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· May, 2011

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from May, 2011

22 May 2011

Technology for Transparency: Final Report

Technology for Transparency Network

The Technology for Transparency Network is proud to announce the release of its final report, "Global mapping of technology for transparency and accountability". The report is being published by the...

Kuwait: Parliament Members Go Boxing!

Kuwaiti parliament members had a fight during a session discussing the case of Kuwaiti detainees in Guantanamo. The scuffle drew a flurry of reactions from netizens.

Egypt: Brutal Army Crackdown of Nakba Day Protests in Cairo

The Egyptian army cracked down with brutal force on a Nakba day protest in front of the Israeli embassy in Cairo on May 15, 2011, firing teargas, rubber-coated steel bullets...

19 May 2011

Iran: “We are Everywhere” Campaign Against Homophobia

This year, on May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia, several Iranians raised their voices by launching a “We are everywhere” campaign, on YouTube, Facebook and blogs against homophobia worldwide....

Lebanon: “Mabrouk” to Lebanese Women

18 May 2011

World: FIFA Election – House of Knaves or Knights?

Football fans have been treated to some really interesting times in the last few months. The latest is the FIFA election, which comes at a time when one of the...

Egypt: I Unfollowed Ghonim Because …

Egyptian cyber activist Wael Ghonim, who shot to international fame after being arrested at the beginning of the Egyptian revolution, is facing criticism from the very same Egyptians who earlier...

17 May 2011

Egypt: Online Campaigns to Release Arrested Protesters Underway

Egyptian cyber activists went back to their keyboards to demand the release of protesters and bystanders arrested on Sunday for being at a protest outside the Israeli Embassy in Cairo...

Tunisia: Internet Censorship Makes a Comeback

Tunisian netizens have enjoyed an unprecedented access to the Internet, following the fall of the Ben Ali regime in mid-January and the end of the country's previous web censorship. This...

Jordan: Debating a Possible GCC Union

The announcement that Jordan and Morocco might join the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) caused an immediate shockwave of reactions. Many Jordanians were elated at the news, saying that it...

Macedonia: Report on Sexual & Health Rights of Marginalized Communities

Jordan: Marches to Palestine

Saudi Arabia: A Woman Challenges the Law by Driving in Jeddah

Women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to drive. One Saudi woman claimed that right when she drove her children to school in Jeddah. Netizens debate the move, with many...

Lebanon: Getting Typical Directions in Beirut

Lebanon: Against Homophobia