Monday World Blog Roundup

Donkeycart4yo SOUTH ASIA:
Photo: “Cheapest Commuter” by Karachiblog.

Kiruba reports on the Nth Chennai bloggers’ meeting. SelectiveAmnesia has pictures.

Iran's Guardian Council has released its approved list of presidential candidates and the reformist blogging candidate Mostafa Moeen is not among them. Some blogger reaction:
– Mr. Behi says the Guardian Council is the “gangrene of democracy.”
– Hossein Derakhshan (Hoder) accuses conservative candidate Moshen Rezai of shameless campaigning.

Iranian Truth discusses the rise of militarism.

The Kurdistan Bloggers Union posts photos of a demonstration by 50,000 Kurds in Syria to protest the disappearance of Kurdish cleric Sheikh Mohammad Mashouk al-Khaznawi. (More photos on

On, blogger Dahr Jamail describes the angst of an Iraqi man in Amman Jordan fretting about the safety of his family in Baghdad: “Abu Talat was talking via IM with his wife as she nearly fainted because bombs and gunfire were so near their home.”

Mohammed at Iraq the Model thinks talk of civil war is overblown.

Omar thinks the photo of Saddam in his underwear isn't such a big deal.

Raed in the Middle (with a long comments thread) discusses the parallels between Star Wars III and the Iraq situation. (see my separate post for more Star Wars links!)

Ali at Free Iraqi reports on a bovine suicide bomber.
..more seriously, he also reports on a rally to honor an Iraqi police officer who was killed after stopping a suicide attack.

David at Israelly Cool has his first podcast.

Isam Bayazidi believes this year will go down in history as “Blog year of Arabia.”

At, Syria-watcher Joshua Landis asks: ” Would it be Better for Syria to have Regime-Change Now or in 5 Years?”

Various Singaporean bloggers got interviewed by Singapore's Sunday Times. Mr Brown is annoyed at being called an “online diarist.” He links to the newspapers raw interview so that you can compare them with the final newspaper report.

Still in Singapore, Wannabe Lawyer and Singasingapore are Google-bombing the Singapore Democratic Party.

Jacob at Omeka na huria recommends a book on internet surveillance & intimidation in Singapore.

Bloggers in the Philippines are outraged that “a Google search for the word “Filipina” throws back a slew of sites on dating and mail order brides. It’s even worse for Google Image Search.” But the “Pinoy Bloggers” – as they call themselves – aren't just going to sit back and let this state of affairs continue. They've got a plan to link the word “Filipina” to URL's and permalinks to each others’ blog posts that describe women of the Philippines as “excellent, smart and tenacious.”

Jeff Ooi has beautiful photos from a Buddhist ceremony.

In Zimbabwe, Bulawayo on the Sokwanele blog has been driving his car around on “empty” because he doesn't have six free hours to wait in line.

Subzero Blue has a detailed report on the latest Tunisian Bloggers’ Meetup.

Nathan at says Typepad blogs are now blocked [CORRECTION: appear to be blocked] in Uzbekistan.

AdoptablogEAST ASIA:
Isaac Mao announces the Adopt a Chinese blog program through which bloggers in other countries can help Chinese bloggers avoid censorship by hosting their blogs.

The Shanghai-based Dutch journalist Fons Tuinstra has started Radio Shanghai, a podcasting group.

ESWN links and translates a story from the Chinese press about a village requiring virginity tests in land compensation cases. Yikes!!


  • Thanks for linking up! We really want to get heard. I believe that women (not just Filipinas) should only be known as mail order brides and desperate to get hooked up with men. I believe that people may be like that sometimes but for search engine results to mainly give results that are like that is very demeaning.

  • Thanks for the link!

  • RS

    I think you need to correct your statement that
    Nathan at said that Typepad blogs
    “are now blocked.” He correctly reported that
    “access to Typepad appears to be blocked in
    Uzbekistan”, emphasis should be placed on the
    word “appears”. I hope you understand the
    journalistic responsibilities here. As a blogger
    in Uzbekistan, I can now report that it is again
    possible to blog from my office.

  • I’m not sure they are blocked exactly. I’ll look into it more, but RS can get to TypePad from their office.

  • Nathan & RS, Many apologies. The text has been corrected.

  • Clair,
    Happy to help! If it’s any consolation, a google search on “Global Voices” brings up a porn site as the second item… nobody can escape!!

  • Spirit of the Cyber-Gift

    Much thanks to Lorenz at for posting on the gift economy in cyberspace. He lists many links that given time I would like to read through.
    I am fascinated by the claim that Internet culture fosters a gift economy. Because the sp…

  • Yan ang Pinay

    And now it has become a movement. With its own logo!

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