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M.Report S01E11 – Hayfa Wahbi, despondency and its cure!

M.Report S01E11 – Hayfa Wahbi, despondency and its cure!

28 Apr, '0821 Comments

This is yesterday’s episode, sorry, had meetings outside and didn’t get back to the office to collect the laptop before going home. So I did this on Arif’s digital snapper, and the quality ain’t bad. I might actually go and buy a similar little shooter to shoot the M.Reports through. Let me know which you […]

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Delivered a lecture at Princeton University

Delivered a lecture at Princeton University

5 Mar, '086 Comments

At the invitation of Daoud Kuttab, the visiting Ferris Professor of “New Media and the Arab World” at Princeton University, I gave a lecture to his students this morning about the Middle East Human Rights and Freedom of Expression situations from a blogger’s and political activist’s perspective. This is essentially the same presentation I did […]

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“The Protection of Traditional Values”

19 Feb, '0845 Comments

I cringe whenever I hear or read those words. Why? Because they are always used as a pretext to restrict an intrinsic freedom or used as a justification for trouncing all over a basic human right. It is as if “Traditions” are sacrosanct, enshrined and set in gold. They – we are led to believe […]

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déjà vu

déjà vu

6 Feb, '084 Comments

The current climate is in marked contrast to that in 2005, when King Abdullah came to the throne promising change. Having pinned their hopes on him, reformists now feel he has failed to deliver. Saudi blogger Fouad al-Farhan has been detained since December for speaking out on behalf of the jailed reformists. BBC – Whatever […]

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Saudi blogger Fouad Al-Farhan arrested

Saudi blogger Fouad Al-Farhan arrested

23 Dec, '0727 Comments

Fouad Al-Farhan is one of a very few Saudi bloggers who chooses to blog under their own name, publishes his picture and challenges the establishment with utter bravery has been arrested in Saudi. This is not Fouad’s first altercation with the authorities there. His blog has been banned in Saudi in February 2007. He resumed […]

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