1 February 2007

Stories from 1 February 2007

Malaysia: Nation Building or Breaking

  1 February 2007

Susan Loone is concerned about politicians trying to fragment her country and launches a new blog to discuss the issue. “This page will document all the events which continue to tear our social fabric apart, unless we do our part to put a stop to it all. One way is...

Indonesia: Jihad is a Sin

  1 February 2007

Indonesia Matters highlights quotes by a cleric from Central Sulavesi who feels that Jihad as mentioned in Quranic context is no longer relevent today.

Argentina: Mostruo! Allows Album to be Downloaded

  1 February 2007

If you're patient and a fan of Latin American indie rock, then I highly recommend downloading the new album from Mostruo!, titled “Grosso.” Available for download here and if the good samaritan likes what she hears, purchases can be made here.

Peru: Seeking Wi-Fi

  1 February 2007

Pointing to other cities planning municipal wireless internet access like San Francisco, Singapore, and Buenos Aires, Tinta Fantasma asks why there is no similar initiative in Peru [ES]. Meanwhile, Waldo of El Mundo de los Pendrejos takes initiative himself to list the free and subscription-based wi-fi connections [ES] in the...

Ukraine: Political News

  1 February 2007

Foreign Notes writes on the future of Kharkiv following Yevhen Kushnatyov's death; the investigation of Yushchenko's poisoning; and Yanukovych's reaction to the unfavorable PACE report on Ukraine.

Russia: On Ramzan Kadyrov, Again

  1 February 2007

At his 3.5-hour annual press conference today, Russian president Vladimir Putin has offered praise for Chechnya's prime minister Ramzan Kadyrov, in response to a young Chechen journalist who pointed out that 70 percent (approx. 770,000 people) of the republic's able-bodied population were unemployed. Complimenting Kadyrov seems to have become somewhat...

Jordan: Car Exemption Rumours

  1 February 2007

Jordanian blogger Khalaf is wondering what it takes to get old cars off the roads. This follows newspaper reports on how people with old dilapidated vehicles are holding on to their cars, in the hope that the government will offer them a customs exemption in exchange for taking the cars...

Syria: The Politicisation of Global Warming

  1 February 2007

Syrian blogger Omar gives us an interesting synopsis of a paper on global warming, which stresses that “the (US) government intervenes with genuine scientific studies, in an attempt to delude the public of the serious, and eminent problem of global warming.”

Iran: Danes Against Bush

  1 February 2007

Ad Blog Arabia points to an advertisement which appeared in an Iranian paper, which says that Iran has the right to procure nuclear energy while the US has no right to bomb it. “This is an interesting advertisement published in the Tehran Times newspaper on behalf of a group called...

Kabobfest: World Bank with Holes in his Socks

  1 February 2007

“Who ever thought that the socks safely tucked away in the boots of oppression would be so holey?” asks Will at Kabobfest. “Do you think leading neo-condrathal Paul Wolfowitz was sending Muslims a message by wearing such shoddy socking at the Turkish mosque? Or are his socks manufactured poorly because...

Libya: Muslims in the UK Make Headlines..Again

  1 February 2007

Anglolibyan says Muslims in the UK are making the headlines again. “Again British Muslims make headline news locally and internationally, yesterday the police arrested 9 young British Muslims in Birmingham, who the police allege were trying to kidnap a Muslim British soldier who is in the UK on leave, the...

India: Abused and Abuser

  1 February 2007

The wannabe Indian punkster has strong words for people who blamed the abused. “Because I don’t know if your thoughts stem from incomprehension or resolute denial, but it’s about time that you wrapped your mind around the idea that maybe, just maybe in an abusive relationship the abusers are the...

Pakistan: Bridges in the country

  1 February 2007

A delightful post at Light Within on bridges in Pakistan. “Pakistan in the last six decades has not built a bridge of any aesthetic or architectural value. Most of the new major bridges are of the economic variety built for the roads out of pre-cast concrete boxes or beams, or...

Nepal: Stealing slogans

  1 February 2007

At United We Blog! – The Madhesi movements finds itself commented on by Prachanda. “Federalism and proportionate representation are our slogans. We raised those issues. Now reactionaries who were always opposing those issues and were against the election of constituent assembly are stealing those slogans and trying to portray themselves...

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