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· March, 2009

Stories about Egypt from March, 2009

Palestine: Experiencing Contempt in Egypt

Gull from the Gaza Beach is angry with Egypt: “The overwhelming majority of Palestinians who passed through Cairo International Airport have a stock of stories about the humiliation to which...

Egypt: Google doodle by orphans

More than 160 Egyptian orphans took part in a Google doodle competition, held for the first time in Egypt and the Middle East. The winning design will be displayed on...

Is Egypt on the verge of a cultural revolution?

Between Bahaa Taher's first Arabic Language Booker Prize, bloggers' books, Youssef Zidan's Azazeel's Booker prize, writing competitions on Facebook, the Sawiris Foundation Competitions, and new creative initiatives to nurture new...

Egypt: Women turn to the Internet to fight taboos

Young middle and upper class Egyptian women resort to the internet to fight their battles against taboos. The BBC interviewed some of them and Mohamed Hamdy of Bloggers Times comments...

Egypt: Arab Youth on a Presidential Mission

Egypt's first online radio - Radio Horytna - invites youth to apply for the position of President for any Arab country of their choice. Egyptian bloggers comment on the initiative...

Egypt: Stop Oppressing Bloggers

“Joel Simon, Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, writes a letter to [Egyptian] President Hosni Mubarak condemning the state’s oppression against bloggers, noting Kareem amongst those abused by...

Egypt: Cabinet Reshuffle

Zeinobia, from Egypt, comments on recent changes in the Cabinet.

Egypt: Jaiku is now ‘useless

“Jaiku announced yesterday that they will support SMS to the US only …In short, Jaiku now is going to be pretty useless,” writes Moftasa, from Egypt.

Egypt: The Call for Prayer

“One of the things that I miss the most when I travel is the call to prayer that I hear five times a day here,” writes Maryanne Stroud Gabbani, from...

Egypt: Petition for Gaza

Egyptian Chronicles urges her readers to sign an online international petition to the UN General Assembly to set up a special international penal court to try Israeli war crimes, notably...

Egypt: Azazeel Wins Arab Booker Prize

Egyptian Blogger Zeinobia reports that Dr Youssef Zidan's controversial novel Azazeel has won the Arab Booker Prize for 2009. This is the second year in a row for an Egyptian...

Long awaited victory for Baha'is in Egypt

After many years of being denied the right to legal documentation, Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court removed any grounds for preventing Baha'is from receiving proper official identity documents.

Egypt: Waves of Workers’ Strikes

Like in 2008, this year is witnessing waves of strikes and demonstrations by Egyptian workers in various sectors and organizations. Students, pharmacists, lawyers [Ar], railway drivers, media people and, last...

Egypt: New Fatwa on Divorce

The Middle East Blog reports on the latest fatwa (religious edict) from Egypt saying: “According to an Egyptian Sheikh, neighbours now have have the right to demand the divorce of...

Egypt: New Fatwa on Divorce

The Middle East Blog reports on the latest fatwa (religious edict) from Egypt saying: “According to an Egyptian Sheikh, neighbours now have have the right to demand the divorce of...

Egypt: Helwan telecom equipment makers on strike

From Egypt, Hossam El Hamalawy reports: “Around 1000 workers at the Telephone Equipment Manufacturing Company in Helwan are on strike since yesterday, demanding their annual shares of profits. The strikers...

Egypt: Women Play Central Role in Struggle

Swedish blogger Per Bkorklund, who is based in Egypt, pays tribute to Egyptian women on the occasion of the International Women's Day with this post, which features the central role...

Global recession and its discontents

Today the world seems flat. From Asia and Africa to Europe and the Americas, the people of the world are experiencing the traumatic effects of a global economic recession. This...

Egypt: Disaster Ferry Owner Finally Guilty!

The life of each one of the 1,000 plus Egyptians killed when the Salam 89 ferry sank in 2006 is worth about 11 hours in prison for ferry owner, former...

Egypt: The Influential Role of Women in History

Egyptian blogger Lasto Adri [Ar] posts excerpts from a book entitled The Modern Women's Movement: The Story of Arab Women in the Land of Egypt, where she highlights the influential...

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