Stories about Egypt from September, 2007
Arabeyes: Meet Maryanne Stroud Gabbani
Egypt-based blogger Maryanne Stroud Gabbani started blogging in 2003 at the age of 54, after becoming frustrated with trying to answer people individually regarding how it was that she was so happy living in a place that the news said was so opposed to "western women". She figured that hopefully a blog would reach more people and give Egypt a human face and has never looked back since.
Egypt: Ramadan Musings
It's fair to say the month of Ramadan provides a unique experience for all parties involved, the fasting followed by excessive eating, the excessive eating followed by excessive partying and the scathing eye of everyone around you, writes D B Shobrawy, who brings us the latest from Egyptian blogs this week.
Egypt: Muslim World Journal of Human Rights
Readers may be interested to know that Berkeley Press has just launched the Muslim World Journal of Human Rights, notes The Arabist from Egypt.
Egypt: Newspaper Strike on October 7
“Chief in editors of the independent and party newspapers decided to not to publish their newspapers on Sunday the 7th of October 2007 , the daily newspapers will not be published on that day and the weekly newspapers will not be published in their days as an objection move against...
Egypt: Beware of US Tapping
“Now that the U.S. is tapping domestic phone calls people need to watch what they say, not because they have anything to hide but because in the course of an innocent conversation you can draw a lot of unwanted attention,” cautions D B Shobrawy, from Egypt.
Syria: Sad State of Journalism
Sasa from Syria laments the sad state of journalism in the Arab world, citing examples from Jordan and Egypt in which journalists are jailed and fined.
Egypt: Bin Laden's Popularity
The Big Pharaoh from Egypt shines a light on the popularity of the Bin Laden lantern in his country — and possibility of the popularity of the man himself.
Egypt: Workers Strike Enters Fifth Day
Egyptian blogger Nora Younis posts a picture of the workers on strike in Cairo as their protest enters its fifth day here.
Egypt: Committee to Defend Universities
A National Committee for the Defense of Universities has been formed in Egypt. Read more about it in Hatshepsut‘s post here.
Egypt: Demonstration Planned on Thursday
A demonstration will be held in Cairo, Egypt, at 9pm on Friday in protest against the jailing of journalists and in solidarity with the workers on strike, reports Abna Masr (Ar). The demonstration has been called for by opposition movement Kifaya.
Egypt: Blogging Workers’ Strike
Freddy Deknatel takes a look at how a blogger is covering Egypt's workers strike in this post. Global Voices Online earlier reported the unrest here.
Egypt: Hunt-the-Editor Season!
It’s “hunt-the-editor” season! In two weeks 5 editors-in-chief and 3 journalists working for opposition newspapers have been arrested and sentenced to jail and/or a big fine, reports Hatshepsut from Egypt.
Egypt: Shhhsh..The Driver is Sleeping
Talasim, from Jordan, posts this picture, sent in by a contributor in Egypt.
Egypt: Workers Strike
Hossam Al Hamalawy from Egypt is writing about a workers strike. “After the first day of the strike and sit-in, the picture inside the factory is really amazing. 10,000 people breaking the fast together in Tala’at Harb Sq, located inside the company compound. It’s a scene, which I find no...
Blogger Arima from Egypt talks about Arablish in this hilarious post. Arablish is a “form of speech that mixes Arabic with English. It is widely used among Arab Western-educated elites.”
Egypt: Booby Julia
Egyptian blogger Mosfata Hussein introduces us to TV presenter Booby Julia. “As a blogger, a doctor and an Egyptian citizen. It is my duty to bring forward the latest socio-cultural phenomena happening in my environment. I would like to introduce to you BOOBY JULIA!” he explains.
Egyptian blogger arrested and prevented from covering a taxi drivers strike
Mahmoud Chachtawi, Egyptian blogger and reporter of abna2masr.com website, has been arrested during a taxi drivers strike he was covering. After detaining him for four hours, the police released him and confiscated his camera, mobile phone and ID card. According to a twitter message left on the blog, it seems...
Egypt: Save Us from Stupid Women
“Anything along the lines of “save the poor oppressed arab women” written by stupid women like this one just makes me puke. Yes we do have thousands of problems to struggle against but please don’t act like everything is perfect where you come from, and what’s with the disturbing generalisations?”...
Egypt: Crackdown on Journalists Not New
“Thursday’s sentencing and fining of four independent newspaper editors is not particularly new or surprising… (T)he two incidents do not herald an impending crackdown on the press, for the simple reason that Mubarak’s regime has been continuously cracking down on and intimidating independent journalists, from at least the early 1990s...
Egypt: More than a Million Killed in Iraq
A new poll suggests over one million dead in Iraq since the invasion, reports Issandr El Amrani from Egypt, who provides a link to the study.
Egypt: The Fagnoon World
Maryanne Stroud Gabbani, who lives in Egypt, introduces us to the Fagnoon in this post. Fannan means artist in Arabic and Magnoon means crazy. Click on the link to enter the world of the Fagnoon!