Stories about Syria from October, 2007
“Some people in the Middle East have a problem, they mistake patriotism for stupidity and end up justifying the worst and most obscene injustice,” writes Syrian blogger Wassim.
Egyptian blogger Zeinobia sheds light on the plight of Syrian blogger Roukana Hamour, who is being harassed by authorities.
Syrian blogger Golaniya discusses an alarming situation in which a “woman” who was undressed and videotaped by the Syrian police at the police station was a “man with woman's organs.”
“How do you describe a city like Damascus? It's like trying to describe the woman you love: you simply just can't,” notes Syrian blogger Kinano.
Update: Last night (October 26), we've received a call from Rokana Hamour. She is fine. She has been interrogated by the Syrian Security Services about a comment left on her blog. Rokana was released three hours later. We've received an email that appeared to come from someone who witnessed the...
Egyptian blogger Hatshepsut links to an article which discusses the plight of Iraqi refugee women in Syria, who have turned to prostitution to support their families and children.
Syrian blogger Wassim talks about female circumcision, Hejab (headscarf) and rebels without a clue in this post.
Following a recent post on Global Voices Advocacy, Syrian bloggers are ready to discuss internet censorship in their country, including the arrests of several forum users and the censure of Blogspot.
Syrian Golaniya discusses Internet censorship in her country in this post.
“I'm watching with interest what is going to happen in northern Iraq. Turkey's MP's have recently authorised military incursions into Iraq, something the Americans definitely do not want,” writes Wassim, from Syria.
Bahraini blogger Dawood writes that Iraqi refugees in Syria and Jordan are ‘shedding off’ sectarian violence.
A new report released by Human Rights Watch reveals that two persons are being held in incommunicado detention at an undisclosed location in Syria. Karim ‘Arbaji (29) and Tarek Biasi (22) were arrested in June 2007 by Syrian Military Intelligence for expressing online views critical of the Syrian government. A...
Lebanese blogger Fonzy, who lives in Kuwait, is travelling to Lebanon and Syria for a short break. “(T)he best part is that ALL my friends in Kuwait are spending the holidays there. From what I know, I think maybe half the passengers on the plane tonight are people I know,”...
An inflammatory post about Moroccans in the Gulf by a popular Moroccan blogger ignites a debate all over the world - Jillian York has the story on who's saying what.
Algerian blogger Nouri draws attention to multi-billion industrial relations between Syria and Iran – two countries under the US blockade.
Ramadan is a period not only of fasting and restraint, but also of reflection, judging by posts from many Muslim bloggers. Syrians (whether Muslim or not) are no exception, taking this period to reflect upon philosophy, patriotism, and Ramadan itself, among other things, writes Jillian York.