When the world gets closer.

We help you see farther.

Sign up to our expressly international daily newsletter.

Already a subscriber? Log in .

You've reached your limit of one free article.

Get unlimited access to Worldcrunch

You can cancel anytime .


Exclusive International news coverage

Ad-free experience NEW

Weekly digital Magazine NEW

9 daily & weekly Newsletters

Access to Worldcrunch archives

Free trial

30-days free access, then $2.90
per month.

Annual Access BEST VALUE

$19.90 per year, save $14.90 compared to monthly billing.save $14.90.

Subscribe to Worldcrunch

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

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

A R A B I C A ارابيكا

*Saudi daily Okaz reports that an unidentified 35-year-old woman is facing trial for driving herself to the hospital following a seizure. The unmarried woman was indicted for illegally driving, and will go on trial in September. She was arrested while on her way to the hospital after experiencing intestinal bleeding, and explained to police that she drove herself because of a lack of public transport, and the fact that she does not have a male driver on staff. The woman said in her statement that she "respects Saudi rules and regulations, but the circumstances of her illness pushed her to drive a car." The woman was released from jail after her father, the male guardian that every Saudi female legally must have, took responsibility for her.

*Two Omani women were arrested last week for driving in Saudi Arabia. They were released after signing pledges that they would not do it again.

The leader of one of Yemen's largest opposition parties, the Reform Party, survived an assassination attempt when gunmen fired into his car while he was driving in the capital, Sanaa. Mohammed al-Adoma stopped short of directly accusing President Ali Abdullah Saleh of the attempt, but sent out a warning that "what remains of the family is playing with fire."

A different view of the Gaza here, in this video called "The Mystery" by a pair of Arabic rappers calling themselves GazaYBO (Gaza Youth Breaks Out). At 1:25, one of the rappers breaks out in English, saying "Ain't no mystery – give me my rights, I'm going to have to fight." The duo then intersperses the new "revolutionary" Arabic, which calls for respect, freedom and dignity along with American slang. The video is the latest example of American culture blending in with the new identity people in the Arab world are creating for themselves.

@aameem74 tweets a punchy description of Egypt's ruling military leadership caught between the youth protesters and their own lingering links to Mubarak-era officials: "The military council is like a man married to two women: The first he's been with for 30 years, and doesn't want to upset her. The second, he's been with for six months, and doesn't know how to calm her."

July 20, 2011

photo credit: illustir

You've reached your limit of free articles.

To read the full story, start your free trial today.

Get unlimited access. Cancel anytime.

Exclusive coverage from the world's top sources, in English for the first time.

Insights from the widest range of perspectives, languages and countries.

Migrant Lives

They Migrated From Chiapas When Opportunities Dried Up, Orchids Brought Them Home

An orchid rehabilitation project is turning a small Mexican community into a tourist magnet — and attracting far-flung locals back to their hometown.

They Migrated From Chiapas When Opportunities Dried Up, Orchids Brought Them Home

Marcos Aguilar Pérez takes care of orchids rescued from the rainforest in his backyard in Santa Rita Las Flores, Mapastepec, Chiapas, Mexico.

Adriana Alcázar González/GPJ Mexico
Adriana Alcázar González

MAPASTEPEC — Sweat cascades down Candelaria Salas Gómez’s forehead as she separates the bulbs of one of the orchids she and the other members of the Santa Rita Las Flores Community Ecotourism group have rescued from the rainforest. The group houses and protects over 1,000 orchids recovered from El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve, in the southeastern Mexican state of Chiapas, after powerful storms.

“When the storms and heavy rains end, we climb to the vicinity of the mountains and collect the orchids that have fallen from the trees. We bring them to Santa Rita, care for them, and build their strength to reintegrate them into the reserve later,” says Salas Gómez, 32, as she attaches an orchid to a clay base to help it recover.

Like magnets, the orchids of Santa Rita have exerted a pull on those who have migrated from the area due to lack of opportunity. After years away from home, Salas Gómez was one of those who returned, attracted by the community venture to rescue these flowers and exhibit them as a tourist attraction, which provides residents with an adequate income.

Keep reading...Show less

The latest