Forgot your password?

Choose a newsletter

Premium access granted to you by Expatica

You've been given FREE premium access to Worldcrunch

Enter your email to begin


ARABICA - A Daily Shot Of What the Arab World is Saying/Hearing/Sharing



A  R  A  B  I  C  A    



*A Saudi woman named Manal al-Sharif was arrested for violating the public order after she was caught driving in the eastern part of the country. 

*Budoor tweets, “King Abdullah signals that women will soon be allowed to drive!” linking to an interview with the Saudi monarch in which he professed his respect for women, and, regarding the driving issue, said that “patience is a virtue.” The interview, however took place more than two years ago, and there is no sign that women will be permitted to drive anytime soon.


*Saad Wefae is a pharmacist from the northern Syrian city of Aleppo who was arrested last month after requesting a permit from the authorities to hold a protest. A new Facebook group is demanding his freedom. Commenters ask the administrator to add more information about Wefae, though little is known and no details have been made since his arrest. One person wrote, “A man asks for a permit for a peaceful demonstration and is arrested – why?”


*@RevolutionSyria tweeted a link to a video saluting the brave Syrians who are risking not only their lives to film, photograph and document state-sponsored violence, but to post it online in a country where the Internet is heavily monitored in the best of times.

 *The video features a voiceover by an activist who tells viewers: “People now have to play a bigger role.” Facebook and Twitter are bringing the reality on the ground to the outside world. “Syrians with access to Facebook and Twitter – you have a responsibility. There are people paying with their blood. Take an hour every day and spread the word.” The activist, speaking over a montage of tweets and Facebook pages, reminds Syrians that “if we fail, we will be held to account for those who have been killed.”


*In Egypt, the Sheikh (leader) of Al Azhar University confirmed he would not meet with any Israeli, a big topic in the Egyptian media as it remains unclear how relations will proceed between the two countries. Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb also condemned Israeli interference in Egyptian affairs. 



May 23, 2011


photo credit: illustir


Sign up for our Worldcrunch Weekly newsletter now

Be a part of the conversation. Click to show comments

Worldcrunch brings top stories from the world's best news sources into English for the first time.

- Find out how we work
- Stay connected with our newsletter
- Try premium access for just $0.99

Want to get in touch or report a bug? Find us at

Load More Stories

Unlimited access to exclusive journalism, the best world news source across all your devices

Subscribe Now Photo of Worldcrunch on different devices

Your premium access to Worldcrunch is provided by

University of Central Lancashire

Please register to begin

By registering you agree to our terms of service and privacy policy.