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· September, 2009

Stories about Egypt from September, 2009

29 September 2009

Egypt: Another journalist to be deported

"Your name [is] on the computer." With those words Cairo-based Swedish journalist and blogger Per Bjorklund is being turned away from the Cairo Airport, where he landed a few hours...

28 September 2009

Middle East: Arabisk, Blog Competition and Debate

Newly launched Arabisk is an annual competition to select the best Arabic blogs. First welcomed by bloggers, Egyptian bloggers are now complaining that they have been sidelined from the contest....

24 September 2009

Egypt: Blogging Farouk Hosni's Defeat

Egypt's Culture Minister Farouk Hosni has kept bloggers busy over the previous few days. His failed bid to secure a seat at the helm of UNESCO has polarised the blogosphere,...

23 September 2009

The Egyptians Tweet Farouk Hosny's Defeat

Bulgarian candidate, Irina Bokova, 57, was elected the head of the UNESCO, defeating Egyptian Culture Minister Farouk Hosny. Instead of mourning the loss, Egyptians celebrated his defeat on Twitter.

22 September 2009

MENA: Thanks “Khawater” from Japan

Television viewers across the Arab world were in for a treat this Ramadan, with the airing of a special programme on Japan. In its fifth season, Khawater (Thoughts) visited Japan,...

Egypt: Will Farouk Hosni be Unesco's Next Director General ?

Egypt's culture minister Farouk Hosny is vying for Unesco's top post. Marwa Rakha sums up the reactions of bloggers towards this nomination and the election process.

16 September 2009

Egypt: Bloggers call for a fun-filled harassment-free Eid

As Eid Al Fitr approaches, women in Egypt are bracing themselves for even more sexual harassment than what has already become a disturbing norm. Bloggers and online activists are also...

15 September 2009

Egypt: A Coptic Presidential Candidate?

A Copt has stated his intent to run for elections for Egypt's top post in the 2011 presidential race. Lawyer Mamdouh Ramzy, a member of the Constitutional Party, is venturing...

Egypt: A Marginalized Middle Class

11 September 2009

Egyptians React to the Sudanese “Sin”

Sudanese UN female employee Lubna Hussein faced threats of imprisonment and flogging for the “sin” of wearing trousers in Khartoum - and her saga is far from over. Marwa Rakha...

Arab Women… Minors Until They Die

Though blessed with inner strength that enables them to deal with the shackles of their culture, some Arab women are dealt with as minors who will never reap the fruits...

9 September 2009

Egypt: Bad Boys Who do not Moderate Blog Comments

Journalist and blogger Khaled El Balshy has recently been subpoenaed by State Security and charged of slander because he did not delete a “bad” comment that was left on one...

Egypt: Prison Awaits Those who don't Fast in Ramadan

For the first time in Egypt, the Ministry of Interior arrests Muslims who eat and drink in public during the fasting month of Ramadan. Marwa Rakha has the story.

8 September 2009

Egypt: Two Coptic Orthodox Church Channels

After a series of failed attempts to launch a television channel for the Coptic faith in Egypt over the past 15 years, two channels were authorized and four more are...

Egypt: US “Activist” Travis Randall Deported

American journalist Travis Randall has been denied entry to Egypt and then deported. Bloggers react to his treatment in this round up of posts by Marwa Rakha.

7 September 2009

Egypt: Tune in to the Naglaa El Emam Show

An Egyptian lawyer, with her share of controversy, is making the headlines again. This time it is because of her conversion to Christianity. Marwa Rakha has the story in this...

6 September 2009

Egypt: Iraq vs Syria