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5 March 2007

Stories from 5 March 2007

Russia: More on Putin's Munich Speech

Somewhat belatedly, the Russian Dilettante shares his opinion of Vladimir Putin's Munich speech: “The problem with Putin's speech is Putin.”

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...

Russia: Lenin, More Lenin, and the Old-Guard Democrats

Darkness at Noon follows a Lenin look-alike from Lubyanka to Red Square; buys two old Soviet posters of Lenin and listens to what an elderly Russian selling them has to...

Egypt: Thomas Friedman – A “Dangerous” Man

“Someone has to give Thomas Friedman an education before he makes the view that Arabs and Muslims are congenitally amoral subhuman hordes completely mainstream,” writes Issandr El Amrani in The...

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...

Thailand, Russia: Two Females Shot

White Sun of the Desert had returned from the Thai resort of Pattaya right before two Russian female tourists were shot to death there.

Bahrain: Camel Piss Anyone?

Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif is urging his readers to have their belly full of camel piss – a drink he claims is Islamically sanctioned and therapeutic in one go!

Hungary: Budapest City Guide

Further Ramblings of a N.Irish Magyar quotes from an atypical Budapest city guide.

Russia: Theater Jams Cell Phones

St. Petersburg’s Alexandrinsky Theater “has installed equipment to block mobile phone signals in a desperate attempt to force patrons to stop taking calls during performances,” Russian Spy reports.

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...

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...

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...

Egypt: CIA Recruiting Scheme

Egyptian blogger Sandmonkey claims the CIA is now posting recruitment ads, in order for it to be able to compete with private intelligence agencies!

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,...

Bahrain: Muslim Girl Thrown Out of Canada Football Game

Bahrain-based Palestinian blogger Haitham Sabbah is outraged that a Canadian Muslim girl was thrown out of a football (soccer) game because she was wearing the Islamic head cover – the...

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...

Bahrain: Muslim Girl Thrown Out of Canada Football Game

Bahrain-based Palestinian blogger Haitham Sabbah is outraged that a Canadian Muslim girl was thrown out of a football (soccer) game because she was wearing the Islamic head cover – the...

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...

Algeria: What's Up in the Middle East?

Algerian blogger Nouri gives us an in-depth analysis of the situation brewing in the Middle East between Iran and the US here.

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...

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