Tuesday Global Blog Roundup

The Middle East

Mahmood of Mahmood's Den announces that he's not only going to take Reporters Without Borders’ guidelines for a free internet and translate them into Arabic, he's going to fax them to his members of Parliament. Why not email? Well, sending email to Bahraini MPs doesn't seem to work so well.

Another Irani Online ponders the Iranian election results and asks, “how well do we really know ourselves anyway?”

Hoder says that “conservative” isn't the right word to use for Iranian presidential candidate Ahmadinejad; he thinks that “fundamentalist” is much more accurate.

Pedram Moallemian, who writes The Eyeranian, explains why he didn't vote in last week's election.

The Iran News Blog wonders if Rafsanjani and Ayatollah Khamenei were colluding to get a ultra-right-wing candidate in the run-off, to assure Rafsanjani's election as president.

Baghdad Burning has a long, detailed post about daily life in Baghdad.

Sabbah Blog has a story about child camel jockeys being returned to their families.

Saudi Jeans has started to take steps to build a Saudi blogging community.

The blog Al-Hiwar, written by an American in the Middle East studying politics in Lebanon and Yemen, studies how different news organizations characterize the recently-assassinated George Hawi.

East Asia

Has China started blocking Typepad blogs again? Asiapundit has noticed significant disruption in getting to the hosted blog services, though Fons of China Herald notes that not all Typepad sites have been affected.

Is all censorship bad? EastSouthNorthWest says that maybe there should be some limits to freedom of speech.

Photograph by Anthony Hartman

Latin America

Barrio Flores reminds us that while there may be many reasons to disagree with Evo Morales, his opponents shouldn't stoop to racism.


Central Budapest notes two anniversaries of note: first, the Budapest stock exchange celebrates 15 years of trading after being re-opened in 1990. On a more somber note, a monument to commemorate the 1956 uprising is being planned to open on the 50th anniversary of the event. Fittingly, the monument will be placed where a statute of Stalin once stood.

Loic Le Meur points to a long article about citizen journalism and blogging in the French newspaper Liberation. The paper has a great graphic on its front page; Loic has reproduced it in his post.

South Asia

Gaurav Sabnis of Vantage Point celebrates the news that some Indian states are starting to move away from a government-backed monopoly system in selling produce.

Photograph by David Sasaki


This is Zimbabwe posts some startling aerial images demonstrating the impact of the so-called “Operation Clean-Up”.

The Zimbabwean Pundit discovers that the government is apparently printing money to combat inflation. Unfortunately, as students of the Weimar Republic and Chinese Civil War can tell you, printing money only leads to hyperinflation.

We'd like to apologize to the author of Black Looks; an editing error in producing yesterday's blog roundup inadvertently changed her gender. Our apologies for the mistake.

South-East Asia

The irrepressible Mr.Brown on the topic of blogger manifestos.

Tomorrow covers the minor disaster that strikes when a newspaper mixes up two different young Singaporean bloggers.


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