Stories about Migration & Immigration from April, 2007
Arabeyes: On Selling a Palestinian Kidney and Changing the Israeli Flag
Do you want to know why a Palestinian wants to sell his kidney, or what had happened to the bicycle of a Lebanese blogger on September 10, 2001? What is more difficult: returning home after living abroad for five years or demanding that Israel changes its flag just as the Kurds want to change the Iraqi flag? And last but not least: why does Ala'a Abdulfattah - the Godfather of Egyptian bloggers - say he isn't and was never a blogger? To know more, read on.
Egypt: Sinai Bedouins Seek Refuge in Israel
Writing at Kabobfest, blogger Hanaan reports the plight of a Sinai bedouin, who is seeking entry into Israel. “You know police brutality has reached a new low in Egypt when hundreds of the country's poorest would rather seek refuge in Israel than face Mubarak's hired guns. The government should be...
Kurdistance: A Week Like Any Other
The news coming out of the Kurdish blogs this week is as varied as the landscape of Kurdistan itself. From predictions on Syrian Kurd alliances with Israel, to censorship in Turkey; from explorations of Northern Iraq, to essays on intolerance, the Kurdish bloggers cover it all. But for this week, I think we will begin with why, to Kurds, April is considered as the "Bride of the Year".
Arabeyes: Palestinian Jordanian Anyone?
Jordanian blogger Hareega is furious that people avoid discussing racism in his society. He is particularly angry about the discrimination Jordanians of Palestinian origin go through in a country he claims they have helped build and project to the level it is today. يبدو أن الناس بشكل عام تتفادى الخوض...
Tanzania: blog about Swahili film in the US
A blog about a Swahili film, Bongoland II: “This weekend we conducted screen tests for JUMA. The process went well and we were very impressed by the brave souls who dared to take on the challenge. We also want to thank those who made sacrifices to be at the event...
Ukraine: Yulia Tymoshenko's Article
Taras Kuzio discusses Yulia Tymoshenko's lengthy Foreign Affairs piece – and her allegedly good command of English: “In Tymoshenko’s case we can thank her growing knowledge of English on my home region of Yorkshire which produced her rock n’roll son-in-law.”
Nigeria: stop criticizing the government from the Diaspora
Pause to Ponder defends his opinion about the state of Nigerian democracy: “The above topic was inspired by my last post, which has earned me bashing from 2 fellow bloggers, I bet a lot more are still coming. Their vituperations are long awaited though, because of my own perspectives of...
Jamaica: Caribbean Film wins Outstanding Feature
Jamaican Geoffrey Philp takes note of Caribbean filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon's A Winter Tale, which was honoured as Outstanding Canadian Feature at the 7th annual ReelWorld Film Festival.
Somalia: Somalis in the US pledge funds to oppose occupation
Banaadir blogs about Somalis in Minnesota pledging support and funds to liberate Somalia from foreign occupation: “Somali Minnesotans raised funds, signed petitions, sang patriotic songs, cried and felt for the rape victims, wounded, massacred, displaced, refugees, and the suffering masses in Mogadishu. They listened lectures from prominent speakers such Ex-Prime...
Africa: AfroSpear – a Think Tank for People of African Descent
A new blog on the block: Afrospear – A Think Tank for People of African Descent, “Welcome to AfroSpear! We are one galaxy in an interplanetary solar system of BLACKNESS…Blackness that is inclusive as well as incisive. We are united by our African-ness and our love for our people and...
Arabisto: Egyptian Virginia Tech Victim Ignored by Media
“Friends of Virginia Tech shooting victim Waleed Shaalan, from Egypt, are calling him a hero. Friends have told this news station in Virginia that Waleed distracted shooter Seung Hui-Cho, so that three of his friends could to escape the shooting. Why the mainstream media hasn’t caught wind of this, I...
How [NOT] To: Armenian Genocide Protest
Points about what is appropriate for an Armenian to do on the Armenian genocide remembrance day – April 24th, started earlier this week by the Armenia blog were picked up by the Ahousekeeper in his post: “Dress code? Yes, dress code!”, followed by a lively discussion: One day out of...
Japan: Foreign population in Tokyo
Adamu blogs about the details and implications of “population movement survey” conducted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
A Guadeloupean Family Heads Back to Africa
Regardailleurs writes about a Guadeloupean family that decided to abandon the privileges of French citizenship and “repatriate” to Benin (Fr), land of their ancestors, after centuries of exile.
The Moroccan blogosphere reacts to the Virginia Tech massacre
These past few days, the world's eyes have been turned toward the Virginia Tech massacre; the Moroccan blogosphere in particular notes the connection that Fox News has tried to make between Islam and the Virginia Tech gunman. Bo18, a blogger of the Moroccan diaspora, says, “You could've guessed it. Fox...
Bahrain: Transporting Humans?
Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif is enraged that labourers in his country are transported in the back of open trucks, in defiance of an existing law which protects them from being ferried like cattle.
Lusosphere Reports The First Round of East Timor's Elections
Timor-Leste is holding its first national election as an independent nation, and the vote counting now indicates the need for a second round to decide the next President. The voting occurred on April 9 and the counting process has generated some perplexing news, which should be expected in a country with no previous electoral experience. Less expected was the fact that the spokesman for the National Electoral Commission (CNE), Father Martinho Gusmão, delivered his press conferences in four languages one after the other -- Tetum, Portuguese, Indonesian and English. After raising serious concerns by personally expressing doubts about 'illogical' outcomes from the ballot processing, Father Gusmão was removed and explanations were presented by other officials. See what Portuguese sources are reporting...
Barbados: The Meaning of Being Caribbean
Barbadian blogger Gallimaufry links to BBCCaribbean.com as West Indians the world over answer the question, “What does it mean to be Caribbean?”
Palestinian Captures Virginia Tech Shooting on Cell Phone
Blogger Rima Abdelkader reports that a Palestinian student captured the massacre that took place at Virginia Tech “One Virginia Tech student became a citizen journalist today by capturing some of the shooting through his cell phone. With a Nokia N70 camera phone in hand and a lot of courage, Virginia...
Lebanon: Two Lebanese Students Killed in Virginia Tech Massacre
Two Lebanese students were among the 32 killed in the Virginia Tech massacre, according to bloggers Nadia Gerges and Rima Abdelkader. “Two of our own died today. Reema Samaha and Ross Alameddine, of Lebanese decent, were brutally murdered by Virginia Tech killer Cho Seung-Hui on Monday, April 17th. The Lebanese...
Ukraine: Family History
Wu Wei resumes writing about her father's life: “No wonder his nationality was not so clear. And no wonder he could apparently speak Polish, Romanian, Hungarian and Ukrainian when he arrived in Brussels.”