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23 November 2006

Stories from 23 November 2006

Egyptian blogger released

  23 November 2006

Rantings of a Sandmonkey reports the release of Egyptian blogger Rami Siam, who was in jail for four days “for no crime and without justifiable cause.” Meanwhile, blogger Abdul Karim Nabeel is still in jail for articles he posted on his blog.

Bahamas: Better living through travel

  23 November 2006

“. . . until we understand why people travel, unless we can step into their shoes, we are going to stay right where we are, and other people are going to catch us up and grow taller,” writes Nicolette Bethel, making the case for Bahamians to become different kinds of...

Barbados: Biodegrdable plastic?

  23 November 2006

Considering the volume of plastic trash on Barbados’ beaches and elsewhere, Barbados Free Press wonders whether it's time Barbados mandated the use of biodegradable plastics.

Trinidad & Tobago, India, Pakistan: In praise of cricketers

  23 November 2006

Mani sings the praises of West Indies cricket superstar Brian Lara, in the wake of the lightning-fast 216 runs he scored in the recently concluded 2nd Test against Pakistan. India's Sachin Tendulkar and Pakistani bowler Danish Kaneria — “only the second Hindu to ever represent Pakistan” — receive kudos as...

Cuba: Cold wave

  23 November 2006

“Today at daybreak I look down on the city and saw a parade of North Pole-style raincoats, hooded overcoats, people wearing gloves. What a bunch of exaggerators we are: the first wind hasn't blown and already we believe it's going to snow,” writes [ES] Cuban journalist Zenia in a brief...

Brunei: Malay Wedding Part 2

  23 November 2006

The Daily Brunei resources follows up his post on wedding attire worn by Malay males with a post on wedding attire worn by Malay women .

  23 November 2006

Lebanese Abu Kais links videos showing the thousdands of people who attended assassinated Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel's funeral in Beirut today.

Balkan Blog Roundup: Focus on the Positive

  23 November 2006

The Balkans need reconciliation, confidence and positivism to change and become the winning region of Europe with happier citizens. You can see that in the inspirational words from the Serbian, Bosnian and Croatian blogospheres. Toshiba posts some thoughts of the late Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic during his motivational meetings...

Guadeloupe: Pictures of Route du Rhum Transatlantic Race

  23 November 2006

Bienvenue en Guadeloupe posts (Fr) pictures of the Route du Rhum transatlantic sailing race and writes (Fr): “This race starts in Saint-Malo and ends in Pointe-a-Pitre [Gaudeloupean capital]. It was created by Michel Etevenon, in 1978 … This transatlantic race from continental France to overseas France happens every 4 years...

Pakistan: An abducted journalist and the Freedom of Press

  23 November 2006

The Glasshouse on the abduction and release of a BBC Journalist Dilawar Khan, and why freedom of the press is crucial in Pakistan. “As one of those Musharraf derided ‘extremist liberals’ your Blogger believes Press Freedom to be sacrosanct. In a country where you have a historically enfeebled parliament and...

Shock and Tragedy in UCLA, Murder in Iran

  23 November 2006

According to reports in the media, Mostafa Tabatabainejad, a UCLA student, was repeatedly stunned with a taser and then taken into custody after he failed to exit the CLICC Lab at the Powell Library at UCLA in a timely manner. Community Service Officers had asked Tabatabainejad to leave after he...

Sri Lanka: Loss of childhood and the ethnic conflict

  23 November 2006

The ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka has meant the loss of life, opportunity and innocence for many children. has a post on the issue. A heartbreaking photograph by Agron with commentary “This womens 15yr old son was abducted by the LTTE (Libeartion Tigers of Tamil Elam). She was desperately...

Nepal: Suppression of the April Uprising

  23 November 2006

In April 2006, even as the people in Nepal were actively involved in the political movement, government agencies and officers were suppressing the movement. BloggersNepal points to the release of the list of names who were involved and the suggested action. “However, the five-member panel headed by former justice of...

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