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 - 97 Lebanon - 107 Jordan - 109 Bahrain - 111 Algeria - 126 Egypt - … [Read more...]

Arabisc: Sunni, Shia’, Peace, War, Israel, Palestine and Lebanon!

The following is an abbreviated translation from some of the Arabic-language blogs. It was initially published at Global Voices... The Blazing Middle East Third day after the beginning of the never ending Middle East conflict; Israel/Lebanon war, the Arabic blogsphere speaks. Ranging between anger, celebration, condemnation and support, on both sides of the conflict, … [Read more...]

Weblogs soar in Gulf states

Few days ago, AFP interviewed me by email. Today, I was happy to find that the interview was published in few places. First, here is Aljazeera version: Weblogs soar in Gulf states Internet blogs are giving rise to a new breed of Arab activist as ordinary residents increasingly use them to press for political rights and civil liberties in conservative Gulf … [Read more...]

Arabisc: Arabic Bloggers Ken

The following is an abbreviated translation from some of the Arabic-language blogs. It was initially published at Global Voices! This week in the Arabic Language blogsphere: Let’s start with the hard stuff. Tara from Iraq, has some rare seen images: Tara then writes: ????? ??? ??? ? ?? ???? ??? ????? ????? ????? ?? ???? ????? ???? ??? ????? ? ? ??? ???? … [Read more...]

Arabisc: Arabic Bloggers Ken

The following is an abbreviated translation from some Arabic-language blogs. It was initially published at Global Voices! From Egypt... Malek who was scheduled to be free few days ago is now officially free. He just made his first post, titled: Free Morning. Malek writes: ???????? ?? ??????? ??? ????? ?? ????? ?????? ??????? ?????? ?? ??? ??????? ??????? ??? ????? … [Read more...]