Newsletter 24

Menassat Newsletter 24

Put yourself in her shoes
Posted on 05/01/2008 - 13:46
On Labor Day 2008, Human Rights Watch calls attention to Lebanon's domestic workers who are still denied the most basic rights. With the slogan, 'Put yourself in her shoes,' the NGO hopes to enlist the support of the Arab media in order to better the lives of Lebanon's nannies and housemaids. Domestic workers in Lebanon. © Simba Ruseau / 
Return of the prison porn movies scandal
Posted on 04/30/2008 - 18:07
The managing editor of the Mauritanian newspaper Points Chauds is facing a new trial because of a three-year-old article about porn movies being shot at a Nouakchott prison. The real reason, Moulay Najim says, is a more recent article in which he criticized President Sidi Ould Sheikh Abdallah. pointschauds.jpg 

Two sides to every story
Posted on 04/29/2008 - 18:25
"A mother and her four children were killed in their house in Beit Hanoun in Gaza on Monday morning," was how the news went out in the Arab, Israeli and international media alike. How it could have happened depends on which media you ask. Beit Hanoun 

Fighting racism, one child at a time
Posted on 04/28/2008 - 17:19
One in five people in Lebanon today is a domestic worker from Sri Lanka, Ethiopia or the Philippines. Simba Russeau organized a media workshop at a school where their children mix with those of Iraqi and other refugees. Using interview techniques, she tried to get the kids to overcome their prejudices against each other. Lebanon, Children of Domestics.jpg 

Iraq learns to laugh at itself again
Posted on 04/24/2008 - 20:29
Al-Karook means a baby's cradle in the Iraqi language. It is also a new weekly magazine the likes of which the Iraqis haven't seen in more than three decades: a satirical magazine using the language of the street. MENASSAT spoke to Al-Karook's funder and publisher, Dr. Kazem al-Mokdadi. alkarouk 

Rapping across the sectarian divide
Posted on 04/23/2008 - 11:57
Rappers from across Lebanon's confessional divide, including some from the Palestinian camp Bourj al-Barajneh, performed in downtown Beirut on Monday. HipHopBey210408.jpg 

C for censorship
Posted on 04/22/2008 - 16:08
Egypt's Morality Police has confiscated a new graphic novel, Metro, by Lybian-born artist Magdi El-Shafee, claiming it offended public morals. metro1.jpg 

A new kid on the UAE block
Posted on 04/21/2008 - 14:12
The first issue of The National, the newest addition to the UAE's growing number of English-language newspapers, hit news stands last Thursday. An ambitious initiative, led by former Telegraph editor Martin Newland, it will have to navigate between its editorial ambitions and its government ownership. national.jpg