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30 October 2010

Stories from 30 October 2010

Egypt: From Dakar … with love

Fatma Emam, an Egyptian female blogger, wrote about her experience in searching for her real identity during her visit to Dakar.

Egypt: Unauthorized Hebrew translation of a novel

M. Lynx Qualey, commented on the latest news that Egyptian author Alaa Al Aswany has lashed out at an unauthorized Hebrew translation of his most popular novel “The Yacoubian building“.

Egypt: The Story of Totalitarianism

Egyptian-in-USA wrote interesting reflections from George Orwell's novel 1984, projecting them to the current political situation in Egyptian today.

Palestine: Autumn in Gaza

Lina, who blogs at Live From Gaza gives us a view of the brooding autumnal sky from her window.

Jordan: Political Cartoonists Take Aim at Campaign Posters

Jordanian social media writers continue to focus their writing about the November 9th parliamentary elections on the election posters covering the country, and particularly the capital city, Amman.

MENA: Women Writing; Women Reading

Canadian expat, Maryanne Gabbani, recommended a few of her favorite female writers from the Arab world. In a way, she is trying to prove her experience that while life for...

Vietnam: Analysis on blog arrests

Saigonnezumi from Vietnam provides some background to the “crackdown’ of bloggers in Vietnam in the past year.

‘Bloggers for Malaysia’ group

The ‘Bloggers for Malaysia’ group was formed this month to protect the welfare of bloggers in Malaysia in light of the recent cases filed by the police against online critics...

Malaysia: Universal Service Provision fund

Bloggers from Malaysia demand an accounting of the Universal Service Provision fund which is being collected from telecommunication companies in order to improve internet connectivity in the rural areas.

Malaysia: Questionable overseas trips of tourism minister

Wee Choo Keong, a blogger-parliamentarian from Malaysia questions the cost of the 16 overseas trips made by the tourism minister last year.

Mexico: Drug Gangs Using Guerrilla Tactics?

Tim Johnson says that, “Thursday’s killing of nine police is important for what it reveals about the tactical military capabilities of drug gangs.”

Pakistan: Paypal Denied

Faisal Khan updates the struggle of Pakistani net users to bring Paypal to Pakistan.

Pakistan: Who’s perception is this?

Faisal Kapadia at Deadpan Thoughts questions the transparency and methodology of the Transparency International's Pakistan operation and the validity of its corruption perception index.

Tanzania: Vote, don't wage war

“Today is the last day of campaigning before Tanzania and Zanzibar go to the polls to elect a new Government. Elections in Zanzibar are extremely close-fought events, though you wouldn’t...

South Africa: South Africans end week of “secrecy bill” protests

“On Wednesday, just before South African lawmakers were scheduled to debate amendments to the controversial Protection of Information Bill, thousands of protesters marched to the gates of Parliament in Cape...

Tanzania: God Bless Tanzania

God bless Tanzanians as they vote tomorrow: “Tomorrow is an important day for Tanzanians. It's the day to exercise their democratic right in the 2010 General Election. I would have...

Iran: A blog for Islamic Wallpapers

An Iranian blogger creates Islamic Wallpapers from religious Saints to high- ranking clerics in his blog.

Iran:Palin, Crowley in Twitter Duel

According to several news sites “a tongue-in-cheek US birthday message to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over Twitter [by PJ Crowley State Department spokesman] may not have reached the intended recipient,...

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