Stories about Egypt from February, 2008
Exchange Student ‘Starved’ in Egypt
Elijah Zarwan, from Egypt, discusses a wire story about a 17-year-old American exchange student who was allegedly ‘starved’ after being paired with a Christian Coptic family, which fasts for 200 days a year.
Egypt: Facebook, Politics and Journalism
Politics, Facebook and journalism. Zeinobia, from Egypt, draws a link between them in this post.
EGYPT: Muslim Brotherhood Trial Postponed
“The verdict in the military trial of 40 leading members of the Muslim Brotherhood has been postponed until March 25, according to friends who went out to Haikstep Military Base today in the hope of being the first to hear,” writes Elijah Zarwan, from Egypt.
Egypt: Praying against Mubarak in the Metro
From an offer to give up a seat at the metro, to an impromptu protest against Egyptian President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak. Eman Abdurahman brings us the story from Egypt.
Egypt: The Difference Between France and Egypt
Zeinobia from Egypt compares between how Egyptian and French presidents react to criticism from citizens in this post.
Egypt: Visa to Heaven
Egyptian blogger Eman discusses the difficulties of getting a Schengen (European Union) Visa in this post.
Saudi Arabia: Cairo Visit
Saudi Jeans attended a two-day Human Rights conference in Cairo, Egypt, and shares his impressions of the country and event in this post.
Egypt: Free Khaled Hamza
From Egypt, Hossam Al Hamalawy draws our attention to the arrest of fellow blogger Khaled Hamza. Global Voices Online previously reported the arrest here.
Egypt: Informer Kills Officer
“A police informer entrapped and shot dead an officer, after the pig tortured and sodomized him just like what happened with Emad Kabeer…,” writes Hossam Al Hamalawy from Egypt.
Egypt: Monopoly on Backwardness
Elijah Zarwan, from Egypt, links to a story of an Israeli MP blaming the recent earthquake on gays and comments: “Lest anyone think that we in the Muslim world have a monopoly on backwardness and comical fundamentalism.”
Egypt: 150 Muslim Brotherhood Members in the Dock
Security forces arrested at least 70 members of the Muslim Brotherhood in predawn raids around the country this morning, bringing the total number of members arrested in the past week to at least 150, writes Elijah Zarwan, from Egypt.
Egypt: Code of Ethics for Arab Satellite Channels
The Arab information minister’s recent decree introducing a “code of ethics” for Arab satellite stations was the butt of jokes in an Al Jazeera TV programme, according to The Arabist.
Middle East: Wishing Kosovo all the Best!
Bloggers and some politicians in the Middle East were quick to draw parallels between Kosovo's independence from Serbia and the Palestine Question. Following the news from the Balkans, here's a snapshot of more reactions from Israel, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
Ikhwanweb founder and Editor-in-Chief arrested
Khaled Hamza, Ikhwanweb (Muslim Brotherhood's official English website) founder and Editor-in-Chief was arrested in Cairo yesterday by Egyptian police. Khaled was coordinating the Brotherhood's blogging campaign and has been inspirational for many young Muslim Brothers activists.
Jordan: Wikipedia and Prophet Muhammad
Another storm is brewing in the Arab world regarding the depiction of Prophet Muhammed in drawings after Wikipedia refused the demands of more than 180,000 people who called for the illustrations to be removed. Here's the latest buzz from the Middle East.
Egypt: Three Years Blogging
Egyptian Tarek Amr commemorates his third year as a blogger was an amazing insight into the Egyptian blogosphere and his own journey blogging.
Egypt: Young People
The Arabist links to a feature by the New York Times on young people in Egypt.
Egypt: No Change in Cuba
Egyptian blogger Zeinobia comments on the latest news regarding Cuba's strongman Fidel Castro's resignation.
Egypt: Dov'è L'Amore
Last Thursday was Valentine's Day, and for sure Egyptian bloggers couldn't miss such opportunity without writing about it, or even dedicating a special recipe of a Chocolate Pie for this occasion and calling it "The meal of Love". Tarek Amr has more.
Bahrain: Songs Exchanged between Saudis and Egyptians
From Bahrain, Silly Bahraini Girl posts two videos – one showing a rap song by Saudis targeted against Egyptians and the other containing a response for the first video.
Abu Dhabi: Site Blocked
Tom Gara, who usually lives in Cairo, was in for a rude awakening in Abu Dhabi – where he discovered that Flickr was blocked.