Stories from 3 August 2005
*Al Akhbar (The News – in Arabic) reports at 19:13 that the The Military Council for Justice and Democracy is negotiating with Saleh Weld Hanana, the leader of the Reform Knights – which lead the first coup try in June 2003. Hanana was jailed for life since then. The aim...
The blog of the Parti Mauritanien pour la Défense de l'Environnement Les Verts (Mauritanian Party for the Defense of the Environment – The Green Party) is celebrating the coup against Mauritanian president Ould Sid Ahmed Taya, offering an article titled Démonstrations de joie dans les rues de Nouakchott” (Demonstrations of...
Footnotes from the Ugandan Underground asks us to : sign a petition for peace in northern Uganda.
The Zimbabwean Pundit profiles the activist women of Zimbabwe.
Barcepundit doesn't understand why Spain has declared an official day of mourning for Saudi King Fahd.
Singabloodypore finds a news articles that says that the city-state's leaders are planning on easing up on social engineering. They have no plans, however, for easing the reins of political control.
Inside Somaliland reports that Somalia is edging ever closer to more armed conflict.
The Russian blog Joy de Vivre applauds the Kremlin's decision to withdraw the accreditation of ABC journalists following the broadcast of an interview with Chechen leader Shamil Basayev.
iBlog is sponsoring a mini-conference on the role of blogs in the President Arroyo vote-rigging scandal tomorrow at the University of the Philippines Law Center.
Inside PCIJ reports that Glenda Gloria, the managing editor of Newsbreak magazine, recieved a chilling death threat yesterday. Ms. Gloria's recent reporting has focussed on the Philippine military.
UK blogger Neville Hobson announces PodcastCon UK, the first conference in Europe that's focused on podcasting. The event takes place on September 17 in central London. (via Loic Le Meur)
Japundit has an excellent post on postal privatization in Japan, why it's so controversial, and what's really at stake.
Jeff Ooi wonders what the delayed re-appointment of a politically-connected bank director really means. Usually directors would get reappointed to the board automatically, so there's probably something going on…
Black Looks reminds us that not all the stories that come out of Africa are tragic ones.
EastSouthWestNorth looks at the case of Lu Xuesong, a university lecturer who was dismissed from her position without having been given apparent cause. However, as is so often the case in China, there's more to the story than first meets the eye.
China Herald reports that only 100,000 people showed up for the opening of China's first Wal-Mart.
Registan.net passes on the news that now non-Uzbekistan citizens are being harrassed for their religious activities.
Abu Aardvark is summing up the last week of the Arab media's mourning using unpublished cartoon from Imad Hajjaj.
Photograph by Aart Nicolai
About Lebanon describes the reasons Lebanese families are going for Arranged Marriages and listing it… ingredients.
Raed in the Middle is campaigning to improve the detention and imprisonment system in Iraq and saying that is needs a lot of work before it starts to function in a way that respects Human Rights and local laws.