· October, 2005

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from October, 2005

Travels in the Kurdish Blogosphere

  26 October 2005

This week marked the beginning of a trial for Saddam Hussein, not only is this trial an unprecedted event, but the question that lingers is that can he really be tried for all of the atrocities that he is credited for. Another interesting aspect of the trial is that the...

Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey: Inside Nobel Information

  26 October 2005

Kotaji claims to have inside information on the Nobel Prize for Literature discussions, which he says came down to Indonesia's Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Turkey's Orham Pamuk and South Korea's Hwang Sok-yong as finalists. But Britain's Harold Pinter emerged as the compromise choice.

Lebanon: Mehlis report

  25 October 2005

Mustapha says that Aljazeera not only dislikes the Mehlis report, it’s also demonizing the Lebanese position. Lebanese Political Journal says that Lebanese Uniting – Palestinian and Syrian Miscalculations. BOB reminder: “Did you listen to what the people said, minutes after Hariri was killed? Every Lebanese knew who killed him! They...

Palestine: Israel Shamir interview

  25 October 2005

thecutter announce for an upcoming interview. Peacepalestine is putting together a group interview with Israel Shamir. Book your chance to ask him a question on this blog.

Palestine: Living in Gaza

  25 October 2005

Imaan says that by now she already spent close to four months in Gaza. There has been many struggles, however she have come to realize that the Gazans do love their Gaza. They even sometimes refer to it as “sweet Gaza”. Many people live satisfying lives there. Even their lives...

Yemen: Bird Flu

  25 October 2005

Sabbah says that reports fear that Bird Flu reached Yemen. On the other hand, Oleander is happy that Taiwan officials said they had applied for the right to copy the drug – but the priority was to protect the public.

Palestine: Mother of Prisoners

  25 October 2005

umkahlil reports that Farha Barghothy, a great popular poet, and one of the leaders of the Palestinian women movement, died on Saturday. Farah a.k.a. “Mother of prisoners“, kept reiterating before she died, “I want to see them before I meet my creator” of her two jailed sons in Ashkelon Israeli...

Israel: Police are Mistaken

  25 October 2005

Yisrael Medad reports that Maariv newspaper, relating to the error in Justice Cheshin's decision, reported that a police spokesperson said that they knew it was a mistake because since 1967 no Jew has ever prayed on the Temple Mount nor ever will. In 1978, 11 Jews assembled in front of...

Israel: Rachel Corrie

  25 October 2005

Rick Richman writes that if you Google “Rachel Corrie” (the 23-year old killed in Gaza in 2003 when she stood in front of an Israeli bulldozer which ISM says that driver deliberately ran over her twice), you will get about 520,000 pages that mention her. On the other hand, Sultan...

Iraq: Constitution Approved

  25 October 2005

Truth Teller says that the constitution passed the stage of obstructed labor. The biggest fraud in the history of Iraq. Don't say the referendum at Saddam time was bigger, NO, although those who vote yes to Saddam were 99.96%, they vote yes because they can vote nothing but yes. In...

Bahrain: Mehlis Report

  25 October 2005

manama-republic wonders: “Given the pervasive technical and human assets both the US and Israel have in Lebanon and in & around Damascus, is it conceivable that such an extensive operation could pass from planning to communicating (over mobile phones) to diabolic implementation over several months and by so multitude of...

Iran: Blogger in Jail

  25 October 2005

Blogger Seyyed Ahmad Seyyed Seraji has lost his appeal and is now to serve 18 months of jail (and receive 30 lashes), on charges of attempting to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran and insulting the Supreme Leader, Shahram Kholdi reports.

Iran: Exceptional Stupidity

  25 October 2005

Pedram says that Bush administration must truly think that the citizens of this country are just exceptionally stupid. The way they turn stories around, present complete fiction as actual facts and move their chess pieces in and out of favor with the public and mass media, without a genuine conviction...

Egypt: Alexandira Play

  25 October 2005

Zeinobia wonders: “Sure this play will be a historical one, causing all this division in Egypt, putting the nation on unity. So does it really insult Islam that the church must apologize officially for its support and bless to its production or what?“ On the other hand, Egyptian Person says...

Egypt: Egyptian Monitors

  25 October 2005

Ritzy says that Egyptian Monitors for the parliamentary elections are allowed as long as they register with the government first. This way it will be easier for the government to round them up and arrest them after they rig this election as well.

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