MENAVista recommends the following websites for those wishing to gain a deeper understanding of the Middle East and North Africa region.
Baghdad Burning Blog - A 20-something Iraqi lady's blog under the pseudonym of Riverbend. Written from Baghdad. Frequently updated and an excellent source to get one Iraqi's feel for how things are going.
Where is Raed? - The web log of the famous "Baghdad Blogger" Salam Pax who wrote before, during and after the war. Less frequently updated now, but like Riverbend a great source to get a feel for how a young Iraqi in Baghdad feels about things.
The Gulf/2000 Project - Run out of Colombia University, the public website of the Gulf/2000 project is an excellent starting point for learning about or researching the Persian Gulf region.
Al-Jazeera in English - The English language website of the now famous Arab television news network.
Al-Hayat in English - The English language website of the respected pan-Arab newspaper based in London.
Al-Mashriq - A site based in Norway (the site is in English though) with a wealth of cultural information about the Levant region, or as they put it "Cultural riches from the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean".
Nadia's Middle Eastern Cooking Site - Over 50 Middle Eastern recipes online.
MENA Report - An excellent site for economic and commercial news in the Middle East and North Africa. Not related to MENAVista in any way.
Bitter Lemons - A unique forum where Israeli and Palestinian academics debate each other openly. As the title suggests, the opposing points of view aren't always in harmony, but the discussion is free, honest, and very insightful.
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