Stories about Egypt from October, 2009
Egypt: Damsels in Distress
Wandering Scarab does not believe that Egyptian women know what they really want; their actions demonstrate that they don't really want equality or freedom; they do not even know what freedom is; they want to be free within cages of their own creation. They love being Damsels in Distress.
Egypt: The top 10 most influential people
Gamal Mubarak, son of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak -- who is expected to succeed his father -- was among the 2009 TIME 100 Finalists. Egyptian bloggers have their say in this post.
Egypt: Egyptian Male Blogger Orders Artificial Hymen
So much was said and written about the artificial virginity hymen kit - that Egyptian male blogger Mohamed Al Rahhal just had to buy one. Marwa Rakha brings us the story.
Egypt: No to Succession
Political forces in Egypt are rallying against succession. Zeinobia writes about how politicians are campaigning against President Hosni Mubarak passing on the torch to his son Gamal. Dalia Ziada has more here.
Egypt: Meet the Carpoolers
Blogging from Egypt, Maryanne Stroud Gabbani reports: “A young friend of my daughter's recently sent me a link to a webpage started by one of her friends to encourage carpooling in Egypt. Cairo reputedly has 20 million inhabitants and I'm willing to bet about 10 million cars.”
Egypt: Dictators and their wives
After seeing pictures of Cameroon's first lady, Egyptian Zeinobia remarks: “I do not how much money she spent on her hair and her looks but I know the people of Cameroon need this money more.”
Egypt: Campaign Against Abusive Publishers
An Egyptian blogger and author has had it with dealing with unscrupulous publishers and is taking the initiative to make the voices of authors not given a chance a a sounding board. Check out what Marwa Rakha is up to and how successful her initiative is.
Israel:Blog Action Day for the Environment
On Blog Action Day, October 15, Israeli bloggers were already looking ahead to October 24 when environmental organizations, activists, and bloggers too, are planning a day of climate change protest across the Middle East.
Egypt: Coptic history wanted
Egyptian group blog Bikaya Masr discusses Coptic history, language and education — or their lack of — in this post.
Arab-American Blogger Leila Abu-Saba Mourned
Lebanese-American blogger Leila Abu-Saba has died after a long battle with cancer. Bloggers who have interacted with her over the years recall her merits and endless quest for peace.
Egypt: Nobel Prize for Hope
Wael Nawara, from Egypt, offers his take on Obama's Nobel Prize for Peace here.
MENA: Where is Obama's Peace?
He's done it again and this time he has won the Nobel Peace Prize, much to everyone's surprise - including his own. US President Barack Obama's prize has sparked a serious debate in the Middle East and here's a round up of some of the reactions.
Egypt: No Accolades for Obama's Nobel Peace Prize
Egyptian bloggers and Twitter users welcomed US President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize with shock and surprise: How can the president of a country waging wars against far away countries win a peace prize? Tarek Amr has more in this round up of reactions from Egypt.
Egypt: Niqab Ban Stirs Controversy
Egypt's top leading Islamic leader, Sheikh Mohammed Tantawi told a 13-year-old student to uncover her face, saying it was not part of the religious obligations of Muslim women. A few days later, Egypt banned female undergraduates from wearing the niqab in the country's public universities. Bloggers join in the debate.
Egypt: Amending the marriage certificate to protect rape victims
Group blog Bikya Masr reported: Prominent Egyptian female religious leader Soad Saleh has called on the country ministry of justice to amend its current marriage certificate regulations where women must write “virgin” or “divorced” or “widow” – the latter two considered one category. She said that the ministry should allow a...
Will Egypt import Chinese Hymens?
An artifical hymen kit is now available in the market. Egyptian law makers have banned the product while bloggers continue to debate the cons and pros of this Chinese 'invention' - and question its morality.