· February, 2007

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from February, 2007

Egypt: TV Station Closed

  25 February 2007

Egypt has closed a television station, according to Zeinobia. It seems that Egypt at last listened to the American demands and closed the channel after warning(s) and threats, she writes.

Egypt: Life Improving for HIV Sufferers

  25 February 2007

Things seem to be getting better for people living with HIV/AIDS in Egypt, writes blogger egYptianist. In addition to free HIV testing and medication, the National AIDS Programme now has support groups where people with AIDS meet and share experiences in different aspects. Support groups are made of 10-15 people...

Free Kareem: Egyptian Bloggers Speak Out

  25 February 2007

The sentencing of Egyptian blogger Kareem Nabeel Sulaiman to four years in prison for articles he wrote in his personal blog may have come as a shock to many around the world, but for Egyptian bloggers the lesson is just too close to home for comfort. Kareem was sentenced by...

Iraq – Life, Death, Rape and Execution

  25 February 2007

Stories of life in Iraq have been so varied this past week. In this post I hope to give a cross section on how life is for Iraqis in a world of violence and general insecurity. My condolences go out to Konfused Kid whose uncle, the only Shia in the...

Kuwait: From Novel Ads to the History of Bloggers

  25 February 2007

Q from Kuwaitism takes us on a flash back in time to when advertisements in Kuwait were creative and attractive. This time I’ll post an ad for Kuwait Airways that I liked a lot, when they first started their route to Paris back in 1965. Yet we are pulled back...

Iran:”UK universities and Islamic Republic propaganda

  25 February 2007

Azarmehr says that Islamic Republic uses British universities as a propaganda platform.He talks about his experience in SOAS :A request was made by an Iranian student at SOAS for a “symposium” about Iranian cinema. Later on an organisation named “Council for the Promotion of Persian Language and Literature” took over...

Iran:nuclear technology booklet for school children and teachers

  25 February 2007

Kamangir has published the cover of a nuclear technology booklet for school children and teachers.In Kamnagir‘s blog we read:”according to the public relations’ office in the Ministry of Education, the booklet “Belief” includes the history of the nuclear technology in the world and also in Iran. The booklet also addresses...

Iran:Remember fired bus drivers

  25 February 2007

Several people demonstrated in front of a Court building where Mansour Osanloo,bus syndicate leader,was judged yesterday. Demonstrators asked that fired bus drivers back to work. Osanloo and other bus drivers are in trouble because they launched a strike and ask for better work conditions.You can see photos in Revolt68.

Free Kareem: The Caribbean joins in

  24 February 2007

The Caribbean blogosphere tends to focus on internal matters, but the plight of Egyptian blogger Abdel Kareem Suleiman struck a chord nevertheless with a few bloggers, including Cuban-American journalist Marc Masferrer, who posts frequently on human rights issues relating to Cuba. On February 19, Masferrer encouraged readers to sign a...

Free Kareem: Lusophone Blogs Join the Crusade

  24 February 2007

As soon as the information about the verdict circulated on the net, Portuguese posts commenting the 4 year in prison sentence given to blogger Abdel Kareem Suleiman started to appear. Brazilian bloggers sensitiveness about any situation involving censorship is a direct consequence of the many recent attacks to their freedoms...

Bahrain: ‘Terrorist Plot’ Sparks Cynicism

  24 February 2007

Following a controversial news report about the discovery of a ‘terrorist training camp’ in one of Bahrain's Shi'a villages, Bani Jamra, Bahrain's ‘blogfather’ Mahmood Al Yousif writes a sarcastic post proclaiming his gratitude to Bahrain's Ministry of the Interior for making Bahrain a safer place: I am ever so grateful...

Iran:Stop Iran War

  23 February 2007

Stop Iran War is a site and blog launched by Wes Clark, former NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander. He says “I believe it is critical to give voice to the vast majority of Americans who want to avoid a military conflict with Iran, and I hope you will visit StopIranWar.com to...

UAE: The Giant Wheel of Hatred

  23 February 2007

Dubai-based blogger SS is disgusted with the lack of tolerance he is witnessing around him. “Today, I found myself being attacked… for I spoke about the grace of life and kindness. If kindness and goodness is only something you share with your group/sect/herd/religion – then what's the point of living...

Egypt: Jailed Egyptian Blogger Nominated for Award

  23 February 2007

Jailed Egyptian blogger Kareem Nabeel Sulaiman has been nominated for one of the 7th Annual Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards, which are intended to honour the world’s champions of freedom of expression, according to his support site Free Kareem.

The Jordanian Blogosphere: February Clippings

  23 February 2007

The Jordanian blogosphere is abuzz with two controversies this month. The first revolves around the proposal to build a tourist complex near the Dibbin Forest that will result in the cutting down of many trees. While a small online campaign has started up in recent days, other bloggers see the...

Bahrain: Bush Lying About Iran

  23 February 2007

Bahraini blogger emoodz doesn't hesitate in calling Bush ‘a liar’. “I along with the rest of the world had to live through a long orchestrated buildup of propaganda and lies to rationalize a military attack on Iraq. Like it’s insistence that Iraq carried and manufactured WMDs it is now leading...

Pakistan: Online freedom of speech as collateral damage?

  23 February 2007

This flash animation is converted from the Powerpoint Presentation made by Dr Awab Alvi for “The Battle for the Internet.” conference (His presentation can be viewed here-original file .ppt)   One year ago, on the 27th of February 2006, when the Danish cartoons controversy exploded, spawning waves of protest, anger...

Iran:Inside Iran secret gay's world

  23 February 2007

A CBC documentary talks about Iranian gays. Nikahang says that documentary talks about some issues that we,Iranians, usually ignore them [Fa].

Israel: Equality at Western Wall?

  22 February 2007

Israeli blogger Rahel literally shows us where women stand at free bar mitzvah services at the Western Wall, offered by the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, here. “The Western Wall Heritage Foundation offers free bar mitzvah services at the Western Wall. Nice of them. What do they offer to girls who...

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