In the past two years, the interest in the Middle East increased considerably, due to the political unrest and to the Arab Spring movements. More and more people show interest, not only in what is happening in the Middle East states, but also in the history of those states and people.
Since information is currently searched online, as people spend more and more time in front of their computers and they find it more and more difficult to read a book or the newspaper. However, given the huge number of news blogs and online magazines, it is difficult to recognize the sources that can really be trusted to provide accurate and objective information.
Here are 10 blogs dedicated to Middle East politics and history, voted as the most interesting and trustworthy:
1. Arabist is the blog you need to check if you are into Egyptian politics, as it monitors the events in the Egypt post-revolution era. Issandr el Amrani is the author of most of the posts, a journalist who commented for various international publications and lived for more than 10 years in Cairo.
2. Saudiwoman is a rather unusual blog for the Middle East, started and administrated by a woman, Eman Al Nafjan. Her blog focuses on violations of the human rights, Islamophobia, Saudi Arabian women’s rights and movements, but also with the conflict between Palestine and Israel. Her blog is a must-follow, as it also made it to the final of 2011 Bloggies, for the category “Best Asian Blog”.
3. The Blogfather was set up by Bahrain national Mahmood Nasser Al-Yousif, as an attempt to fill in the gap between the Arabian and the global culture.
4. Afrah Nasser, named after its administrator, reflects the professionalism and the ability to grasp information of the Yemen Observer journalist, over a year of posts on news, politics and personal opinions. Her presentation of the Yemen protests and her freedom of speech conquered readers around the world.
5. Another blog about Egypt, named Rantings of the Sandmonkey, is administrated by Mahmoud Salem, who used to blog anonymously, until he was attacked near Cairo’s Tahrir Square, in February 2012. His blog won the people’s choice award for the best blog in English and the Deutsche Welle’s blog award.
6. BlackIris takes its name after Jordan’s national flower and was started by Naseem Tarawnah, a student living in Amman, preoccupied mostly by the Jordanian politics and social problems. The blog already won two Brass Crescent Awards as the best Middle East Blog.
7. Lina Al-Sharif, a student at the Universityof Gaza blogs about life in the region on LivefromGaza: 360 square km of chaos.
8. SillyBahrainGirl is a blog set up by Amira Al Hussaini, Global Voice editor covering the Middle East and the North of Africa.
9. Mark Makhoul and Nataly Tawil blog on 248am, not about politics, but about various topics, such as living in Kuwait, with everything this involves.
10. If you want something different, if you like your news to come in a funny way, then Maya Zankoul’s cartoon blog, Maya’s Amalgam, will do the trick for you. Originating from Saudi Arabia, Maya lives in Lebanon now, a life that she describes in her blog through cartoons. Her illustrations enjoyed lots of success, as she has already published two books.