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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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  • A Gay Girl in... Edinburgh?

    As days go by, more and more details emerge on the backstage workings of the Gay Girl in Damascus blog, the author of which was ostensibly "disappeared" in Damascus last week.  The website Lezgetreal, which played a key role in the establishment and early fame of the blog, published the two IP addresses from which "Amina" logged on to the site  (h/t commenter Louise). The same address was found by Googlesome readers to have been used in the editing of several Wikipedia article, including one on an incident at Edinburgh University involving Israeli diplomat Ishmael Khali, another on Martin of…

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  • Gay? Girl? Damascus? Plot thickens around Syrian blogger

    On Monday, this blog was one of the first to spread the world of the abduction of Syrian blogger Amina Abdallah Arraf, author of A Gay Girl in Damascus. A post on AGGID, purportedly written by Arraf's cousin Rania Ismail, reported that two men bundled Amina into a car with a pro-regime sticker. A few hours later, a new post appeared, reporting there was no progress in the search for Amina. Then the blog went silent. Come Thursday, however, very little remains of the stark and gripping tale that spread around the globe only a few days earlier. Try hard as…

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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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