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 September, 2011
Arab World: Nobel Peace Prize for Revolution Netizens?
Twitter is abuzz tonight as the names of Arab netizens are being circulated as possible candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize for the roles they have played in the Arab revolutions. The names of Global Voices Online very own Lina Ben Mhenni, Wael Ghonim and Esraa Abdelfattah are being mentioned.
Syria: Official Websites Under Anonymous Attack
Official websites in every major Syrian city have been hacked, as part of hacktivist group Anonymous' Operation Syria. On Twitter, netizens are exchanging screen grabs and views under the hashtag #OpSyria.
Saudi Arabia: Women Allowed to Join Shura Council
Saudi women, who cannot drive in their own country, will be granted the right to become members in their country's 150-member consultative or Shura council, an advisory body which has limited powers in government and legislation. The decision was welcomed by netizens.
Algeria: Football Matches New Venue to Air Dissent
Algerians have discovered a novel way to make their voices heard. Spectators in football matches are using the opportunity to voice political views, in a country which has so far shielded itself from the revolutions of the so-called Arab Spring.
Qatar: Wadah Khanfar Resigns as Al Jazeera Head
Al Jazeera Network director general Wadah Khanfar announced his resignation today, creating a stir on social networking site Twitter. The Palestinian-born journalist, who was at the helm of the network for eight years, is being replaced by a member of the Qatar royal family Shaikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani.
Yemen: A Massacre Streamed Live Online
A massacre is being witnessed live, tweet by tweet, in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa. Yemeni Security forces opened fire on protesters, killing at least 22 and injuring hundreds more so far. The horror is being streamed on a live feed, watched by hundreds of shocked viewers around the world.
Palestine: Twitter Debate on the Statehood
Chris Keeler, from Notes from a Medinah, rehashes a Twitter conversation between Blake Hounshell of Foreign Policy, Marc Lynch (Abu Aardvark) of the Middle East Channel and Yousef Munayyer of The Palestine Center on the Palestinian statehood here.
Tunisia: Bloggers for Parliament
A number of Tunisian bloggers will be running in their country's parliamentary elections, announced Tunisian blogging portal Nawaat [Fr].
Arab World: Remembering September 11
Twitter users from across the Arab world paid tribute to the 3,000 victims of September 11 as the world recalled the horrors committed by Al Qaeda terrorists who flew four passenger jets into buildings in the US 10 years ago.
Egypt: Protesters Bring Down Israel Embassy Security Wall and Flag
Thousands of protesters took to Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the Egyptian revolution in downtown Cairo, today in protest against Egypt's military rulers. Soon, crowds of young men swarmed to the Israeli Embassy, where they tore down a security wall built to protect the Embassy, and brought down the Israeli flag, as chaos continued into the night. Here's a snippet of how the events played out on Twitter.
Egypt: Mubarak Trial Updates
Egyptian blogger Zeinobia, who blogs at Egyptian Chronicles, is liveblogging the trial of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak here. Today's hearing is the fourth and Mubarak is accused of ordering the killing of more than 850 protesters during the Egyptian revolution which started on January 25.
Egypt: Scuffles Break Out Inside and Outside Mubarak Trial
Ex-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stood trial yesterday for the killing of protesters in the revolution. This is the third hearing and lasted for 10 hours, with scuffles reported both inside the court and outside, where Mubarak's supporters clashed with the families of martyrs.
Libya: First Football Win as a Free Nation
Libya beat Mozambique 1-0 in the African Cup of Nations qualifier, its first victory since the fall of the Muammar Gaddafi regime. Twitter is buzzing with joy as Libyans taste their first win for a free Libya.