Stories from 17 July 2006
India: Blocking access to Blogs on Blogspot and Typepad in India
I have been exercising considerable restraint before posting on the issue of blocking of Blogspot.com, Typepad.com and Geocities.com in India. It all started around the 13th of July, when some people complained that they weren't able to access their blogspot blogs. Since the service is known to have been down...
Senegal: Rabat Conference on International Migration
Blogger and Ziguinchor mayor Robert Sagna reflects on the recent conference on migration that took place in Rabat, Morocco (Fr): “Faced with the ample phenomenon of migration, Europe and France (…) are shivering. The paradox is that it is that very Europe that provokes immigration. If immigration hopefuls were sure...
Reunion: International Procrastination Day
LSZ Blog celebrated International Procrastination Day (yesterday July 16) by… procrastinating. He wrote (Fr): “I was thinking of writing a great article on procrastination but today is Sunday, not a good day to write an informative article on the subject. Maybe tomorrow…”
Lebanon: Collective Punishment & Death or Total Submission
The Israeli widespread and indiscriminate attack on Lebanon was the focus of all blogs about Lebanon the past few days. Regular updates, personal accounts, analysis, photos (not for the faint hearted) and ways to help were posted on most blogs. It is very difficult to mention all of them and...
New Caledonia: Best Coca-Cola
Valesdir.net points to an article announcing (Fr) that New Caledonia produces the best Coca-Cola in the world.
Israel condemnation and the Cause of War and Conflicts
Many Indonesian bloggers respond to the current brutal and terror act against civilians in Palestine and Lebanon with disgust and condemnation. Indra Pramanawho is very concerned about the current escalation of tension in the middle-east, especially the use of excessive force by Israelis against civilians in Palestinian territory and Lebanon,...
Trinidad & Tobago, USA: Caribeana Imperia
Caribbean Free Radio releases its 44th podcast, which comprises a series of interviews with the members of Trinidadian rapso band 3canal about the theatrical production “Caribeana Imperia”, which is now playing in Washington DC.
Iran: Bloggers & Zahedan
Nedaye Emrouz says there are only 25 blogs in Zahedan and all of them are run by university students. The blogger adds that in reality only 9 of these blogs are active (Persian). Nedaye Emrouz writes articles in Zahedan magazines about the importance of blogs and informs his countrymen that...
Singapore: Remembering Capitol Cinema
Singapore's heritage blogger Lam Chun See remembers the golden days of a 76 year old cinema hall. The unused cinema might end up like other cinemas in Singapore – developers tearing them down to build shopping complex or hotels.
Iran: Back to Tabriz
Razeno reports about his conservations with people in Tabriz about the cartoon affair. The blogger says all people whom he talked, considered the cartoon just a pretext to revolt. They said they do not want to be separated from Iran and they want to be respected like other places such...
Iran: Conservatives vs. Reformists
Ali Mazroi, blogger & former reformist deputy in Parliament, writes that conservatives ( fundamentalists) accused him and several former managers from reformist side, of the most important financial scandal in Iranian stock market history. The blogger calls such an accusation false and he adds absolutists (conservatives) are afraid of reformists...
Indonesia: Tsunami Updates
Angelo Embuldeniya at worldwidehelp blog is monitoring the latest Indonesian tsunami news. “According to sources on the ground, a local tsunami measuring 2m in height hit a West Java resort where 5 people are confirmed to have died and officials have stated that the threat of the tsunami being widespread...
Belarus: Relationship With the EU
TOL's Belarus Blog writes about a paradox: some EU officials think that visa sanctions against Aleksandr Lukashenko's government officials are inefficient; others think opposition leader Aleksandr Milinkevich is spending too much time in the West.
Russia: Oppositional Disarray
Konstantin of Russian Blog criticizes the coverage of what the “Western media pictured […] as a ‘democratic’ challenge to Putin”: “Few mentioned the fact that at this forum Kasparov gathered almost all extremists both left and right. Like, Limonov’s National Bolsheviks (their flag is an exact copy of Hitler’s banner...
Belarus, Russia: Ways (Not) to Develop
Alex(ei) of The Russian Dilettante's Weblog shares his views on what Belarus is and what it's not, as well as what it should not do if it wants to turn into a “a much-improved version of Russia.”
Ukraine: “Devushka Style”
Carpetblogger muses on fashion in the former Soviet Union, posts some pictures and dissects what she calls “Devushka Style“: “I will stick to my original word choice – “hyper-feminine” — to describe Devushka style. “Ho” is a cultural construct to which I will not subscribe. Women who don't cover their...
Ukraine: Eating Out in Kyiv
WuWei writes about eating out in Kyiv: “We had breakfast in the Kofe Haus cafe near the Opera, which was friendly though its pricing seemed odd. You could have a croissant, coffee and fresh orange juice as breakfast for 19 gryvnas or you could have fresh orange juice for the...
Lithuania: New Prime Minister
Vilhelm Konnander writes about Lithuania's new prime minister and the legacy of the outgoing one.
Albania: Links to Essay and Short Stories
Alwyn Thomson of Our Man In Tirana quotes from an essay about coverage of Albania by the British press and announces the upcoming publication of a collection of Albanian short stories.
Bermuda: Tackling racism
The Bermuda government has rejected two proposals for tackling the issue of racism, on the basis that they fail to “solve the problems of human emotions”. The Limey wonders what alternatives the government has in mind.
Singapore: India Travel Tips
Singapore's intrepid traveller gets the better of Indian custom officials on her recent visit to the country. The post has couple of tips for travellers going to India. “I was told by someone that in order to fend for myself as a woman, and as a foreign woman, in India,...