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Middle East & North Africa Roundup

Categories: Middle East & North Africa, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait

The prolific Bahraini blogger Mahmood of Mahmood's Den has done an Arabic translation [1] of Reporters Without Borders’ 6 Recommendations for freedom of expression on the Internet [2]. (PDF version is here [3].) He encourages people in the Arab world to: “link to it, replicate it on your site or use it to print and send to your lawmaker.”

Silly Bahraini Girl responds to a commenter [4] who asks her why she stays in a country she complains about so much…

Chan'ad Bahraini
has a long post [5] on the local Shia backlash against a cartoon depicting Iran's supreme leader and wishes people would learn to tolerate satire.

[6]From Egypt, Manal and Alaa have a long account [7] (with many pictures) of last week's Zeitun Church protest [8]. Alaa claims that contrary to press reports, the pro-democracy organization, Kefaia, did not organize the protest. (Global Voices recently interviewed Alaa here [9].)

The Big Pharaoh has views [10] on the kidnapping of Egypt's ambassador to Iraq.

The Free Ganji weblog [11] and Zaneraini [12]have both translated a letter by imprisoned journalist Akbar Ganji [13], who is on hunger strike. (via Iran Scan [14])

Mr. Behi is worried [15] about the next round of clashes between Iran and the West.

Iran Hopes thinks Americans “need some anger management” [16] in dealing with Iran's new president.

Hossein Derakhshan (Hoder) is annoyed that Apple's new iTunes doesn't support Persian [17]podcasts – which are an important new vehicle for independent, non-regime voices from Iran. He hopes iTunes users will lobby Apple.

Hammorabi writes on Syrian support for terrorism in Iraq [18].

At Baghdad Burning, Riverbend reacts to Bush's speech last week [19] (in some browsers you may need to scroll down a screen to read the post).

…and on the light side, Desert Kuwaiti Girl describes frustrations of dating [20] familiar to women around the world… how online webchat is the new place for Kuwaitis to meet…and according to some of the comments, at least some marriages have resulted.