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  • "Gay Girl in Damascus" comes out as Tom MacMaster, Istanbul

    Tom MacMaster, of Istanbul, Turkey, has just come out as the author behind A Gay Girl in Damascus. MacMaster was flushed out by Ali Abunimah and Benjamin Doherty.  Here is his message in full: Apology to readers I never expected this level of attention. While the narrative voıce may have been fictional, the facts on thıs blog are true and not mısleading as to the situation on the ground. I do not believe that I have harmed anyone -- I feel that I have created an important voice for issues that I feel strongly about. I only hope that people…

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  • Could Damascus blogger be a married couple from Edinburgh?

    The Electronic Intifada's Ali Abunimah and Benjamin Doherty may have come as close as anyone to uncovering the real identities of "A Gay Girl in Damascus." Having crisscrossed the information, they are now certain beyond doubt that the blog was a hoax, and that behind it wasn't a gay Syrian woman named "Amina Arraf", but Edinburgh spouses Thomas  MacMaster and Britta Froelicher,  or someone very close to them. In their post, Abunimah and Doherty mark out several links between the blogger and the Edinburgh couple, the most damning of which is: Amina’s” home address is the same as MacMaster’s address On…

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  • Web rallies to the aid of kidnapped "A gay girl in Damascus" blogger

    Prominent American-Syrian political blogger Amina Abdallah Arraf abducted by armed young men in Damascus * Whereabouts remain unknown * Letter-writing campaign begins, targeting senators, the White House and Syrian embassies * Updates below The Syrian-American author of one of the most important political blogs in Syria appears to have been apprehended by one of the Syrian security forces, according to a post on "A Gay Girl in Damascus". The current situation and location of the blog's regular author, Amina Abdallah Arraf, remains unclear. According to the post, written by Arraf's cousin, the blogger  was ambushed early Sunday evening on her way…

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