What next?

By Paul J. Balles * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Revolutions raise more questions than answers. The prime one: What happens after the thrill of protest victory wears off? Zen master Alan Watts once said there are only four basic questions that apply to anything: What are we going to do? Who's … [Read more...]

Roots of the Arab Revolts and Premature Celebrations

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By James Petras* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Introduction Most accounts of the Arab revolts from Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Morocco, Yemen, Jordan, Bahrain, Iraq and elsewhere have focused on the most immediate causes: political dictatorships, unemployment, repression and the wounding and killing of … [Read more...]

The Spectre of a Black Europe

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Why Europe Fears the North African Uprisings By Behzad Yahmaian * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz While millions in the worl are celebrating the popular uprisings in North Africa, Europe is watching with skepticism and fear. The fall of the African dictators will deprive Europe of valuable allies in … [Read more...]

We Are the Arab Youth, We Know Not the Impossible

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By Mohamed Khodr* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz "There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirit. In the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit." --Napoleon Bonaparte Two Arab Tyrants Down, Twenty to Go. Freedom!! How sweet its sound, how delicious its taste, … [Read more...]

Tunisia and Egypt: Why Now?

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By Lawrence Davidson * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Part I If the recent events in Tunisia and Egypt tell us anything it is that predicting the beginning of mass unrest is very difficult. Indeed, it is probably easier to predict the stock market. What one can do, however, is describe conditions that … [Read more...]

A Tale of Two Dictatorships

Anna Lekas Miller * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz To hear them talk, Western governments would love nothing more than an unrelenting indigenous Arab people's-led uprising against their corrupt dictatorships. Yet, when hundreds of thousands of Tunisians, Algerians, Egyptians, and Yemenis suddenly started … [Read more...]

As The Dominoes Flow Toward Israel

By William A. Cook* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz While the people of the mid-east rise in protest against their respective American supported dictators in Tunisia and Egypt, with the American-Israeli attempts to control Lebanon on the brink of chaos and collapse, and the "peace negotiations" between … [Read more...]

Arabs, Oh Arabs, Revolt Against America’s Tyrants

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By Mohamed Khodr* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz "The greatest jihad is to speak the word of truth to a tyrant." --Islam's Beloved Prophet Muhammad One down, twenty one to go. The young man who burned himself alive in Tunis, Mohamed Bouazizi, was a university graduate prevented by police from … [Read more...]

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...]

Technology and online activism

Tunisian Treasure Prison Map The first project is the brave, superb Tunisian Prison Map by Sami Ben Gharbia. Sami made a Tunisian Prison Map, which is madeup using a Google Maps API + GMapEZ + video YouTube + flash animations + the Yahoo Y !Q Beta. [Hat tip: Rachel] Link to the map: … [Read more...]

Tunisia Censorship

My friend Neila has got some good news (for change) from Tunisia. She just sent me this email: Censored since the WSIS on November 2005, the website of the Mediterranean Liberal Party has become accessible in Tunisia on April 8th, 2006. My personal Blog is also accessible after two years of censorship. We … [Read more...]

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Tunisian Official Criticizes Muslim Attire

وزير الشؤون الدينية التونسي: حجاب المرأة دخيل ونشاز Ùˆ"لباس طائفي". اعتبر وزير الشؤون الدينية التونسي المرأة التي ترتدي الحجاب بأنها "نشاز"ØŒ بحسبانه مظهرا "غير مألوف" إلى … [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...]

False Freedom

Human Rights Watch released its long-awaited report on Online Censorship in the Middle East and North Africa. This report examines Internet trends and policies in the Middle East and North Africa region as they affect freedom of expression, focusing particularly on Egypt, Iran, Syria, and Tunisia. Human … [Read more...]

The World Summit on the Information Society

Dispatch from Tunis: The Civil Society Summit That Wasn�t Today as a global summit on the Internet got underway, the Tunisian government did all it could to smother a local summit on the same topic. One might think that a world conference on improving global Internet access represents a prime chance for the … [Read more...]

Tunisia: Hunger Strike and Censorship

Neila Charchour Hachicha writes that the PLM’s web site, which was the unique political website accessible in Tunisia has been censored today. "However we want you to get the declaration of the 7 political personnalities who undertook today October 18th 2005 an unllimited hunger strike. We need the help of … [Read more...]

Yezzi on Al Jazeera TV

Here is the link to the transcript (Arabic) of Arab TV Al Jazeera program about www.yezzi.org. The title of the program was "What's behind this news: Tunisians are protesting on the Net" and the subject was: "Can a virtual action on the Net have an impact on the real political life?" (and there is also an … [Read more...]

Yezzi – Fock: Tunisian online protest (now blocked)

Via: Global Voices Online Rebecca MacKinnon As Tunisia prepares to host the controversial World Summit on the Information Society in November, Tunisian opposition activist Neila Charchour Hachicha informs Global Voices that the online freedom of speech protest site launched by Tunisians on Monday, … [Read more...]

Tunisian Plane Crash Near Sicily

A Tunisian passenger plane carrying 39 people crash-landed in the Mediterranean Sea today while trying to make an emergency landing in Sicily because of engine trouble, and 19 people were killed, while 20 people survived and were being taken off rescue boats. Officials ruled out terrorism act and said that … [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...]