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· September, 2013

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from September, 2013

Man Killed as Saudi Arabia Continues Hunt for 23 “Wanted” Persons in Awwamiya

Ahmad Al-Mislab, 19, was killed when Saudi forces stormed Awwamiya, looking for eight out of 23 people "wanted" by authorities, who remain at large.

Kissing on Egyptian Streets

A photograph circulating on Facebook of two young Egyptians kissing in the street stirred both outrage and admiration. Shared by Ahmed ElGohary, a commentator objected to ‘the lack of manhood’...

How Russians Read Putin's NYT Op-Ed on Syria

Many RuNet users have hailed the President’s overture as something of a needed display of Russian moral authority on the world stage.

Jordanian MP Fires Kalashnikov in Parliament

A Jordanian Member of Parliament opened fire on another MP while Parliament was in session today. No one was injured in the fiasco.

Pro-Assad And/Or Anti-War Demonstrations?

Pro-Assad and Anti-war are two things that don't mix together, writes Farah on Twitter.

A Political Solution for Syria

Elias Muhanna, at Lebanese blog Qifa Nabki, shares some of his readers views on a political solution in Syria in this post. He writes: As the Obama administration cracks heads...

Humour: Potential Targets in the Strike on Syria

The Qnion – or Lebanese blog Qifa Nabki, shares the scenario of the “likely military strike on Syria.” The plan includes: we’re primarily considering two sets of Tomahawk missile strikes...

“World is Happy for Assad to Continue Killing Syrians”

Syria has agreed to put its chemical weapons under international control. Activists say the tactic will buy Assad time to continue killing people with the other weapons at his disposal.

Saudi Arabia Monitors its Lawyers Tweets

Saudi Arabia is monitoring tweets by lawyers. Many see this as another blow to freedom of expression and advocating for people's rights in the absolute monarchy.

Egypt's #SpyDuck is Served for Dinner

A stork accused of being a duck and framed for espionage and arrested in Egypt has ended up as a meal for an Egyptian family.

Yemen Mourns the Loss of Shining Young Activist Ibrahim Mothana

Yemeni Ibrahim Mothana died on September 5th, 2013, at the age of 24. He lived a short life but was an inspiration to many who knew him.

Iran: Foreign Minister Tweets with Pelosi's Daughter

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted a new year message to Jews around the world:Happy Rosh Hashanah and exchanged message with Christine Pelosi, daughter of Nancy Pelosi,the Minority Leader of the...

“In Damascus All is Quiet”: Russians Report from Syria

"You won't believe it, but all is quiet in Damascus. People sit in cafes, walk the streets, and are far from a universal hysteria"

Drums of War on Syria Getting Louder

The drums of war are getting louder as US lawmakers prepare to vote on a "punitive" bombing campaign on Syria. Online, everyone has become an overnight expert on Syria.

The Influence of Francophone Africa on the French Language

The news site Afrik.com features an article on the way in which African slang has influenced the French language [fr], and informs us that Verlan is no longer a preferred...

Iran:“Massacre” of 52 unarmed Iranian dissidents in Iraq

Iraqi security forces carried out a “massacre” of 52 unarmed Iranian dissidents early Sunday at their camp north of Baghdad,Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, the Iranian exiles said. Netizens in Balatarin, a popular link...

Iran: RouhaniMeter Site Filtered

RouhaniMeter was launched by Canada based Asl 19 group to monitor the performance of the recently elected president Rouhani by documenting what has been achieved as opposed to his promises. Iranian...

Saudi Activist Tried, Separated from His Lawyers

The fourth session of the ongoing trial of Umar al-Saeed took place earlier today. Separated from his lawyers, al-Saeed had to speak loudly to consult with them during the trial.

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Dahlia Kholaif is the editor for the Middle East & North Africa. Email her story ideas or volunteer to write.


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