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1 August 2009

Stories from 1 August 2009

Palestine: School Graduation In Gaza

The tawjihi is the general secondary examination in Gaza, the West Bank and Jordan, and it determines a student's choice of university and major. This year the exams were held simultaneously in the West Bank and Gaza and hailed as a sign of national unity.

Iran: “I am not afraid Anymore”

FreeLantern has transalted into English a description of what happened in Tehran’s cemetery to the people when they commemorated the protest's victims :”Riot police is standing in front of us. We are a lot, we are chanting slogans and going forward and the Police are retreating. We have the good...

Arab World: Best Arab Blog Contest Launches

Moroccan Badr al Hamry [Ar] passes the word to fellow Arab bloggers about today's launch of Arabesque [Ar], a competition that intends to choose the best Arabic speaking blogs throughout the Middle East and North Africa. The contest, which is sponsored by a number of organisations including Global Voices Online

Morocco: Magazines Seized

Oualid L., blogging on Réflexions et autres idées (hosted by Courrier International), reports [Fr] on the decision by the Moroccan Interior Ministry to block two prominent magazines (TelQuel and Nichane) from circulation. As Moroccans commemorate 10 years of a new reign, the move is believed to fuel the ongoing protest...

Armenia: Demographic crisis

  1 August 2009

Thoughts on the Road comments on news that Armenia faces a demographic crisis to such an extent that it might have to remove exemption from military service for students. The blog wonders what this means for attempts to resolve the conflict the country has with Azerbaijan over Nagorno Karabakh.

Azerbaijan: London protest

  1 August 2009

Media Helping Media updates its readers on detained video bloggers Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli. The blog says that supporters of the two activists yesterday protested outside the Azerbaijani Embassy in London. A video of the demonstration has also been posted on YouTube.

Tunisia: Tunisian President's Re-Election Site

Tunisian blogger Sami ben Gharbia [Ar] traces the Tunisian President's reelection campaign site – which was set up in 2004 by a diplomat based in Washington DC. According to Fikra, this particular diplomat has around 80 domains related to Tunisia registered under his name.

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Caucasus: An interview with Micael Bogar

  1 August 2009

With three frozen conflicts and many ethnic fault lines, peace and stability in the South Caucasus often seems unreachable. After living and working in the the region for many years, Micael Bogar is now Projects Manager at the American University's Center for Social Media and speaks to Global Voices Online on the potential for new media tools to circumvent divisions and bring estranged neighbors together.

Morocco: Untightening the Grip

Tunisia Watch [Fr], a blog monitoring freedom restrictions in the Maghreb with special focus on Tunisia, links to an open letter published by The Committee to Protect Journalists aimed at the king of Morocco urging him to reform media law and stop restrictions.

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