Stories about North America from August, 2007
Barbados, Cuba, Venezuela: Literacy and Health Care
Individuality1977 weighs in on literacy and health care in Cuba and Venezuela.
Russia: Geopolitical Dreams
Window on Eurasia writes that while some Russians are dreaming of a “Russian Texas,” others offer a scenario of the disintegration of the United States.
Lebanon: Uproar at School in NY named after Khalil Gibran
Beirut Spring writes about an uproar surrounding a newly established public school in Brooklyn (NY), that is named after the Lebanese/Arab writer and poet Gibran Khalil Gibran. The school teaches many of its material in Arabic and has some courses on “Arab Culture”. Jewish groups demonstrated and condemned the opening...
Algeria: Profiling Arabs in the US
Algerian Nouri shares his thoughts on the profiling of Arabs and Muslims in the US.
Jordan: Arab-American Comedy Fun
Bakkouz from Jordan comments on a new Arab-American comedy taking the world by storm.
New Arab-American Paper Launched
A new Arab-American newspaper has just been launched in the US, reports Will, from Palestinian blog Kabobfest.
Arabeyes: Just a Pretty Face
Miss South Carolina's response in the Miss USA Pageant to a question on why a fifth of US students couldn't locate their country on the map was the butt of jokes on Middle Eastern blogs today. Here's a quick review of what some bloggers had to say about her ramblings.
Iran:Iran, USA and Cheetah Project
Sepideh Saremi writes despite continued political tensions between the United States and Iran, the Iran Cheetah Project, a joint effort of the U.S.-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Iran’s Department of the Environment (DOE), is working to study and save the Asiatic cheetah (also referred to as the Iranian cheetah,...
Former Soviet Union: A 1945 Book
Scraps of Moscow feels “sort of funny using new media to post photos of old media” and writes about a 1945 book on the still-friendly Allies – or, the “soon-to-be Cold-War foes.”
Syria: Ambassador's Summer Holiday
Syria's Ambassador to the USA Mr. Imad Mustapha, takes some time off from Washington DC, hops on a plane back to Syria and spends his summer holiday with his family water-parachuting in Latakia's Cote d'Azure. He writes about his time here.
Bahrain: Why Blame America?
“Why do we always have the tendency to blame America for everything that we can’t sort out?” writes Captain Arab's from Bahrain.
Macedonia, Canada: Film Festival
The Macedonian Tendency links to the site of the Second Annual Macedonian Film Festival to be held in Toronto on Oct. 13-14.
Egypt: Blood Money for Israel
Issandr El Amrani, from Egypt, describes US aid to Israel as ‘blood money’. He also asks: “Egyptians, you can ask yourself why your government has not told you that the Camp David agreement was amended.”
Kuwaiti Magicians in Las Vegas
Kuwaiti magicians are leaving their mark on Las Vegas, reports Mark.
Ukraine, U.S.: Gogol Bordello
Ukraine List writes that Gogol Bordello band “has been all over the TV and radio in the US as of late promoting their new album Super Taranta.”
Syria: US Afraid of Arabic
Syrian blogger Yaman asks: Who is afraid of the Arabic language, following an outrage in the US over a T-shirt which has the Arabic inscription Intifada written on it.
Raed Jarrar's Final Say
Iraqi Raed Jarrar will finally have his say in court after filing for a discrimination law suit against a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) official and JetBlue Airways for illegally discriminating against him based solely on the Arabic message on his t-shirt and his ethnicity.
Egypt: Ignorant US Presidential Candidates
E D Shobrawy from Egypt discusses the “overwhelming ignorance” of the US presidential candidates after Tom Tancredo called for the bombing of two Muslim holy sites – Mecca and Medina.
Japan: 62 Years Later, Still Remembering
Sixty-two years have passed since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the close of World War Two. While people with first-hand experience of the bombing are disappearing, many people are fighting to keep their stories alive. Translations featured in this post include bloggers describing stories of the bombing, first-hand accounts of victims, a comparison of the way the history of events is taught in Japan and in the U.S., and thoughts about the relevance of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the world of today.
Jordan: An Encounter with Prince Charming
Jordanian Tololy met Prince Charming on her way from the US to Canada.
Iraq: Gross Misunderstanding of Reality
Iraqi blogger Alaa, The Mesopotamian, writes about the gross misunderstandings among people in Canada to reality in Iraq.