism and chauvinism

The November 14 football match between Egypt and Algeria has turned into an ugly war and it got worse after Egypt's defeat on November 18 in Sudan. From the fury...

Lebanon: The Plural of ‘Anecdote’

“The plural of “anecdote” is not “data.”” remarks Gregg Carlstrom at The Majlis, in response to FP‘s article on temporary marriage in Lebanon.

Algeria: An Open Letter to Egyptians

From a football match for a place in the South Africa World Cup in 2010 to a full fledged face off and diplomatic stand off, Egyptians and Algerians continue to...

Kuwait: Bahrain and Back

Kuwaiti ZDistrict visits Bahrain and shares his experience here.

Morocco: A Tasty Little Tale

My Marrakesh shares this “tasty little tale” from Marrakech, in Morocco.

Egypt: Where are the Algerian Intellectuals?

Egyptian blog Justice for All [Ar] asks: “Where are the intellectuals in Algeria when the nation wakes up..on curses? This is another reading to the question: Why do they hate...

Egypt/Gaza: “Trashy” music video clips

‘I wasn’t surprised to see during my my trip to Egypt and Gaza that no one watches music videos anymore. When I asked few people about their choice of boycotting...

Jordan: Internet Blues

Jordanian Hatem Abunimeh describes his ordeal getting an Internet connection in Jordan.

Egypt: Egyptian Politics, Arab Nationalism and Football

What is the relationship between Egyptian politics, Arab nationalism and a football match? Egyptian Dalia Ziada sheds her thoughts on all those issues in this post.

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