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· January, 2013

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from January, 2013

24 January 2013

Egypt: Why Open Source Software?

After introducing to Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS) in the previous article, one might still wonder why corporates and governments need to adoption it or encourage its adoption. Tarek...

Free and Open Source Software

We received an email from Richard M. Stallman (RMS), after publishing the article about the Egyptian demonstration calling for the government to adopt Free Software. Tarek Amr digs deeper into...

22 January 2013

Iran: A Crime on YouTube, an Execution in Public

Two young men, Alireza Mafiha and Mohammad Ali Sarvari, were executed by hanging in Tehran, Iran in the early hours of January 20, before the eyes of public spectators who...

Kuwait: Stateless Activist Goes on Hunger Strike

On January 16, stateless activist Abdulhakim AlFadhli entered hunger strike in prison right after getting a two-year jail sentence. The court charged the activist with attacking a policeman in a...

An “OMG Law” for Lebanon During Election Year?

This year a parliamentary election year in Lebanon and this means that once again, electoral law debates make headlines in a country marked by institutionalized sectarianism.

On Inauguration Day, US Drones Strike Yemen

Barack Obama was sworn in for a second term as President of the United States yesterday [Jan 21, 2013]. Ironically while the crowd was cheering his inauguration line “A decade...

20 January 2013

Bahrain Police Attack on Woman Stirs Anger

As Bahrain was pretending to be secure enough to hold a regional sports event, its security men were attacking a woman protester in the middle of Manama, the capital. Last...

18 January 2013

Gabon to Mali: History of French Military Interventions in Africa

The French military intervention in Mali, known as Operation Serval started on January 11 following the advance of terrorists groups towards Bamako. Lauded by a substantial part of the Malian...

17 January 2013

More than 80 Killed at Aleppo University in Syria

War in Syria reached the heart of Aleppo University when two blasts killed over 80 people and injured over 160 on January 15, 2013.

Tehran's Deadly Air Pollution Illustrated

Air pollution has been a public enemy to millions of Iranians for years. Earlier this month, the Ministry of Health declared that last year more than 4,400 people lost their...

14 January 2013

Iran: ‘Tehran Has More Than 1 million Facebook Users’

Reconciliation Day in Southern Yemen

Thousands of people from all six southern provinces in southern Yemen flocked to the city of Aden over the past few days in order to participate in the carnival of...

13 January 2013

Graffiti War on Syrian Walls

Graffiti is an art that can be labelled under civil disobedience and peaceful expression. Although the Syrian Revolution has intrinsic humanitarian values; it is a revolution with artistic aspects. Painting...

Saudi Activists’ Verdict Postponed

The verdict on the two prominent Saudi human rights activists Mohammad Al-Qahtani and Abdullah Al-Hamid, which was supposed to be delivered this Wednesday, January 15th, was postponed indefinitely.

12 January 2013

New Palestinian Village Bab Al Shams Established in East Jerusalem

As part of the popular resistance movement in the Palestine, a group of about 250 Palestinian activists established the new village of Bab Al Shams or “The Gate of the...

Mourning 13 Expatriates Online in Bahrain

Thirteen expatriate workers were killed in a fire that broke out in a house in Manama. Netizens react to the incident, questioning the status and treatment of foreign workers in...

Two Kurdish Activists Face Death Penalty in Iran

Two young Iranian Kurd activists, Zaniar and Loghman Moradi are about to be sent to the gallows according to multiple Iranian news websites and human rights organisations.