Stories about Syria from October, 2009
Hyperlink Podcast is received with enthusiasm among Syrian bloggers as one of the best technology podcasts available in Arabic. Created weekly by two Syrian blogging brothers, Mohammad and Beshr Kayyali, the podcast features a wide variety of technology topics and interviews with influential IT professionals. Syrian bloggers react to the site.
As many as 300 Lebanese chefs gathered yesterday in Beirut to make the largest ever plate of hummus in an attempt to claim the reigns in ownership of the popular chick pea dip. The new world record is part of an ongoing campaign in Lebanon to reaffirm the country's claim to a number of dishes being produced in Israel - with the ownership of hummus being one of the main quarrels.
Omar Mushawah reported [ar] the arrest of Haytham al-Maleh, a Syrian lawyer and human rights advocate who also spent 6 years in prison in the period between 1980 and 1986 for demanding constitutional reforms. Al-Maleh is also a co-founder of the Syrian Human Rights Society.
On Blog Action Day, October 15, Israeli bloggers were already looking ahead to October 24 when environmental organizations, activists, and bloggers too, are planning a day of climate change protest across the Middle East.
On Obama's Nobel Prize for Peace, Arab Democracy‘s Joseph el-Khoury writes: “It is also unfair to bestow on him the honour of a Nobel Prize for merely not being George Bush.”
Iraqi refugees in Syria had a surprise visitor. The News from Syria says that Angelina Jolie, along with Brad Pitt, visited the refugees, urging the world not to forget about them.
Marc Lynch takes a look at US diplomacy work with Iran and Syria in this post.