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.
Latest posts by Amira Al Hussaini from May, 2010
MENA: Rage after Israel Attacks Gaza-bound Flotilla
Emotions are running high across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), after Israel attacked a peaceful flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to besieged Gaza - and the Twittersphere is ablaze. Also, are tweets commenting on the situation being censored?
Bahrain: On German Freedom
Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif attended a 10-day programme organised by the German Federal Foreign Office. His conclusion: “Germany is not that free after all!”
Lebanon: Elections Vs Football
What's overshadowing the Lebanese municipal elections? Free Thinking Lebanon blames football for stealing its thunder.
Bahrain: Abu Dhabi's Gold ATMs
Gold dispensing machines? Ammaro, from Bahrain, discusses Abu Dhabi's new flashy Gold ATMs in this post.
Jordan: A Day with a Grave Digger
From Jordan, Karabeeb (Ar) interviews a grave digger – and discusses his profession.
MENA: 15m Facebook Users
As of May 2010, Facebook has 15 million users from the Middle East and North Africa (excluding Iran, Israel and Turkey), reports Spot On. Seventy per cent of the users are in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Qatar: The Al Jazeera Initiative for Internet Freedom Launched
Qatar-based Al Jazeera Network has announced The Al Jazeera Initiative for Internet Freedom. For more information, click here.
Mauritania: Spotlight on Tunisian Cyberactivism
Mauritanian blogger Nasser Weddady sheds light on cyberactivism in Tunisia with this insightful post, dedicated to the memory of Tunisian dissident and internet activist Zouhair Yahyahoui.
Bahrain: Blocking of Sites Gains Momentum
Bahraini Mahmood Al Yousif comments on the blocking of sites around the world – and the excuses given for that.
UAE: Dubai Road Stunt Enrages Bloggers
Bloggers in the UAE are outraged after a video was posted on YouTube showing young men driving in a reckless manner in broad daylight on one of Dubai's busiest streets.
UAE: An Encounter with a Camel
If you tell anyone you live in the Arabian Gulf, two things come to their mind - oil and camels. Noora Nasrallah, who tweets as PurpleNano, describes her encounter with a camel in the UAE a series of tweets today.
MENA: To Draw or Not to Draw Muhammed
The fire ignited by the Everybody Draw Mohammed Day on Facebook, is still raging. Here is a snap shot of reactions from across the Middle East.
Palestine: No Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza
Sherine Tadros, whose location is listed as Jerusalem/Gaza, tweets: “The israeli army head responsible for #gaza just told me there is ‘no humanitarian crisis’ in the strip. 80% poverty apparently not a cr…”
Bahrain: Time Flies
From Bahrain, ammar456 observes on Twitter: “The days just seem to fly by. Things didn't move this fast when we were kids.”
Kuwait: Plans Underway to Ban Blackberry Messenger Service
(Probably) taking the cue from Bahrain, “Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior plans to disallow the BlackBerry Messenger service < " tweets Sultan Al Qassemi, from the UAE.
Bahrain: YouTube Blocked in Turkey
Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif is surprised to find out that YouTube is blocked in Turkey – following a court order.
Bahrain: The Nazi is Coming
The Nazi is coming … to Bahrain. Check out Mahmood's Den to see what the furor is all about.
Saudi Arabia: Al Farhan Returns to Blogging
Popular Saudi blogger Fuad Al Farhan is back to blogging - to the delight of the blogging community. In this third debut into the world of blogging, Al Farhan discusses his experience with social networking and why blogging is his first passion.
Bahrain: Why was Al Jazeera's Office Shut Down?
Bahrain temporarily shut down the office of Al Jazeera Satellite Channel for "violating professional conventions." Bloggers and tweeps react to the development in this post - especially after rumours surfaced that the Qatari station's bureau was closed because of a report it aired on poverty in Bahrain. Meanwhile, Al Jazeera says it doesn't even operate an office in Bahrain so what exactly is going on?
Egypt: Reflections from the Global Voices Summit
Egyptian Tarek Amr writes about the people he met at the Global Voices Citizen Media Summit, held in Chile last week.
Saudi Arabia: Saudi Jeans Turns Six
Saudi Jeans celebrates its sixth anniversary today, writes Ahmed Al Omran.