Arab in Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2007

It's time of the year for Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2007. With all my reservations regarding Reporters Without Borders neutrality (having doubt after knowing that France is their financial supporter, although they are an NGO!), yet, their report was always a good indicator, if not the closest to reality - … [Read more...]

Miss Bahrain, Miss Arab World 2007 and Stereotypes

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I admit I have missed the news when it was announced end of last July, but better late than never. Honored to be Bahraini by soul for living in Bahrain for the last four years, I am very happy to know that Wafaa Ganahi, a 23-year-old teacher from the Law Faculty of Bahrain University, won the title, while … [Read more...]

Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2006

In the fifth annual Reporters Without Borders Worldwide Press Freedom Index, in between 168 indexed countries, our beloved Arab countries makes sure to be among the worst. Here is the list in order from "best" to "worst": Kuwait - 73 United Arab Emirates - 77 Mauritania - 77 Qatar - 80 Morocco - … [Read more...]

Arab GDP Improving

According to the annual report of the Arab Economic Unity Council, the Arab GDP is improving. Her is the summery: Arab gross domestic product reached $860 billion in 2004 compared to 746.1 billion the year before. GDP growth ranged between 1.2 and 6.5 per cent while the GDP per capita rose to … [Read more...]

U.S. Ranks Sixth Among Countries Jailing Journalists

The United States has tied with Myanmar (the former Burma) for sixth place among countries that are holding the most journalists behind bars, according to a new report by the Committee to Protect Journalists. Each country is jailing five journalists. The United States is holding four Iraqi journalists in … [Read more...]

Press Freedom in the Middle East

WAN Press Freedom Report: The Arab World One of the Most Troubling Regions The World Association of Newspapers's press freedom review was presented to its Board, meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 14 November. The report states that the Middle East and North Africa is one of the most troubling regions in … [Read more...]

It’s the oil, stupid!

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Shamelessly from the Political Musings of intectus For years now, British Petroleum (BP) has published a fascinating annual report entitled Statistical Review of World Energy. Publicly available on their website, this report provides excellent insight into the sources and uses of fossil fuel energy around … [Read more...]

Arab Discriminates Against Women. Why Is That So?

Last week, Guardian-organised event at which more than 100 young British Muslims were brought together at University College London. The delegates came from all walks of life, and held a wide range of views. The one thing that came across very clearly was that the media are often wrong to refer to "the … [Read more...]