· October, 2010

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from October, 2010

Syria: Gap in Private Sector Salaries Disturbing

  15 October 2010

“Officially disclosed salaries in the Syrian private sector range from the minimum full-time wage of $125 to $42,000 a month”, Abu Fares lashes out on the Syrian private sector, and the disturbing imbalance in the wages it offers.

Iran: “Blogger sentenced to 15 years”

  10 October 2010

Iranian blogger Hossein Maleki Ronaghi has been reportedly sentenced to 15 years in prison. Hussein Rongah Melki (also known as “Babak Khoramdin”) was one of the key cyberactivists behind Iran Proxy against web filtering. He used to blog about human rights and civil society.

Iran:”Ahmadinejad's 2.2 bil­lion com­ments “

  10 October 2010

Fars News, a pro Islamic Republic web site, claimed that Ahmadinejad's speech on France 24 received 2.2 bil­lion com­ments.PersianUmpire writes “unfortunately it didn’t take long for France 24 to confess to receiving a measly 31 comments.”

Russia: Bloggers Meet With Iranian Ambassador, Avoid Sensitive Topics

RuNet Echo  7 October 2010

The meeting of Russia's top-bloggers with the Iranian Ambassador in Moscow three days after Hossein Derakhshan had been sentenced to 19.5 years of imprisonment for "anti-government propaganda" highlighted the clumsy attempts of the Iranian online diplomacy in Russia. It also showed commercialization and excessive cynicism of some of the popular Russian bloggers.

Jordan: To Palestine, With Love

  6 October 2010

Bloggers in Jordan, where a majority of people are descended from Palestinians, wrote extensively about issues in the West Bank and the Middle East this week.

Egypt: Firing Eissa, or Firing Free Press

  6 October 2010

Al-Dostour - one of the leading Egyptian independent newspapers - new owners have fired the paper's editor-in-chief and founder Ibrahim Eissa, opening the door for bloggers to put the incident and Egypt's media scene on the discussion board.

Morocco: Another Magazine Bites the Dust

  5 October 2010

Morocco's only weekly magazine published in the local Arabic dialect, darija, Nichane is closing shop after a sustained advertising boycott. Bloggers lament the loss of a publication which filled a niche in Morocco's ever-growing publishing industry, covering topics from a point of view usually reserved for the country's many French-language publications.

Iran: Russians bloggers in the Embassy of Iran

  5 October 2010

According to a Russian blogger last Thursday at the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran held a meeting of Iranian and Russian bloggers in Moscow. During the conversation, bloggers discussed the prospects for Russian-Iranian relations at the present stage. Watch the photo here.

Kuwait: Let the Tomatoes Rot!

  5 October 2010

Tomatoes are now eight times more expensive in Kuwait than they were a month ago - and netizens are not taking the change in prices in stride. They cannot find an explanation to why the cost of a box of tomatoes jumped from half a dinar ($1.70) to KD4 ($14) in just a few days.

Egypt: Kareem Amer's Sentence Ends on November 5

  4 October 2010

November 5 marks the end of Egyptian blogger Kareem Amer's or Kareem Nabil Sulaiman four year prison term. “We have reasons to believe that Kareem may not be released on this date. We also fear that he might be tortured nearing the date of his release,” says the Free Kareem...

Bahrain: Free Blogger Ali Abdulemam

  4 October 2010

Bahraini blogger Ali Abdulemam was arrested almost a month ago. He has been held in solitary detention since then. His legal status remains unclear as no lawyer has seen him, and the authorities do not provide any details on the exact charges that him, according to the Free Blogger Ali...

Morocco: Farewell Nichane

  4 October 2010

Moroccan darija magazine Nichane is closing because of a sustained advertising boycott, reports Issandr El Amrani in The Arabist.

Lebanon: Bottomless Pit

  3 October 2010

Jamal Ghosn summarizes why Lebanon is redefining his understanding of what an abyss might look like.

Lebanon: Sudanese Doctor on Hunger Strike

  3 October 2010

Dr. Abed el Meneem, a Sudanese activist has been on hunger strike at the Sudanese Cultural Club in Beirut for the past eight days. He's demanding the Lebanese authorities and the Sudanese embassy to take action to release of the 17 Sudanese detained in the Lebanese prisons among other things.

Lebanon: Feminist Video Rant

  3 October 2010

“I’ve been wanting to write up some articles about basic arguments we have to face as feminists every day, dealing with stupid questions that are often sexist comments disguised as questions. This time, I decided to do a video rant instead of a written one.” Quoting Nadine Mouawad on Sawt...

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