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Friday Global Blog Roundup

The Middle East

Regime Change Iran has a story about the difficulties that US-based Iranians have in voting.

Mr. Behi has running coverage of election day. Highlights: “This [extension of voting hours] is always happens regardless the number of voters so make it look big.”

Hoder can’t believe that the western press is ignoring Dr. Moin’s rapid rise in popularity.

Free Thoughts on Iran says the voting situation reminds him of a old Lone Ranger joke.

Under Underground explains why he voted for Dr. Moin, despite some misgivings.

Nema at Iranian Truth has some advice for President Bush: “My advice to Bush, keep your mouth shut. You pick the worst times to talk.”.

Is Iran nearing a tipping point? Nasrin Alavi at IranScan seems to think so.

Responsibility for least some of the bombings in Iran earlier this week have been claimed by Arab seperatists, reports the Arabist Network. However, this does not address the issue of the bombings in Tehran, which appear to remain unsolved.

Silly Bahranini Girl attends a “massive rally” for constitutional reform. Apparently the government had ruled that the previous constitutional reform rally was, in fact, unconstitutional…

South-East Asia

ThaRum’s Web has been keeping close watch on the kindergarten hostage situation in western Cambodia.

Jeff Ooi looks at a New Straits Times article about blogging in Malaysiaand notices that a certain prominent, award-winning Malaysian blogger is missing from the roundup…

Brand New Malaysian point to an article about a new proposed regional ASEAN airline. I’m guessing the model is similar to American regional carriers or European discount airlines like EasyJet or RyanAir.

Commentary Singapore notes that the CEO of NTUC Income, Singapore’s biggest insurance company, has started blogging.

Photography by KatieW

Europe

Babblogue Blog announces the time and date of the next Galway blog meet.

Latin America

VCrisis has notes on the story that Citgo, the Venezuelan state oil company, managed to lose—as in misplace, as in cannot account for—more than $700 million.

Central Asia

In a post titled “The Last Soviet Generation”, Katy at Blogrel notes that the kids who are eligble to vote this year have never really known the Soviet Union.

Peace Corps Kyrgyzstan goes for a field trip into the country: “Although the curtain never fully closed on the genetic memory of the Kyrgyz during last century’s Sovietization, the re-emergence of their own culture plays out on an eerie stage…”

Africa

Meskel Square has the full text of the press conference the UK’s secretary for international development gave in Addis Ababa earlier this week. The highlight is that the UK is suspending a 20 million pound increase in aid to Ethiopia after recent post-election violence.

This Is Zimbabwe has a copy of Pope Benedict XVI’s address to the Zimbabwean envoy to the Holy See. It’s loaded stuff, particularly if you ignore the diplomatic boilerplate.

East Asia

ESWN has a post about contemporary versions of the famous “No Chinese Or Dogs Allowed” sign.

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