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Friday Global Blog Roundup

Categories: East Asia, Eastern & Central Europe, Latin America, Middle East & North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Western Europe, Bahrain, Cambodia, China, Ethiopia, Iran, Ireland, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Singapore, Venezuela, Zimbabwe

The Middle East

Regime Change Iran has a story about the difficulties that US-based Iranians have in voting [1].

Mr. Behi has running coverage of election day [2]. 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 [3].

Free Thoughts on Iran says the voting situation reminds him of a old Lone Ranger joke [4].

Under Underground explains why he voted for Dr. Moin, despite some misgivings [5].

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.” [6].

Is Iran nearing a tipping point? Nasrin Alavi at IranScan seems to think so [7].

Responsibility for least some of the bombings in Iran earlier this week have been claimed by Arab seperatists [8], 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. [9] Apparently the government had ruled that the previous constitutional reform rally was, in fact, unconstitutional…

South-East Asia

[10]ThaRum’s Web has been keeping close watch on the kindergarten hostage situation in western Cambodia [11].

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… [12]

Brand New Malaysian point to an article about a new proposed regional ASEAN airline [13]. 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 [14], has started blogging [15].

Photography by KatieW [16]


Babblogue Blog announces the time and date of the next Galway blog meet [17].

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 [18].

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 [19].

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…” [20]


Meskel Square has the full text of the press conference the UK’s secretary for international development gave in Addis Ababa [21] 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 [22]. 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 [23].