Yemeni Gay Activist Faces Death

Mon Jun 24 2013
Yemeni Gay Activist Faces Death
Internationally known Yemeni activist Ala’a Jarban is facing death threats after revealing that he is gay in a blog posting. Jarban participated in the months-long 2011 Yemeni revolution which ousted the President Ali Abdullah Saleh, after 33 years. The 23 year-old recent Sana’a University graduate came out while in Montreal, during his three-week training program at the human rights...

Leading Egyptian Dissident Defends CyberDissidents.org

Thu May 24 2012
Leading Egyptian Dissident Defends CyberDissidents.org
On July 13, 2010, formerly imprisoned Egyptian democracy activist, Saad Eddin Ibrahim, wrote:   "A small group of activists in the Middle East have attacked CyberDissidents.org because some of its members are Israeli.  I serve as an advisory board member to this marvelous organization and I am saddened by the attacks on it.  CyberDissidents.org promotes freedom of...

Arab Spring Weekly Update

Fri Mar 23 2012
BAHRAIN King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa announced on March 20, 2012, that “significant progress” has been made in implementing democratic reforms demanded by protesters during the Bahraini uprising last year, though the Kingdom’s opposition parties doubt that the future holds justice for the thousand-plus protesters who were imprisoned over the course of the past year. Prior to the...

Arab Spring Weekly Update

Tue Mar 6 2012
BAHRAIN Bahrain’s Ambassador to the U.S., Houda Nonoo, provoked anger among activists after commending the the peaceful coexistence of Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus and Baha`i in the Gulf Kingdom. Regarding last year’s events, the ambassador said: “Bahrain’s government is committed to reform, and to implementing progressive policies that will help achieve...

Ahed Al Hendi to Join CNN Panel February 9th

Mon Feb 6 2012
CNN Dialouges: The Arab ‘Spring’: A Path to Democracy? A singular protest by a Tunisian street vendor ignited rebellion, resistance and regime change that spurred a tumultuous year across the Arab world. Now, armed with new media, fresh and vibrant voices are emerging all across the region to challenge old political control and some cultural traditions. What is often called the...