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Amira Al Hussaini

Former news editor of an English language daily in Bahrain. Journalist. Columnist. Blogger. Educated and raised in Bahrain. Interests include writing, the arts and human rights.

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2 February 2016

Saudi Arabia Reduces Ashraf Fayadh's Death Sentence to Eight Years in Prison and 800 Lashes

Global Voices Advocacy

Saudi Arabia overturned the death sentence of Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh, accused of apostasy and other blasphemy-related offenses which he denies, to eight years imprisonment and 800 lashes.

26 January 2016

Camels Enjoying the Snow in Saudi Arabia

Parts of the desert kingdom of Saudi Arabia are experiencing snowfall -- and netizens are rushing online to document it.

25 January 2016

Checkmate: Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Declares War on Chess

Checkmate. After Saudi Arabia's grand mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Sheikh declared playing chess is forbidden in Islam, netizens turn to Twitter to vent off

20 January 2016

Don’t Laugh, But Dubai’s Deputy Police Chief Would Like to Tell You About Obama’s ‘Shia Roots’

Dubai's deputy chief of police reasons the Iran Deal happened because Obama is Shia. Arab and Iranian social media users can‘t contain their laughter.

ISIS Destroys Dair Mar Elia, Iraq's Oldest Christian Monastery

Iraq's oldest Christian monastery, Dair Mar Elia, has been destroyed by the ISIS. The monastery, built in 595, is located in Ninawa, just south of Mosul.

18 January 2016

Will Lebanon Finally Have a New President After Geagea Endorsed Aoun?

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea has endorsed his war time rival Michel Aoun's candidacy for presidency today. Will Lebanon finally have a new president after 20 months without one?

17 January 2016

Moroccans Protest Ban of VoIP Calls, Including Whatsapp, Viber, Facebook and Skype

Global Voices Advocacy

Moroccans have decided to boycott telecom companies for blocking VoIP services to teach them a lesson. Do such boycotts work?

15 January 2016

The Conflict in the Middle East Is Not Between Sunnis and Shias and Doesn't ‘Date Back Millennia’

"Has the region been sectarianized? Yes. Are the differences real? Yes. Is the current war posturing an ancient theological dispute? No," tweets Iyad El-Baghdadi about the so-called Sunni-Shia rift.

Enterprising Refugees Invited to Show Off Their Business Acumen in Europe

While many see refugees arriving in Europe as a burden, one organisation in the Netherlands is looking for entrepreneurs among the influx so they can contribute to the economy.

13 January 2016

Two Arrested and then Released for Taking Selfies with Burning Dubai Hotel in the Background

Global Voices Advocacy

Two men who posted their selfies on social media with Dubai's 63-storey The Address hotel on fire in the background were arrested -- and then released.

12 January 2016

Saudi Arabia Arrests Samar Badawi for Tweeting on Behalf of Her Jailed Husband

Global Voices Advocacy

Saudi Arabia arrested human rights activist Samar Badawi today allegedly for tweeting on behalf of her jailed husband, prominent human rights lawyer Waleed Abulkhair.

11 January 2016

Zam Zam Cola, a Symbol of Happier Diplomatic Times Between Iran and Saudi Arabia

Tensions rage between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Saudi has ended diplomatic ties, and Iran has banned all Saudi imports. But where does this leave Iran's popular Zam Zam Cola?

5 January 2016

Starving to Death: Images from Madaya, Syria, You Don't Want to See

Harrowing photographs of residents of Madaya, Syria, are making the rounds online, drawing attention to the plight of its 40,000 residents who are facing starvation and a slow death.

2 January 2016

Saudi Arabia Executes Top Shia Cleric Nimr Al Nimr Under “Terrorism” Charges

Saudi Arabia today announced it had executed 47 people on "terrorism" charges, among them top Shia cleric Nimr Al Nimr.

28 December 2015

Syrian Filmmaker Naji Jerf Killed in Turkey After Exposing ISIS Crimes in Aleppo

Global Voices Advocacy

Syrian film-maker Naji Jerf, 38, was shot dead in broad daylight in Gaziantep, Turkey, for uploading a video exposing ISIS crimes in Aleppo, Syria, on YouTube.

23 December 2015

Award-Winning Citizen Journalist Ahmad Almossa Killed in Idlib, Syria

Global Voices Advocacy

Ahmad Mohamed Almossa, a member of Syrian citizen journalism collective Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), was assassinated by masked men in northern Syria, the group announced on Twitter.

2 December 2015

Saudi Arabia Sentences Poet to Death and Threatens to Sue Critics of Penal System

Global Voices Advocacy

The sentence was criticised far and wide with many taking to social media, comparing Saudi Arabia's penal code and punishments to that executed by ISIS.

8 November 2015

Impact Lesvos is on a Mission to Help Refugees Arriving in Greece

Four young women are planning to make their way to Lesvos, Greece, to help refugees as they land in Europe. Find out why and how you can help.

27 October 2015

Free Alaa Campaign Takes Social Media by Storm on the First Anniversary of His Imprisonment

Global Voices Advocacy

Alaa Abd El Fattah has spent a year in prison for his activism. He has four more to serve. Netizens are making noise on his first year anniversary calling for...

26 October 2015

Drowning in Refuse, Lebanon's Capital Is Now Zigzagged by ‘Rivers of Garbage’

It rained in Lebanon and Beirut's rubbish, which has been pilling up alongside roads for months, turned the capital's roads into "rivers of garbage." Fears of a cholera epidemic don't...

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