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· June, 2012

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from June, 2012

22 June 2012

Morocco: Kissing the King's Hands

Kuwait: Facebook Contest to Promote Child Safety

Kuwait: Factory Fire

Egypt: Two Camps, One Caricature

I have found no better summary of the current intriguing and backstabbing between the religious establishment on one side and their secularist counterparts on the other than a caricature, distributed...

#SudanRevolts in Wake of Austerity Anger

Amid a complete media blackout, the youth of Sudan have taken to the streets in a nation-wide protest against recent austerity measures. Maha El-Sanosi reports.

Brazil: Is There A Clear Foreign Policy for the Middle East and Africa?

The twenty-first century has brought important changes to the balance of power which had been in place until then, with obvious ramifications for the international economy and politics. In this...

21 June 2012

Tunisia: Salafis Run Amok over ‘Blasphemous’ Art Works

A group of Salafists attacked an art exhibition, Le Printemps des Arts, in La Marsa, (north suburb of Tunis) destroying some of the art works deemed blasphemous to Islam. The...

Kuwait: Unconstitutionally Elected Parliament

Egypt: Mubarak Dies One More Time

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has died at least once every few weeks since the beginning of the Egyptian revolution, which toppled his 32-year reign. Netizens react to the latest...

Lebanon: Complete Blackout

Two of the major power plants, Zahrani and Deir-Ammar, in Lebanon suffered from “unknown” technical difficulties, which plunged most of the country into complete darkness. While some citizens took to...

20 June 2012

Iran: Songs of Freedom

United4Iran, a non-profit organization campaigning for human rights in Iran has created an online music compilation designed to revive hope for freedom for Iranians.

19 June 2012

Algeria: Twitter Protest Against the State of Education

Algerians on Twitter staged a protest against the state of education in their country, with Aboubakr Benbouzid, the Minister of Education, serving as a focal point. Borrowing from the slogan...

Iran: Is LGBT an Online Reality?

Homosexuality, which is banned in Iran, is punishable by prison or death. Fred Petrossian speaks to a researcher who led a team which studied how Iranian LGBT communities use internet...

18 June 2012

Mauritania: Security Forces Break Up March, Arrest Activists

Coordinators of the youth opposition organised a demonstration held after Friday prayers on May 18, which saw opposition protestors leave the Saudi Mosque in the capital Nouakchott in a march...

Syria: Regime Assailants Kill Blogger's Mother

Syrian blogger and activist Marcell Shehwaro, from Aleppo, lost her mother Marina, when government assailants shot at the car she was in early this morning. Netizens from around the world...

Iran: ‘Zuckerberg should take action against insulting Islam’

Egypt: The Inevitable Clash between State and Muslim Brotherhood

Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood Presidential Candidate Announces Victory

Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi and Hosni Mubarak's former premier Ahmed Shafiq declared they will be the next president of Egypt. The two men went neck and neck, and the...

Egypt: Final Round of the Presidential Elections in Photographs

Egyptian were called to vote on the second round of the presidential elections amidst attempts by the Supreme Council for the Armed Forces (SCAF) to keep a tight rein on...

Tunisia: Final Draft of New Constitution Preamble Causes Controversy

Tunisians are fuming over the final draft of the preamble (prelude) of the new constitution, drafted by their first elected parliament after the fall of the Ben Ali regime. Many...

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