UN: Arab World Rife with Illiteracy & Lacks Innovation
Posted on 01/11/2009 - 17:12
U.N. report finds one third of Arabs illiterate and only $10 per person spent on scientific research.
The level of education, research and innovation in the Arab world is appalling, a new United Nations report has claimed.
Gaza's public landfill. © S.M. / 
Arab woman’s burden of proof
Posted on 23/10/2009 - 13:34
A new "virginity device" sold from China and marketed to Muslims in Egypt and elsewhere has conservative clerics up in arms. But what should be discussed is the hypocrisy that burdens women with proof of virginity while the men involved are ignored. Because of this, thousands of widows, divorcees and rape victims in countries like Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are forced to live lives at the very margins of social acceptability. After Dark in a hotel room, Bahrain 2008. © S.M. /   
Yemen's war on several fronts
Posted on 13/10/2009 - 01:51
The Yemen is at war. Menassat wonders why nobody seem interested in what is happening in Sa’ada province, situated somewhere between Saudi Arabia’s border and North Yemen. saada war.jpg 
Investigative journalism is alive and snooping in the Middle East
Posted on 09/10/2009 - 14:48
“Investigative journalists are like the dead rat that was brought to the party. No one likes us.” A colorful, throwaway quote from Seymour Hersh, the world’s most famous investigative journalist, speaking at this year’s Arab Media Forum in Dubai. And in the Middle East he could well be right; the region is hardly revered for its freedom of expression. suspicious-minds-small-1.jpg 
Arab Women… Minors Until They Die
Posted on 06/10/2009 - 17:54
Though blessed with inner strength that enables them to deal with the shackles of their culture, some Arab women are dealt with as minors who will never reap the fruits of adulthood. Egyptian bloggers Fantasia's World, Dalia Ziada, Asser Yasser, Heba Najeeb are all women who have been featured on Global Voices for standing up for their rights, as have those blogging ”sinster spinsters“, who refuse to consider themselves outcasts. Bab-Etebaneh36.jpg 
IFJ Unions in Arab World Focus on Freedom and Rights of Journalists
Posted on 02/10/2009 - 15:34
Unions of journalists from the Middle East and the Arab world meeting in Jordan next week plan to send a powerful message to regimes in the region with calls for repeal of laws that target journalists, action on rights of women and more protection for independent media. Top challenges facing Arab journalism, along with press freedom issues and business pressure. 
Hesba cases gaining more ground in Egypt
Posted on 01/10/2009 - 16:44
Hesba cases cast away the civil state principles and citizenship rights Egyptian government has to stop compromising Closure of AHRLa3.jpg 
Financial crisis shaking An-Nahar editorial team
Posted on 30/09/2009 - 00:52
BEIRUT – An-Nahar daily general manager Ghassan Hajjar confirmed on Tuesday that the Board of Directors let go more than 50 employees lately, among others editors and reporters, due to a financial crisis shaking one of the oldest and widespread papers, but also, as its staff was aging. beirut_an_nahar_building_39875.jpg 
Jordan's lack of appreciation of public service broadcasting
Posted on 23/09/2009 - 13:05
Jordan like many Arab countries seems to be having a hard time understanding and dealing with the idea of public service broadcasting. After decades of government-owned and controlled radio and television stations Jordan under King Abdullah II began a new era of opening up the airwaves to the private sector. The Audio Visual Law enacted in 2002 which allowed the private sector to own radio and television licenses succeeded in creating a wide range of commercial stations But despite the privatization of the law Jordan has failed to create a legal environment or introduce traditions that encourages and better public service broadcasting. Aman, Jordan telecommunication in discount. © Eddie Gerald / 
Yemen Kidnaps Editor al Maqaleh, Rights Groups Fear Torture
Posted on 19/09/2009 - 12:14
Yemeni security forces kidnapped leading editor Mohammed al Maqaleh Thursday in apparent retribution for reporting on the Sa’ada War. Human rights groups have expressed concerns of probable torture. amj_kaka2.jpg 
Charities during Ramadan: a competitive race for a good cause
Posted on 16/09/2009 - 23:12
Over 74 percent of Yemeni families have become poorer compared to their standard of living last year, according to a recent study by the Yemeni Center for Economic Studies and Media. Yemen, Sanaa, the old city market place. ©S.M / 
Broadening horizons on the web
Posted on 11/09/2009 - 14:40
"One of the best things about my job is helping people make their voices heard", says Tinia Nassif, one of three video journalists at AnnaharTV in Lebanon. "I think it is very important to develop video journalism in the Arab world because the Arab countries need to improve; we need to broaden our horizons while still keeping the beautiful traditions that make this culture unique." vj-j-jarjoura.jpg 
The Country of Unrealised Plans
Posted on 08/09/2009 - 14:09
Life is not easy in Morocco. And this was the motivation for writer Abdellah Taïa to ask seventeen other Moroccan writers to write an open letter to their country-folk. These letters have now been published in a book entitled Lettres à un jeune marocain. Kerstin Knipp read it Zawiat Sidi Rahal, Morocco. © S.M. / 
Like father, like son
Posted on 03/09/2009 - 22:23
Speculation that Egypt's ageing leader could be about to step down and pass power to his son are dominating the Arab press. But although the drama is providing new openings for Egyptian journalists, the underlying politics of presidential succession remain depressingly familiar. Fancy-Fair, Al Ma'ady, Egypt. © S.M. /  
Arab Media development
Posted on 01/09/2009 - 12:43
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New twist in Egypt's marriage crisis: "I want a divorce" radio
Posted on 27/08/2009 - 18:56
Last year, Egyptian blogger-turned-author Ghada Abdelaal caused a storm with her book "I want to get married" -- a witty satire that outlines the obstacles faced by young Egyptians that want to get married. One year later, Egypt’s marriage crisis is back in the spotlight in a different context, namely the country’s surging divorce rates. Recently, an online radio station dedicated to divorced women was set up to support and advise divorcees and those thinking of ending their marriage. Egypt Divorcees 
Buried in the back pages-- Russian media on the Middle East
Posted on 27/08/2009 - 18:32
From Yemen to Morocco, Egypt to Gaza, the MENA region is either absent from Russian news, only covered regularly on opposition websites, or is making headline news when it comes to death tolls and violence. Russia arab media coverage 
Egypt: Lessons from the labor movement
Posted on 26/08/2009 - 19:01
Since the beginning of the last century, the Egyptian Labor Movement had close relations with leftist movements in the country. After the first Egyptian Communist Party was established along with the General Labor Union in 1921, the al-Wafd governing party issued a law criminalizing communism, banning the Communist Party and dissolved the Union. After remaining dormant for some time, Egyptian labor movements came back to life – though they still remain marginal when it comes to the media. Egypt Protests 
Security crackdown in Egypt’s green oasis
Posted on 26/08/2009 - 18:43
A joint new study issued by the Cairo-based Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) and the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE) claims security forces in the Egyptian city of Fayyoum are viciously clamping down on outspoken bloggers and students in the area. MENASSAT looks at the report. Egypt Students detained for "Gaza Victory" 
The goose that lays golden eggs burns its owners
Posted on 25/08/2009 - 17:46
Two weeks ago Lebanon entered a new episode of internal conflict. This time the headlines concern the “Barouk station.” The details include illegal Internet suppliers, stealing public money and communications with Israel. Lebanon Barouk internet 

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