3 November 2005

Stories from 3 November 2005

Eid Around the World

  3 November 2005

Today was the first day of Eid Al Fitr around most of the Muslim countries and communities around the world. According to the Hijri calendar, this day marks the end of Ramadan and breaking the fast, which is what the word Fitr means. However, while that is shared between all...

Bahrain: Ramadan Alcohol Ban

  3 November 2005

Bahrain's top hotels are being penalised from today for defying the Ramadan alcohol ban. Mahmood wonders: “we have plenty of personal freedoms in Bahrain. We also welcome tourists. What happened to “no compulsion in religion” and what happened to the individual's right to choose?“

Algeria: Breaking the Fast During Ramadan is a Crime

  3 November 2005

The Algerian blogger Nouri bin Khalid wonders, “I thought Algeria was supposed to be “secular”? Four men were sent to prison for breaking the fast during Ramadan in a resturaunt! “Public contempt of religion” is the crime. Had these people been eating outdoors, then there would have been public contempt,...

Iran: Ahmadinejad on Palestinian TV

  3 November 2005

Rooznamenegar No ( which means New Journalist in Persian) says that Palestinian official TV was really indifferent to Ahmadinejad's anti Israel speech. He says Palestinian TV just reported comments from all over the world about Ahmadinejad's speech.

Iran: National Interest

  3 November 2005

Hanif Mazroi, Iran based journalist, says one of the most essential principles in a country's Foriegn Policy is preserving national interest. He adds, “now look at conservatives in power in Iran. One thing that they don't care is national interest.“(Persian)

Kiswahili blogosphere this week

  3 November 2005

Mwandani reports about the Annual Worldwide Press Freedom Index (2005). While Tanzania comes 75th, African countries such as Benin, Namibia, Mauritius, and Mali are ahead of the US (44th), which fell more than 20 places this year. Who are the Waswahilis? Does one become a Swahili by birth, geography, or...

The Riots in Addis: Bloggers and Citizen Journalists report

  3 November 2005

Addis Ababa has been gripped by violence the past three days as heavily armed police and troops have responded to rock-throwing protesters with gunfire. Over thirty deaths have been reported. Bloggers and citizen journalists have been keeping the world posted on events within Addis and their larger importance. Doctors rush...

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