Stories from 17 February 2007
La Réunion local official Eric Fruteau writes (Fr): “After the end of slavery in 1848, after departmentalization in 1946 and all the other fights to end colonial misery, instaure the great social laws that have marked our island, after the achievement of social equality, we must now anticipate and prepare...
Za'Gasy posts (Fr) pictures of Mahajanga, Madagascar and asks readers to post about what they inspire.
Malagasy Miray starts (Fr) a list of the greatest Malagasy historical figures that it asks readers to complete.
According to Moscow007 blog, an Iranian refugee family has been imprisoned in the Russian capital for 18 months. Zahra Kamalfar is an Iranian citizen made a refugee claim, together with her two minor children.You can see a report on them in CNN.
Ghomarasheghaneh reminds us that Ahmad Batebi, student activitst, is still in prison and there is no news that he will come out of jail soon [Fa].The blogger says Batebi has been in jail for 2774 days until now.
Many thanks to all who submitted entries for the Global Voices Valentine's Day poetry contest. We had 28 submissions in all, including some fine doggerel, plus one entry from an actual dog! As this contest was a spur-of-the-moment idea cooked up on the GV mailing lists, a few things fell...
Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif celebrates his birthday on February 23, announces Silly Bahraini Girl ahead of the celebration.
Palestinian blogger Haitham Sabbah gives us a brief round up of happenings on the Palestinian-Israeli front this week here.
From a new movie to a naming special day after a popular soft drink (pop for Americans) to creating Kuwait's very own supermarket brand. These were some of the conversations going on at the Kuwaiti blogospehere last week. K TheKuwaiti talks about a new movie Sharq that is produced in...
Two years ago, on February 14, a massive terrorist explosion targeting Rafic Hariri took away his life and the lives of many others. Fast forward, two years and many dramatic incidents later, the Lebanese marked the event with a mass rally in Martyr’s Square. A day before the memorial, a...
Yangon Thu is pondering setting up an information portal for guest Burmese workers to prevent them from getting exploited by scrupulous agents and contractors.
Cakap Tak Serupa Bikin ridicules Malaysian government's plans to strictly enforce its affirmative action policies in infrastructure projects. Malaysia awards a lot of its official contracts to Bumiputra (ethnic Malay) contractors. These contractor in turn used to sub-contract it to local or foreign sub-contractors who may not necessarily be bumiputras....
The Lao Cook is back in his home country and takes us to visit Buddha Park, a place just outside the capital city Vientiane and featuring Hindu and Buddhist sculptures.
The Daily Brunei Resources remembers the cinema halls in Brunei and traces their history.
Indonesia Matters has a post on an Israeli scholar currently teaching in Australia. The professor is asking Australia to tighten its immigration policies to prevent Indonesian Muslim immigrants.
Jewelle in Brunei wonders where all the good tailors have gone too.