12 October 2005

Stories from 12 October 2005

Israel: Yom Kippur

  12 October 2005

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 ‘Yom Kippur‘ is very similar to our Arabic words ‘Yom Kapper‘, both of which means the “Great Day.” Day after...

Iraq: New Constitution, Yes or No?

  12 October 2005

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 on the last minute situation and preparation for the vote.

Iran: Annoying Propaganda

  12 October 2005

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 either you are a bunch of zombies/ terrorists/ automatons wanting to wage Jihad, or destroy and ruin [what’s left of...

Egypt: Bloggers Speaking out

  12 October 2005

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, which was dedicated to describe part of the most active Egyptian blogsphere.

Tanzania: Election trip

  12 October 2005

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

  12 October 2005

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 was a security exercise.

Iraq: Zawahri Letter

  12 October 2005

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

Zimbabwe: Just say no

  12 October 2005

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 problems in Zimbabwe at the United Nations Security Council.

China: Blogspot unblocked

  12 October 2005

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

  12 October 2005

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 hit many blogs from around the Arab world. Starting with Syria, then Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan and many more here, here,...

China: Taishi village backlash

  12 October 2005

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 in Taishi village earlier this week.

Sudan: Camps overwhelmed

  12 October 2005

“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 arrivals,” writes an exhausted Sleepless in Sudan in a hastily penned post from her Darfur internally displaced persons (IDP) camp....

Indonesia: Just around the Riverbend

  12 October 2005

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 winner.

Zimbabwe: Senate debate

  12 October 2005

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 house they never agreed with in the first place.

Ecuador: Sudoku Arrives to Ecuador

  12 October 2005

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 with ease and says he has downloaded the game to his cellphone.

Colombia: Repressing Dissent

  12 October 2005

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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