Stories about Libya from May, 2007
Touring Libyan Blogs: Tony Blair, Watermelons, Shock and Awe and a Really Hot Summer
Extreme security measures, the relationship between bloggers and watermelons, shock and awe tactics and what happens to you when the weather reaches 49 degree Celsius are just some of the topics Fozia Mohammed echoes from Libyan blogs this week.
Libya: Blair in Tripoli
“British prime minister is touring Africa before leaving his office and we got a glimpse of his visit to Tripoli. His visit brought a very tight security to the city. Our backyard parking area is cleared by the police and there were checkpoints all around our street,” writes Iranian Mr...
Arabeyes: 1001 Tales from Libyan Taxi Rides
Can taking a taxi be an eye-opening experience to the society you live in? Libyan blogger Libyano takes us on a ride of a lifetime which gives him the chance to contemplate on his society, the behaviour of young men and the antics of some taxi drivers. Enjoy the ride!
Bulgaria: George Michael For Tripoli Six
Eternal Remont reports that George Michael has joined the “You Are Not Alone” campaign to raise awareness of the Tripoli Six, “the six Bulgarian nurses who await death by firing squad in Libya.”
Libya: On Women's Attire
Writing from Tripoli, Libya, Iranian blogger Mrs Behi says: “Here in Libya I haven’t seen a couple walking in the street hand in hand. It seems to me as if taking this simple act of closeness feels very strange to them! And also you can rarely see any woman at...
Touring Libyan Blogs: Bloggers meet, traffic chaos, activism, corporal punishment at schools and more
The Libyan blogosphere is getting stronger - and bolder - with more bloggers putting a face to their names online. Fozia Mohamed sheds light on the phenomena and updates us about the dangers of driving in Libya, the 'shameful' public services and the antics of the Falga.
Jordan: Arab Media Watchdog
Jordanian blogger Lina links to a news article which says that journalists from five Arab countries are to launch a media watchdog group in reaction to what they call increased restrictions on press workers in the region. According to the article, 20 reporters from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Morocco and...
Libya: Dangerous Eyeliners
“Most Libyan women don't feel complete unless their eyes are lined in dark black kohl. It makes them look beautiful and exotic – their dark eyes shining and the whites of their eyes appearing even more so with the effect of the kohl. But these products are really dangerous! Most...
Libya: Call for Virtual Museums
Libyan blogger Lamusediffuse makes an SOS on behalf of Libyan museums here. “Although Libya has fantastic museums, they are suffering from a pitiful lack of online visibility. This is something we want to palliate by using the possibilities of Web 2.0 tools and social collaboration,” writes the blogger.
The Tunisphere Reaches Out to the Maghreb
Tunisian blogger Big Trap Boy writes about the importance of integrating the Maghreb Union which is made up of North African countries and its benefits to all the population in the region. He even appeals to Tunisian bloggers and others from Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania and Libya to make June 1 a blogging day to promote the Maghreb Union, reports Samsoum.
Egypt: Blogger Summoned for Criticising Gaddafi
Libyan-Egyptian relations took a new turn over the weekend, with an Egyptian blogger summoned for questioning after writing an article criticising Colonel Muammer Gaddafi. “Eman found herself requested to go to the National State security building in Alexandria for an investigation in the charge of attacking another president by the...
Libya: Why No $100 Laptops?
Libyan blogger Khadija Teri laments the end of a dream to bring affordable $100 laptops to classrooms in her country. “It was supposed to be happening this year in Libya too but it didn't … what happened??? We were looking forward to it… promises, promises… sigh…” she writes.
Libya: Quick Video Tour
Libyan blogger Hibo Abo takes us on a quick tour of Tripoli in this video link.
Algeria: The Great Libyan Shia Plan
Qaddafi called recently for the creation of a neo-Fatimid empire in North Africa that would be “Arab and Shiite”, for “North Africa is Arab and Shi'ite,” reports Algerian blogger Nouri. “Obviously the Fatimids were of Arab origin, and not Iranian; the Iranians came to Shiism far later than did the...
Bulgaria, Libya, France: Appeals to Politicians
Last week, the families of the Bulgarian nurses met with Segolene Royal and Nicolas Sarkozy, Declan Butler reports.