Amira Al Hussaini · September, 2008

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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Latest posts by Amira Al Hussaini from September, 2008

Kuwait: YouTube Ban Lifted

  23 September 2008

News about YouTube being blocked in Kuwait hit the headlines yesterday, with bloggers frustrated over what they described as yet another intrusion on freedom of speech in their country. The ban has since been lifted. Here's a cross-section of reactions from Kuwait.

Saudi Arabia: Happy National Day

  23 September 2008

“The country is changing, but at a glacial pace that is leaving me and many others dejected and frustrated. It is just disheartening to move in slow baby steps when we can — and should — take leaps ahead to the future,” writes Saudi Jeans on his country's national day.

Jordan: Exciting Games

  23 September 2008

“Games don't impress me much. They're all the same to me. If you've played it once, it doesn't matter how much the graphics change they all appear the same from that point onward….Unless you do something profoundly different… like Lucas Arts in this AMAZING Game…,” writes an excited Qwaider, from...

Kuwait: Animals are not Toys

  22 September 2008

From Kuwait, Madred's Weblog sheds light on animal rights. “A number of people these days view animals as nothing but toys, an object for entertainment so that their children can play and kill time with,” writes the blogger.

Saudi Arabia: Why Should Arabs Have Access to the Internet?

  20 September 2008

For days, cyberactivists have been busy discussing the case of Moroccan blogger Mohammed Erraji, who was arrested, put on trial, sentenced - and then freed, and then put on trial again and finally acquitted. Who is Mohammed Erraji? Why did he cross 'red lines' knowing well that in many countries in the Middle East criticising members of the vast Ruling families is very likely to result in repercussions and punishment? Saudi blogger Fouad Al Farhan, who recently found himself behind bars for his writings in Saudi Arabia, visits Erraji's blog looking for answers.

Arabeyes: Ramadan Thoughts

  17 September 2008

With the holy month of Ramadan quickly wrapping up, bloggers from around the Arab world share their thoughts on the month, their activities, driving standards and their yearning for a holiday. Following are some reactions from Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Libya.

Syria: No Chrome for Syrians

  16 September 2008

Syrian Yaser Sadeq says Google new browser Chrome is not available in Syria because “our friends in Google corp. have decided or agreed to withhold their services from syrian users as part of the embargo by the U.S government against Syria.”

Kuwait: Special Girgian Celebration

  15 September 2008

People in the Gulf region mark the middle of the Holy Month of Ramadan with a celebration, where children dress up and go door to door, wishing neighbours and collecting treats and sometimes money. One blogger from Kuwait shares the occasion with us.

The Middle East Remembers 9/11

  12 September 2008

Today marks the seventh anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the US, a pivotal day in history and a day which brought about so much heartbreak and destruction not only in the US but around the world. Bloggers from the Middle East reflect on the disaster.

UAE: Iran Quake's Tremors Felt in Dubai

  11 September 2008

Tremors from an earthquake in nearby Iran were felt in Dubai and other parts of the UAE, sending thousands of office workers and residents to the streets as high-rise buildings were evacuated, bloggers report. The quake, which measured 6.1 on the Richter scale, struck near Bandar Abbas, while tremors registered in the UAE measured 4.8, according to news reports.

Egypt: Kareem being Harassed in Prison

  9 September 2008

When Kareem’s friends were denied entry to the prison in order to visit him, we knew that something’s up. Today a report from The Arab Network for Human Rights Information documents the fact that Kareem is being harassed by both prison guards and other inmates, and is in poor physical...

Morocco: Free Speech Disrespected

  9 September 2008

“Unfortunately, the Moroccan government has proved its disrespect for free speech by arresting a young blogger on Friday, the 5th of September, simply for publishing an article critical of one of the King’s policies,” according to Mideast Youth.

Egypt: Unfair Sentences

  9 September 2008

An Egyptian was handed a 15-year prison terms in Egypt for his involvement in leaking secondary school exams while a policeman was jailed for seven years for torturing a man to death in a police station in the same country. Ibn Al Dunya reflects on the these and other sentences,...

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