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· September, 2010

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from September, 2010

Jordanian Bloggers Promote Dialogue With U.S.

Jordanian bloggers advocate for dialogue and moderation rather than extremism in responding to U.S. misconceptions toward Muslims.

Jordan: Introducing the Bitter Khalto

Have you heard of the ‘bitter Khalto’ or an older woman you would call auntie out of respect? Jordanian Rand fills us in.

Iraq: Inside a Hospital

Inside Iraq reports in the daily carnage in Iraq from a hospital corridor.

Iraq: The Little Boy Who Could Not See

Iraqi Layla Anwar writes about the “little boy who couldn't see.”

Iraq: The Endless Suffering of Iraqis

Iraqi Faiza Al Arji describes the situation in Iraq, from health to agriculture, to education and the destroyed infrastructure.

Bahrain: Who is Ali Abdulemam?

Bahraini blogger Hussain Yousif describes his jailed friend blogger Ali Abdulemam in this post. For more details on Ali's arrest, read this.

Bahrain: Access to Political Societies Websites Blocked

Bahrain has blocked access to countless websites, blogs and the websites of political societies, ahead of parliamentary elections. Mahmood Al Yousif comments on the development here.

Bahrain: Human Rights Societies

Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif gives us a sneak preview to what has been happening on the human rights societies scene recently.

Morocco: “Why Belle is a Peace Corps Volunteer”

A blog meme is making the rounds amongst female Peace Corps Volunteers in Morocco; though neither of the bloggers who posted the meme disclosed its origins, both women say that...

Egypt: “The Inevitable Mubarak Photoshopping Contest”

In its coverage of the 2010 Peace Talks–the latest round of direct negotiations between leaders from Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, and the US, Al Ahram newspaper used Photoshop skills to...

Russia, Israel, Syria: Missile Agreement

FP's Passport writes about the 2007 Russian-Syrian missile agreement and the Israeli efforts “to dissuade the Russians on fulfilling their contract.”

Iran:Derakhshan sentenced to 19.5 years in prison

According to [fa] Mashregh News Hossein Derakhshan, Iranian jailed blogger, was sentenced to 19.5 years in prison. Read more here.

Bahrain: Unwatchable TV

Mahmood Al Yousif, from Bahrain, is livid that more money is being pumped into Bahrain Television. He writes: “this .. television station must be the most invested in in the...

Iran:Facebook for Art

Iranian artists have launched Iran's first ever contemporary art competition on the social networking website, Facebook.

Morocco: Human Rights Activist Arrested for Buying Alcohol

“The well-known Moroccan activist Abdullah Zaazaa was arrested in his Casablanca neighborhood of Bouchentou, for buying alcohol during Ramadan,” writes Ursula Lindsey at The Arabist.

Egypt: The US, Sharia Courts and Hysteria

Issandr El Amrani, from The Arabist, shares his thoughts on Islamophobia, Sharia courts and hysteria in this post.

Egypt: The Proposal

Miss SunShine, from Egypt, writes about a marriage proposal here.

Kuwait: Earthquake Question

From Kuwait, Mark asks: “Did anyone feel an earthquake around 2:25PM?” He adds: “Looks like an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 hit near a city called Kazerun in Southern...

Saudi Arabia: Gay Saudi Diplomats

From Saudi Arabia, John Burgess at Crossroads Arabia has more on gay Saudi diplomats.

Iran: Strike at Bazzar

Part of Iran bazaar closed to protest VAT increase in last two days. Gold bazzar is on strike in Tehran and a film in You Tube “shows merchants in Iron...

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