5 March 2007

Stories from 5 March 2007

Egypt: A Busy Complaints Department

“So I live in a place that is sunny almost every day and I can ride my horses out my gate into the Sahara Desert to visit pyramids and the food is wonderful because it's fresh all year round. So what can I possibly complain about?” writes Egypt-based blogger Maryanne...

Bahrain: Cultural Evening a Hit and Miss!

Bahrain-based blogger Bint Battuta spent a cultural evening out – the first left her annoyed but the second refreshed. “A disappointing performance was followed by a frustrating three-quarters of an hour spent trying to get out of the car park, because it seems that unless white lines are painted, people...

Bahrain: Interesting to Pronounce Words

Bahraini Rants is back to his weekly word teasers with three “interesting to pronounce” words. They are: Higgledy-Piggledy, Didactic and Quiddity. “Look at yourself in the mirror and say them out loud, drop one of them across your dinner conversation, or maybe even have a meltdown and yell one out...

Russia: Sochi News

Sochi Travel reports these city news: On March 8, Sochi is hosting this year’s finals of the Missis World 2007 beauty contest; the average monthly salary in Sochi in 2006 was $350; 47 students took part in the Armenian literary language competition; avalanche kills a 10-year-old at Krasnaya Polyana ski...

U.S., Russia: Paul Joyal Shot

Siberian Light writes on the shooting of Paul Joyal, which some consider to be the Kremlin's revenge: “There are plenty of those who are critical of Vladimir Putin, and the current Russian government. The KGB would have a hard time silencing them all…”

Egypt: $450m for Bird Flu Campaign

Egyptian blogger Sandmonkey links to a news article which says that his country will be spending $450 million to conduct a nationwide campaign to vaccinate live poultry against avian influenza, otherwise known as bird flu. “But don't you start spreading rumors that we might be having a Birdflu epidemic or...

Palestine: Film on Benghazi Aids Epidemic

Palestinian blogger Haitham Sabbah links to a video highlighting the plight of a Palestinian doctor and a group of Bulgarian nurses accused of inflicting more than 400 children with the deadly Aids virus in Ben Ghazi, Libya, here. “Injection is the real-life story of six health care workers falsely accused...

Bahrain: Goodbye Peter

Canada-based Silly Bahraini Girl bids her Jewish landlord farewell here. “He doesn't know that my tears are the only way to mourn a friend who knew how to make the most out of life .. but is now gone .. and did not take anything with him!” she writes.

Kyrgyzstan: Regionalism & Protest

New protests from a rejuvenated opposition led by former Prime Minister Feliks Kulov look to be on the horizon in Kyrgyzstan. Sean Roberts explains how these protests could be more destabilizing than other recent ones.