Stories from 31 October 2005
Abu Aardvark says that the last time Yemen erupted in protests, the government predictably went after the Aljazeera cameras. On the other hand, Stacey says that the attack was on Al-Arabiyya during their crew coverage of workers strike in Sana'a, when police and government strike out at press.
Pakistan: Mixed priorities
Pakistan: The month of Ramadan
Mahmood is betting that Saudi will declare Wednesday as the first day of Eid, and most if not all the GCC countries will follow suit. Does this sound familiar? Of course it does to even the light follower of Muslim affairs. But is it right?, he says. Farah has a...
On 26 October, Togo became the 15th country to ratify the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa thus ensuring the ratification of the Protocol within 30 days, writes Black Looks. The protocol is groundbreaking and far-reaching says Black Looks,...
Geeta, an aid worker in Malawi, writes about robberies of expatriates’ houses in Lilongwe, with more than a little sympathy for the robbers, who face rising food costs due to widespread crop failure. Another expat in Lilongwe, Mike McKay, documents the cost of living in Malawi.
EastSouthWestNorth asks: “Am I a journalist?” His answer: “If I wanted to become a traditional journalist, I would have become one. Instead, I became an independent blogger by my own choice because the freedom and style appeal to me.”
“What we need is a more serious, thoughtful, creative and most importantly realistic method of assisting the blossoming of democracy” — Burma Watch.com agrees that the West's approach to Burma isn't working.
An aswang is an evil, flesh-eating creature in Filipino folklore. They are said to infest particular provinces in the Philippines, one of which is now hosting an aswang festival. Sassy Lawyer writes down her thoughts about the Catholic Church's opposition to the celebration.
Flying Yangban‘s Andy, guestblogging at The Marmot's Hole, looks at the result of the recent by-election.
Pinoy.Tech.Blog and its readers react to data about information workers’ salaries in the U.S. with the observation that even technicians make 15-20 times more than a technician would be paid in the Philippines: “You can stop wondering about the rising trend in offshored operations.”
OneFreeKorea at North Korea zone has information from a Christian aid worker who is reporting widespread crop failures in the hermit state.
Mr. Wang recalls his days prepping witnesses as a deputy public prosecutor in Singapore:
Virtual-Doug watches a house being built in Vietnam.
Three major issues forced themselves to appear on Palestinian blogs this week: 1) The so called Gaza disengagement, 2) The discriminatory Apartheid Wall (which imprisons Palestinians in the largest jail humanity has ever known) and 3) The ethnic cleansing of Palestinians by Israeli military forces. Before you proceed, I'd like...