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· May, 2010

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from May, 2010

MENA: Rage after Israel Attacks Gaza-bound Flotilla

Emotions are running high across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), after Israel attacked a peaceful flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to besieged Gaza - and the Twittersphere is ablaze....

Lebanon: Evil challenges against techy women

Lebanese blogger and geek Mir talks about six “evil” challenges women in the IT world face in her latest post.

Bahrain: On German Freedom

Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif attended a 10-day programme organised by the German Federal Foreign Office. His conclusion: “Germany is not that free after all!”

Algeria ,France: Film “Of Gods and Men” Sparks Conversation about Spirituality, Terrorism

Cannes 2010 award-winning film "Of Gods and Men" discusses the killings of the French monks of Tibhirine monastery in 1996. The movie sparks various reactions, from praises to spiritual debates,...

Iran: Two Bloggers and Student Leader on Hunger Strike in Prison

Two bloggers and one leading student activist - deprived of their pen and blogs in an Iranian prison - are now using a hunger strike to protest prison conditions and...

Israel: The Freedom Flotilla – PR Stunt or Humanitarian Act?

Nine ships sailing from various destinations, including Ireland, Turkey and Greece, are headed towards the Gaza Strip, with the goal of breaking the Israeli maritime blockade. Gilad Lotan takes a...

Lebanon: Elections Vs Football

What's overshadowing the Lebanese municipal elections? Free Thinking Lebanon blames football for stealing its thunder.

Bahrain: Abu Dhabi's Gold ATMs

Gold dispensing machines? Ammaro, from Bahrain, discusses Abu Dhabi's new flashy Gold ATMs in this post.

Jordan: A Day with a Grave Digger

From Jordan, Karabeeb (Ar) interviews a grave digger – and discusses his profession.

MENA: 15m Facebook Users

As of May 2010, Facebook has 15 million users from the Middle East and North Africa (excluding Iran, Israel and Turkey), reports Spot On. Seventy per cent of the users...

Qatar: The Al Jazeera Initiative for Internet Freedom Launched

Qatar-based Al Jazeera Network has announced The Al Jazeera Initiative for Internet Freedom. For more information, click here.

Mauritania: Spotlight on Tunisian Cyberactivism

Mauritanian blogger Nasser Weddady sheds light on cyberactivism in Tunisia with this insightful post, dedicated to the memory of Tunisian dissident and internet activist Zouhair Yahyahoui.

Bahrain: Blocking of Sites Gains Momentum

Bahraini Mahmood Al Yousif comments on the blocking of sites around the world – and the excuses given for that.

Brazil: Bloggers React to Iran-Brazil-Turkey Nuclear Deal

Brazilian bloggers react to the deal reached between Brazil, Turkey and Iran concerning the uranium enrichment of the latter: from optimism to skepticism, here are some thoughts on the role...

Iran: “Democracy is only the beginning”

“Democracy is only the beginning” is the name of a short film created by Franklin Pham and Arya Ghavamian. Several Iranian bloggers including Kamangir encouraged [fa] Iranians to vote for...

UAE: Dubai Road Stunt Enrages Bloggers

Bloggers in the UAE are outraged after a video was posted on YouTube showing young men driving in a reckless manner in broad daylight on one of Dubai's busiest streets.

UAE: An Encounter with a Camel

If you tell anyone you live in the Arabian Gulf, two things come to their mind - oil and camels. Noora Nasrallah, who tweets as PurpleNano, describes her encounter with...

Egypt: Rima Fakih – What does religion have to do with it?

Rima Fakih, an Arab Muslim immigrant, won the Miss USA Pageant. There are those who considered her award an Arab victory, those who considered her a Muslim disgrace, and others...

MENA: To Draw or Not to Draw Muhammed

The fire ignited by the Everybody Draw Mohammed Day on Facebook, is still raging. Here is a snap shot of reactions from across the Middle East.

Palestine: No Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza

Sherine Tadros, whose location is listed as Jerusalem/Gaza, tweets: “The israeli army head responsible for #gaza just told me there is ‘no humanitarian crisis’ in the strip. 80% poverty apparently...

About our Middle East & North Africa coverage

Dahlia Kholaif is the editor for the Middle East & North Africa. Email her story ideas or volunteer to write.


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