Stories about Egypt from September, 2008
Egypt: Kidnapped Tourists Freed
Nineteen people, including foreign tourists, kidnapped in Egypt 10 days ago have been freed. Egyptian bloggers react.
Egypt: National Theater on Fire
It seems that the Egyptians have succeeded in bringing Nero back to life. And the Egyptian Nero has a long list of places to burn. He started with the Egyptian Parliament a few weeks ago, and now it's time for the Egyptian National Theater.
Syria: Chilling Eyewitness Blogger Account on Damascus Explosion
With very little information coming out on today's massive explosion in Damascus, Syria, one blogger was on the site and rushed back to his computer to describe to the world the scene of devastation and chaos he has witnessed. Also, what are other bloggers saying about the incident?
Egypt: Jihad Hackers
Is Jihad spilling from the ground on to the virtual world? Egyptian blogger Marwa Rakha writes here (and here) about how the internet has affected the ongoing debate between the secular and Islamic camps in Egypt.
Egypt: Kidnapped Tourists
A group of 15 foreign tourists, including five Italians, were kidnapped on Monday in southern Egypt. Egyptian bloggers react.
Egypt: Egyptian Railways – 125 Years Old
Egyptian blogger Zeinobia celebrates here the 125th anniversary of the Egyptian Railways.
Why do Egyptians get Divorced?
Statistics show that 75,000 Egyptian couples got divorced in 2006/2007. Marwa Rakha brings up oline reactions to the phenomena in this post.
Young Egyptian Women Do Not Want to Work!
While some women are still struggling to prove themselves in the workplace, the young generation of Egyptian men and women seems to be taking different route. Marwa Rakha brings us the story of how young Egyptians told a television show that they did not want their wives to work.
Egypt: Another Doweika Tragedy Waiting to Happen!
More than 1,100 students have so far joined a Facebook group crying for attention for a tragedy waiting to happen at Alexandria University's Engineering College. As more than 7,000 students get ready to return to classes, will their plight be heard? Marwa Rakha reports.
Egypt: Who are those People … in the People's Assembly?
In the aftermath of the Egyptian Parliament going up in flames, people's reactions ranged from utter shock, sadness, to gloating. Wael Nawara conducted an independent poll asking bloggers, readers, and Egyptian internet users to answer the following question: Does the Egyptian Parliament truly represent the people? Marwa Rakha shares the results.
Suez Canal donates 1,000,000 Egyptian Pounds to Doweika Victims
Like Asser Mattar, many Egyptians were happy to find out that Suez Canal canceled its annual celebration on September 14 to donate a total of one million Egyptian Pounds to support the victims of the Doweika tragedy. Scores of people were killed and injured when huge rocks fell on 35 homes in the slum in one of Cairo's poorest neighbourhoods.
Egypt: A Racist Video Game
Muslim Massacre is a video game that has been released lately, where gamers have to use all sorts of weapons to kill as many Muslims and Muslim figures as they can, including ALLAH Almighty. Egyptian bloggers react.
Egypt at the Paralympics
Egypt's special athletes are making waves in Beijing, China, where this year's Paralympic Games are being held from September 6 to 17. While Egypt clinched one bronze medal in this year's Beijing Summer Olympics, athletes in the Paralympics are achieving a success like no other. So far the team has won four gold, three silver and four bronze medals.
Iran:The Blogging Revolution
Antony Loewenstein’s The Blogging Revolution will be available on Amazon soon. The Blogging Revolution talks about Iran, Egypt,Syria,Saudi Arabia, China and Cuba. This is how he describes the book.
Egypt: Kareem being Harassed in Prison
When Kareem’s friends were denied entry to the prison in order to visit him, we knew that something’s up. Today a report from The Arab Network for Human Rights Information documents the fact that Kareem is being harassed by both prison guards and other inmates, and is in poor physical...
Egypt: The World of Lookalikes
Egyptian Whisper of Madness draws our attention to the uncanny resemblance between some public figures .. and others.
Egypt: Unfair Sentences
An Egyptian was handed a 15-year prison terms in Egypt for his involvement in leaking secondary school exams while a policeman was jailed for seven years for torturing a man to death in a police station in the same country. Ibn Al Dunya reflects on the these and other sentences,...
Egypt: Help for Landslide Victims
Egyptian blogger Zeinobia provides information about how people can help the victims of a mudslide landslide in a poor neighbourhood in Cairo. “We will not count on the government alone,” she notes.
Egypt: Rocks Slide over Slums in Cairo
Egypt woke up on breaking news that “Casualties & injuries in rock blocks collapse over slums of Doweiqa, Cairo” on a Twitter update by Egyptian blogger Noura Yunis on Saturday. A massive rocky body fell from the Mokhatam Mountain, crashing down few apartments just below it, at around 7am, killing at least 30 people. Egyptian blogger react.
Egypt: HIV in Egypt
“What Is It Like to Be HIV Positive in Egypt?,” blogger The Egypt guy, replies on a previous question in an interview with Ayman, an HIV-Positive Egyptian. The Egypt guy also highlights the sentencing of HIV patients in court in Egypt.
Egypt's vibrant blogosphere
“According to a recent report published by the Egyptian Cabinet's Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC), Egypt has over 162,000 bloggers, mostly between 20-30 year olds, which constitutes 30 percent of Arab bloggers,” explains Diana Mukkaled.