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· October, 2010

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from October, 2010

25 October 2010

Israel: Controversial Loyalty Oath Undermines Democracy

The Israeli cabinet approved by a 22-8 vote the proposed amendment to Israel's Citizenship Law, which would require all those seeking citizenship to pledge allegiance to Israel as a “Jewish...

23 October 2010

Saudi Arabia: Genie in Court

"I was under the influence of a genie" is the latest excuse for administrative corruption in Saudi Arabia. A corrupt judge, a genie and a religious investigation panel, which claims...

20 October 2010

Kuwait: Police Brutality Caught on Video?

Police brutality has been caught on video around the world. Here's one from Kuwait which was posted on a popular blog and attracted a lot of comments - many attacking...

Lebanon: Is Facebook being used to recruit spies?

Saudi Arabia: Online Impressions

Saudi Arabia: Niqab and Freedom

Kuwait: A Gay Following

Jordan: Are You Spending Too Much Time on Twitter?

Jordan: Rules for Elections

Egypt: Bad Bad Facebook

A TV show discussing Facebook on the Egyptian state-run television channel soon became the source for rumours, mockery, and loads of fun on blogs and Twitter. Tarek Amr has more...

Syria: Who Gets Paid $42,000 a Month?

Syria, formerly a socialist state, began its economic reform process in late 2003. The process has lead to a rapid growth of Syria's private sector, but also led to a...

18 October 2010

Jordan: The ArabCrunch Controversy Continues

ArabCrunch was founded in 2008. The blog launched its Arabic version in 2009, and quickly became a leading blog in the Arab tech sector. Jordanian netizens react to controversies surrounding...

17 October 2010

Saudi Arabia: Calls to Free Samar Albadawi

Samar Albadawi, a divorced Saudi woman is currently being held in Brayman jail in Jeddah for disobeying her father. While some netizens are furious others are skeptical about her case...

Morocco: “Driving to Civility”

15 October 2010

Jordanians Tweet about Election Campaigning

Jordanian parliamentary candidates are now allowed to post campaign materials for the November 9 elections. Posters now cover main roads, and the topic of these campaign materials has been hotly...

Iran: President Ahamdinejad's trip to Lebanon

Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has just concluded a two-day visit to Lebanon. It was his first official since 2005 when he first took office. He held talks with Lebanese officials...

Iran: Daily Photos of Art and Persian History

Iranian citizen media does not only talk about politics and protest, but also life, art and history. Vahid Rahmanian is a creative photo blogger who publishes photos of art and...

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