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17 February 2007

Stories from 17 February 2007

La Réunion: After Decolonization, Responsibility

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...

Madagascar: Pictures of Mahajanga

Za'Gasy posts (Fr) pictures of Mahajanga, Madagascar and asks readers to post about what they inspire.

Madagascar: Hundred Greatest Malagasy Historical Figures

Malagasy Miray starts (Fr) a list of the greatest Malagasy historical figures that it asks readers to complete.

Swahili blogosphere: Sounds of Wisdom, Peacekeeping mission and the Last King of Scotland

Iran:An Iranian Family in Moscow's airport for 18 Months

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...

Iran:Student activist in jail for 2774 days

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...

The Global Voices Valentine's Day poetry contest: let the judging begin!

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...

Bahrain: Godfather's Birthday

Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif celebrates his birthday on February 23, announces Silly Bahraini Girl ahead of the celebration.

Palestine: Weekend Roundup

Palestinian blogger Haitham Sabbah gives us a brief round up of happenings on the Palestinian-Israeli front this week here.

A Week Goes by in Kuwait

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...

Lebanon: Terrorist Attack and Hariri’s Commemoration

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...

Myanmar: Exploitation of Burmese Workers

Yangon Thu is pondering setting up an information portal for guest Burmese workers to prevent them from getting exploited by scrupulous agents and contractors.

Malaysia: Sub-Contracting Woes

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)...

Lao: Buddha Park

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.

Brunei: Cinema Halls in Brunei

The Daily Brunei Resources remembers the cinema halls in Brunei and traces their history.

Indonesia: Israeli Scholar Warns Australia on Indonesian Immigrants

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.

Brunei: Need A Good Tailor

Jewelle in Brunei wonders where all the good tailors have gone too.

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