Stories about War & Conflict from January, 2008
Lebanon: Demonstrations, Deaths and Specter of Civil War
Here is a random selection of bloggers’ reflections on yesterday’s incidents which started as demonstrations against electricity shortages and against hikes in prices but ended in riots, shootings and deaths.
Palestine: Qassams, Gas or Hamas?
Is it the Qassams, gas or Hamas that brought on the latest crisis in Gaza. Palestinian Haitham Sabbah spells out his thoughts in this post.
Morocco: Who is Responsible for the Gaza Crisis?
From Morocco, Abdelilah Boukili asks who is responsible for the current situation in Gaza.
East Timor: On Suharto's death
In late 1975, East Timor was invaded and occupied by Indonesia, which led to a 24 year rule and it is estimated that up to 200,000 people, one-third of the local population, died as a result of it. This invasion was commanded by General Suharto, Indonesia's former dictator. Here is how a few bloggers connected to East Timor reacted to the news of his death at the age of 86 this Sunday January, 27.
UK: Armenian Genocide Memorial Vandalized
Blogian and Unzipped report on the desecration of a monument erected to honor the victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide in the Welsh city of Cardiff. The vandalism occurred on the eve of an event to remember slain Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink. Seta's Armenian blog posts a press release stating...
Afghanistan: Iranian Weapons in Farah?
Joshua Foust is skeptikal about another declaration made by a mid-level official that Iran is allegedly sending weapons to the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Blogger of the Week: Salam Adil
Global Voices Online kicks off a series of weekly interviews with the bloggers and cyberactivists who amplify the voices of citizen journalists in their countries on this site. Our first interview is with Iraqi Salam Adil, who brings us the heartbreaking stories, joys, observations, tribulations and hopes of Iraqi bloggers.
Flagging at the Iraqi Blogodrome
Iraq has a new national flag. Some people may say that flags are really not important, but for Iraq it is big deal. Every new regime has sought to cement its presence through the national symbol. And this government is no exception. So what do Iraqi's really think and were the media right? And, if you read to the end, find out what design the Iraqi bloggers collectively agreed upon.
Davos: peeking in and participating through videos
The World Economic Forum´s annual meeting of political and business leaders is taking place between January 23rd and January 27th in Davos, Switzerland. This year, common people can participate in this forum by giving their ideas to make the world a better place and posting it on the YouTube video sharing site.
Iran:Photos for Peace
Photos for Peace calls itself a photo-sharing network of activists dedicated to stopping the United States from starting a war with Iran.
Bosnia & Herzegovina: Srebrenica Child Victims
Srebrenica Genocide Blog republishes a list of child victims of the Srebrenica massacre issued by Bosnia & Herzegovina's Federal Commission for Missing Persons.
Iran:Logos to support Gaza
Muslim Bloggers Association has published a couple of logos[Fa] to support Palestinians in Gaza strip.One of logos says:”Gaza is a land of resistance in blood and fire.”
Lebanon: Car Bomb Targets Counter-Terrorism Captain
Yet another terrorist attack targeted Lebanon leaving behind deaths and destruction. Today, at 10am local time, a car bomb killed Lebanon’s active counter–terrorism police officer, Captain Wissam Eid and three others. The explosion along the Hazmieh highway, just on the outskirts of Beirut, also wounded 38 other persons. Moussa Bashir sums up some of Lebanese bloggers’ reactions to the incident.
Afghanisan: Rifts within the Taliban
Bipasha Ray reports on some striking news in the development of the Taliban insurgency, which could point to increasing internal rifts.
Afghanistan: Returned Refugees, Police Fatigue and Freezing Children
There has been a series of articles on the plight of Afghanistan's police. Bipasha Ray notes one of the many problems facing the creation of a police force from scratch: [There are] overworked and grossly underpaid and under-equipped policemen on the verge of mutinying, in charge of enormous swaths of...
Serbia, UK: Fascism and the Left
Greater Surbiton writes on leftist interpretations of fascism – and of Serbian politics.
Serbia: Support for Vladimir Vukčević
Alan Jakšić of Balkan Anarchist declares his support for Serbia's war crimes prosecutor Vladimir Vukčević, who has recently “received a death threat from fellow Serbs in the diaspora.”
De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis writes about the history of Decossackization in Russia and recommends a book on the subject, written by Gregory Tschebotarioff, a former Cossack officer, now a professor at Princeton University.
Syria: Palestinian Rights
From Syria, Golaniya argues for the right of Palestinians to exist as a people, with a nation. She further reacts to the developments in Gaza: “So the siege is strictly practiced for political reasons and not for security reasons.”
Iraq: $720m a Day
Iraqi blogger Raed Jarrar posts a video which shows what could be done with the money going towards the war in Iraq – a staggering $720 million a day.
Kenyan Bloggers back to “almost” normal life
After the unfortunate crisis following the presidential election in Kenya, Kenyan bloggers are back to normal business writing about a variety of non-political subjects.