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12 October 2005

Stories from 12 October 2005

Israel: Yom Kippur

On the eve of the Jewish day of Atonement – Yom Kippur, we wish our Jewish readers a g'mar chatima tova and an easy fast. BTW, I just realized that...

Iraq: New Constitution, Yes or No?

As the vote on Iraqi new constitution is coming close (2 days left), ChristianIraq, Hassan of An Average Iraqi and Omar of Iraq The Model, all give us an update...

Iran: Annoying Propaganda

Brooding Persian says that if we look closely at some of the blogs or the many news outlets covering Iran (and to some extent the broader Middle East), it is...

Egypt: Bloggers Speaking out

Ritzy says that journalists are like men: they raise you to the skies and then suddenly they take you down. Read her commentary on the recent article of Cairo Magazine,...

Tanzania: Election trip

Arjen Westra takes a trip around Tanzania ahead of elections on Oct. 30, listening to men talk politics and drink coffee in some of the country's political hotspots.

Malaysia: Sniffer dogs in KL

Jeff Ooi reports that police with sniffer dogs made an appearance at a commuter station on the Putraline of the capital's light rail system. Commenters to the post say this...

Iraq: Zawahri Letter

Issandr El Amrani, The Sandmonkey and Sabbah; all discussed the intercepted Letter of Al Qaeda, which was released yesterday.

Zimbabwe: Just say no

Sokwanele blogs about a petition entitled “No Shaking Hands With Mugabe” to be presented to Britain's Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street Wednesday, urging Tony Blair to bring up the...

China: Blogspot unblocked

Danwei reports that Chinese Web users now have access to Blogspot blogs and the Google cache, but suspects the move is a result of more efficient blocking using “forbidden” keywords.

Syria: Suicide of a Symbol

One of the most talked about topic of the day in the Arab blogsphere was the early breaking news of the suicide of Syria’s Interior Minister, Ghazi Kanaan. The news...

China: Taishi village backlash

ESWN translates reaction from the Chinese-language blogosphere, notably from mainland Chinese journalist Michael Anti, on the reporting by Guardian reporter Benjamin Joffe-Walt of the attack on Hubei lawmaker Lu Banglie...

Sudan: Camps overwhelmed

“There are so many people fleeing from the new attacks on villages that all we can do is scramble to keep up with registrations and emergency distributions for the new...

Kenya: Constitutional referendum

Kenyan Pundit posts more notes from a recent open forum on the country's forthcoming constitutional referendum.

South Korea: U.S. troops to leave?

Marmot's Hole notes growing momentum for the idea of a pullout of U.S. troops from South Korea, expecting the reality to follow sooner rather than later.

Indonesia: Just around the Riverbend

Nad's Notes speculates on the Ulysses Awards for Reportage, wondering why so many contenders are writing about war and other horrors, and tipping the blog Baghdad Burning as a likely...

Zimbabwe: Senate debate

Senior pro-democracy political adviser Eddie Cross writes on The Zimbabwean Pundit about the debate now ensuing among the Movement for Democratic Change about whether to fight elections to an upper...

Venezeula, Argentina: Talks of a Nuclear Reactor

Jorge Arena has the lowdown on rumors that Chavez is looking to buy a nuclear reactor from Argentina.

Ecuador: Sudoku Arrives to Ecuador

Eduardo Ochoa heralds the arrival of Sudoku, a Japanese type of puzzle which has taken the world by storm, to Ecuador's largest daily paper El Universo. Ochoa admits his addiction...

Cuba: Hotel in Havana to Offer Wi-Fi

Havana Journal says the Panorama Hotel in Havana will start offering free Wi-Fi internet access to customers this month.

Colombia: Repressing Dissent

Colom Buenazo is upset with president Uribe's government after yesterday's violence between police and protesters in Santa Rosa. The post has generated passionate discussion.

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