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· December, 2010

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from December, 2010

Tunisia : “We Are Not Afraid Anymore!”

The year 2010 is coming to an end but Tunisia is shaken up by a social uprising that many bloggers hope will bring a decisive change in their country. Because...

Tunisia: Journalist Nebrass Hedhili Attacked during Uprising

Nawaat writes that journalist Nebrass Hedhili was physically abused by policemen not in uniform in the La Chebba center (fr). Nawaat also regularly updates a press review of the ongoing...

Tunisia: The Cry of Protestors Echoes Around the World

The cries of Tunisians, protesting against corruption and joblessness for the past two weeks, is gathering momentum on the World Wide Web. Netizens from around the world are rallying behind...

Lebanon: Stop Honking

Lebanese drivers are renowned for ‘honking.’ Cal Perry tweets: “Dear #Beirut … honk more. Seriously … lay on that car horn more. I can't hear you.”

Algeria: What is Happening in Tunisia?

Algerian-American The Moor Next Door comments on the protests taking place in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia. “Police have attempted to block media coverage of the riots (and that the rioting is isolated...

Algeria: Wikileaks and Israel

Khaled Mimoune, from Algeria, tweets (Ar): “Isn't it fishy that there are no Wikileaks documents exposing Israel's scandals?”

Saudi Arabia: The Kingdom in One Sentence

From Saudi Arabia, Mustafa Hussain tweets (Ar): “Unemployment, corruption, tribalism, weak education curricula, state-owned media, full prisons, bad government services, oil which is not its own – all this and...

Lebanon: Not equal in life and in death

“Even after death, the Lebanese laws do not consider people equal…” states Rita Chemaly.

Lebanon: Year's Review of the Lebanese Blogosphere

Liliane, at Lebanon Aggregator, rounds up 2010 with facts and figures about the Lebanese Blogosphere. They include new blogs, the range of subjects covered, who turned their blogs into books, activities...

Morocco: Young Talent Caught on Tape

Karim Boubker is a young Moroccan Vlogger and social media enthusiast. Here, he films a young musical talent he is fond of, Sarah Ariche.

Tragedy bookends Year 2010 for Francophone Citizen Media

It appears that tragedy will bookend yet another year rich in remarkable events in the world of francophone citizen media. The month of January set the tone with the fallout...

Jordan: Sentencing of Critical Football Club President

Former Jordanian MP and Wihdat football club president Tareq Sami Khoury had been sentenced to two years in prison for assaulting and insulting a gendarme officer. Netizens react to the...

Lebanon: One in Every Four Lebanese is on Facebook

Facebook users in Lebanon will soon reach 1 million, which means 1 out of 4 Lebanese currently has a Facebook account. That’s pretty good given that we have the fifth...

Lebanon: One Wig Stand for Cancer Awareness

One Wig Stand is an awareness project that shares the stories of women battling breast cancer in Lebanon. The author explains that the site is not a sappy one intended to...

Morocco: The Minister Goes to Facebook

In a first of its kind, Moroccan minister for Youth Affairs and Sports offers to publicly exchange thoughts on his Facebook page, once every week, with fellow netizens, as reported...

Morocco: Rare Recording of Popular Jewish Song

Chris Silver, writing on Jewish Morocco, shares a rare recording in this post. It's a song by Haim Abitbol, from the time when Moroccan Jews performed popular music.

Iran: “Security forces broke passwords and control emails”

Moslehi, Iran's Minsiter of Intelligence, says [fa] that Islamic Republic's security forces brokes protesters’ passwods and control their emails.

Iran: Subsidies Cutback Causes Drastic Rise in Prices

Severe cutbacks on subsidies that have kept prices on many goods artificially low are feared to cause problems for many middle class and poor citizens in Iran.

Tunisia: Unemployed Man's Suicide Attempt Sparks Riots

An unemployed Tunisian set himself on fire in protest against his joblessness, sparking a wave of riots on the ground and solidarity and support on social networking platforms. While the...

Lebanon: Where the “presidency” checks your Gmail

Lebanese blogger Mir was surprised when she was alerted by Gmail of an unusual activity in her account; where an IP mapped to presidency.gov.lb accessed her account at 3am. She...

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