The Media’s Chickens Come Home to Roost with the Amina Hoax

This was written by B.Full disclosure: Last month I wrote a piece for MMW about the new 'blog heroine', Amina Abdullah. The thrust of my piece was my discomfort at her being promoted by the Western media as such a central figure in the Syrian uprising. However, the planned posting date coinciding with Amina's kidnapping and the story was spiked on grounds of taste.Of course, we now know that Amina was now an entirely fictional figure. Opprobrium has been heaped on the perpetrator of the … [Read more...]

Why Did Tom MacMaster Choose to be “A Gay Girl” Blogging from Damascus?

So the whole thing turned out to be a hoax.Throughout the last few weeks, I have been a regular reader of the blog “A Gay Girl in Damascus,” especially during the current unrest in Syria. As Sara wrote in her post, “A Gay Girl in Damascus Tells It Like It Is,” the presumed author of the blog, Amina Abdullah, “is being celebrated as the unlikely voice of Syrian revolution.” The blogger wrote about the daily frustrations she faced as a 35-year-old lesbian living in Damascus.But after reading … [Read more...]

Updates: Amina Abdullah and Eman al-Obeidi

Two important updates on stories that we have covered over the past couple months!First, Sara Yasin wrote recently about a blog called "A Gay Girl in Damascus," where Syrian-American blogger Amina Abdullah Arraf has been writing about the revolution in Syria.  Amina Abdullah Arraf was allegedly abducted on June 6, and has not been heard from.  Many news organizations have since questioned her identity, especially the pictures assumed to be hers were discovered to be of another woman, Jelena Lec … [Read more...]

A Gay Girl in Damascus Tells It Like It Is

Amina Abdullah is being celebrated as the unlikely voice of Syria’s revolution. She is a 35-year-old Syrian-American woman living in Damascus. On her blog, she writes candidly about her life as a lesbian in Syria. She garnered international attention after a post describing how her father was in an altercation with the state police.Abdullah’s blog is not only significant as an account of someone in the midst of Syria’s revolution.  It is also important because it is creating more opportunities … [Read more...]