Latest posts by Amira Al Hussaini from December, 2008
Kuwaiti blogger Marzouq is off to Hajj, the pilgrimage Muslims perform to Mecca, at least once in their life time, if they have the means and are able to do so.
American Bedu, an American woman in Saudi Arabia, writes about the impact of blogs and bloggers in the Kingdom. “In my view, blogs are an excellent mechanism to further balance out and learn about Saudi Arabia,” she writes.
Khobbeizeh, from Jordan, posts photographs from recent art exhibitions in Jordan.
From Kuwait, G.Q. is celebrating December and the holiday season.
Jordanian photographer Laith, who lives in Los Angeles, US, posts a few of the latest photographs he took here.
Susie's Big Adventure, a blog by an American woman in Saudi Arabia, introduces us to old Jeddah in this post.
Muscati from Oman is enraged at the treatment Omanis receive when they apply for Schengen visas to visit Europe. “The reason I'm writing this post is that I am pissed off that Oman has a visa on arrival policy for countries that don't have quick visa procedures for Omani citizens,”...
Palestinian Haitham Sabbah posts a video showing a settler shooting Palestinians in Hebron. The footage was filmed by Jamal Abu-Sa'ifan, who documented how his own family was attacked.
Yazan Badran's On Olives and Sake has a new home on WordPress – thanks to Syria's censorship of blogging platform Blogger.com.
Writing at American-Palestinian Kabobfest, Will notes: “A facebook group opposing the new Apple Store in New York city is growing…They are peeved it strongly resembles the kaaba, the cloth-covered, cubic shrine in Mecca, which marks the direction of Muslim prayer and the site of pilgrimage.”
Bahrain-based Mideast Youth‘s Esra'a is fuming that a US-based organisation is claiming ownership of a website, MEFaith.com, which is “created, designed, developed and continues to be maintained by the Mideast Youth team.” To prevent confusion, the website's new home is now MideastFaith.org.
Hovic, from Syria Looks, posts photographs from Banqusa, which feature the ruins of ancient churches from the Byzantine era.
From Syria, Sarah writes about how a woman used an excuse a man had used on her before – to stop him from shaking her hands.
Dubai Consumer Mirror pleads with Saudi bloggers to come to the aid of a Saudi girl, who was injured in an accident. Read more about her here.
From Libya, American Khadija Teri celebrates Thanksgiving away from home saying: “I wish I was back home… eating turkey with my family…. relaxing in front of the TV….. and of course there would be shopping to do tomorrow….”
Baghdad Dentist, from Iraq, fills us in on the situation at work and in Iraq, ending his post with: “i just like to forget and not hear or read explosions,bombs,terrorists,devastation and live in peace.”
Inside Iraq, a blog maintained by Iraqi journalists, provides us with live reactions to what Iraqis said when they read about the Parliament passing a pact which will end the presence of US troops in their country.
Raed in the Middle, from Iraq, provides us with a ‘rough’ translation of an agreement between Iraq and US on the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq.
From Iraq, The Mesopotamian shares his feelings on political developments in his country in this post.
Amid the sadness and shock at the Mumbai attacks, bloggers across the Arab world are posing many questions. Amira Al Hussaini takes a closer look at blogs and online forums from Bahrain, Egypt, Oman and the UAE for reactions.
A Star from Mosul, in Iraq, writes about the cancellation of classes a week before Eid. Read her post to find out why.