Stories about Breaking News from June, 2008
GV Summit- Day Two Completed!
While Day One of the Global Voices Summit focused on Advocacy, today focused more upon Global Voices proper, with information presented on the other GV projects of Rising Voices and Lingua. The day began with an introduction by Georgia Poppelwell (GV Managing Director) and Solana Larsen (GV Managing Editor), in...
GV Summit: Day One a Success!
The first day of the Global Voices 2008 Summit in Budapest, Hungary was a wild success, as far as we can see (obviously we can't know all of the implications this early in the game). The morning started with an introduction from Ethan Zuckerman and Rebecca MacKinnon, founders of Global...
Jordan: A Hushed Up Secret
From Jordan, Naseem Tarawnah writes about a letter “written and signed by a group of ex-politicians, including a past prime minister and head of the GID, Ahmad Obeidat, and essentially it strongly criticizes the government for its liberal economic policies, the way it is being managed, and more specifically, the...
“Qatar's greatest football moment…”
Football fans in Qatar were ecstatic over the Qatari national teams 1-0 win over Iraq in a World Cup qualifier. Greeker described it as “Qatar's greatest football moment…” writing: 75th minute, Said Bachir heads in a goal. A moment frozen in time. QATAR lives its greatest moment in international football....
Philippines: Ferry disaster
More than 700 are dead or missing after a ship capsized in central Philippines. Talim ng Araw blames the ship owners and coastal guards. Some pictures of the tragedy were uploaded by Ang Umalohokan.
Philippines: Maritime disaster
Ang Umalohokan lists the worst maritime disasters in the Philippines.
Lebanon: Condoleezza Rice's Surprise Visit
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made an unannounced, five-hour visit to Lebanon on Monday, June 16. She declared her government’s support for the newly elected Lebanese president, as well as for the Lebanese government, the parliament’s speaker and the democratic system in the country. Rice last visited Lebanon during...
Lebanon: on going clashes
“Last night, three people were killed and four wounded [in Taalbaya and Saadnayel, two tiny villages in the Bekaa] in fighting that lasted from late evening to early morning and included RPGs and mortars…The victims, predictably, are all civilians who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong...
Armenia: A1 Plus European Court Ruling
Six years after it was effectively removed from the airwaves, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has finally ruled in favor of the A1 Plus TV Station. Known for its criticism of the authorities, A1 Plus failed to win a tender for its own broadcasting frequency in April 2002.
Malaysia: Handover of term
The Brooding Lizard reacts to the report that the Malaysian Prime Minister has agreed to a handover or transfer of power early next year.
Japan: Toyota's Kanban System, Applied to Humans
A post by blogger boiledema [ja], offering an alternative perspective on the background of Tomohiro Kato, offender in Sunday's Akiba massacre, has drawn a huge reaction, with over 1200 bookmarks [ja] on Hatena. boiledema suggests that Toyota's system of Kanban production is being applied to human beings, through unstable short-term...
Egyptian Blogger Faces a Defamation Case for Highlighting environmental pollution
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information reports on the first defamation case against the blogger Tamer Mabrouk – Elhakika blog, by a company called ‘Trust Chemicals’. “This case aims to silence the voice of a blogger who writes about the crime of polluting a lake that connects many cities...
Blogger witnesses whales beaching in Madagascar
The mass stranding of at least one hundred melon-headed whales were reported in the mangrove of Antsohihy Bay (Northwest region of Madagascar) in the first week of June. Harinjaka and the non-governmental organization Fanamby were among the first to report (fr) and publish photos (mg) of this ecological disaster. The...
China: Olympic torch in Shangri-La
A thread on popular bbs site Tianya.cn is providing photos and live updates of today's Olympic torch relay, as it passes through the part of Yunnan province often referred to as Shangri-La, along with photos of local scenic and cultural sights.
Japan: Bloggers on Akihabara knife rampage
A knife attack in Tokyo's Akihabara area has taken the lives of at least seven people and left many more injured. The suspect apparently crashed a two-ton rented truck into pedestrians on an intersection close to Akihabara station, and then began attacking onlookers. Bloggers at and near the scene describe what they saw through words and photos.
Egypt: Doctors shoot video of hospital blackout emergency
With more frequency now, hospitals are being managed as big businesses with clients instead of health facilities with patients. Doctors who wish to honor their Hippocratic Oath have to hope that their hospital management has the same ideal of keeping the good of the patient as the highest priority. This was the case last week in the Al Matrya teaching hospital in Egypt, where 4 babies and 2 adults on life support lost their lives due to a 2 hour blackout in the early morning hours and generators failed to kick in once again.
Lebanon: Israel exchanges Nissir for remains
“He has an Israeli Jewish mother and a Lebanese Muslim father and held Israeli citizenship at the time of his arrest,” reports Sursock about the freeing of Nassim Nissir, who was received in Lebanon.
Lebanon: Attacks on the army
Friday Lunch Club reports on two terrorist attacks on the Lebanese Army – one in the south of Lebanon being by a suicide bomber and the other was in the north of Lebanon.