Tuesday World Blog Roundup

BangaloreSouth Asia:
Just a Little Something reports on the Bangalore Bloggers Meetup. Muthu has video and more pix.

Dina Metha reports that the Indian government has offered accreditation to bloggers. But do they want it? [Update Note: link to Dina's blog now fixed. Was wrong before.]

United We Blog marks the 100-day anniversary since the King seized power in Nepal.

Southeast Asia:
In the Philippines, By Jove! is glad to see that the Arroyo administration recognizes that the recent rash of journalist killings is a “crisis.”


Turkish Torque picks apart (here and here) the World Economic Forum's comparative survey of gender equality in 58 nations, in which Turkey ranked 57th. He theorizes that globalization may actually be part of the reason: “improvement in gender equality in one country can very well be the cause of deterioration in another.”

Middle East:
In Iraq, A Free Writer shows how Iraqi children without electricity study by candlelight in stifling heat.

Free Iraqi answers readers’ questions.

Iraq the Model has a great picture of Iraqi women getting internet skills and blogging training.

Baghdad Burning of the dead and the undead.

Iraq Rising has another long post on Islam.

Iran Scan sees signs that Rafsanjani is worried about his support among Iranian youth.

Hossein Derakhshan plans to start a Rear Window Initiative.

Chan'ad Bahraini has moved from Blogger to WordPress.

Amarji in Syria is cynical about upcoming “reforms,” and is concerned that continued violence on the Lebanese-Israeli border could lead to a confrontation between the U.S. and Syria.

In Libya, From the Rock reacts to the Newsweek scandal.

In Lebanon, Raja is disappointed in General Aoun. Lebanese Political Journal calls him “ignorant.”

Jordan Planet got a “freedom song” in a spam e-mail and wants to know if anybody else is getting them.

Thoughts from a Rabbi links to All for Peace Radio, a joint Israeli-Palestinian station.

In Zimbabwe, Sokwanele complains about what a drag it is to spend your weekend lining up to buy fuel for your car.

Black Looks reports that some local officials in Uganda have come up with the idea of virginity certificates as a way to fight HIV/AIDS.

Head Heeb has updates and analysis on two elections in Africa: Central African Republic and Ethiopia.

In Tunisia, Subzero Blue is excited about a new organization called Global Hand.

The Russian Dilletante warns that liberty and democracy don't always go hand in hand, and believes that's especially true in Russia these days.

Neeka's Backlog has links and photos about the detention of protestors who rallied in support of jailed oil magnate Khodorovsky. Siberian Light has updates on the situation.

Central Asia
Registan.net continues to bring us the latest on Uzbekistan.

…and Lyndon at Scraps of Moscow continues to follow the Uzbekistan situation with translations from the Russian media.

Latin America:
(Many oil stories today)
The Venezuelan blogosphere (mostly pro-opposition, anti-Chavez, from what I have found) is abuzz over allegations of corruption and impending collapse at the state oil company, PDVSA. See posts by Venezuela News and Views and The Devil's Excrement. (An alternative, point of view can be found here at Venezuelanalysis.com.

East Asia:
Imagethief reflects on China's P.R. problems in response to a post I wrote and a NYT op-ed.

When it comes to the internet, ESWN says ownership is censorship in China. He also posts on what he calls the “insane” petitioning system.

Kevin Wen points out a blog about corporate social responsibility in China.


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