· February, 2007

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from February, 2007

Egypt: Has Sadawi Escaped?

  27 February 2007

Egyptian blogger Sandmonkey is wondering about whether writer and feminist Nawal Al Saadawi is ever returning to Egypt here. “There are rumors floating around that Nawal el Seadawy, the prominent egyptian femenist, had escaped Egypt to Belgium and then the US after she was charged with dsidain for religions. She...

Egypt: Kareem Case Appeal Date Set

  27 February 2007

An appeal hearing has been set for convicted Egyptian blogger Kareem Nabil Sulaiman, who has been sentenced to four years in prison, according to his support website Free Kareem. The appeal court hearing will be on March 12.

Saudi Arabia: The Birth of a New Blogger

  27 February 2007

Saudi Stepford Wife is Saudi Arabia's latest female blogger to start ranting to the world. “I'm venting about issues I encounter from my perspective and through the filter of all my different roles in life; woman, wife, mother, educated professional, etc,” she writes. Stay tuned for her posts.

Turkey is Typing….Food and Music

  27 February 2007

I'm reaching in a different direction this week. Let's talk Turkish food and music. Zen in the Kitchen talks about the simple pleasures in eating bread with fresh olive oil. Tastes of Mavi Boncuk gives us a background to the history of the Turkish national drink Raki, and Almost Turkish...

Tunisphere: How to blog about politics without being censored?

  27 February 2007

Tunisian bloggers seem to have found ways to talk about Tunisian politics while avoiding getting caught by the ATI (Tunisian agency of Internet) watchdogs in charge of denying access and filtering out any site or blog that is critical of the Tunisian government and its members. After its last campaign...

Oman: Nintendo DS Treat

  26 February 2007

Omani blogger Nabhan Abdullatif has just bought the Nintendo DS and can't get his hands off it. I finally got my hands on this baby and I'm seriously enjoying it. I've been looking for it ever since it was released and I was able to get a friend to buy...

Oman: International Shutdown Day

  26 February 2007

Are you willing to live without your computer for a good 24 hours? Sleepless in Oman says how it could be done on the International Shutdown Day here. The day is expected to be marked worldwide on March 24.

Palestine: 13th Anniversary of the Al Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre

  26 February 2007

Palestinian blogger Haitham Sabbah marks the 13th anniversary of the “first of three massacres perpetrated by Israeli settlers accompanied by the Israeli Army. There were more than 30 martyrs and 270 injured. The main massacre toke place while the victims were performing al- Fajr (Dawn) Prayer at Al Ibrahimi mosque”...

Lebanon: Academia, Agriculture and Construction

  26 February 2007

Let us begin this week’s roundup of the Lebanese blogosphere with non–political posts. Let us start from a post about two Lebanese salads that are used as appetizers during meals: Skylark shows us (Fr) how to prepare Fattush and Tabboule, which are two delicious Lebanese salads that are usually found...

Syrian Blogsphere: Free Kareem, Towards a Democratic Syria, Arabism and More

  26 February 2007

The Syrian blogsphere reacted to the news about the sentencing of Egyptian blogger Kareem Nabil Sulaiman with disgust. Abu Kareem from Levantine Dreamhouse wrote… The language of the charges is sickeningly familiar. It is the language that paranoid authoritarian governments use when they feel threatened, when someone tells the TRUTH....

Bahrain: Memoirs of a Prisoner

  26 February 2007

Bahrain-based blogger Bint Battuta shares with us one of her friend's experiences – that of being imprisoned during a period of political unrest in the country in the mid-90s here. “This evening my friend S. told me about the poetry lessons he used to give when he was in prison;...

Lebanon's War, Again

  26 February 2007

How will the Lebanese get over their past if they don't discuss it, says Syrian blogger Abu Kareem. “Many if not most Lebanese children get their education in non-secular schools that teach different versions of the history of Lebanon. All schools, however, seem to agree on one thing; when it...

Saudi Arabia: Book Fair

  26 February 2007

Saudi Jeans reports about a bookfair in his country's capital Riyadh next month. “There will not be any days for families only. The book fair will be open to everybody, men and women, except for the evening period of three days which will be only open to men. I have...

Saudi: Desert Trek

  26 February 2007

Neal of Arabia, a diplomatic spouse living in the Saudi capital Riyadh, takes us on a desert trek in nearby Dubai here, complete with an overnight stay in the desert.

Saudi: Spring of Culture Festival in Bahrain

  26 February 2007

A Swedish blogger, who lives in Saudi Arabia, sings laurels to the Spring of Culture festival being held in neighbouring Bahrain, which is linked to Saudi Arabia by a 25km causeway. From what I gathered by reading the information booklet about these events it is basically a combo of poetry,...

Bahrain: Political Activisits Released

  26 February 2007

Two Bahraini political activists have been released, following mounting pressure from supporters and international human rights groups, says Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif.

Bahrain: Workshop on Press Freedoms

  26 February 2007

The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights will be conducting a training workshop about Press Freedoms, the law and how it views freedoms of expression, practical demonstrations and tutorials on blogging and how to circumvent blocks to reach the content you require from March 1 to 5, announces blogger Mahmood...

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