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  • 15th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The blogger known as “The Egypt Guy” reports that a ground-breaking new book has gone on sale in Cairo – apparently with the approval of “state security”. Written by journalist Mostafa Fathi, Fi Balad el-Walaad (In the Country of the Boys) “tells the...
  • 15th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    I'm not posting here today.Instead, I have written for Comment Is Free about the Palestinian ban on al-Jazeera and the wider pattern of government-media relations in Arab countries.
  • 14th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A Yemeni politician has demanded the closure of al-Jazeera’s office in Sana’a, accusing the TV channel of damaging the country’s security and stability, the Yemen Post reports. Ali Jusaed al-Lahbi, a member of parliament for the ruling General People Congress, said: “It runs stories which...
  • 14th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    It’s a bit like like those pre-nuptial agreements where celebrities sort out the divorce terms with their lawyers in advance of getting married – except that the people involved here are not celebrities but poor Egyptian factory workers. Reporting on exploitation in the sweat-shops of the...
  • 13th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Don’t pretend you’ve never wanted to know. The American Bedu blog has the answers to two vital questions: what Saudi men wear under their thobe and what women wear under the abaya. Posted by Brian Whitaker, 13 July 2009
  • 13th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Yemeni forces yesterday dispersed a rally of 200 people in Aden who were demonstrating against the suspension of al-Ayyam newspaper, Reuters reports. About 15 of the paper’s employees were arrested during the rally. Established in the 1950s, al-Ayyam is Yemen’s oldest independent daily...
  • 13th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    An article by Fred Dardick for Canada Free Press (reproduced  here by the Campus Watch website, but presumably not for its academic merit) announces: “Obama is no friend of Israel”. Among numerous other offences, the Obama administration is accused of suggesting – horror of...
  • 12th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Action by the Saudi religious police is being blamed for a double “honour” killing in the kingdom. Two sisters, identified as Reem, 21, and Nouf, 19, were arrested by the mutawwa on July 2 after being caught “in suspicious circumstances with two unrelated men”. They were...
  • 12th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Last April, Egypt became a worldwide laughing-stock when the Mubarak regime ordered a mass slaughter of pigs in the mistaken belief that this would keep swine flu at bay. Swine flu duly arrived – one victim being a young man whoreturned from Saudi Arabia with the disease after...
  • 11th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    English is a wonderfully flexible language. We make up new words all the time, often combining bits borrowed from Latin and Greek: photography (light+drawing), submarine (under+sea) etc. In Arabic this is much more difficult because the whole language is based on a system of three-consonant word...
  • 11th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Four members of the same family in a pick-up truck – a father, two sons and a son-in-law – were ambushed by gunmen in Radfan, southern Yemen, in the early hours of Friday while apparently on the way to open up their sweet shop. Three died immediately, the fourth was seriously wounded and...
  • 10th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    No idea why I like this picture, but I do. Definitely, I do. Posted by Brian Whitaker, 10 July 2009

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