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· July, 2012

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from July, 2012

21 July 2012

Is Tunisia a Banana Republic?

Tunisian netizens react to a Tunisian MP's use of the term "President of the Banana Republic" to refer to interim President Moncef Marzouki, during a heated parliamentary debate.

Morocco: 22-Year-Old Arrested For Posting Cartoons of Prophet Mohammed on Facebook

Egypt: Cairo's Urban Future

Iran: Internet influence 43 % with 32.7 million users

Mauritania: A Journalist Behind Bars

Mauritanian journalist Obeid Ould Amegn, whose health is in bad condition [Ar], is still in the central prison of the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott. Obeid Ould Amegn, a journalist and an...

20 July 2012

Yemen: Yemen Through Our Lenses Exhibition

Yemeni journalist and blogger Afrah Nasser is using social media to raise funds to stage a photography exhibition in Stockholm, Sweden. Find out how you can help Afrah achieve her...

Mauritania: A Rich Culture of Games, Dance and Music

Mauritania lies at the point where Arab and African cultures meet; it is the link between the countries of North and West Africa. This has given it a special character,...

MENA: Welcoming Ramadan

Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar has just begun. It is a time when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, try to get closer to God and celebrate...

Pre-Olympics 2012: What’s Buzzing

With the 2012 London Olympics drawing closer, activities relating to the Games are heightening every day. From countries participating in the Games to their athletes preparing to score their best,...

Israel: Media Learn About Shootings 8 Hours Later

Syria: Videos Document a Sharply Escalating Conflict

News from Syria set social media ablaze. Videos uploaded by activists on YouTube allowed viewers to follow key stages of a sharply escalating conflict.

19 July 2012

Video: Internet Society Discusses International Freedom of Speech and Censorship

Will the technologies of anonymization win out over new digital monitoring tools? And will new wireless data technologies foster democracy–or lead to more effective tracking and surveillance? A panel discussion...

Bahrain: Tweeting Appalling Conditions at Jaw Prison

Bahraini netizens are rallying online to draw attention to appalling conditions at the central Jaw Prison, which houses political detainees, among others. Following the crackdown on Bahrain's February 14, 2011,...

Egypt: No to a Military Funeral for Omar Sulieman

Hosni Mubarak's vice president and Egypt's former head of intelligence Omar Suleiman is dead. News of his death has triggered a storm of reactions on social media networks. On Twitter,...

Iran: “If Bashar Gets Killed, the Iranian Regime Will Call Him a Martyr”

Iranian bloggers reacted with humour to the Syrian rebels attack in Damascus and the bomb blast that killed three top security chiefs in the Syrian President Bashar Al Assad's regime....

Jordan: Women's Rights Demonstrators Face Barrage of Criticism

On June 25, 2012, more than 200 people created a human chain in the streets of Amman to raise awareness for some of the most controversial women's rights issues in...

Bulgaria: Security Services “Do Not Serve the Public”

18 July 2012

Lebanon: Mixed Feelings Following Syria's Bombing

Today's Damascus blast cost the life of Syria's deputy Defense Minister Assef Shawkat and other top officials of president Bashar Al Assad's inner circle. As usual, the blast had its...

Israeli Tourist Bus Attacked in Bulgaria

At least seven people were killed in an attack against Israeli youth on a tour bus in Burgus Airport in Bulgaria. Reports claim the attack was most likely carried out...

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