Stories from 1 August 2005
The Angry Arab News Service has a lengthy reaction to the death of Saudi King Fahd.
About Lebanon asks why wouldn't a South Africa-style reconciliation commission work in Lebanon?
Khalid Jarrar, the blogger who was arrested and then later released by the Iraqi secret police, writes about his experiences as a prisoner.
Daniel of Venezuela News and Views has a very hyperlinked post about the latest protests in Venezuela's capitol.
Juanson World has a good compilation of sources and reflections on Colombia.
Iran Hopes writes that Akbar Ganji's lawyer has been arrested.
Iran Scan reports that Masoumeh Shafie, the wife of imprisioned journalist Akbar Ganji, will be mounting a strike in front of the UN office this week in an appeal to save her husband's life.
Plan Colombia and Beyond takes a look at the Putomayo region of Colombia five years after the implementation of Plan Colombia and concludes, “the lesson of Putumayo should be that temporary surges in military activity, however ambitious, will not bring meaningful results on their own.”
To celebrate his birthday, The Brooding Persian has some birthday wishes and shares an allegory.
Jakartass on the need for the space of one's own, or, how do westerners deal with the extended in-law family?
Mora at Babalu Blog reports that some government agents tried confiscating a television with an illegal satellite dish, but that the neighborhood resisted.
Chilean super-blogger, Leo Prieto, finds his name to be the second most searched term on technorati. As I write this, he's still there, right after Jesus.
From Cairo, with love reports from the ground on the police brutality in the anti-Mubarak demonstrations in Cairo.
The Big Pharaoh asks why the opposition didn't turn out in force against terrorism, the way they did against Mubarak?
One Arab World announces that the anti-terrorism vigil will be held in early September.
Rantings of a Sandmonkey asks: “What do we actually want from the west?”
Andrew Heavens of Meskel Square has set up a tag cloud to track what Ethiopean bloggers are talking about.
Jeannette Jalil is happy that the front-runner in Chile's upcoming presidential election is a woman.
An expat in Shanghai ponders the fledgling Shanghai hip-hop scene.
Through the Lens, Trinidad and Tobago remembers the 15th anniversary of the bombing of Trinidad and Tobago's parliament and police station by a radical Islamic group.
Danwei reports that a chinese blogger has discovered–and published–the list of banned words that China's second largest blog provider maintains. There are no real surprises on the list, though the absence of swear words and sexual content is kinda interesting.