Stories about Breaking News from June, 2007
Senegal: Ousmane Sembéne is no more
Alexcia announces the death of Ousmane Sembéne: “Known to kenyan as the author of “God's Bits of Wood, London : Heinemann, 1995.” Senegal's Ousmane Sembéne has died at the age of 84.”
Martinique: Legislative Election Underwhelms
le blog de [moi] writes about the legislative elections in Martinique [Fr], noting that 65% percent of voters stayed home–nearly the same proportion as voted in the French presidential election. Understandable, [moi] writes, given the mediocrity of the candidates.
Algerian blogger taken to court
Today, June 11th, 2007, will be the first time that an Algerian blogger is being taken to court for articles posted on his personnel blog. Abdulsalam Baroudi is being sued by Tlemcen’s Director of Religious Affairs, who has accused him of posting defamatory material on his personal blog on February...
China: Flickr filtered
The distinct 2.0ness with which an unprecedented environmental protest was carried out last week in southern China's seaside Xiamen city seems to have resulted, as of June 7, in the service of two websites key to the exclusive blog coverage of the event being disrupted: Bullog.cn, where live updates from...
Kuwait: Omani Cyclone
Everyone has heard about the cyclone by now that is just reaching Oman and is expected to move north towards the Eastern provinces of Saudi and then maybe Kuwait,” reports Kuwaitism.
D.R. Congo: Four-Way Talks Discuss Security in the Great Lakes
Kakaluigi writes that officials from Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, and the DRC met this afternoon in Lubumbashi [fr] to discuss the security situation in the Great Lakes region and posts a photo from the Kaniola massacre.
Oman: Tropical Cyclone Gonu Hits Oman
The government of Oman declared a state of emergency as the country was hit today by the Tropical Cyclone Gonu, a tropical storm that has now reached a category 5 danger status. The storm is expected to run across the coast of the country over a period of three days. The Royal Oman Police has been making continuous announcements over TV and radio on how to deal with the crisis. ROP reported that they have evacuated the 7,000 residents of Mesirah Island, the first Omani state to be hit by the cyclone. Riyadh Al Balushi gives us a review of what bloggers are writing about the disaster.
Trinidad & Tobago: Fourth Terror Suspect in Custody
Trinidad and Tobago News Blog reports that Abdel Nur, the fourth suspect in the JFK terror plot, has turned himself in.
Cuba: Today in Havana
Henry Gomez at Babalu blogs live as he follows the unfolding of The Today Show coverage in Cuba.
Morocco: June Brings Blogging, Festivals, and a Reopening
As June rolls in, so do many other events across Morocco and the greater Maghreb. June 1 - Blog for the Maghreb Day, The Fes Festival of World Sacred Music, and celebrity sightings - all in the first few days of the month. Jillian York has the story.
Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana: JFK “terror” plot
Bloggers in Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana react with consternation to news that four of their countrymen have been implicated in an alleged "terror plot" against JFK International Airport in New York.
Lebanon: Explosion Rocks Beirut Suburb
“An explosion has been reported in the Sid el Baucherieh suburb of Beirut, next to the Mar Ta2la church. The exact time of the explosion was 8:15 pm, coinciding with a meeting of security officials at the Prime Minister's offices in the Saraya. The number of wounded has been increased...
D.R. of Congo: More Violence in Eastern Congo
Kakaluigi continues blogging about the worsening security situation in eastern Congo along the Rwandan border, writing about an attack at Kaniola [Fr] in which a girl less than ten years old was raped and a pregnant woman eviscerated. MP Vicky Katumwa of the People's Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD)...
Monem is free
Egyptian blogger and Journalist Abdel Monem Mahmoud, is free. Monem “arrived to his home in Alexandria less than two hours ago after being released from police custody,” said a statement published on the Brothers English website accompanied with recent photos of Monem smiling between his father and friends. “I just...
D.R. of Congo: Missionary Blogs as Security Situation Worsens along Congolese-Rwandan Border
Kakaluigi [Fr] is blogging several times daily about the deteriorating security situation in Bukavu. He posts information about an attack on a village at Kabare, on the road to Walungu, Thursday night and an attack on Wednesday night in Sud-Kivu. The archbishop of Bukavu is warning that of a new...
Egypt: Jailed Blogger Disappears
“Egyptian blogger Monem, whose release was ordered on May 30 by general prosecutor after 46 days imprisonment in Southern Cairo Torah prison was deported from prison at 2pm yesterday May 31st. Mr. Islam Lotfy, Monem’s lawyer, contacted us now from Cairo saying Monem was able to have someone call him...
Madagascar, France: Expulsion of French Citizens Raises Concerns about Government's Authoritarianism
Two French citizens, Christian Chadefaux and Father Urfer, who both lived for decades in Madagascar, were declared persona non grata by the Malagasy government last month. These decisions came a few days after the election of Nicolas Sarkozy as president of France who made the expulsion of illegal immigrants one...