Stories Middle East & North Africa from February, 2008
Iraq: They are All the Same But ..
"Be it Obama, McCain, or Clinton, they are ALL the same for me. Be it a black man, a white woman, or a yellow transvestite, I donâ€™t care. I honestly donâ€™t cuz at the end of the day, none of them can fix what's broken," says Iraqi blogger Neurotic Iraqi Wife. Fellow blogger Raed Jarrar sees a silver lining and says a third party might generate some hope for a political revolution in the US. Read the rest of this post to see what Iraqis and Arabs are saying about the elections.
Africa: Will Hillary ever be as popular as Bill Clinton?
Political campaigns â€“ at least in the United States â€“ take place in a bubble, sometimes far apart from reality. Itâ€™s not a completely fictitious world, this bubble. It looks and smells and feels a lot like the one we inhabit. Candidates speak the truth when they preach hope or...
Jews for Obama
Sounds like a new chapter of Jews for Jesusâ€¦. BUT itâ€™s not! Read the following to see this surprising developmentâ€¦. Think Clinton won the Jewish vote in California? Think again By Shmuel Rosner Race for the White House: Jews were 5% of the voters, but most voted for Obama (49%),...
Obama would be killed if elected
img: Nathan Fox Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing believes Barack Obama would be assassinated if he were elected U.S. president: “He would probably not last long, a black man in the position of president. They would kill him,” Lessing said in the interview published Saturday,” quoted in the International Herald...
Arabisto.com: “The Arab-American Street”
Arabisto.com is a site that aims to share news and commentary on the Middle East with mainstream news readers. The site also features the opinions of a diverse group of bloggers with ties to the Middle East and North Africa. Last August, Amira al Hussaini interviewed Nadia Gergis, founder of...
Morocco: U.S. Elections Update
So far, Moroccan bloggers have been surprisingly mute on the subject of U.S. politics (save for the posts already mentioned on this site, of course). As Lounsbury of 'Aqoul put it last week, "there is but passing interest in MENA" [of U.S. politics]. Unfortunately but unsurprisingly, the interest in the blogoma (Moroccan blogosphere) comes from those who do have votes, namely Moroccans who are U.S. citizens and Americans who reside in Morocco. As they are currently the only representation of the blogoma, I will share what they're saying, with the hope that the rest of the blogoma reacts.
Iran: Transparency, Obama and Romney
The US elections is stirring the interest of Iran's bloggers, with bloggers comparing between the elections in America and Iran. Others are discussing the impact of the elections on the relations with their country in an election, they admit is hard to ignore, reports Hamid Tehrani.
Obama: The Religion Question
Is he a Muslim or an atheist? Did he take his oath for office on a Bible or a Quran? Is he sympathetic towards the Arabs or the Jews? These are some of the questions being murmured by bloggers across the Middle East about presidential hopeful Barack Obama. Here are the reactions of some bloggers from Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria and Palestine.
Israel: President Bush Visits Israel
When American President George W. Bush arrived in Israel in January, English speaking Israeli bloggers had primarily two concerns: Complaints about the short-term discomfort that high security would cause Jerusalemites in their daily routines, and concern about rockets launched from Lebanon and ongoing attacks from Gaza hailing Bush's visit.
Egypt: America Decides
The United States is a the only Super Power in today's Unipolar World. And that's why it takes people here two years to talk about the Presidential Elections there before it even starts, and they continue talking about it for another two years later, writes Tarek Amr, who brings us the latest buzz from the Egyptian blogosphere on the elections, the presidential race and the candidates.