Stories from 14 July 2005
Jeff Barry points out that one of Argentina's most well known novelists, Julio Cortázar, is rarely known in the English literary world where “literature in translation [is] being constantly curtailed to make room for the Da Vinci Codes and Harry Potters.”
El Machete, written by a Mexican studying in Australia, weighs the pros and cons of the future continent-wide television network, teleSUR, in Latin America.
Group blog Sepia Munity points out that all the suspects in the London bombings were second-generation: they were born and raised in the country they attacked. In addition Rezwan of 3rd World View has a lengthy post pondering the motiviations of the bombers.
Tokyo Times highlights the case of a a businessman who turned to his business books to revive his troubled marriage, with great success.
Egyptian Person is dismayed by the public response to a proposal to let women volunteer for the Army draft.
The Lebanese Blogger Forum asks a number of Lebanese politicians (and one pop star) “Why did the chicken cross the road?” and compiles their reponses.
Black Looks, in the first of a series spotlighting important African women, profiles Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali woman who is also a Dutch MP and the writer of the controversial film Submission.
Metacoverage of the President Gloria Arroyo scandal: Inside PCIJ does a roundup of many of the Filipino/a blogs that have been closely tracking the Arroyo scandal, as well as several new blogs that have recently sprung up.
Raed of Raed in the Middle is relieved to find out that his brother Khalid, who had been missing for several days, is alive; he called from the secret police's jail. Raed explains why getting arrested by the secret police was the best of many possible scenarios.
A Free Iraqi takes some time out to dip into his mail bag and answer some of his readers’ questions.
Iran Scan issues a call to action to try to get the word out about imprisoned journalist Akbar Ganji.
“Making Things Shipshape” by Eileen Delhi
Chien(ne)s Sans Frontières points to a horrific train accident in Pakistan that killed 300 people and wonders why it doesn't get the same press coverage as the London bombings.
Dilip D'Souza on the similarities between American and Indian newspapers and what it means to be informed.
Indian blogger Dina Mehta will be on a panel about globalization, blogging, and women at the Blogher conference at the end of the month.
From The Marmot's Hole comes this Daily NK story–with pictures!–about a North Korean internet cafe. The pictures–judging from the quality, or lack thereof–appear to have been taken by a hidden camera, possibily a cameraphone.
The Big Pharaoh says that “it seems that our ‘intellectuals’ and ‘religious’ leaders are so busy laughing their heads off at America's PR while they're doing nothing to proclaim their religion that was hijacked by a group of mass murderers.”
Fons Tuinstra points out that the South China Morning Post seems to be vastly overestimating the number of bloggers in China.
Black Looks notes the irony in England refusing entry to one of Zimbabwe's most outspoken dissidents.
Blogs Mexico, a national blog directory now has more than 3,000 active, registered blogs [es].
Boz, writing from Bogota, Colombia, has an excellent roundup of (mostly) Latin American links.