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Mind your own occupation - I'll mind my own development
Posted on 29/07/2009 - 17:36
In accordance with its mission, Menassat reported on the publishing of the 2009 Arab Human Development report (AHDR) commissioned by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the ensuing objections by participating researchers, including leading consultant for the report Mustafa Kamel al-Sayyed. Criticism of the report focused mainly on the relegation of the impact of foreign military occupations on Arab development throughout the report. Scholars withdrew from the AHDR, accusing UNDP staff of tampering with the studies in unprofessional and unethical manners. The Jerusalem Post objected. gaza_school_children1.jpg 
Sudanese journalist faces flogging for "indecent" clothing
Posted on 29/07/2009 - 14:32
Lubna Hussein, a Sudanese journalist and UN employee in Khartoum, had her trial moved to Tuesday, after being accused of wearing "indecent" clothes. Hussein was arrested along with a group of other women in a Khartoum restaurant in early July for wearing pants. If convicted she will face 40 lashes and a fine of 100 US dollars. Sudan journalist  
Conflating regimes with their citizens
Posted on 29/07/2009 - 13:14
In a blog post entitled, "HRW's Whitson Plays the Racism Card," David Bernstein of the Wall Street Journal responded to MENASSAT's article about the Human Rights Watch/Saudi Arabia controversy, refuting claims that his accusations were racially tinged. KSA HRW 
Muslim Brotherhood's war of words with local press
Posted on 29/07/2009 - 12:04
Egypt’s powerful Muslim Brotherhood is in a new battle. This time it is not between the government, but between the Muslim Brotherhood and a local newspaper, Al Sharouq, who continues to hound the group in a series of articles aimed at what the Brotherhood has called a campaign to “discredit” the popular Islamic group in the country. Egypt brotherhood shourouq 
Algerian weeklies sidelined by yellow journalism
Posted on 28/07/2009 - 21:10
It has become common knowledge in Algeria - the political weeklies are facing a financial crisis that could lead to their bankruptcies in the coming weeks or months. Despite the renowned reporting on local and international affairs and widespread distribution, those in the media scene now believe the only way to save political weeklies is financial support. Algeria Newspapers 
Britain goes it alone in the Middle East?
Posted on 28/07/2009 - 18:31
On Sunday, the British Parliament’s Foreign Affairs committee published a report urging the British government to talk with “moderate” elements in Hamas, expand an arms embargo against Israel and make upgraded relations with the latter conditional on concrete steps towards a two-state peace deal. This comes after the British government decided to establish contact with members of Hezbollah’s “political wing” in March. Palestine UK Report 
Al-Qaeda claims responsibility for rocket launches into Israel from Lebanon
Posted on 28/07/2009 - 17:10
The militant Islamic group Al-Qaeda says it’s responsible for the rocket attacks on northern Israel from Southern Lebanon earlier this year, in a new video purportedly produced and posted on the Internet by the group. Qaeda 
Sexuality and the national struggle - being Palestinian and gay in Israel
Posted on 27/07/2009 - 13:29
Rauda Morcos has every right to hate the press. On July 2003, the Israeli newspaper Yedeot Ahronot interviewed Morcos about her poetry but also announced to the world that she was a lesbian. Palestine Rawda Morkos 
Putting words in UNIFIL’s mouth
Posted on 26/07/2009 - 16:00
The Israeli English-language press reported this week that the UN had laid the blame for both the Khirbet Salim explosion and subsequent attack on UNIFIL soldiers who arrived to investigate the explosion, at the feet of Hezbollah. Unifil deployment map.jpg 
One incident south of the Litany River… two stories
Posted on 24/07/2009 - 22:49
On July 14, an explosion took place in a deserted house in a village on the southern Lebanese border - an area closely monitored by Israel, the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, and the Lebanese Army. In a familiar refrain, fire and gun-power are serving as perfect symbols for the political visions of those who don’t care to ask why unarmed citizens would risk throwing rocks at international peace keeping forces. Lebanon Unifil 
UNDP Arab Human Development Report: Security first, occupation last
Posted on 24/07/2009 - 19:37
On Tuesday 21st the United Nations Development Program launched it's 5th Arab Human Development Report (AHDR). The independently prepared report was not presented to the public prior to its publication, but criticism began to surface even before it was released, both from researchers involved in the report and from observers. UNDP Arab Human Development report 09 cover 
President Obama and Osama bin Laden - neck and neck in the polls
Posted on 24/07/2009 - 15:57
As the media has been reporting since the release of the Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project poll on Thursday (July 23), Barack Obama's rise to the White House has not translated to an identifiable change in the way Arabs see the United States. obama-address.jpg 
Egypt loves their bloggers – in handcuffs that is
Posted on 23/07/2009 - 15:38
When Abdel Rahman Ayyash traveled to Turkey earlier this month, he expected to learn about the role of Islam in governance. The 19-year-old reform-leaning Muslim Brotherhood blogger got more than he bargained for upon returning from that trip on Wednesday evening when Egyptian security forces arrested him and a fellow blogger, Magdy Saad Egypt bloggers cartoon 
Spies like us: French security agents pose as journalists in Somalia
Posted on 23/07/2009 - 14:25
Last week (July 14), two French security operatives were kidnapped by some 15 armed men dressed in Somali Military uniforms from a hotel in the Somali capital after having checked-in as "journalists," deputy director of the Sahafi Hotel said in statements to the media. Somalia Hizbul Islam 
Sudanese migrant workers: news from the homeland
Posted on 23/07/2009 - 13:54
It’s a Saturday morning and Omar, Ahmed and Salah enjoy their weekend off by preparing food, drinking whisky and meeting and conversing with other Sudanese men who pass by for a cigarette and a delicious meal. Lebanon Angie & Son 
Mauritanian Elections: The General Wins through Democracy
Posted on 23/07/2009 - 12:10
Recent presidential election results in Mauritania left shock, astonishment and anticipation in their wake. This begs an evaluation of the different answers given to the question on so many people's minds: what happened? Mauritania Election 
Anatomy of a smear campaign: Human Rights Watch under attack
Posted on 22/07/2009 - 17:08
The Wall Street Journal, the Israeli government and its supporters attacked Human Rights Watch, alleging that the organization raised funds in Saudi Arabia by promoting its battle with pro-Israeli groups. The accusations appeared to be baseless, instead revealing an increasingly desperate attempt to smear critics of Israel’s conduct. HRW Ksa israel 
Young Egyptian journalist bags CNN award
Posted on 22/07/2009 - 15:19
An Egyptian reporter has for the first time won a prize in CNN’s African Journalist Award since the establishment of the contest fourteen years ago. Over the weekend, twenty-two year old Cairo-based journalist Ethar Kamal el-Katatney bagged the award in the Economics and Business category for her article “The Business of Islam”. MENASSAT caught up with El-Katatney over the phone in London. Egypt Ethar Kamal El-Katatney 
UN-sponsored report concludes major barriers to security in the Arab world
Posted on 22/07/2009 - 13:55
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) released a report yesterday (July 21) assessing the security situation in the Arab world. The U.N.-sponsored independently authored report was not shown to the public in advance of its release, and it faults Arab governments for curtailing growth, citing human rights as the main obstacle to development. UNDP Arab Human Development report 09 cover 
Analysis: An ode to the potential Palestinian state
Posted on 21/07/2009 - 16:32
The future of a Palestinian State is now more unclear than ever before, despite moves by the Obama administration to push forward the "peace process.” As such, Israel has stepped up its political and diplomatic overtures, in all directions, in order to create the favorable conditions for its own survival in the unlikely scenario that such a Palestinian state is actually created. Obama Jews.jpg 


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