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· November, 2011

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from November, 2011

15 November 2011

Algeria: A News Site's Founder on the State of Citizen Media

Thalia Rahme interviews Fayçal Anseur, founder of Algerian news site Algérie-Focus about the site's goals and the state of citizen media in Algeria.

UAE: Detained Activists Begin Hunger Strike

Five activists held in the UAE since April and currently standing trial for publishing material online, using aliases, have started an open-ended hunger strike to draw attention to their plight...

North Korea: Did Gaddafi's Execution Scare Kim Jong-il?

Joo Sung-ha is a North Korean defector-turned-journalist who also blogs. This post is his critique of numerous news reports suggesting Kim Jong-il, North Korean dictator was scared to hear of...

Saudi Arabia: Outrage Over 10 Lashes for Female Driver

Shaima Jastaniya, a Saudi woman who was arrested after driving her car in Jeddah six months ago, has been sentenced to 10 lashes. The two female journalists who reported her...

Syria: Reports of Slow Internet

Arab World: Is the NYPD “Pulling a Mubarak?”

Arab netizens are watching with awe news of New York police forcefully evicting Occupy Wall Street protesters at Zuccotti Park in New York. Some say they are "pulling a Mubarak"...

14 November 2011

Iran: Uncertainty After Deadly Blast at Arms Depot

A huge explosion at a military base near Iran's capital Tehran, killed at least 17 soldiers including one high-ranking Revolutionary Guard official on November 12. Officials say it was an...

13 November 2011

Egypt: Homosexuals to Occupy Tahrir on January 1

Egypt's homosexuals have joined forces and intend to march in Tahrir Square on January 1 to demand their full rights in society. The announcement came in a Facebook group which...

Egypt: Plight of Bloggers Continues at Military Courts

A military court today decided to jail blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah for another 15 days, 15 days after first detaining him, pending investigations on what defenders say are trumped...

Israel: Fury Over Legislation That Would Limit NGO Foreign Funding

The Israeli Twittersphere reacted strongly to the decision of the Ministerial Committee for Legislation in the Knesset, approving two bills that would heavily tax foreign donations of human rights non-governmental...

Iran: Campaign 99

Yemen: Netizens Accuse Reuters of Biased Reporting

Many people were shocked to find out that the reputable and trusted source of news Reuters, has employed Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh's personal translator and secretary since 2009, Mohammed...

Egypt: Why Free Blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah?

A military court judge will decide today whether Alaa Abd El Fattah will be released or will spend another 15 days behind bars, pending investigations on what defenders say are...

Egypt: Free Speech on Military Trial in Post-Revolution Egypt

Bloggers and freedom of speech and human rights defenders are holding their breath as Egypt's military courts decide the fate of two bloggers today.

Egypt: Police Attack Aswan Protesters Angry Over Killing of Fisherman

UAE: Telecom Regulator in Talks on Banning iPhone Messaging Features

12 November 2011

Syria: Virtual Sit-In Garners Global Support

As the uprising in Syria enters its eighth month, activists are getting creative to ensure global attention toward the situation does not cease. An initiative by the Sham News Network...

Syria: Arab League Suspends Syria's Membership

The Arab League slapped Syria on the wrist today for killing more than 3,000 of its citizens by suspending its membership from the pan-Arab group, starting on Wednesday. Netizens react...

Bahrain: Are Police Cars Running Over Protesters on Purpose?

Bahrain has long maintained that it was dealing with unrest according to international law. Netizens have, however, been working around the clock to document human rights abuses committed by the...

Italy/Tunisia: Migrants’ Opinions of the Arab Spring

A documentary film, #Revolution, featuring the voices of some African immigrants living in Italy will be part of "Immaginafrica", a festival dedicated to African film-making organised by the University of...

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