Amira Al Hussaini · July, 2009

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 July, 2009

Egypt: Doctors without masks

Egyptian Leftist [Ar] describes the paranoia gripping people over swine flu or H1N1 and bird flu. The blogger, who has been to three hospitals, notes: “Despite the horror spread in the country over swine and bird flu, none of the doctors I saw was wearing a mask or gloves.”

Bahrain: Livestock Dying

Bahraini Khalid [Ar] comments on the death of livestock in Bahrain this summer. “There are sheep that die, goats that die and cows that die of the heat and thirst; from the overcrowding in the pens; livestock are suffering from physical exhaustion and heat exhaustion; there are sick animals and...

Jordan: Swine Flu Reactions “Funny”

Jordanian Osama Romoh [Ar] is surprised with the mania surrounding swine flu (H1N1) in this part of the world. “The reaction of people towards swine flu or any other epidemic may be logical, but in most cases it is really funny,” he explains.

Palestine: No Progress

Palestinian Pundit‘s Tony Sayegh celebrates his blog's third anniversary. “A lot has happened in the world during these three years, but in the case of the Arabs in general and the Palestinians in particular, not only there has been no progress, but actually there has been regression,” he notes.

Saudi Arabia: Above the Law

Saudi blogger Najla [Ar] writes a sarcastic post in which she suggests the authorities draft two laws – one for ordinary citizens and another one for those with influence or who think they are above the law.

Saudi Arabia: Protecting Rights Abroad and at Home

Saudi Arabia is warning its citizens to take certain precautions to safeguard their rights while travelling abroad this summer. Saudi Jeans notes: “The guidelines advise Saudis involved in legal cases to only speak in the presence of a lawyer and ensure attendance at court hearings to avoid in absentia rulings....

UAE: Marwa's Mainstream Media Fail

Dubai's Fake Plastic Souks describes the coverage following the murder of Egyptian Marwa El Sherbiny in a German courthouse as a “mainstream media fail.” “So, once again, we have news that travelled around Twitter, Facebook and blogs, the social media I talk so much about, but that was not considered...

Yemen: Intricate Windows

Yemeni blogger Omar Barsawad photographs and writes about the intricate windows of Yemen: “I don't know of any where else, where so much care is taken to build such very elaborate, complex windows as in Yemen. Especially around Sana'a,” he notes.

Syria: Is Bashar Al Assad on Facebook?

Syrian Raye7 Mish Raj3 (Leaving and not returning) has stumbled across a Facebook account for Syrian President Bashar Al Assad. Although he can't verify its authenticity, he poises a few questions to the President in this post. “I want to ask him at first; how he succeeded to bypass the...

Morocco: Ahmed Marzouki tops search results

Moroccan Laila Lalami writes: “I was somewhat surprised to discover recently that one of the most common search terms that lead readers to this blog is ‘Ahmed Marzouki.’ Marzouki is a former political prisoner who spent 18 years and 3 months of his life in the infamous Tazmamart jail.” The...

Yemen: Nonstop coverage for airplane crashes

Yemeni blogger Omar Barsawad comments on the recent Yemenia plane crash, off the Comoros Islands. “Whenever an airplane crashes, media coverage is instant and nonstop. Governments and elected officials, even though there are many more people dying due to other causes, react immediately to plane crashes – offering condolences and...

Egypt: Qaradawi's Jihad Book

Marc Lynch discusses Sunni Islamic scholar Yusuf Al Qaradawi's latest book The Jurisprudence of Jihad in this post. “Qaradawi's intervention has thus far received no attention at all in the English-language media. It should, because of his vast influence and his long track record as an accurate barometer of mainstream...

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