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· August, 2010

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from August, 2010

24 August 2010

Tunisia: Doctored Photographs Symptomatic of the State of The National Press

The use of national media as an instrument of propaganda has been fairly well documented in Tunisia. The latest evidence of media manipulation was identified by Tunisian bloggers on August...

23 August 2010

Egypt: My First Fast

Egypt: Egyptian Woman Vs a Woman….

Syria: A Muslim should be like a jar of honey

Caucasus: Armenia, Azerbaijan risky countries to surf the Net

Iran: International Protest against Stoning

Those condemned to be stoned in Iran now have a face in international media, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashitiani, a 43-year-old mother of two, who was sentenced to death by stoning for...

21 August 2010

MENA: The Bigger Picture Behind Eden Abergil's Facebook Photos

When ex-Israeli soldier Eden Abergil's Facebook photo album "IDF-the best days of my life" was revealed to contain pictures of her posing mockingly alongside blindfolded Palestinian detainees, the blogosphere was...

Morocco: When Sarkozy “Proposes” a French Version of Ramadan

When Ahmed wrote his satirical blog post about a completely fictional announcement by president Nicolas Sarkozy intending to impose a French version of Islam on French Muslims, he never imagined...

19 August 2010

Tech and Transparency in MENA: A Long Way to Go

Technology for Transparency Network

Technology for transparency activists are making headway in the Middle East and North Africa, but greater access to both technology tools and skills and legal assistance is needed in order...

18 August 2010

Morocco: Fasting Versus Individual Liberties

For most Muslims, the holy month of Ramadan is a time of peace, of reflection, of family and faith. But for those who have given up on religion, Ramadan can...

Bahrain: The Sorry State of Affairs of a Hidd Mosque

On Facebook, a Bahraini posts an eye-opening letter to a minister asking him to visit a mosque in Hidd, describing its sorry state of affairs. Read to the end of...

17 August 2010

Morocco: The Ramadan Diaries

As the month of Ramadan begins, Moroccans share thoughts, reflections...even recipes. Jillian York has the story.

Jordan: Reema, We Refuse to Let You Die in Vain

A 35-year old mother of three was shot by her husband during her sleep in Jordan. The reason for this murder? Her husband believes that his wife was a "victim...

16 August 2010

Saudi Arabia: In Memory of Dr Ghazi Al Gosaibi

Saudi Arabia and Bahrain are mourning the loss of an intellectual who has contributed greatly to the cultural and development scene of both neighbouring countries. Ghazi Al Gosaibi, a poet,...

Lebanon: Making Money out of Blogs

UAE: Censorship is a Myth

Lebanon: Why do Food Prices go up in Ramadan?

15 August 2010

Morocco: English as the Second Language

Said Bellari, a writer for Moroccoboard.com, advocates the gradual eradication of the dependence on the French language, and the introduction of English as the official second language of Morocco. In...

Jordan: Big Brother is Watching You!

Jordanian netizens had a rude awakening when news surfaced about the sentencing of Imad Al-Ash to two years in prison - for insulting the Jordanian monarch in an instant message...

Iran: One of Mayor's sites was filtered

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