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Jordan: Arab Spring Clears Way for Press Freedoms

Jordan: Arab Spring Clears Way for Press Freedoms | News from Arabia | Scoop.it
The Arab Spring uprisings that toppled four Arab leaders have forced Mideast governments to allow more freedom of expression and of the press, Jordan's prime minister said Monday, but critics charged that Jordan itself is not doing enough.
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Why are stories about freedoms important?

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Awaiting a Modern Press Law in Qatar

Awaiting a Modern Press Law in Qatar | News from Arabia | Scoop.it
On the 10th anniversary of the ratification of the Qatari constitution, the country's press is still not free.
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Again, one of our country's basic rights, freedom of the press, is not always the case in other countries.

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Ballet Gains a Toehold in the Middle East

Ballet Gains a Toehold in the Middle East | News from Arabia | Scoop.it
The world's leading companies are adding the Gulf region to their itineraries, performing the classics to sold-out houses.
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Looking for some ballet news from the Middle East?

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Bahrain: 6 Jailed for Insults to King

Bahrain: 6 Jailed for Insults to King | News from Arabia | Scoop.it
A Bahraini court jailed six people for a year on Wednesday for insulting King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa in messages on Twitter, the official news agency said.
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Can you imagine if we jailed all the people who insulted our president on Twitter or Facebook? 

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Climber Is First Saudi Woman to Scale Mount Everest

Climber Is First Saudi Woman to Scale Mount Everest | News from Arabia | Scoop.it
A climber became the first Saudi woman to climb Mount Everest when she reached the peak successfully with 63 others, according to mountaineering officials.
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Why is it especially notable that this is about a Saudi Arabian woman?

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How Qatar seized control of the Syrian revolution - FT.com

How Qatar seized control of the Syrian revolution - FT.com | News from Arabia | Scoop.it
A short drive from the rising skyscrapers of Doha’s West Bay, emblems of the once-sleepy Qatari capital’s frenetic growth, the three-starred flag of the Syrian revolution can be seen fluttering over a modern villa guarded by police cars.
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I found the information about Qatar interesting - more than the specifics about their involvement in the war in Syria.

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UNICEF Iraq - The children - The Situation of Children in Iraq

UNICEF Iraq - The children - The Situation of Children in Iraq | News from Arabia | Scoop.it
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Do you think you would want to live in Iraq? Read on.

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Indentured Servitude in the Persian Gulf

Indentured Servitude in the Persian Gulf | News from Arabia | Scoop.it
In Qatar, Asian workers can’t change jobs or leave the country without permission.
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Do you think workers' rights aren't important? Read this story of nightmare conditions.

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For Race Organizers, the Show Must Go On in Bahrain

For Race Organizers, the Show Must Go On in Bahrain | News from Arabia | Scoop.it
Formula One returns this weekend to the scene of what in recent years has been its most tense and controversial race.
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Formula One racing in Bahrain.

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Saudi Arabia: New Virus Spreads

Saudi Arabia: New Virus Spreads | News from Arabia | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia has confirmed six new cases of the SARS-like coronavirus in its Eastern Province in recent days, the state news media reported.
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Is this the next Yellow Fever? How can we get out in front of this and keep people from dying?

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Bahrain citizens denied basic rights

Bahrain citizens denied basic rights | News from Arabia | Scoop.it
In the U.S., many citizens exercise their right to peaceful assembly. However, in Bahrain this basic human right is being denied.
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It is always worth noting that some of the rights we take for granted in our country do not exist everywhere.

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