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 November, 2013
#StopPrawlerPlan: Activists Against Destruction of Palestinian Villages Arrested in Israel
Prawer shall not pass, yelled protesters today at a Day of Rage against the Prawer Plan, which if implemented will displace Palestinian Bedouins living in Al Naqab.
Bad Cop, Good Cop and Other Cops in Iran Nuke Talks
Six world powers and Iran are discussing Iran's nuclear programme in a two-day meeting in Geneva. Lebanese satirist Karl Sharro comments on Twitter: The Western sides at the P5+1 talks with Iran are playing good cop, bad cop, over-enthusiastic cop and insufferably pretentious cop. — Karl Sharro (@KarlreMarks) November 9,...
Saudi Women Insist on Driving Despite Ban
Saudi women continue to challenge the driving ban imposed on them in the absolute monarchy. This video shows a woman named as Azza Al Shammasi driving in Saudi Arabia on November 9.
Saudi Women to Continue to Challenge Driving Ban
Now that the Saudi government's position on the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia is clear, activists intend to continue to challenge the ban and “focus their effort on changing the government’s position instead of spending time trying to convince observers that society is not against lifting the ban.”...
The Curious Case of Sami Anan
Egyptian blogger Zeinobia shares her two cents on the reemergence of Sami Anan, the former Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces. Is he bidding for presidency? Global Voices Online's Victor Salama has more.
21km of Jeddah's 655km coastline accessible to public
Do you live near the sea but feel it's unreachable? That is the case for people living in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Ahmed Al Omran tweets: Total length of coastline within Jeddah Governorate is 655km. Only 21km of that is properly accessible to public http://t.co/64gTbTSEV3 — Ahmed Al Omran (@ahmed) November...
Lebanese Man Microwaves Cat
A Lebanese man microwaved a cat while his friend filmed him. They uploaded the video on Facebook, drawing a manhunt for the culprits, who have been named and shamed.
Saudi Releases Writer Tariq Al Mubarak
Saudi writer Tariq Al Mubarak, detained for supporting women in their right to drive in the absolute monarchy, has been released. Tamador Al Yami tweets: After 8 days in detention, Tariq Almubarak supporter of #Women2Drive #oct26driving is Free now. #FreeTariqAlmubarak — تماضر اليامي Tamador (@TamadorAlyami) November 3, 2013
Egypt: Not Morsi Or Sisi
On Twitter, Doaa Nada shares this cartoon above. She tweets [ar]: ياللي بتهتف (مرسي- وسيسي ) لا دة هيرجع ولا دة رئيسي @DoAaNaDa: For those chanting Morsi and Sisi, the first won't return and the second isn't my president Muslim Brotherhood member Mohamed Morsi was the president of Egypt for...
Egypt: In Search of a Home
Where does one feel at home? Egyptian blogger Tarek Shalaby shares his opinion saying: Some people say home is where your bed is, others argue that home is where your wifi connects automatically. I can say that home is where your salaries have been transferred to
Saudis Banned from Travelling .. to Mars
Saudi religious scholar Shaikh Ali Al Hekmi told Al Hayat newspaper that travelling to the red planet is off limits for human beings. Netizens laugh on Twitter.
PHOTOS: Shia Mourners Tear-Gassed in Bahrain
Shia mourners, commemorating the beginning of Muharram, have been tear-gassed in Bahrain today, say activists, who accuse the Bahraini regime of attacking religious freedom in the restive Arab state.
Halloween's Three Black Maids Stir Racism Debate in Lebanon
Lebanese blogger is angry three women dressed up as black housemaids for Halloween. Find out why in this post.
VIDEO: Saudi Man Beats Worker for “Talking to his Wife”
A video of a Saudi man beating an expatriate worker has gone viral, sparking outrage against the abuse of workers in the country.
Egypt: Virginity Soap?
Egyptian activist Nelly Ali exclaims: While #egypt is busy… Shit like this is on the shelves ruining lives "Virginity Soap" (Alpha Market) #women pic.twitter.com/IXplFn2kY7 — Nelly Ali (@nellyali) November 1, 2013 In response, she gets this reply: @nellyali it has been on shelves allover the Arab countries like Saudi Arabia...
“Driving is Dangerous for Saudi Women”
On Blue Abaya, Layal writes a satirical piece on Saudi Arabia's ban on women driving. http://www.blueabaya.com/2013/10/26th-october-the-day-the-world-almost-came-to-an-end.html She notes: A new road sign was designed to spread awareness and remind any forgetful females that driving was not allowed. Clerics tweeted about the adverse affects of women driving cars which no doubt...
UAE Police Reward Drivers for Good Driving
Saudi Amani Al Awami's tweet on a Lebanese female driver getting a reward from UAE police for good driving is making the rounds online. She tweets: أوقفت الشرطة الإماراتية زميلتي اللبنانية اليوم، وأعطتها 1000 درهم مكافأة لها لالتزامها بقواعد المرور! #الإمارات pic.twitter.com/5xjeMIy8F5 — أماني العوّامي (@Al_Awami) October 30, 2013 The UAE...
Saudi Arabia Arrests Writer for Supporting Women Drivers
Six days ago a Saudi writer was arrested for lending his support to the right of women in his country to drive cars. Now, netizens call for his release.